Wuff Da! Dogs take over Ballard park

Well over a hundred dogs packed Ballard Commons Park today for “Wuff Da,” a dog show that handed out prizes for dozens of categories.

“Well, we weren’t sure how many folks would show up today. They’re all here,” said Tim Hunter, who was emcee of the event. “The line stretches from here to Fremont,” he joked of the registration line (above).

It all began with this post by Julie Albright on My Ballard. “After seeing everyone’s adorable pics of their pooches online, I say we have a Cutest Dog in Ballard Contest,” she wrote. Others agreed, selecting dates and volunteering as judges. Three weeks later, a huge crowd packed Ballard Commons Park for the event. “I think this is fantastic,” said Joyce Golden, who entered her poodle mix into the contest. “My gosh, I can’t believe all the people that are here.”

Organizers split the competition into small, medium and large dogs — each had to be from Ballard — and owners paraded their pooches around the Ballard Commons fountain. (Watch video of the event by SeattleTimes.com).

Judges evaluated the dogs on a number of categories including oldest, youngest, cutest, prettiest smile, funniest looking and longest tail.

This dog, named Zeus, won the prize for the funniest-looking big dog.

These cute little Golden Retrievers won the “youngest puppy” award. Their names: Riley Cyrus and Reba McIntyre.

Some dogs didn’t waste their time digging into their prizes, which included bones, treats and tennis balls provided by a long list of Ballard sponsors. “Thanks also to all of the dog owners who brought down their adorable pooches; it was incredible to see a lot of Ballard’s amazing dogs in one place,” said organizer Julie Albright, who said she’s considering doing it again next year. “We’ve never had anything like this in Ballard,” said Ron Embree, who’s lived in Ballard for 40 years. “It’s excellent. We love it!”

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KB_Soberdog
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KB_Soberdog

Hi! What a great time! I took about 150 pictures, but don't know how to post them on here. If anyone was there with their dog and saw me taking photos of them (I was wearing the blue plaid cowboy shirt, with my dog Romeo) you can email me and I can send you a copy! Kim/Frolic Photography: Frolic_Photography@yahoo.com

KB_Soberdog
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KB_Soberdog

OH, it's Frolic (underscore) photography@yahoo.com.
it didn't show the underscore in my first post!

KB_Soberdog
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KB_Soberdog

oops just tried to post a photo, didn't work

Jesse
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Jesse

if you use flickr you can create a pool and everyone can just put their pictures into the pool, or merely tag them with “Wuuf Da”

Jesse
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Jesse

if you have a flickr account you can tag them “Wuuf Da” or start a pool for others to add theirs to as well.

chermoni
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I added some pics to the Ballard flickr pool :)

Thanks to everyone who let us pet their dogs, us non-dog owners had a good time.

aech
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aech

I'm glad everyone had a great time. We were actually disappointed because we couldn't hear anything the announcer said and missed the entire section our dog could have participated in. Our dog was just happy to meet everyone, but we would have liked to have been able to participate more actively. I hope this will become an annual event so that we can join in on the fun next year.

Jules
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Jules

Since you didn't get to participate….well, I have a couple of prizes left over AND some goodies, so…just tell me what kind of dog you have, and I'll meet you and get you some stuff.

Sorry about the PA- the Parks & Rec PA wasn't that great.

KB_Soberdog
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KB_Soberdog

oh I don't use flickr, I used photobucket but anyway I sent some photos to the Geeky Swedes so I think they will be posting a bunch!

