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Inaugural Bark in the Park Brings out a Crowd

Creative costumes, celebrities and dogs of every breed turned out at the Plaza Saturday.

Anyone who is anyone was at the Plaza this morning. They included Rugby (the Sonoma Patch winner of Cutest Dog in Sonoma), Ladybug (runner-up), Max and his bride, Wally and Watson, Chloe and a host of other canines vying for honors in the first . The event was presented by , a non-profit animal shelter.

Dogs enjoyed the attention and treats and, of course, the sniffing of each other's behinds—always a major highlight of any canine gathering. They were there to compete for awards such as best costume, the waggiest tail, the human-dog look-alike, etc.

Celebrity judges included ABC TV's former "Bachelor," , a Sonoma native and co-owner of a local winery, Envolve. He was joined by his fiancee, Courtney Robertson. The dogs did a Pooch Promenade in front of the judges, then went back to Depot Park to socialize. The judges' decisions will be announced at 1 p.m. at the park.

Humans enjoyed themselves, gathering with their coffees to connect over conversation, a meander in the park, a few laughs, face painting or a bounce in the jumper.

Here's our photo gallery. Feel free to upload your own photos if you'd like.

Julie Pendray (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Who would you pick for best costume here?
Dyann Espinosa July 28, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Great photos Julie! Thanks for being a supporter of our four-legged friends. Cheers, Dyann
Sara July 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Luke, the Corkie gets my vote!
Julie Pendray (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Because of the "corker" costume, some of us had a discussion about the origin and meaning of the phrase, "a real corker." I heard this phrase a lot when I was growing up in New Zealand. It was used to mean something great or fun, as in a really wonderful person or a fabulously sunny day (e.g. "it was a real corker of a day.") According to my online dictionary research, that is indeed the gist of it. It is from the 1880s and can also mean something astonishing (therefore excellent), as in an astonishing remark that ends (i.e. puts the lid on) a debate or conversation, just as one would "cork" a bottle. Interesting, eh?

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