The Rotary Club of Sayville’s 35th annual Pet Parade took place on Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at , where owners signed up close to 250 pets this year.
While there were 230 dogs entered in this year’s contest, there was a mix of different pets also competing for a prize. Cats, roosters, a pony, guinea pigs, a horse, a hermit crab, a snake and an iguana were among the other pets marching down Main Street.
Spectators lined the streets of town, cheering on their favorite pets. After proudly strutting their stuff, the parade ended at The Common Ground, where the judging began.
After being walked around the ring in groups of 20, the judges handed out blue ribbons to the 14 finalists. While the judges noted how hard it was to make a final decision, the winners were:
- Best Dog(s) Category: Shelby and Hersh, owned by Steve Boris of Holbrook
- Best Cat: Oliver, owned by the Casaburi family from Sayville
- Best Other Pet: Daisy (pony), owned by the Domingo family of Dix Hills
- Best Dressed: Jeter (who also sported a mohawk), owned by the Woznick family of Islip
- Best in Show: Nala (a Great Dane puppy), owned by Paul Vinas of Farmingville