Dogs and a Wannabe Win ‘Dogs from a Distance’ Competition

Neither rain nor coronavirus stopped our canine friends from competing this year during Open Streets. They came in all shapes, sizes, breeds, costumes, and talents to be judged by a panel of distinguished officials—State Senator Elena Parent, State Representatives Mary Margaret Oliver and Becky Evans, and DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader. In one of their most important tasks of 2020 the judges named the winners after viewing photo/video submissions.

The 2020 winners (and their best friends) are:

  • Best Pandemic Pooches (and most spirited for these troubled times): Banksy and Marlo, (Chris Liggett)
  • Cuddliest Dog: Abbie Warnbark, (Rebecca Baggett)
  • Best Dressed dog: Arlo, (Linda Robitscher)
  • Looks Like a Person: Skip (Sally Mountcastle)
  • Best trick: Hazel, (Josh LeFrancois and Maya)
  • Best Family Dog(s): Indiana, Tawny, and Amber (Jan Jones)
  • Hungriest: Lyra the cat and dog wannabe (Todd and Mary Katherine Hill)
  • Most Musical: Totoro (Todd Ableser)
  • Most Romantic Couple: Henry and Peaches (Mary Margaret Oliver and Sydney Cleland)

Watch this exciting virtual competition featuring all the contestants and winners in a video hosted by author and DeKalb County Park Ranger and Naturalist Jonah McDonald at https://youtu.be/TCje2FN4at0.