Record turnout as canines ‘put on the dog’ at Halloween Howl

Best in Show went to the owner/dog combo team of Mosi, Gandalf and Denali and their owners as a trio of undersea creatures. Note the youngest human in a fish costume.

A record 46 canines showed up in their spooky best Saturday at the Edmonds dog park south of Marina Beach to compete for prizes and bragging rights in the annual Halloween Howl sponsored by Off Leash Area Edmonds (OLAE).

“We’ve been doing this for years,” commented Diane Buckshnis, who in addition to her role on the Edmonds City Council takes on the task of being among the major organizers of the event.

Edmonds Police Community Engagement Coordinator and former animal control officer Tabatha Shoemake, center, was on hand with current Animal Control Officers Jessi Gilginas, left, and Andrea Scinkovec.

Many contestants arrived early, and there was much adjusting of costumes, primping, grooming and other last-minute details leading up to the 1 p.m. judging.

The three categories were funniest, most original, and best owner/dog combo. Costumes ran the gamut from the creative to the whimsical to the artistic to the downright laugh-out-loud.

Kaya dressed as a cuddly teddy bear.
The owner/dog team of Emma and her owner swapped roles with Emma dressing as a Seahawk fan while her human dressed as a Corgi.

The judging team was comprised of the staff from the Lynnwood VCA (Veterinary Centers of America) clinic, who were on hand to offer free microchipping to all companion animals and distribute information on their services.

And the winners were – drum roll please!


Finnigan as noted artist Bob Ross took first place in the funniest category.
Noob Noob the bulldog made a very convincing prisoner — so convincing he took second place in the funniest category.

            First place: Finnegan, dressed as artist Bob Ross (his natural hair is a close match)

            Second place: Noob Noob, dressed as a prisoner

            Third place:  Griffin, dressed as Disney’s Dumbo the Elephant

Most Original 

Sammy won the judges’ hearts, taking first place in the most original category for his Oktoberfest outfit.
Henry as Pumpkin Man grabbed third place in most original category.

           First place: Sammy, in his festive Oktoberfest garb, complete with lederhosen and beer.

            Second place:  Fern, who could easily be mistaken for a horse in her bucking bronco garb.

            Third place:  Henry the Pumpkin Man.

Owner-dog combo 

First place in the owner/dog combo category went to Peter, who came as the Wizard of Oz scarecrow along with family members filling in as Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion.
Third place in the owner/dog combo category went to Brody for his cow costume and his owners as cowpokes.

          First place: Peter dressed as the Wizard of Oz scarecrow, who brought his family dressed as Dorothy and Cowardly Lion.

            Second place: Kona and her owner dressed as the canine mail delivery team.

            Third place: Brody dressed as a cow, who brought owners Billy and Renee’ along dressed as cowpokes.

Referee Lorenso shows off for the judges.
Basil Bean came as a Chia Pet.

And finally, the coveted Best in Show award went to the three-dog team of Mosi, Gandalf and Denali dressed as a trio of sea creatures.

Congratulations and a big woof to all the canine contestants and their owners!

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

  1. Thank you Larry, got the excellent coverage and sharing your photos. We have posted them on-line on our Facebook page! We are receiving lots of good comments.

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