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Pooches dress in their best in Nichols Hills

BY TIM HENLEY Published: September 22, 2009
NICHOLS HILLS — Canines trotted through neighborhoods Sunday, wearing their best attire and showing off their groomed fur.

The 13th annual Pooch Parade was at Grand Park in Nichols Hills. Dogs walked along a parade route, and prizes were awarded in various categories.

Ann Shelton’s poodle Cassidy participated in the parade, but she didn’t win any awards.

Although Cassidy didn’t leave as one of the decorated canines, Shelton said it didn’t matter because it was for a good cause.

"We were here to support disadvantaged animals, and that’s all that matters,” Shelton said.

The event also included food, music, vendor booths and pet blessings.

The parade judges were singer Graham Colton, State Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, and Clay Bennett, team chairman for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

About 300 people attended, co-chairman Adelaide Liedtke said.

The event was organized by Animal Rescue Friends of Nichols Hills, a nonprofit organization that helps rescue animals.