All photos courtesy Donald McKillican
The Second Annual Petrifying Pooch Parade is scheduled to take place October 29th from 12-2 at the Queens Park dog park. Last year I had the honour to be a judge in the first ever Parade, a pet costume contest. It was a total hoot, and it was really nice seeing pet owners get all excited about their pets in a contest, and even more fun to see the pets excited about wearing something. My dog would have killed me if I had done that to her. Some dogs just dig it though, and that much was obvious with all the wiggling dog butts.
The free community event, hosted by local business Calli Co. Pet Services, will feature a pet parade, where pet owners parade their pooch in front of judges for a chance to win one of three special prizes for Best Overall Costume, Most Original Costume, and Funniest Costume. Judging will take place at 1pm.
In addition to the pet parade, there will be Halloween doggy bags for all pet participants and hot chocolate and treats for the human companions. The prizes, treats, and refreshments are donated by various New Westminster companies.
“The turnout last year was great, but we’d like to see even more pet owners and their pooches attend this year. It’s a great opportunity for the community’s dog owners to gather together, practice doggy socialization skills, and have some fun in the process,” said Brigette Mayer, owner of Calli Co. Pet Services in a press release about the event.
More information on the Petrifying Pooch Parade can be found at theCalli Co. Pet Services website.
Here are more pictures from last year’s event: