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OCEAN CITY, N.J.—Albert, a sprightly English Springer Spaniel, was crowned Ocean City’s “Dog of the Year” during a ceremony at the Port O’ Call in Ocean City on Sunday. The award goes to the canine that has raised the most money for the Cape May County Dog Park in Ocean City.


Photos of the contestants were featured for months on the boardwalk and downtown locations and the public was invited to show its support with money votes. Albert was sponsored by Boyars Market and Berger Realty and likes to swim in the Ocean regardless of the temperature. He has accumulated quite a fan club and frequents local spots like Boyars where he is treated to liverwurst, milk bones and lots of love.


First Runner-up is PI, a Havanese, sponsored by the 34th St. WaWa. Pi is a playful puppy who loves cavorting with kids and adults. She is described as the ultimate fund raiser who will shake paws, give licks and do tricks all in the name of charity to support the Dog Park.


Second Runner-Up is Eloise Eugenia a Morkie (Maltese Yorkie) plus Mutt with a permanent smile. She is described as a three year old natural beauty that can wash her face on command and is happy to do it for others, too. She loves to chase big dogs up and down the fence line at the dog park. Eloise Eugenia was sponsored by the Helena’s Could Be Your Consignment Boutique.


A Halloween Costume Contest was held after the crowning ceremony. Winners included: Most Original, Sir Starbucks, best friend, Tina Borden; Scariest, P.W. Scrubs with Stephanie Lindley; Runner- Up, Most Original, Pi as Underdog with David Dominic; Best of Show was a tie between Ollie a Pink Butterfly with David, Dominic and Linda Karanzalis and Sydney, a Blue Butterfly, with Donna Cline.


Funniest Entry was Lucy dressed in Blue Candy Corn with Marisa Coffield. Second place went to Parker, decorated with all kinds of stuff the tide brings in, with Ellen Seneft and Will Hershner.


Portraits of contestants were taken by EZ Memories Photography (609) 927-3301, www.EZmemories.com.