Dogs on parade in Park Slope

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Going for the gold: These sharp-witted beagles named Moxie and Huckleberry took 1-year-old Ginger Lidsky for a ride when they competed in the best trick category.
Trained pup: Owner Nick McGaughey entered his dog Winter, an Austrailian German shepherd mix.
Tasty rewards: This canine got a yummy treat as it competed in best trick category.
Runner up: Six-year-old Archie Neibart’s doggy pal Pumpernickel placed second for best name at the the dog competition.
And the winner is: Ten-year-old Isaac Zygmuntowicz was proud of his goldendoodle Shayna, who came out the victor for best behaved.

The Westminister dog show has nothing on the pooches of Park Slope.

Canines of all breeds strutted their stuff and competed for the tastiest treats at PS 321’s first-ever dog competition on March 9, which brought dogs and owners of all kinds to the Seventh Avenue elementary school.

Puppy-loving students and neighborhood dog owners entered their four-legged companions in categories including “best dressed,” “best named,” “best behaved,” and “best haircut” as a part of the school’s fund-raising “Winter Carnival” extravaganza.

“It was a ton of fun,” said parent volunteer Emma Murphy, whose daughter Daisy and son Archie attend the respected primary school. “That’s the great thing about dogs — kids love them. It was awesome!”

The dog show’s judge, Kristen Flanagan, who is an editor for Martha Stewart Living, chose Murphy’s two-year-old half-beagle, half-daschund Pumpernickel and his puppy pal Charlie for the victors of the “best couple” category.

Slope mom Liza Bruna’s goldendoodle Shayna placed first for “best behaved.”

“It’s pretty funny because she’s very well behaved in general until she sees a puddle and then all bets are off,” said Bruna, who added that her fourth grader son Issac had a blast at the festival. “He loved being with his dog and showing off her tricks.”

All winning pups received a box of treats from BarkBox, a subscription-based online pet store, and, of course, ultimate street cred.

The money raised from the event directly benefits the school and it’s enrichment programs, said parent volunteers.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at

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