Teenaged girl and Yorkshire terrier in Pokémon costumes

Do the clothes make the dog?

Posted in Community, Feature, Photo essay, Photography

BY DON WODJENSKI
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
November 2, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, Goosefoot sponsored the 11th annual Mutt Strut at Bayview corner. Forty people registered their costumed dogs for the pet parade and judging, and many wore costumes that matched their pets.

Costumes choices ran from simple to elaborate. There were lion, tiger, and bear costumes, plus clowns, geishas, Star Trek crews, spiders, Pokémon characters, and a sushi-wrapped toy boxer.

Master of ceremonies Jim Freeman led the parade through the Bayview Farmer’s Market and back to Cash Store past hundreds of appreciative spectators. The panel of judges awarded prizes for Best Pet Costume, Best People Costume, Best Dog and Owner Combo Costume, Best Celebrity Dog, Best Dog Trick, and some honorable mentions.

The beautiful fall day provided a perfect backdrop for the festivities. Here are a few of the participants and their canine pals.

Woman squatting beside border collie in a tutu.

Diane Fiumara, with her 6-month-old border collie, Dani

Woman holding a white dog in a spider costume

Lindsay Krug with Daisy Mae

Man in hat and woman in rainbow wig with dog in suit

Sara Primrose, Russell Clepper, and Rio, their 1-year-old Jack Russell terrier and corgi mix who was “Doggle Rump.” Winner of the Best Celebrity Dog prize

Dog in flame costume standing on hind legs with woman holding out her arm.

Leah Hartley and her 5-year-old rat terrier Spinnaker Gale won the Best Trick prize for the third year in a row.

Teenaged girl and Yorkshire terrier in Pokémon costumes

Alex Sheldon, her mother, and their two Yorkshire terriers, won Best Owner Dog-Costume Combo.

A woman adjusting the hat on her dog.

Gail Liston and her dog. She and her husband won Best Adult Costume.

Woman holds dog in teddy bear costume.

Suzi Dixon with Gilligan, her Cairn terrier.

Man in purple wig "interviewing" a dog.

Master of ceremonies Jim Freeman interviews a contestant.

Man holding black dog in costume.

Steve Mullen with Emma, his 5-year-old French bulldog

A woman in a Red Ridinghood costume with a costumed dog.

Katherine Poteat with her Yorkie, Peter

Don Wodjenski, is an artist, photographer, and musician living in Coupeville. Recently retired as an arts instructor with South Whidbey Schools, he remains active in the Whidbey arts community.

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