Jules
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Jules

I would like to thank our sponsors: All the Best Petcare, Bark, Camelion, Ballard Home Comforts, Ballard Market, Johnny's Shoe Repair, Ahimisa Dog Training, Trader Joe's, Romanza, Sandy Matthews, masseuse, and The Ryther Center, Please support our Ballard Sponsors! I'd also like to thank the Seattle Dept. of Parks & Rec, Jonathan Matthews Design, Erik Witzoe who designed the poster, Ingrid, Anne, Angelina and Ben, our judges, Tim Hunter our MC, Ballard Chamber of Commerce for letting us use their insurance, all the great folks at the Dept. of Parks, the nice folks from PAWS, Aiko Vail and her dog Porter from German Shepherd Search Dogs, and everyone who helped out. We raised $30 for Old Dog Haven- not a ton of money, but then, it wasn't a fundraiser. We contributed all our leftover bags to the Ballard Community Center, and I'll be taking all the leftover goodies to the Seattle Humane Society and PAWS. IF anyone DIDN'T get a prize or a goodie bag, I have some goodie bags left over and prizes forA ChihahuaA small white dogA WestieA ScottieA dog that looks like “Benji;” Contact me, and meet me at Tully's and I'll give you some goodies. Please… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

What size, what breed, and when can you meet me…EVERYONE should get a goodie bag!

LMcGuff
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LMcGuff

My wife and I had a wonderful time. It was great fun to see all the dogs. I'm going to post some pictures to my flickr site later this evening (“Holy Outlaw”). Thank you, Jules2, for organizing and thanks to all the sponsors.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Such beautiful controlled chaos! The PA system was barely audible but I was having so much fun trying to get pics with my cell phone (and trying NOT to pet any dogs – didn't need to have my cat mad at me) that it mattered not.
Apparently, it was also my sister's birthday today. So I had mom and sis meet me down there. The cuddly pups were a nice birthday addition for her.
Thank you, Jules! And also thank you to the volunteer judges and the sponsors. This was fun!!!!

Jules
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Jules

I believe I deserve a prize for NOT dognapping any dogs…all too adorable. It would have been nice if the Times had interviewed me…but there you go.

If anyone DIDN'T get a prize or a goodie bag, contact me.

Guest
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Guest

Do these freakin' dog people need any more encouragement?

Jules
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Jules

Well, Mr (or Ms) Crabby Pants, I myself am a cat owner…(owner? Feeder and provider of services more like) I spent 3 weeks doing this, more of my own money than an unemployed person should, and yes, I still think the dog owners of Ballard deserve a good time. So there.

I think we're all open to any free community event that you would like to put on. (cats? ferrets? hamsters? gerbils? Exotic birds?)

kerala
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kerala

Thanks to everyone who worked to make this dog day happen. It was a great community event but had to leave before it was over and was wondering how it ended up (my husband and dog hung around but he – the husband -wasn't really paying much attention). I watched the video the Seattle Times had and when Angela (I think) was discussing some winners, got to see my dog while she mentioned the “Best Rin Tin Tin Look-Alike” and was curious if he was that dog. Are you going to post any results? ;-)

LMcGuff
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LMcGuff

I posted some photos from this afternoon to flickr.

Jules
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Jules
msballard30
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msballard30

Then I think that part of the video showed your dog playing with mine (the b/w Malamute puppy). You have a cute dog!

Confusatron
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Confusatron

That's my pug, Jasmine, in pic #3! We had a great time! Thanks for putting this on!

Silver
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Wonderful photos!

I'll bet that all the dogs, and many of their humans, slept pretty soundly last night. ;-)

Zeus – you are NOT “Funny Looking” – you are a damn fine Boxer! And don't you fergit it!

Silver
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It was lovely bumping into you and the missus at Wuff Da! Did you hear about it on myballard?

angelatini
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angelatini

I haven't even seen the video yet! hahahaha It was me…I have no idea what video coincided with what I said. I know the “Rin Tin Tin Look alike” claimed their prize yesterday, though. They came up and made their presence known, at the time we announced it.

angelatini
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angelatini

I don't think he's “funny looking”, per se. He just has a quizzical boxer face. I love his “funny face.” Please don't take “funny face” to heart…remember, Audrey Hepburn was told she had a “Funny Face” in the movie!! :)

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