Gallery: 21st annual Sweetheart Waddle Basset Hound Show

Dustin Gilley, 8, races with his Basset Hound, Junior, 9, in the Groovy Race during 21st annual Sweetheart Waddle at the Greater Ocala Dog Show Grounds in Lowell, Fla. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023. The all Basset Hound dog show was a fundraiser for Suncoast Basset Rescue. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2022.

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Posted February 22, 2023 | Photos By Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette

The best of the bassets

A gorgeous day, friendly pups with great big eyes and long droopy ears, and a campus dotted with vendors made for a festive and fun event on Feb. 18 at the Greater Ocala Dog Club Show Grounds north of Ocala.

The Suncoast Basset Rescue’s 21st annual Sweetheart Waddle was a fundraiser that included a 50/50 raffle, a DJ, basset hound games, a longest ears contest, a hot dog toss and a lure course. The highlight of the day was the Waddle Parade, where the basset hounds strutted their stuff. The event also included adoptable dogs.

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