Halloween has gone to the dogs this year as a group of pets and their owners competed for a grand prize of treats and squeaky toys in a costume contest for dogs.
There is a lot going on in this year, but life for the dogs at the 15th annual Woodland West Costume Contest is pretty simple. Everyone is invited and creativity is welcome - necessary really - if you want to go home with a basket of treats and dog toys.
"I love it, this is still my favorite thing,” Woodland West Animal Hospital Veterinarian Mike Jones said. “I think the reason is because they get to think about an idea, plan and as you can see this is not just buy something at Walmart and come put it on. These people are bringing props. They are dressing them up, some people are hand making things.”
The pandemic almost canceled this year's event, but the employees at Woodland West said they wanted owners to have a safe place to bring their dogs outside, and do something fun, something that would get people out of their houses and make them laugh.
"He is a therapy dog. We go to hospitals, schools, doctors’ offices and we just provide comfort for people who are needing care," said dog owner Kayla Curnutt. "As much as my dog doesn't like this, I think it is funny and he gets a good reward after this."
People rose to the challenge. They thought out of the box and most of the dogs, grudgingly, went along with it.
"I loved the Cereal Killer, that was my personal favorite," Jones said.
First place this year went to Tiger King- Kayla and Jackson.
For more information, visit the Woodland West website here.