It’s that time of the year again where the days are nice and long, the temperature rises (as does my tendency to break into a pant), and the humans start eating (and sometimes sharing) that delicious thing called ice cream. Summer also harkens the annual town Summer Solstice celebration in which the entirety of Main Street is blocked from traffic and a whole host of street vendors, bands, and tons and tons of people come out to party in the name of the turning of the seasons.
Like last year, The Loyal Biscuit Co hosted a Pooch Parade at the beginning of the Summer Solstice. And, also like last year, my mom and I decided to participate. Of course, as the Pooch Parade also doubles as a contest (one of the categories being “Most Creative Costume”), I couldn’t be in the parade without a costume. This time around, instead of a sailor, my mom made me a hula-girl outfit (as suggested by my friends Hurley and Dusty on twitter).
Unlike last year, I wasn’t as overwhelmed by the forming crowds, the romping dogs, and the loud honking from the bands. In fact, I acted the seasoned parade participant and sniffed many a butt in greeting. My friend Jenny was there along with her brother Jack, the long haired Akita, and their human Marie. For their costume, Jenny was “Miss J” the diva rapper, Jack was her security guard, and Marie acted the part of the ever present paparazzi.
I made so many more friends at the parade as well!
The parade route was the entire length on Main St and ended directly in front of the Loyal Biscuit. There we were greeted by Heidi from the Biscuit, as well as a Planet Dog spokes-human, Jenna from Zelda’s Biscuit Bakery, and the humans behind TriPom Chews and Smart Pup. The last four humans acted as the judges for the contest. The categories being judged were: Cutest Puppy Ever, Tiniest Puppy, Most Creative Costume (as mentioned earlier), and Largest Dog. Obviously the Largest Dog and Tiniest Puppy had clear winners; Jack and Oskar respectively. Xena won Cutest Puppy Ever. And Most Creative Costume went to me! I almost started nervously chewing my claws in anticipation as the judges deliberated. I thought Jenny and her entourage had me beat, but lo and behold, I was reigning costume champ again!
My prize was a wonderful goodie bag of yummy treats (and a few other surprises like a gift certificate) from The Loyal Biscuit. Between that, and all the yummy samples from the judges (biscuits, chicken jerky, and yummy dog smoothies galore!), my belly was so stuffed by the time I returned home. I can’t wait for next year’s parade. I’m all ready brainstorming costume ideas!
Happy tail wags!