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Doggie chowder

Shimmey enjoys his bowl of chowder on Feb. 5, 2011 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union)

Ummmmm, chowder. Shimmey, a 9-year-old dachshund, licks his bowl of doggie chowder clean at Impressions of Saratoga during Chowderfest 2011 in Saratoga Springs. His owners, Steve and Barb Byrne of Malta, said Shimmy gave “Raleigh Roo’s Special Stew” two paws up.

The ingredients did sound delicious:  Wild pheasant and venison, ground sirloin and turkey, beef marrow bone stock, Yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, kale, carrots, baby peas, celery, olive oil, thyme and ground pepper. Even two-legged carnivores were savoring this unique dish.

I met up with Shimmey and his owners while covering this popular winter event, sponsored by the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau. Although this is the fourth year Chowderfest has included a Dog Chow Down competition, it was the first I learned of it. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with dogs and chowder. I found a shop featuring a delectable doggie dish and photographed several pooches before the right moment presented itself.

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