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Howl-o-Ween at the Dog Park
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Howl-ing good time at the dog park

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Dog owners and their canines participated in some Howl-o-Ween fun at the Winterset Dog Park on Halloween morning. Owners had the opportunity to dress up with their dog, or just dress up their dog, for a chance to win a gift basket from Cedar Creek Animal Clinic or the Winterset Veterinary Center. Participating dogs had to be up to date on vaccines and rabies in order to join in the fun. 

Howl-o-Ween at the Dog Park

Dressed as hippies, Mandy Couture and her dog Ruby Claire took home First Place in the Dog and Owner Dress-Up Category. 

With reckless abandon the costumed dogs in attendance had a great time sniffing out the competition. A strong wind played havoc with some of their attire: pups’ capes could be seen flying through the air, and their human counterparts had a hard time controlling their hair.

Howl-o-Ween at the Dog Park

Sherri Holliday stands next to her dog,who received first place in the Dog Only Dress-Up category. He is costumed as the Marvel superhero character, Thor.

The costume contest soon commenced as owners and dogs lined up against the fence on the west side of the park to take part in the judging. Ramona Davis of the Winterset Parks and Recreation Department enlisted the help of some children and a few adults who did not have dogs at the park to judge the event. Dogs were judged on the creativity of their costumes as were the few owners who dressed up.

Howl-o-Ween at the Dog Park

Olive sported a pair of bright blue dragon wings as she took second place in the Dog Only category. Olive is pictured with owner Amy Seufert and her daughter Hazel.

After the select panel of judges finished their voting, the winners were announced. 

Mandy Couture and her dog Ruby Claire took first place in the Dog and Owner Dress-Up category. They were costumed as hippies, and Ruby even sported some curly locks and sunglasses to complete her outfit.

Howl-o-Ween at the Dog Park

Makenzi Williams and Baxter's spider costume earned third place.

Places were then announced for the Dog Only Costume category. First place went to Sheri Holliday and her dog, who was dressed up as the superhero, Thor. Amy Seufert and her daughter Hazel took second place with their dog Olive, who sported bright blue dragon wings. Makenzi Williams celebrated third place with her dog Baxter, who in addition to his four natural legs added eight more with the spider costume he was wearing.

Howl-o-Ween at the Dog Park

Outfitted in his spider costume, and leaving his owner Makenzi Williams at the gate, Baxter stretched all his legs (spider legs included) with a run around the dog park after achieving third place in the costume contest.  

This year Halloween went to the dogs – and their treat was spending it with others at the Winterset Dog Park.

Howl-o-Ween at the Dog Park

This little pup was decked out to look like a moo-velous cow.

Managing editor at the Madisonian.