Potomac Day 2016
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Potomac Day 2016

A Dog Day Afternoon

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Cooper, 2, a golden doodle, shows that he is one happy fellow at the Potomac Day's events, where dogs reigned. Pet parent Rich Samit of Potomac brought Cooper and sister, Sunny 4, to join the day's fun.

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Bismark, a 6-year-old long-haired German Shepherd, usually hangs out at the Falls Road Veterinary Hospital in Potomac, but today the fun and games brought him to the village. Bismark got his long hair from a recessive gene that can show up randomly in any litter of shepherd puppies once introduced and if both parents carry the recessive gene. He is silky and shiny and oh so beautiful.

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Rosie, a 9-month-old lab, enjoyed the best part of the day: keeping watch under the table until Sassy Jacobs gave her some of the tasty Five Guys burger that teased her nose and made her beg.

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Bessie Mae is a Bassett mix who is also a rescue and a potential therapy dog.

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Not all dogs arrived at Potomac Day in the style afforded this Great Dane who calmly watched the crowds from his lined-in-leather seat in a classic car.

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If it was a dog day afternoon for the pooches on Potomac Day, the llamas held their own in the hearts of the families and children who saw them. Graceful and elegant in their carriage, they accepted pats and hugs from their admirers. Here, they were riveted by the appearance of the German shepherd, Bismark, who passed by without a look.

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A common sight on Potomac Day: dogs surrounded by a forest of chair legs waiting for treats as their pet parents sat and chatted at the various outdoor venues in the village after the parade.

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This little pooch standing guard over his pumpkin, has a big name: Sarkozy. "We got him when Sarkozy was running for president of France," said Potomac resident Kevin Cawley of his Havanese pet who is now 8 years old. The Havanese breed is the native dog of Cuba. They were bred as companions to the aristocracy in the 1800s and gained popularity here because of their intelligence and playful personality.