Portland, OR. Could bespectacled Rusty, the 8-year-old Golden Retriever be the Grand Marshal of the Rose Festival Parade on June 9th? Rusty is one of twenty finalists vying for a chance to be on the first ever Rose Festival Canine Court. Nearly 150 applicants ranging from service dogs to companion pets entered the contest. Oregon Humane Society, the Portland Rose Festival‘s Official Charity for 2018, helped narrowed the field to twenty. 

Finalist Ponyo, Pomeranian/Chihuahua Mix, 7 years old

A panel of celebrity judges will choose the five members of the Canine Court, including the Canine Grand Marshal, at a special OHS fundraiser called the Canine Coronation ceremony at the Heathman Hotel, Wednesday, May 23rd. 

Other finalists for the Caine Court include:

B.B., Wirehair Dachshund, 3 years old

Bruno, Cockapoo, 6 years old

Burt Usher, Terrier Mix, 9 years old

Diesel, English Mastiff, 2.5 years old

Ezekiel James, Husky/Shepherd Mix, 10 years old

Filly, English Springer Spaniel, 9 years old

George, Pit Bull/Basset Hound Mix, 10 months old

Gucci, Black Labrador, 6 years old

Jackson, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, 12 years old

Mango, Siberian Husky, 3 years old

Matilda, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 6 months old

Miles, French Bulldog, 9 years old

Mister Darcy, Airedale Terrier Mix, 2 years old

Molly, Golden Doodle, 2 years old

Professor Schnitzel, Mini Dachshund, 13 years old

Sebastian Grey, Chinese Crested, 10 years old

ShellBea, Newfoundland, 6 years old

Timmy, Cairn Terrier, 14 years old

The Canine Grand Marshal will ride in the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9 at Memorial Coliseum.

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The Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest’s oldest and largest humane society, with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Founded in 1868, OHS receives no government funds for its adoption, education and animal cruelty investigation programs. Visit oregonhumane.org for more information or to make a donation.

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The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage. The 2018 Rose Festival runs from May 25 through June 10 www.rosefestival.org.

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