Photos: Dog Day Afternoon Is Soggy, But Special


It rained cats and dogs on Friday, but a break in the weather on Saturday made for an unseasonably warm autumn day for canines, owners and observers at the seventh annual Canarsie Lions Club Doggie Olympics in Marine Park.

More than 30 dog owners and scores of dog lovers showed up for the canine competition that determined the top dogs in a variety of events, including best dressed, agility and obstacle courses and doggie dances. Some events were divided into two groups of large and small dogs as their owners prompted their pets to do their best. In a few instances, pet owners seemed to have to prod more than others by tugging on leashes. But, in all, it was sporting.

The competition was free for the modest crowd, but a negligible $15 entry fee for contestants benefited the Visions Camp for Blind Children and a Canarsie public school to be selected at a later date.

Some merchants, including Brooklyn Zoo & Aquarium and PETCO, contributed items that were raffled off. Music was provided by Millennium Development. Several local politicians, businesses, restaurants and community groups helped sponsor the event.