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Bulldogs converge on Bay Shore

Winnie takes a rest under the chair of

Winnie takes a rest under the chair of her owner John Taylor, of Bayville, at the Lobg Island Bulldog Club Bulldog Match. (Nov. 6, 2011) Credit: Erin Geismar

Rose Holmes, of Bellmore, can barely take her 2-year-old bulldog anywhere without being stopped by a stranger who wants to take his picture.

No sooner did she make the claim than a man tapped her shoulder and asked about her dog, Rocky.

"He's beautiful," the man said, stooping down to pet Rocky.

"That's what everyone always tells me," Holmes said.

Holmes and Rocky were at the Long Island Bulldog Club's Bulldog Match because after so much praise, she wanted to see for herself how Rocky stacked up.

The event, hosted at Doggie U K9 Academy in Bay Shore, is a way for Bulldog owners to take the first step towards showmanship.

"We show you what a Bulldog is supposed to look like, be like and act like," said Peter Festa, president of the Long Island Bulldog Club.

Festa said he attended an event like this one about 15 years ago with his Bulldog and ended up with a champion on his hands.

About 150 people attended with their Bulldogs, coming in from all over the tri-state area.

The event featured a costume parade and a rescue dog parade, before moving onto the show competitions for both children and adults.

Raushana Burten, of Manhattan, brought her 10-month-old English Bulldog, Buddha. A first time Bulldog owner, she was also curious to see what professionals would think about her dog.

"He's a champion," she said. "He's coming from a really good line of champions. He has excellent pedigree."

She had high expectations for his turn in the show ring.

"I think he's going to do great," she said. "He's one of the cutest dogs here, everybody says so."

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