Going to the dogs
10/27/2012 4:02 PM
Mason was dressed as a skeleton. Peaches was a butterfly. Teddy was wearing an orange boa around his neck. I guess it's fairly obvious this was a Halloween party. The 50 costumed attendees were pretty well-behaved, considering they were all dogs.
This afternoon, Mary Bartelme Park was the scene of the annual West Loop Halloween Dog Parade.
West Loop Veterinary Care had a photo area and owners could have their dog's paw print on paper. There was also face painting and tattoos for (non-canine) kids.
The costumed characters represented a wide variety of superheroes (a couple of Superman-dogs, complete with capes), horses, fruit (several bananas), a pea pod, clown, mummy, frog, hot dog and a jar of Heinz mustard. There was also a cop and inexplicably, one dog dressed as Cubs second baseman Alfonso Soriano.
Some of the canines got a paw in on selecting their costumes. One dog was allowed to pick his costume from Amazon.com, and it was delivered directly to his crate.
Herman's owner Donna was offered a dragon or a ladybug costume. Dragon was the costume of choice for the rescue mix. Rose, a dark brindle Staffordshire bull terrier, also was given two options: a hippo or a bumblebee. She chose to buzz--perhaps she thought the hippo outfit made her look fat?
Rose belongs to Amanada Herget and her partner Tim, who run West Loop dog-walking service Best Paw Forward (new clients can contact them at email@example.com). Rose and Tim said Rose just preferred to be a bee.