Yankee Doodle canines

I was hired to photograph a 4th of July party at popular waterfront enclave in the city Wednesday. There were a lot of events throughout the day, but the "most patriotic pet" contest was probably the most photogenic. Turns out there were seventeen dogs entered, one rabbit, and no cats. Cats don't strike me as terribly patriotic. And I suspect that dressing one up could be a challenge - unless you don't mind a side trip to the E.R. to stitch up your lacerations. Herewith are some of the canine contenders. The golden lab pup, scampering about the stage with old glory in tow, was judged top dog.