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Dog-O-Ween 2013 - Local News - Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter
Come join us at our first annual DOG-O-WEEN costume contest hosted by Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter

Dog-O-Ween 2013

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Zuzu as Snow White at DOG-O-WEEN 1 Dog Cow at DOG-O-WEEN Joon & Benny, the puppies!! Spaniel Giants Fan 2

A crisp, sunny autumn day — what a perfect afternoon to host our inaugural Dog-O-Ween! Last Saturday, October 26th, FoPAAS held the very first of our annual Dog-O-Ween fundraising events. The sunny day was much improved by the cheery, festive atmosphere emanating from the Bowl at Rinconada Park, where Dog-O-Ween was held. Happy barks and yips of the numerous participants could be heard interspersed with the merry chatter of the participants’ owners.

Kristen DeStefanoThe brainchild of Kristen DeStafano, FoPAAS’ Paly High School Youth Board Liaison, Dog-O-Ween featured dog costume contests, a theme that coupled well with October’s Halloween festivities. The attendees dressed their dogs up in their clever Halloween costumes, and some owners wore their own getups as well. Participants could enter five contest categories: Scariest Dressed, Best Family Theme Dressed, Best Couple Costume, Best Dressed, and Cleverest Dressed. Attendees could also enter the Dog-O-Ween raffle, for which there were twelve drawings and prizes. Also available at the event were goodies and treats for owners and pets alike. FoPAAS booths offered dog treats, collars, and catnip toys, all home-made, as well as FoPAAS T-shirts, Emergency Animal Notification stickers, and dog licensing forms. The Pet Place, one of Dog-O-Ween’s sponsors, also hosted an information booth of their own.

Remi and Chloe at DOG-O-WEEN 1The event was kicked off with an outstanding acoustic performance by the Paly High School student band, Remi and Chloe  . After the crowd had had ample opportunity to enter the raffle, DeStefano drew the first ticket: Zoë Limbrick was the lucky winner of a $25 Pet Food Depot Gift Certificate. Then, the party really got started with the first costume contest. DeStefano boosted the festive spirit by enthusiastically introducing each contestant, then turned it over to the five judges, Lydia Kou, the founder of Quakeville and an Alain Pinel realtor, Marilynn Goldberg, a dedicated Dog Yenta, Carole Hyde, the Executive Director of the Palo Alto Humane Society, Rhonda Abrams, Columnist for USA Today and owner of PlanningShop (a publisher of content for entrepreneurs), and Maggie Schoenholtz, a Manager for the City of Palo Alto Aquatics. Although obviously having difficulty favoring one contestant over all the other adorable costumes, the judges were clearly enjoying themselves, engaging in lively but friendly debates. For each contest category, one winner was awarded a Samyama Yoga Center Journey 5 Gift Certificate and a box of dog treats, donated by Samyama and Trader Joe’s, and an honorable mention also received a box of delicious dog cookies.

Dogs on Parade!!Looking into the Bowl was a quirky but adorable sight. There were mingling Mexican dancers, alligators, Giants fans, footballs, angels, clowns, crossing guards, cows, skiers, and even a Superman, all enjoying the warm autumn day. A seriously spooky Halloween music track gave the venue a festive air, while the smiling faces of all the FoPAAS board members, volunteers, judges, and attendees brightened up the day even more.

raffleAnd even though admission to Dog-O-Ween was free, FoPAAS reached their goal of raising over $500 for Palo Alto Animal Services (not including the generous donations from our many sponsors, totaling three times the amount raised at the event). Most of the donations rolled in from attendees purchasing raffle tickets, but the home-made goodies were also a hot topic. Much to the delight of FoPAAS, Dog-O-Ween proved to be a reputable success. The money raised at Dog-O-Ween will go toward Palo Alto Animal Services projects, including replacing gravel in the dog run with artificial turf, renovating the cat cages, building a new roof over the dog kennels to prevent flooding, providing low-cost spay/neuter vouchers, and creating a program that will benefit senior animals.

Photo courtesy of Ronald RiveraAside from the visible smiles and audible laughter radiating from the Bowl, numerous attendees came up to FoPAAS board members to commend us for our auspicious event. Many were delighted at winning raffle and contest prizes, while others simply enjoyed the festivities. Dog-O-Ween proved a profitable outing for both dog and owner, as the canines loved meeting and greeting new friends. “This was just so fun, my dog loved it,” commented one attendee. The judges arguably had the best time, as they all left the event laughing and thanking FoPAAS for inviting them. “I had so much fun, just seeing all of the costumes!” one judge remarked.

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Being an undeniable success, Dog-O-Ween will definitely be coming back next year — bigger, better, and just more “pawesome!”

Costume Contest Winners

Scariest Dressed

Itchy — devil
Honorable Mention
Chico — mummy
Devil at DOG-O-WEEN 1 Lab as a Mummy at DOG-O-WEEN

Best Family Theme Dressed

Manina & Charlie — pig & cow
owners — farmers (Old McDonald theme)
Honorable Mention
Gypsy & owners — Hawaiian dancers
Winners of Best Family Dressed Honorable Mention - The Best Family Dressed

Best Couple Costume

Wellington — plane
owner — flight attendant
Honorable Mention
Mojo & Julia (owner) — bananas
Photo courtesy of Cathy Rong 2 Bananas at DOG-O-WEEN

Best Dressed

Ozzie — ballerina
Honorable Mention
Oski — banana split
Alison & Oz at DOG-O-WEEN 1 Banan Split at DOG-O-WEEN 1

Cleverest Dressed

Andnettie — racing horse
Honorable Mention
Pepper — piñata
Honorable Mention
Chase — Woody (from Toy Story)
Photo courtesy of Cathy Rong N/A Photo courtesy of Cathy Rong

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Raffle Winners

Prize Donor Winner
$25 Pet Food Depot Gift Certificate Pet Food Depot Zoë Limbrick
$25 Piazza’s Gift Certificate Piazza’s Marilynn Goldberg
$25 Lyfe Kitchen Gift Certificate Lyfe Kitchen Elizabeth Guare
$25 Lyfe Kitchen Gift Certificate Lyfe Kitchen Elizabeth Guare
2 Pet Food Express Pet Bath Tokens Pet Food Express Sally Bemus
Gift Basket Fresh Market Alex Weinstein
Soft & Comfy Dog Bed Pet Food Express Lucy Griffin
2 Stanford Basketball Tickets Paly Alto Karen Yu
Il Fornaio Dinner for 2 Gift Certificate Il Fornaio Christy Weinstein
Voucher for $100 of Adobe
Professional Services
Adobe Animal Hospital Alex Weinstein
Cat Crate & supplies Pet Food Express Zoë Limbrick
Dog Crate & supplies Pet Food Express Cathy Moley

Thanks again to all of our generous donors and sponsors!


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Paly Alto College planning and consulting for Palo Alto families Il Fornaio Palo Alto
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First Republic Bank - Marco J Remedios
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Stanford Federal Credit Union The Pet Place at Menlo Park
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