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Brooklyn Heights chooses top dog — it’s Woodley! • Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn Heights chooses top dog — it’s Woodley!

And your winner is...: Deanna Durrett and Jared Wells show off their pride and joy, Woodley, who won “Best in Show” and “Most Affectionate.”
Photo by Tom Callan

The people of Brooklyn Heights have chosen their top dog!

Woodley, an 11-month-old Goldendoodle, stole local hearts at the second annual Brooklyn Heights Association Dog Show on Sept. 18 — winning “Most Affectionate” and “Best in Show.”

Her human, Deanna Durrett, said that she didn’t train Woodley — all the canine got was a pep talk.

“She loves people,” Durrett said. “It’s just fun to see her exhaust some of that puppy energy.”

More than 50 pooches vied for accolades that fateful day on Montague Street, where scores of residents helped decide prizes that included “Best Smile,” and “Best Hairdo.”

Judy Stanton, executive director of the Heights Association, said the contest brings locals together for hours of goofy competition but isn’t to be taken seriously.

“Last year, there were people who were upset with the judges,” Stanton said. “Our contestants were far less competitive this time.”

This year, contenders included WaWa, Ginny Chen’s Chihuahua that won “Best Tail Wagger,” and Lola, a Golden Retriever that won “Best Trick Winner” for collapsing on the ground when owner Jeff Marks pointed his index finger and said, “bang bang.”

Emcee Dick Dadey, who sought crowd reactions before naming the best in show, said that big hounds and tiny pups had hair dye, ribbons, and even sports jerseys to gain an extra edge. But sometimes those ploys didn’t jibe with spectators.

“It’s always nice for dog owners to get a reality check on how rest of neighborhood feels about their dogs,” Dadey said. “Scrappy events like this build stronger bonds in Brooklyn Heights.”

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