Gadsby's 6th Annual
Tavern Dog Contest Saturday, April 27th
In the 18th Century dogs were highly valuable companions. Helpful in hunting and guarding, they were even frequently traded as a form of currency. Our Tavern Dog helps represent Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Alexandria parades and at other events. All of our winners have marvelous stories of their own to tell:
- Charlie Landon is an American Foxhound, the State Dog of Virginia, which is appropriate since the breed was originated when George Washington bred English Foxhounds with a French Foxhound given to him by General Lafayette. More about Charlie and his breed
- Oliver Plante is a German Shepard mix who was already famous as the star of both a book My Wingman Oliver by Randy Plante and a "social website for dog people" www.caninewingman.com
- Rookie Schmidt is a perennial favorite at Gadsby's Tavern Dog Contests having placed in the running two times in a row. He even comes dressed in his own 18th century style tri-corner hat.
Pictures of our winners and all of this year's contestants:
- See our Ken Burns-style "movie" now on the GTMS YouTube Channel.
- See our Tavern Dog Hall of Fame for pictures of previous winners and participants.
- See (and buy prints of) all the pictures taken (including some edits) by the GTMS photographer at our Shutterfly site. The Password is woofwoof
Generous Donors: The winners and all the contestants received fabulous prizes donated by these generous pet-friendly businesses:
support of Gadsby's Tavern Museum and the Ice Well Renovation Campaign. C
ontestants' families became members of Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society for the year.