This year’s Howl-O-Ween event, although smaller than it has been in the past, was still a festive and fun highlight of October for us at Thousand Hills Pet Resort. The excellent tri-tip lunch, as always, was provided by the good folks at Old San Luis BBQ Co. We had pooches of all shapes, sizes, and colors bedecked as everything from a panda bear to a punk rocker. Some pet parents dressed up too!
Our judges voted for a tie for Cutest Costume this year. Mini Moose the harlequin Great Dane (very appropriately named) sported antennae and wings as giant ladybug. And while Strudel the Daschund probably won’t be warding off any crows from the harvest, he posed as the shortest, most adorable scarecrow you’ll ever see.
Best Pet/Parent costume combo went to Kobe Lake (Rottweiler/Labrador) and his mom. Kobe was attired as a basketball player (Kobe Bryant from the Lakers, perhaps?) complete with jersey, shorts, and ball. Mom coached him along as a pin-striped referee.
Best Trick was awarded to Finnegan, an Australian Shepherd who, until coming to Thousand Hills, was considered unsocial and ‘reactive’ toward other dogs, barking on leash and exhibiting defensive anxiety. After a slow and careful process of socializing here at THPR recently, “Finny” has made huge strides and is now able to interact with other dogs in a healthy way and obey simple commands in their presence without stress. Finnegan’s trick was simply being in the mix with all the dogs, people, and noise, and handling it well.
Finally, Best Costume went to the ever-smiling Chocolate Labrador, Shijo-Kingo, who strutted his stuff dressed as a nerd. His clever costume, handmade as always by his human family, included glasses, suspenders, a nerdy red watch, calculator, and even nerdy shoes. The owner’s daughter dressed as a nerdy school girl in braids and kilt as Shijo’s counterpart.
Overall the event was a fun get-together of people and their four-legged children. If you missed the festivities and free lunch this time, don’t dismay–there’s always next year!
3rd Annual Howl-O-Ween Party at Thousand Hills Pet Resort
Kingo, get a head start brainstorming your costume designs now. We look forward to seeing you at THPR’s Howl-O-Ween 2012.