Veterinarian Terri Marks, who runs the SouthPaw Animal Hospital in Cape May Court House, said she had great success last week showing her French bulldog, Bella, in the Super Bowl of dog shows.

Bella, 3, placed second for females of her breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, competing in a breed class of 46 of the world’s best dogs, including Marks’ males, Sherman and Porter.

It’s the most success the Dennisville resident has had at Westminster in her five times competing there, Marks said. It was Bella’s first foray into Westminster.

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“They’re competing against dogs that are campaigned,” she said of those that travel with handlers from show to show all over the country, racking up competitive points but rarely seeing their owners.

Her pooches are not pampered.

“We went up during the storm on Friday, and let them run like crazy fools in the snow at Central Park,” she said. “Then, Sunday night, I bathed them (for the competition Monday). They’re pets first, and show dogs second.”

A week earlier, her dogs competed in the Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show in Wildwood. Sherman took Best in Breed, and Bella took Best Opposite (in this case, Best Female).

Marks’ SouthPaw practice, which is about to celebrate its 13th anniversary, gets its name from her left-handedness, she said. She is married to Keith Woodrow, who works in dispatch for the Middle Township Police Department. She co-owns Bella with her mom, Darlene Marks, of Rio Grande.

Athletic achievers

Southern Regional High School is inducting long-distance runner Danielle Tauro, class of 2007, into its Athletic Hall of Fame at 3 p.m. March 23 at the Holiday Inn Restaurant on Route 72 in Manahawkin.

Also being inducted in the ceremony are be Frank Molinaro, 2007; Jarrett Pidgeon, 2007; Sean Quinn, 2005; Brian Stanziano, 2000; Caitlin Steele, 2004; Mike Williamson, 2007; and the South Jersey Group IV State Champion Wrestling Teams of 2005-06, and 2006-07.

Contact Susan Sharkey at 609-597-9481, ext. 2287, or

50th class reunion

DJ Zach Brown, of Hammonton, will entertain for the joint 50th anniversary of Pennsauken High School’s first graduating classes of 1962 and 1963. It will be held April 13 at Colleen’s at the Savoy on Route 73 in Pennsauken.

There’s a tour of the school, and bus trip to Atlantic City on April 12. Deadline for reservations is March 12. Contact Bob Carr at 856-719-0092.

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