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Dogs have their day at this Boyle Heights show

April 10, 2011 |  3:42 pm

Ready to compete

One by one, the canines lined up at Resurrection Parish in Boyle Heights on Saturday for the community's first-ever dog show: pit bulls from Pico Rivera, Chihuahuas from Downey and boxers from Covina, all ready to compete for a trophy and neighborhood bragging rights.

Most would never qualify for the Westminster Kennel Club. But then again, this show had no intention of following official rules. The judges included a 13-year-old boy, and the event kicked off with a priest's blessing.

"We ask that you send your angels upon these dogs to protect them," said Msgr. John Moretta before sprinkling each one with holy water. "Some need more blessings than others."

Proceeds from the $3 entry fee went to help the church's school. But beyond raising funds, the show was a way to pay tribute to the Eastside's furriest residents, particularly those saved from shelters and the streets.

Read the full story: They're top dogs -- if only for a day

Photos: Dogs have their day at this Boyle Heights show

-- Esmeralda Bermudez

Photos, from top: Spike, a 4-year-old English bulldog; C-Note the pit bull. Credit: Christina House / Los Angeles Times.

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They're top dogs — if only for a day