One-eyed pugs, dogs on wheels, and puppies that looked like newborn hamsters — the Charleston Dog Show attracted all kinds of mutts. At the Saturday morning event, pet owners got to show off their dogs in a variety of friendly competitions. There were shows for herding dogs, sporting dogs, puppies, seniors, terriers, children handlers, costume-wearing dogs, hound dogs, working dogs, mutts, toys, and non-sporting dogs.

New this year was a rescue class for pets that had been adopted from a rescue organization or a shelter. As a guest judge, I found this class nearly impossible to fairly assess. The 20 entrants all had compelling stories; some were rescued from puppy mills and others were adopted from shelters. The ultimate winner was Sprout, a dog that had been thrown from a car window and brought to a shelter where Maggie Caswell was working. He had a broken pelvis but eventually recovered, and Caswell fell in love and adopted him. Second place went to Buxton who was rescued by Sumner Little, and third place went to pitbull Emmie, whose owner Dana Nettles told us that it wasn’t the dog who had been rescued, but her. Truly touching stories.

Congrats to all the winners. Check out the slideshow for a glimpse at the amazing array of dogs we encountered.

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