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Clodagh and her owner Natalee Blackford celebrated the new beverage at Uniontown Brewing Company's tasting ceremony last week.

ASHLAND -- Clodagh, a 2 1/2-year-old mini-aussie and corgi mix, recently became the namesake for Uniontown Brewing Company's newest raspberry beer after winning the Kiwanis Club's Pet-a-Palooza photo contest.

In late 2020, Ashland's Kiwanis Club, a service organization that serves Ashland through volunteerism with a primary focus on the community's youth population, partnered with the Gogo Photo Contest to host a pandemic-friendly pet photo contest.

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Clodagh, a 2 1/2-year-old mini-aussie and corgi mix, recently became the namesake for Uniontown Brewing Company's newest raspberry beer after winning the Kiwanis Club's Pet-a-Palooza photo contest.

There were 53 individuals who entered their pet into the competition, which raised the organization approximately $6,000.  

“Because we knew we weren’t going to be able to have our pancake breakfast due to the COVID restrictions, we were like, ‘How are we going to raise money so that we can continue to do the good work that we do in the community?" asked Amy Daubenspeck, chair of the Pet-a-Palooza photo contest and Kiwanis Club member. 

The pancake breakfast is typically the club's largest fundraiser of the year. In lieu of that in-person event, the group decided to host a pet photo tournament where community members could submit photos of their canine and feline compadres.

“We had prizes for first and second in each category," Daubenspeck said. "Then, to sweeten the deal, we partnered with Uniontown Brewing Company to name a beer after the overall winner.

"Our overall winner was a dog named Clodagh."

Clodagh, a rescue pup, received nearly 700 total votes. The pooch is naturally photogenic, often publicly posing on an Instagram account.

Uniontown Brewing Company's newest raspberry beer was unveiled during a dedication and tasting ceremony last week outside of the brewery where Clodagh made a celebratory appearance.

“I love doing things like this," Uniontown Brewing Company owner Doug Reynolds said. "This raspberry beer is a house beer of ours with a twist on it; we changed the recipe and made it a wheat beer, and then I turned it into a shandy.

"It’s going to be a great beer for sitting out on the patio.”

The beverage is only available for a limited time, so cooler connoisseurs should hurry to Uniontown Brewing Company if they are eager to try Clodagh's drink.

Clodagh's owner Natalee Blackford said her family and friends strongly supported the dog's endeavor to win the photo competition.

“I told my family that there was a beer up for grabs, and that is when they all got very serious," said Blackford, who named Clodagh after her father's claddagh ring. “This ring was the last thing that he gave me (before he passed). 

"I got Clodagh on his birthday."

Community members who missed the Pet-a-Palooza pet photo contest should not fret; their next pet photo competition began June 1 and runs through July 15.

Pet owners can submit pictures of their dog or cat at Gogo Photo Contest’s Ashland Kiwanis page for a chance to win several prizes and have a beverage named after their beloved pet at Uniontown Brewery.

“People love their pets," Daubenspeck said. "They love to show them off.

"We’re going to do it again because the more money (the Kiwanis Club) can raise, the more we can do for Ashland.”

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