The contest intro begins with an awesome Police K-9 Frisbee catch and an explanation of just what this amazing Furry Officer is trained to do. The kids are wowed, and I can tell they are in that wonderful state of doggie adoration. I know I am.
These delicately dressed pooches seem right at home in the heat in silly costumes ranging from a Christmas Ewok for the them of “Christmas in July”, to a Skunk to one cuddly buddy simply called “Summer Fun” in a carnation pink dress. The owners mingle proudly and the kids are excited to show off their dressed-up hounds.
One by one, the excellent announcer brings up the categories and does a quick, friendly interview with the Dogs’ “person”. I say that on purpose, as I know that our terrier mix, Pepper, I am convinced, owns us and she knows it. She is very obedient when she wants to be and lucky for us she wants to be a “Good Girl” 99% of the time. These family “best friends” here are on their best show-“offy” behavior. They want to win and are enduring these outfits because they know it comes from love. They are just a bunch of gussied up fuzz-love-nuggets waiting to take home that big biscuit prize.
Some do tricks and some just pant, as if to say “Get me outta here you silly person”, “Christmas is cold, have you lost your minds in the heat or what?” Well, really I think it’s more like “Water, water, water, biscuit, water, toy prize, biscuit, home, nap”. Maybe it’s really me that is thirsty while I wait for another great costume to come up. It’s super fun and everyone is having a fine time.
Ok, time to judge.
A pet bed prize! And a biscuit guessing raffle!
Sender greets one of the winners “Kit”, the skunk.
Next year Pepper will debut for sure.