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Howl’oween Dog Costume Parade visits downtown Rhinebeck this Saturday

by Ann Hutton
October 27, 2011 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Who among us hasn’t outfitted our pet in some amusing manner, such as tying a superhero cape around its neck or clamping felt reindeer antlers on its head? Our furry friends are long-suffering in their willingness to keep us entertained. Now there’s an opportunity for the canines in our lives to be dressed up to strut their stuff in public. A woofin’ good time is planned this Saturday, October 29, when Pause Dog Boutique holds its grand Howl’oween Dog Costume Parade along the sidewalks of Rhinebeck.

Festivities and registration start at 11 a.m. in front of the Boutique at 6423 Montgomery Street, Suite 8, where a $10 participation fee provides each dog and owner a goody bag full of canine items – including an emergency dog-doo pick-up baggie – and allows your pooch to join the Trick or Treat for Dogs throughout the village all afternoon.

A costume isn’t mandatory – there will be colorful bandanas on hand for owners who are unable to dress their dogs – but you just know that prizes will be awarded to those who come up with the cleverest outfits. Categories and prizes include: Best Overall Canine Costume (a new Bessie & Barnie dog bed); Best Float, which means any decorated, non-motorized device used to pull or push a maximum of six costumed dogs (and small human if desired) along the parade route (gift basket filled with upscale dog-themed goodies); Best Group Theme of one dog and one human, and up to five dogs (gift basket filled with Dublin Dog, DuraDoggie, West Paw Design and Hugglehound toys); Cutest Costume (Halloween-themed gift basket filled with Hugglehounds, Sherpa Pet and Sirius Play dog toys); Scariest Costume (same prize); and Most Creative Costume ($50 Pause Gift Card). Check out the photos on the Boutique’s website to inspire your creativity, and remember to keep your dog’s costume light, simple and safe.

Post-parade events include a raffle featuring prizes donated by local businesses and dog-related companies. Tickets are $1 for four and $5 for 25, the proceeds of which will benefit local families and pets in need. Event coordinators will purchase Natura Pet products for distribution to area shelters, soup kitchens and rescue groups, with the intention of making it possible for families to keep their pets during these tough economic times. Thanks go to Armadillo Bar & Grill in Kingston and Natura Pet Company, and all the other donors who are pitching in for the cause.

Other activities will include a dog-themed Jack o’ Lantern Contest (pre-carved at home); doggy bobbing for Halloweenies; a human Dog Treat Stacking Contest (like Jenga); and a Howl’oween Photo Booth for whole families. And Lisa Fishler of Printz Photography will capture the entire event through her unique and compassionate perspective. Be sure to check out her website to see the full gallery of photos available for purchase at

An information and adoption fair will be located in the Montgomery Row parking lot with dozens of organizations and vendors on hand, while more than 30 local merchants will open their doors to doggy trick-or-treaters until 3 p.m.

Preregistration can be done during Pause Dog Boutique’s regular business hours or anytime online, and the first 50 dog-owners who preregister in the store will receive a $5 Montgomery Row gift card. Also, a $1 discount will be given to anyone who brings one used towel, blanket or sheet for each participating dog, which will be donated to local shelters. For all rules and recommendations, visit
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