Pups take center stage at Oxford’s annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale

Oxford’s annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale also featured a Puppy Parade and contests for Best Costume and Best Trick. CONTRIBUTED/BOB RATTERMAN

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Oxford’s annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale also featured a Puppy Parade and contests for Best Costume and Best Trick. CONTRIBUTED/BOB RATTERMAN

Businesses outside offering bargains aren’t the main attraction at Oxford’s annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale.

The event, which took place Aug. 5, features a Puppy Parade with dogs of all sizes out for a stroll down the middle of High Street.

Judging also took place in five categories — biggest, smallest, longest tail, best costume and best trick.

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Best Costume was won by Lainey, along with owner Tina Stroud, dressed as the carrier of a large cupcake and waitress, respectively.

The Best Trick contest drew the most appreciative applause from the crowd, with several dogs doing a series of things like sitting, lying down, rolling over but there were several inventive ones. That contest ended in a tie between Lily, a small dog who jumped through a hoop, and Fifi, who hopped on her back feet as a treat was held high.