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Sheila and Eric Nichols of Venice hold Shaker, 10, Martini, 9, Salt, 7, Olive, 1, and Margarita, 6, at Pups at Premier.

Lakewood Ranch hosts paw-fect canine event

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Sheila and Eric Nichols of Venice hold Shaker, 10, Martini, 9, Salt, 7, Olive, 1, and Margarita, 6, at Pups at Premier.

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Paige Lautzenheiser, the director of operations at the Sarasota Polo Club, brought polo club owner James Miller's pug, Passie, to the event.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Paige Lautzenheiser, the director of operations at the Sarasota Polo Club, brought polo club owner James Miller's pug, Passie, to the event.

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Passie the pug was loving the first Pups at Premier event in Lakewood Ranch.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Passie the pug was loving the first Pups at Premier event in Lakewood Ranch.

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Passie the pug and Paige Lautzenheiser negotiate the obstacle course at Pups at Premier.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Passie the pug and Paige Lautzenheiser negotiate the obstacle course at Pups at Premier.

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It's hard to tell who is having more fun on the obstacle course, Sun City's Brian Boone or his poodle-terrier Tobey.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

It's hard to tell who is having more fun on the obstacle course, Sun City's Brian Boone or his poodle-terrier Tobey.

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Tobey, a 13-year-old poodle-terrier, runs through the obstacle course with owner Brian Boone of Sun City.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Tobey, a 13-year-old poodle-terrier, runs through the obstacle course with owner Brian Boone of Sun City.

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Dogs fly from the start of Running of the Pups.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Dogs fly from the start of Running of the Pups.

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Dottie DeCarlo, the owner of Woof Gang Bakery and Dog Grooming, and Nadine Stein of the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch, hold Stein's rescue dog Havana.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Dottie DeCarlo, the owner of Woof Gang Bakery and Dog Grooming, and Nadine Stein of the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch, hold Stein's rescue dog Havana.

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Lakewood Ranch's Charles Lee gets his two mini dachshunds, Hudson and Dexter, ready for the Running of the Pups race.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Lakewood Ranch's Charles Lee gets his two mini dachshunds, Hudson and Dexter, ready for the Running of the Pups race.

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Lakewood Ranch's Lisa Breitberg holds 4-year-old Tica after the Havanese won a blue ribbon in the Running of the Pups.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Lakewood Ranch's Lisa Breitberg holds 4-year-old Tica after the Havanese won a blue ribbon in the Running of the Pups.

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Katy, a Chihuahua mix, won a heat of the Running of the pups.Katy is held by owner Anne Gold of University Park.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Katy, a Chihuahua mix, won a heat of the Running of the pups.Katy is held by owner Anne Gold of University Park.

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The event featured a dipping for bacon contest.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

The event featured a dipping for bacon contest.

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Valeria Colon of Parrish lines up her miniature Schnauzer Bori for the Running of the Pups.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Valeria Colon of Parrish lines up her miniature Schnauzer Bori for the Running of the Pups.

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Olive and Margarita, a pair of tea cup poodles, are loving life at the Pups at Premier event with owners Sheila and Eric Nichols.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Olive and Margarita, a pair of tea cup poodles, are loving life at the Pups at Premier event with owners Sheila and Eric Nichols.

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Bori, a miniature Schnauzer, gets ready to start the Running of the Pups.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Bori, a miniature Schnauzer, gets ready to start the Running of the Pups.

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Sarasota's Rich Heibel was being pulled around the event by his Afghan hound Mokii.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Sarasota's Rich Heibel was being pulled around the event by his Afghan hound Mokii.

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Chrissie Lee, holding Hudson and Dexter, and Charles Lee, holding Harley, say their dogs have different personalities but they all love each other.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Chrissie Lee, holding Hudson and Dexter, and Charles Lee, holding Harley, say their dogs have different personalities but they all love each other.

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Tiny, who Bradenton's Tracey Hooper bought from an animal rescue with paralyzed back legs, gets around with the help of wheels.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Tiny, who Bradenton's Tracey Hooper bought from an animal rescue with paralyzed back legs, gets around with the help of wheels.

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Low Rider Dachshund Rescue volunteer Melanie Roberts holds Gretta, a 7-week-old dachshund. Gretta can be adopted by contacting the Port Charlotte rescue.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Low Rider Dachshund Rescue volunteer Melanie Roberts holds Gretta, a 7-week-old dachshund. Gretta can be adopted by contacting the Port Charlotte rescue.

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Parrish's Larry Keene says his 4-year-old Basset hound Lacy, looks the way he feels — laid back.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Parrish's Larry Keene says his 4-year-old Basset hound Lacy, looks the way he feels — laid back.

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Willow, an 8-month-old Rhodesian ridgeback owned by East County's Ryan Stevens, would love to try some treats at the Oh Yeah! Pet Treats booth. Oh Yeah! is based in Palmetto.

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021 |

Willow, an 8-month-old Rhodesian ridgeback owned by East County's Ryan Stevens, would love to try some treats at the Oh Yeah! Pet Treats booth. Oh Yeah! is based in Palmetto.

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