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