Howl-o-ween parade barks back

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Pups in costume for the Howl’Oween Pet’acular. Pic © Angelica Day JMU Journalism

Dogs of all shapes and sizes were dressed up in spooky style at the weekend as the annual Howl’Oween Puppy Parade was held.

Craft beer specialists Brewdog and Merseyside Dogs Home teamed up for the event, capitalising on what was meant to be a one-off special when it was first launched.

The parade began at the Bombed-out Church and later continued at the Brewdog.

The day was filled with a triple treat of exciting things: Halloween, dogs and food. The main spectacle was a costume competition and, while the judges deliberated, there were many stalls for all things canine-related and food including sweet and savoury crêpes for the owners.

Shell Bristow, 30, the owner of Harley, who was judged to be the best dressed male dog, told JMU Journalism: “Last year he sat still whilst I sat and painted him as a skeleton. He has a lot of patience – a lot more patience than me anyway.

“We didn’t win last year, so we didn’t think much of it this year, but he did well. I’m so happy.”

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Becky Gregory, 23, of East Yorkshire and Blair Lawson, 24, of Belfast are the proud owners of Carrie, who won the best dressed female dog. Becky said: “We will definitely come to the event for years to come. It is good for the dogs as well to meet and socialise and good for us because we love dogs.”

Harley the pumpkin with proud owner Shell. Pic © Angelica Day JMU Journalism

The winners were announced at the Bombed-Out Church and led the Puppy Parade back to the Brewdog, where the canines and the owners claimed their prizes.

The day brought people from in and around Liverpool and beyond. Zachary Lovelle, 21, Birmingham said: “I think events like these are great. Everyone here is really friendly. At times like this we need people to be happy and dogs can do that. They know how to have a great time and make people happy.”

All money raised goes toward Merseyside Dogs Home charity. They take in unwanted and abandoned dogs into rescue and eventually train and match them with an individual or family whose health and wellbeing will benefit from them.

To find out more about what the charity does visit their website.

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