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Staten Island Chihuahua, Peanut, Declared "Best New York Tail 2005"
In a tough, down-to-the-wire "battle of the boroughs" between dogs, cats and birds, it was Peanut, the long-haired Chihuahua from Staten Island who finally collared the title "Best New York Tail 2005" at the glittering Animal Rescue NY benefit at the famous Cutting Room in New York's Flatiron District on Sept. 28th.
Peanut and his owners, Michelle and Andrew Jackowitz, who rushed back from a vacation in Disneyworld just to make it back to the packed-to-the-rafters event, were ecstatic when Bash Dibra, famous celebrity pet star trainer and agent to countless animals in movies and television, boomed "Peanut, welcome to the StarPet Family" from the red-carpet stage, followed by thunderous applause from the audience. They were flanked by Dr. Jill Richardson of Hartz Mountain, a major sponsor of both the contest and the Animal Rescue Event, and Diane West, publisher of New York Tails. The winner was chosen by people from all over New York, the country, and even the world through online votes. Mr. Dibra and Dr. Jill Richardson of the Hartz Mountain Company introduced and congratulated each semifinalist to the standing-room-only crowd.
Peanut will now meet one-on-one with the Mr. Dibra, the most famous pet agent on the East Coast, for a personal evaluation and interview. These could very well be the first steps toward a whole new life for Peanut and his family. New York Tails will follow their progress and give you updates.
Winners from each borough and county, who were also honored at the event, include Patrice Glenn and her dog Toby from Manhattan, Brenda Walk and her cat, Kaspian, also from Manhattan, Antonia Guerrero and her dog, Flaco, Long Island greyhounds, Shiraz and Buffett, with Sheryl Matthys, basset hound Ringo Starr with Carmen Castro of Queens, and four gorgeous Sun Conure birds (Simone, Hunter, Precious and Sunnae) from Westchester.
Special recognition was given to Peggy Cooper and her dog, Mimka of the Bronx, both survivors of domestic abuse and cruelty. Both of these beautiful ladies are living examples of the healing power of the love between pets and people.
Each semifinalist will receive a basket of products from the Hartz Mountain Corporation and a beautiful Jazzy Couture bag from Sherpa's Pet Trading Company. The Jazzy line was inspired by New York Post columnist Cindy Adams' beloved Yorkie, Jazzy. The Jazzy Couture Carrier is the official carrier of the Best New York Tails 2005 contest.
New York Tails would like to give a special thanks to: Rational Animal (www.rational-animal.org) for generously making us part of their special evening
And our contest and party sponsors:
Check out the official pet tote of the "Best New York Tails 2005" contestants - the Park Avenue Pet Tote! (Jazzy By Sherpa) Order today by visiting www.sherpapet.com Item Numbers 90144 and 92144.
The other semi-finalists are pictured below:
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