Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade

 

I am guesstimating there was 2,000+ humans and their pets at today’s pet parade. Lot’s more than I expected. Judging by the huge turnout, this event is a big deal in Long Beach. Parking was tough but I found a spot three blocks away in the neighborhood. The weather was typical Southern California…. fabulous!

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I snapped a few photos before the parade began.

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This is Max. He was one of the spectators. I think he was smiling the whole time.

And the parade starts! There was lots of tail wagging. I truly believe the dogs knew something special was happening. At the end of the event awards were given out for the best costumes. In my opinion, all the participants were winners, so I have no idea who won. Look at all the work that went into these costumes and floats!

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Yes! This is a bunny!

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Kitty witch

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Well, that’s the end of the parade…

Now for a big THANK YOU to the wonderful sponsors who helped make this parade possible… they gave out doggie treats to the contestants.

Pussy and Pooch Pet Grooming

Alpha Pet Care  Pet Sitters

Total Pet Spa (they sell doggie wash you can use in between Fidos bath.)

Pet Sit Pros Pet Sitters

It’s a Doggie’s Life  Handmade Dog Treats

Healthy Spot Day Care and Day Spa

Stella and Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Doggie Dinners

Dogma Pet Portraits

RSQUE Brand Pet and People Clothing

A few rescue groups were there and brought along some furbabies looking for a furrever home:

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Halloween is my favorite holiday and this year was the best. I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Be Well and Be Happy!

Ingebird

 

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Blessing of the Animals Long Beach 2014

A crowd of around 200 + showed up with their pets to the annual “Blessing of the animals” event at Long Beach last Sunday. This is the first time I went (Although I’ve been wanting to go for years). This event is held worldwide on this day. I had such a good time, I will be back every year. It was great to see such a variety of different people, culturally and socioeconomic come together to celebrate and share their love for animals. So many of us forget that we are stewards of this planet and that includes it creatures. Each clergy representing their faith reminded us of that and to pray for animals who suffer from illness, neglect and abuse.

I believe all creatures are sentient beings and deserve love and compassion, whether they walk, crawl, swim or fly.

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Clergy from different spiritual faiths arriving to bless the domestic and farm animals

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Priestess Ava from The Goddess Temple Orange County was my favorite (but all the clergy were pretty cool too)

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Kitties with their parents walking the red carpet

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Justin Rudd (Haute Dogs), Master of Ceremonies and event organizer

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All creatures large and small…

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I had fun taking them.

Namaste!

Ingebird

A Doggone Great Halloween Party !

My hubby works at a pet kennel and each year they have a Halloween party for dogs. The party was Saturday. Hoss, my Chihuahua went as a pirate, although he reused to wear the hat. He did allow the groomer to give him a “Jack Sparrow” hairdo though. About thirty dogs attended and even though we were in a small grassy area, everyone got along quite well. As far as I know, Hoss has never been around so many dogs (We adopted him when he was eight years old). He wasn’t sure what to think about all the excitement, until he discovered food scraps under the buffet table. That became the highlight of the party for him.

One of my favorite hobbies is taking photos, add critters to the mix and I’m in Heaven! Today I went to the “blessings of the animals” in Long Beach. I wanted to go for at least ten years, but always found out about it after the event. One of the pet parents told me about the Long Beach one at the Halloween party yesterday, so I made sure that I could go. I will share those photos with you tomorrow.

These are from the Halloween Party:

 

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Hoss getting "Jack Sparrow" makeup

Hoss getting “Jack Sparrow” makeup

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Woof!

Ingebird