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Dog owners prep for parade
While some are getting their best spice mix ready for this year's 14th annual Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee cook-off, Kayla Martin is getting her dog ready to strut her stuff during the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade.

The Stewbilee is Saturday at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, off Bay Street in Brunswick. In addition to the pooch parade, it will feature a variety of Brunswick stew recipes, all available for tasting with the purchase of tickets, arts and crafts, kids games, classic car show, a foot race and live music.

Sophia, Martin's black Labrador retriever, will turn a year-old in November, but this pooch already thinks she's a little princess, which is exactly why Martin will dress Sophia up as a pink princess in Saturday's parade.

"She's a little diva dog," said Martin. "She already wears a vest."

Martin was unable to compete in last year's parade, but says this year will be a lot more fun anyway. One reason will be because of Sophia herself. Having Sophia, who wasn't even born at the time of the last parade, will let Martin and her share a kind of "girl's day out" experience.

The 26-year-old's two male dogs wouldn't enjoy the dressing up aspect of the parade as much, she says.

"She's my only girl," said Martin, a Brunswick resident. "I don't think my boys would appreciate having to get dressed up."

Martin's male pups may not like getting dressed up, but Camden, a stray dog at the Glynn County Animal Services facility, won't mind at all.

The 2-year-old white collie mix isn't hoping to win any of the five awards that will be given out to the top dogs and masters in costume, but rather he's hoping to win over someone's heart. Camden needs a home.

This will be the first time that dogs from the facility will be in the Stewbilee Pooch Parade. Hopefully, the added exposure will get more dogs adopted, says Marci De Sart, chairperson of the Glynn County Animal Services Advisory Board.

Registration for the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and the parade will start at 10:15 a.m. It will cost $10 to register the first dog and $5 for any additional dogs by the same owner.

All proceeds raised from the parade will be split between Glynn County Animal Services and the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia.

Animal Services will have at least five dogs in the parade wearing a black and yellow vest that will read "Adopt Me" on them. The dogs will also sport a matching bandana.

"Our goal is to get some of these dogs adopted based on the fact people saw them in the parade," she said. "We'll dress them up as themselves in their adopt-me vests and draw attention to the fact that they need homes."

The costume pooch parade is expected to draw between 100 to 200 canine competitors, which will be delightful to De Sart, who needs a high volume of people for exposure, and also to Martin, who just wants to have fun and meet new animal lovers like herself.

"I think it would be a fun experience for all the owners and the dogs," said Martin. "Plus it's for a good cause."

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at mrand@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.

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Here is a list of events planned at the 2013 Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee Saturday at Mary Ross Waterfront Park at Gloucester and Bay streets:

* 8:30 a.m.: 5-kilometer run

* 10:15 a.m.: Pooch Costume Parade

* 11:00 a.m.: Brunswick Stewbilee Tasting Contest and Classic Car Show

Register online at www.stewbilee.com



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