Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's the Great Biscuit Bite Off at PawsAbilities!

Thank you to everyone who came to PawsAbilities this weekend! We hope you and your dog had a wonderful time. We certainly had fun!

Since so much was going on at PawsAbilities, we're going to do a series of blog posts full of photos and videos from the weekend.

First up is the Great Biscuit Bite Off! This homemade dog treat competition was judged by service dogs in training. We had seven entries this year.

Our first canine judge was SSD Harriet. However, even though she's only one year old, her service dog training is very solid. All of our service dogs are trained that they are not allowed to eat anything off of the floor. Despite the encouragement by her puppy raisers, Harriet was convinced that she was not supposed to eat the treats. We decided that SSD Midge, Harriet's mother, would be the first judge, and maybe Harriet would decide to eat the treats once she saw another dog doing it.

Watch the video of SSD Midge judging the contest. See how she's spun around so that she had to choose a new treat every time.

After Midge tasted all of the biscuits, we gave Harriet another opportunity. Watch her in the video. Look at how solid her service dog training is! Since Harriet continued to focus on her puppy raiser instead of the treats, we brought SSD Rossi to the stage to finish judging the semi finals.

The top four biscuits moved on to the finals. We brought SSD Buster and SSD Fire to be our judges. Buster is only four months old, and this was his first time judging, but watch how quickly he catches on! SSD Fire is one of our veteran judges. Look at how excited he gets because he knows what's coming!

Congratulations to the winners of the Great Biscuit Bite Off!

1st place: Chicken & Cheese Biscuits by Maryann G.
2nd place: Sam & Jarah's Bark for More Biscuits by Nancy V.
3rd place: Peanut Butter Patties by Faith Imler
4th place: Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies by Carrie S.

We'll have more PawsAbilities photos tomorrow!

A big thank you goes out to our amazing volunteers. Without you, PawsAbilities would not have been possible.

Thank you to our sponsors: Faulkner Subaru, Capital Blue Cross, The Phillips Group and WINK 104!

And thank you to all of our staff for working so hard to make PawsAbilities a success.

We hope to see you and your dog at next year's PawsAbilities!

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