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Nosara Annual Dog Show
Dog Culture on Display

By Fritz Elmendorf
Photos by Pinar Istek

Beverly Kitson and her dog competed in the mirror image on Sunday, June
5th, 2011. The mirror image category was set up to select the dog that
is most alike with it's owner.

Nosara’s first annual dog show, “Go Dog Go,” provided an enjoyable if somewhat wet opportunity for residents to demonstrate that their pets are part of the local culture, friendly if a bit undisciplined.

The event was organized to raise money for Nosara Animal Care, which provides veterinary care and shelter for local animals. The rather whimsical categories of competition were designed to ensure that every dog had a chance to be a prizewinner. 
While the competition at times was strong, what the participants may have lacked in discipline they made up in good humor. And the dogs all got along as well. The event raised just over $1000 and t-shirts are still available at the La Costa Rentals office.

The winners and their owners are:
Most obedient- Roxie / Jean Sholl
Least Obedient- Luna / Kathy and Tony Santeiro
Best trick-Jale / Kimberly Wegman
Waggiest Tale-MiMi / Marcel & Miriam Schaerer
Ugliest Dog- Puppydoo / Debbie Bishop
Prettiest Bitch- Lulu / Jodi Buehner
Mirror Image-Chaucer / Beverly Kitson
Dog with no legs-Frederica / Peter & Faith Burke
Best Costume-Bogo / Brenda Lee
Just Because-Apollo / Hawe & Beatte Klossek
Oldest - Rocky / Vicky Twyford
Best in Show-Judges could not decide and chose them all

The event organizers were Bobbi Johnson, Kim Shook, and Linda Cox, who hosted the event at her tennis court.
The judges were Pam Ellsworth, Sarah Forster of Nosara Animal Care, Dra. Laura Brenes, Administrator of the Ostional Refuge/MINAET, and Dr. Christian Alfaro, the vet from Safari Animal Clinic.

Rick Bryant was the announcer and his wife Diane kept track of the scoring.

People who donated prizes were:
Clinica Derm Pet
Garza Vets
Safari Animal Clinic
Coopeveterinario Nicoya
Mike & Alice Olson
Giardino Tropicale
Kathy King
Paula White
Kathy Santiero

A special thanx to Linda Cox and Diego Rivera for donating their tennis court.


One of the contestants of the dogs with no legs category. This category was meant to select the dog of which owners carry him or her to everywhere instead of walking. This young contestant couldn't make it in this category.

One of the contestants in the tricks category.

Einstein, competed in the mirror image category. In spite of the efforts by his owners, he didn't make it in this category.

Mimi – winner waggiest tail category
Roxy – winner obedience category

Luna – The least obedient dog category winner.


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Guiones Will Have 4,000 More Trees on its Beach

In June, Costas Verdes, a non-governmental organization, will plant 4,000 trees along Playa Guiones. "Our goal is to create biological corridors in order to restore, first the flora and then the fauna, in areas where wildlife has been eliminated, such as Guiones", explained Max Tattenbach, President of Costas Verdes.


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