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Portland canines strut their stuff to be city's 'top dog'

COURTESY OF THE OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY - Smoochie was the winner of last year's Top Dog Model in the small dog category. This year's Top Dog contest is at 6 p.m., Nov. 19, at the Hotel Monaco.Which canine will be Portland’s Top Dog?

A panel of celebrity judges will decide that Thursday evening during the ninth annual Top Dog Model contest at the Hotel Monaco. The contest is sponsored by Lexi Dog Boutique & Social Club and the Hotel Monaco to benefit the Oregon Humane Society.

The event begins with a reception from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the contest. Hotel Monaco is at 506 S.W. Washington St. There is a $15 admission charge, which goes to support the Oregon Humane Society.

Judges will select a winner from among a dozen small dogs and a dozen large dogs. Finalists will be judged on style, personality and runway demeanor, according to the Oregon Humane Society.

Judges for the contest are Byron Beck, journalist; Helen Raptis, co-host of KATU's AM Northwest; Kimberly Maus, co-anchor of FOX 12's Good Day Oregon; Mitch Elliott, co-host of 105.1 The Buzz's Daria, Mitch, and Ted: The Afternoon Show; Poison Waters, entertainer and co-host at Darcelle XV Showplace; Sheryl Stewart, music director and host for The Sheryl Stewart Show at 105.1 The Buzz.

Andy Carson from KPTV will be the master of ceremonies.

Top Dog Model winners in each category will receive a prize gift basket that includes a boutique package from LexiDog Boutique & Social Club, gift cards to Portland restaurants, dog grooming sessions and a stay at the Hotel Monaco.