NEW PORT RICHEY — The Landings of St. Andrew was going to the dogs Tuesday — and the birds and the cats.
A Pet Parade demonstrated the diversity of animals at the senior community in New Port Richey that allows residents to have pets.
Pasco Clerk and Comptroller Paula O’Neil accepted an invitation to serve as grand marshal of the festivities in a shaded area of the Landings.
“They asked me to be grand marshal because I love dogs and this is a great event,” O’Neil said. “Animals are important to people. And it’s nice at this facility they can bring their animals. It’s great. When they move in, they bring their animals … and it becomes their home.”
O’Neil brought along her dog, Buddy, a dachshund who was a big hit with children and other guests.
Among four-legged contestants were Princess, a 10-year-old Chihuahua of resident Bruno Fland.
Baby, the dog of resident Dotti Wild, wore a wedding dress costume.
While cats of most residents don’t venture outdoors, Pasco County Animal Services helped balance the scales a bit. Staff members of the county agency brought kittens and other cats as one of the vendors at the Pet Parade event at Landings of St. Andrew.
Staffer Andrea Ciesluk and volunteer Amy Boatwright chatted with many guests who fawned over the felines.
Marian Steinborn led off with her parakeet whose name is Chicken Butt, Kathryn Long, the project administrative assistant at the Landings, said
His cage and carrier were decorated by Sandy Shircliff and who accompanied Marian and Chicken Butt, dressed up as a kitty cat with more than casual interest in Marian’s bird.
They were followed by Vicki with her dog Oreo. Guess we know what Vicki’s favorite snack is.
Then came Paula O’Neil, Pasco County Clerk of Court, and our Grand Marshal of the parade. She was accompanied by her dog Buddy, who was very well mannered and friendly.
Behind O’Neil was Janice Gormao with her sweet dog Izzy.
Eleanore Moore, owner and operator of Bark Avenue, a local New Port Richey grooming and pet boarding business followed Janice and Izzy with her dog Shelby who had a cute pink bow in her hair.
Next came Joyce with her wiggle waggle dog Pookie, “cute as ever,” Long continued.
They were followed by Bruno with his dog Princess.
After Princess was Meryl Miles her little dog Paulie.
Long herself joined the fun with her grand-children’s huge stuffed white tiger, Fluffleuffagus, who got lots of cheers.
The parade concluded with Dottie and her trained service dog “Baby” who was all decked out in a wedding gown any dog would have loved.
Many other businesses and nonprofit groups participated as vendors, Long, said. The list includes Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Pasco Poison Control Center, Tampa Tribune, Gulfside Hospice, Raffle Rescue, Doggie Cakes, Lasting Legacy, Bark Avenue, insurance agencies, department stores and many more. Smooth Vasquez served as the disc jockey.