Dog show highlights Hillcrest block party

Don Woods, left, shows off Pumpkin, his Pomeranian, to residents, from left to right, Vonnie Sink, Dorothy Elliott and Bill Isaac during the Dog Days of Summer Dog Show at Hillcrest Health Services on Friday afternoon in Papillion. Pumpkin, who has her ears pierced, won the cutest small dog category.

Hillcrest Country Estates went to the dogs for a few hours Friday.

The Continuing Care Retirement Community, located just off 60th Street and Highway 370, wrapped up its week-long block party with the third annual Dog Days of Summer Dog Show.

“Three years ago, we decided to have a dog show,” said Cindy Klein, the administrator of Hillcrest Country Estates cottages. “The purpose of the dog show was to give back to the community and raise funds for the Papillion Senior Center. All the entry fees for the dogs in the dog show are donated to the senior center.”

More than $150 was raised this year with more than $800 total being donated to the senior center.

While many retirement communities celebrate National Nursing Home week, it just didn’t seem fitting for Hillcrest, which is more of a complete retirement campus than just a nursing home. Instead, the facility’s residents and administrators decided on a block party to highlight the neighborhood atmosphere.

“Each cottage has 18 elders that live there and we come together as a neighborhood,” Klein said. “Every day, we have at least two competitions in which each cottage earns points. Then, we award first- and second-place trophies. They’re roaming trophies that every cottage fights for.”

Events during the week included egg races, scavenger hunts, suitcase relays, orange relays, a mismatch parade, a hula hoop contest, water balloon toss, Frisbee toss, ball toss and a bake off. Residents in the villas surrounding the cottages were also able to enter the bake off.

Cabin 80 was the champion for the second-straight year with Cabin 70 in second.

“It was a great week of fun competition,” Klein said.

The Dog Show is the culmination of the week with elders sitting outside for the show. Anyone is allowed to enter the dog show, although most entries come from staff members or family members of the residents.

This year’s show winners were:

• Cutest small dog: Pumpkin, owned by Don Woods.

• Most adorable medium dog: Sam, owned by Gina Klein.

• Best looking large dog: Milo, owned by Caitlin Sztochmal.

• Best trick: Katie, owned by Dorothy Buse.

• Best costume: Katie, owned by Dorothy Buse.

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