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Hot dogs! Pup Olympics comes to Marine Park

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Canines of all stripes will be honored for their skill, prowess and doggone good looks in Marine Park on Sept. 24 — thanks to a group of felines!

For the seventh year in a row, members of Lions International’s Canarsie Chapter will be hosting the Doggie Olympics, where four-legged friends from across the neighborhood will go for the gold in frisbee catching, doggie dancing, agility, sprinting, athletic tricks, best trained and, of course, best in show, beginning at 10:30 am.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Bryan Lee, who hosts the Doggie Olympics each year, and MCs the always crowd-pleasing “catwalk competition” where dogs and their owners glam for the audience. “It appeals to the die hard dog lovers that spend countless hours teaching them tricks and buying costumes and the casual dog lovers who just enjoy taking their pooch out for a walk.”

The best competitors win medals, but every dog in the contest goes home with something — including a free $10 gift certificate to Bow-Wow Pet Supplies on Gerritsen Avenue in Gerritsen Beach, Lee said.

Lee understands that it may seem odd that a group of Lions would be sponsoring a dog competition, but there will be no inter-species mingling, he said.

The Lions, advocates for the blind, initially created the Doggie Olympics to raise the money needed for a visually impaired person to hire a guide dog. To this day, the money raised from the Olympics is used to fund camps for visually impaired children and fund classroom projects at IS 68 on E. 82nd Street in Canarsie, Lee said.

Doggie Olympics at Marine Park [Fillmore Avenue near Marine Parkway, between the bocce and basketball courts, in Marine Park, (917) 846-1944] on Sept. 24, 10:30 am. Registration $15.

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