Animals rule at Paper Mill Island

"He is still a puppy. He will grow to about 180 pounds," Avalon said.

When asked why she chose a Newfoundland, she replied, "I sent my two boys out for a lap dog, and they brought home Buddy."

The judges for the parade were: Carrie Weaver from the Baldwinsville Village Board and Planning Committee; Mayor Joe Saraceni; Sarah Moses from the Post Standard; Rhonda Rapier, president of the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce; and Diane Sleiertin from MaxMan Reptile Rescue.

Duncan, a White Throat Monitor Lizard, was resting on Sleiertin's head as she spoke.

"The MaxMan Reptile Rescue is an actual rescue that specializes in reptiles. We get calls when these pets get too big for their owners to care for them. We also work with law enforcement when these animals are confiscated, because it's illegal to own indigenous wildlife in New York State, and are kept in our facility until they pass away," Sleiertin said.

MaxMan has 45 animals in rescue to date. Sleiertin also stressed the importance of being a responsible pet owner.

"Learn about it and educate yourself," she said, adding, "It doesn't matter if it's a goldfish or a lizard or whatever you have. Love and care for your pet like you would your family."

Winner of Biggest Dog contest Buddy Holly and winner of Smallest Dog contest Daphne Dahlia, a 12-week-old chihuahua.

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