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Going to the dogs

October 20th, 2011 at Thu, 20th, 2011 at 12:23 pm by Brian Kelly

Langley Police Chief Randy Heston will take a turn as a judge this Saturday.

No, it’s not a promotion. Heston has been picked as one of the judges in this year’s Mutt Strut dog parade and costume contest. The annual canine competition returns to Bayview Corner for its sixth year Saturday.

Asked if he expects to see any of the animals he’s met in his workaday world — those of the my-neighbor’s-dog-is-barking-can-you-please-make-it-stop variety — Heston promised to not let any pooch’s prior run-ins with the law affect his judgement.

“I will try and remain unbiased, doggone it,” he said.

“I have never been a doggy judge before, but how could I say no?  I love animals and it will be all in fun,” Heston said.

Heston will be one of five guest judges, and the panel also includes Angela Vosburg-Ng of China City and Don Denman, the recently crowned Mr. South Whidbey.

The Mutt Strut is part of Apple Day at Bayview Corner, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

Registration for the Mutt Strut begins at 12:30 and the parade starts at 1:30 p.m.

“Conductor of Fun” Jim Freeman will emcee, and prizes will be awarded for best dog costume, best owner and dog costume combo, best trick and best celebrity dog.

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