You may have noticed that we’re not real big on doggie Halloween costumes this year. We have some issues with the whole idea of costuming pooches — and encouraging the practice — that we are still working through.
That said, here’s one I just can’t pass up. Having eschewed — yes, eschewed — the costume contest at BARCStoberfest, I missed this entry (but spotted him on the Baltimore Sun’s “Unleashed” blog today). It’s Tito, a local Chihuahua, dressed as the ubiquitous pink and yellow Big Boyz Bail Bonds pen.
If you’re not from Baltimore, you might not be familiar with the company, or the fact that its pens — in a true stroke of marketing genius — are everywhere.
Big Boyz Bail Bonds orders more than 500,000 pens a year and provides them for free to bars, restaurants and shops all over town, and all over Maryland.
Mayor Sheila Dixon, during her appearance at BARCStoberfest Sunday, agreed to take the Karma Dogs “Oath of Kindness,” administered on the spot by Karma Dogs co-founder Kelly Gould.
Karma Dogs (of which Ace is one) are primarily rescued dogs who, having been given a second chance, now work to improve the lives of others through relationships with therapy dogs. Karma Dogs work to improvie literacy skills among students, and also works with children and adults with developmental disabilities to improve their communication and socialization skills.
After the death of Phoenix, a pit bull set on fire in Baltimore, Karma Dogs instituted its “Oath of Kindness.” program.
Karma Dogs believes, as research suggests, that people who are unable to bond or empathize with animals have trouble developing and sustaining bonds with people. “It is our intention that by giving children something to be proud of, to be a part of, they will think twice before participating in violence towards any living thing,” the Karma Dogs website explains.
The Oath of Kindness is intended to make children stop and think about how important it is to be kind to all animals and resist the pressure to go along with those who might harm animals, whether in the guise of childhood pranks or dog fighting.
Children are sworn in, by a Karma Dog, as they recite the pledge, and receive a certificate which shows they are pledging to be kind to animals, which is pawtographed by the dog.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal welfare, animals, barcstoberfest, children, cruelty, dogs, karma dogs, kindness, mayor, oath, oath of kindness, sheila dixon, therapy dogs
The weather cooperated beautifully this time around as BARCStoberfest — delayed for a week due to rain — drew large numbers of dogs and their owners to Baltimore’s Patterson Park for a day of contests, activities and a fund-raising walk held under crisp, clear skies.
Contests were held for best costume, owner-dog lookalikes, best kissers and more. In addition to those official contests, we’ve got some unofficial awards:
Best leg warmers — second place:
(Official Lifesavers entry?)
Best leg warmer — first place:
(And a pretty dazzling flyball player, to boot.)
Best non-portable urinal:
(Toilet trees — for the man who has everything)
Cutest dog — scruffy division:
(If Hollywood ever needs another Benji…)
Best Hannibal Lecter imitation:
(Actually this fella was a sweetheart, all 195 pounds of him)
Highest Flying Dog
(Chi Chi — flyball star, Karma Dog, and friend of Ace)
Cutest dog — wiener division:
Posted by jwoestendiek October 25th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: agility, animal welfare, baltimore, baltimore animal rescue & care shelter, barcs, barcstoberfest, dogs, event, festival, flyball, fundraiser, leg warmers, patterson park, pets, photos, rescue, shelter, toilet tree, walk
BARCStoberfest — rained out last weekend — will take place this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Baltimore’s Patterson Park, in the area around the pagoda.
The festival’s costume contest, a perennial favorite, starts at 1:30 pm. Dogs can compete in any of several categories: Best Halloween Theme, Best Hon/Best Boh, Matching Dog & Human and Most Original.
A Best in Show winner will be selected (by audience applause) from the four category winners. There’s a $15 entry fee for each category, and prizes in the contest are donated by Dogma.
Other contests at BARCStoberfest include most unique pet trick or talent, best tail wagger, best singer or howler, best kisser, fastest treat eater and smallest and largest dog. There’s a $5 entry fee for those competitions.
The 5th annual BARCStoberfest is a festival for animal lovers that helps raise funds for BARCS, which takes in 12.000 animals a year.
Due to poor weather conditions for both this Saturday and Sunday, BARCStoberfest has been moved to Sunday, October 25th. Same time, same place — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Patterson Park — and the delay allows those participating in the Strut Your Mutt walk to raise even more money.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 16th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, baltimore, baltimore animal rescue & care shelter, barcstoberfest, delay, dog, dogs, event, festival, patterson park, pets, postpone, rain, rescheduled, strut your mutt