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Actress Sam Carrell and her Instagram-famous dog Tinkerbelle attend the Shorty Awards on May 5, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)

Puppy pageant

At the first ever Miss Dog Mom USA competition, dogs walk the catwalk

By WITW Staff on June 17, 2019

The first ever Miss Dog Mom USA has been crowned in New York City, following a lighthearted competition in which women proudly promenaded, posed, and danced alongside their furry companions.

The pageant, which writer Rachel Syme described in The New York Times as “a live-action mash-up of Best in Show and Drop Dead Gorgeous, with a dollop of Dance Moms,” offered contestants the chance to win $1,000, a sash, and a yearlong contract to appear in parades and other events.

A dog lover and former Miss Teen USA contestant named Desh Valcin dreamed up the event a few years ago, and made it a reality in May.

After an opening dance number, contestants moved on to a costume competition and an evening-wear segment in which dogs and their masters dressed to impress.

Maria Ducasse, a 34-year-old professional dog walker, and Bella, her Shih Tzu-greyhound mix, ultimately took home the night’s top honor — despite an awkward moment when Bella got tangled up in her leash.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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