Canine costume contest collects cash for ARL

Pooches dressed in Halloween costumes pranced across Theisen’s Sunday in the Dog-O-Ween contest.

Fifty-one dogs were entered in the costume contest and three judges decided which dog had the best costume to win the grand, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize.

This year’s grand prize winner was Sylva, a German Shepard dressed like a zebra.

Emily Dunham, Sylva’s owner, said she spent two hours painting stripes on her dog using doggy hair die.

“I was really surprised because there were a lot of good entries from lots of dogs wearing really good costumes, ” Dunham said. “I’m proud of her. The other dogs kept trying to lick her and lick the paint off, that was the biggest pain, but she did really well.”

Rod Lorenzen, manager of Theisen’s, said there were a lot of good costumes.

“This year there were a lot of creative ones,” Lorenzen said. “There were some pretty neat ones, more people came up with ideas and make it rather than getting a costume.”

First place went to a Chia Pug, second place went to a biker dog and third place went to a couple of dogs dressed as Pac Man ghosts alongside their owners dressed like Pac Man.

Every dog entered in the contest paid a $7 entry fee that will go to the Marshall County Animal Shelter and was given a $7 Theisen’s giftcard.

“It’s kind of an even swap,” Lorenzen said. “If we have any leftover giftcards we donate them to the Animal Rescue League to use.”

Lorenzen said this was the 10th year the Dog-o-ween event was held.

“It’s a lot of fun and we get quite a few people,” Lorenzen said. “People seem to enjoy it. A lot of kids were out here watching, they seem to like that. It’s fun to see what people came up with.”