Updated at: 05/13/2013 10:06 AM
(AP) CARTHAGE, Mo. - An 8-year-old southwest Missouri girl who was disappointed that her mutt couldn’t compete in the Westminster Dog Show came up with an alternative.
The Joplin Globe ( http://bit.ly/ZUENVR) reports that the Mutt-minster Dog Show made its debut over the weekend at a Carthage park.
It raised $1,210 for the Carthage Humane Society. That far surpassed Olivia Pierce’s $300 fundraising goal. Her mother, Keegan Pierce, says donations came from a mix of corporate sponsors and competition entries.
The show featured nearly 30 dogs and their owners competing for the best-in-show title. The winner was a boxer-schnauzer mix. Olivia says she just wanted to have other people see dogs the same way that she does, to know that "they are all special in some way."
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com
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