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Dogs dress up for a good cause

Dogs big and small came to Petsense Saturday morning dressed to the nines for Paws Rescue’s Strut Your Mutt costume contest.

Eight dogs competed in the contest dressed as a witch, Batman, old lady and even a dachshund dressed as a hotdog. 

The winner of a goodie basket donated by Petsense was Gypsy, owned by Christy Jeffers, who came dressed as a pink cowgirl complete with a pink hat and painted nails.

“We are having a Halloween pet contest,” Paws Rescue president Leigh Conerly said. “Something for people to do with their pets and have a good time and also to try and raise money for the rescues in our care.”

Contestants had to pay a $5 entry fee and were judged by a Paws Rescue volunteer.

McMillan Crevitt attended Strut Your Mutt with her dog Lilly Jewel who was dressed as an old lady complete with a granny sweater and grey wig.

“She just acts like an old lady,” Crevitt said of the costume choice. “She stays at my barbershop while I work all day long. Whenever she’s sitting there, she has to be all wrapped up, bundled up in a blanket like a little old lady because she is so cold. It just fits her.”

The pet owners were treated to a variety of snacks and then the contestants paraded through the store before a judge chose Gypsy as the overall winner.

“I came because I talked to Leigh about getting a cat because I lost mine and it broke my heart,” Ginger Kelly, who attended with her dog Izzy dressed as a hotdog, said. “We were talking and she was so friendly and so nice and she told me about this and I thought it would be something nice to go to. I loved it. I will be here next year for sure.”