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The Cardiff Dog Days of Summer celebration was advertised as the eighth annual and “largest dog-centric event in San Diego!”

A steady crowd enjoyed booths of more than 100 vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

The asphalt streets were covered with synthetic green turf to protect pooches’ paws, over two long blocks of Newcastle Avenue plus several adjoining streets, in downtown Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

The tiny seaside community enjoyed typical sun and cool ocean breezes in northern San Diego County.

Many dog-rescue clubs were represented along the green aisles, with endearing faces looking for a human companion from their shade shelters.

Under a large tent was a broad platform staged for ten different contests. These were cutest puppy, best-looking big dog, best-looking small dog, best kisser, best dressed, best dog trick, best smile, best singing performance, and ugliest dog. Contestants paid a $5 fee for each chance at glory.

The last contest of the day was a dog-and-owner look-alike competition.

Five-year-old Cuddles, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, trotted off with the win in the final event. Cuddles barked happily to the rock ballad “We Are The Champions,” which played over loudspeakers as she received the blue ribbon. The announcer remarked, “He’s a real ham!”

“She’s a show dog!” the human part of the team corrected the announcer.

Cuddles and her proud human walked the green astro-turf in matching blue shirts and shorts and kerchiefs, with a flirty Hawaiian lei accessory.

The human, Dena Davis, said that her Corgi has been showing “since she was one” and “We go all over San Diego for pet events!” The breathless 52-year-old woman spoke immediately after they triumphed over eight competing combinations. “Last year, she won like thirty events!”

Dena revealed that Cuddles is a real “drama queen,” but did not believe that was part of the “most alike” competition.

Cuddles-n-Dena have a full-color business card and videos on YouTube and a gmail address, according to the human. Dena said, “Whenever we get a first place win, we go to a steakhouse.” Dena Davis was considering a visit to Denny’s.

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Eva Knott Aug. 11, 2013 @ 11:22 a.m.

Human Terry Lamb, 63, escorts her lovable mutt Code Four on the catwalk. The pair showed good form in matching purple Hawaiian print shirts and Ugg boots. They were rewarded with a third-place ribbon in the Most-Alike contest, finishing a day of fun in Cardiff-by-the-sea, California, on Saturday August 10, 2013.


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