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WINTERFEST: “Hank” conquers WinterPaws

By David Rogers. January 28, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Leave it to a bloodhound to sniff out the big prize. “Hank” is the new canine pup being trained by High Country resident Brent Presnell. After taking home top honors in the “Cutest” category, Hank was awarded “Best in Show” accolades from the esteemed panel of judges for WinterPaws, the non-Westminster-type dog show that is held annually as part of Winterfest and in benefit of the Watauga Humane Society.

Ronnie Mark, General Manager of Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway, Mayor Charlie Sellers, and Alice Roess, the Humane Society’s president, all served as judges for the 2019 edition of WinterPaws, hosted at Blowing Rock School. More than 300 people attended this year’s show, with more than 50 dogs entered into the five categories:

  • Best Winter Fashion Wear
  • Most Unique Mix of Breed (AKA “Most Adorable Mutt”)
  • Best Dog/Owner Look-a-Like
  • Cutest
  • Best Trick

“Hank” faced stiff competition in winning “Cutest”, as did the other four winners:

  • Winter Fashion Wear — “Penelope”, showed by Rachel O’Ragan (Boone)
  • Unique Mix of Breeds – “Ginger”, showed by Morgan McGee (Lexington, SC)
  • Dog/Owner Look-a-Like – “Shia”, showed by Casey Ecker (Boone)
  • Best Trick — “Roo Roo”, showed by Sarah Tretz

Best one-liner of the day: “I have no idea.” (An unidentified young lady’s answer when asked by the emcee what breeds were represented in her “best friend.”)

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News


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