The Hallo-WienerPawLooza brought a big crowd of people and their pets, despite the cold weather Saturday morning.
The Halloween-themed event was hosted by the United Way of Union County at the Boys & Girls Club and included costume contests for both pets and children, races and activities provided by agencies partnered with the United Way.
The event was free, however there were admission costs for contest-goers.
Although named WeinerPawLooza, the event was open to all breeds of dogs. The only exception was the Eighth Annual Dachshund Dash, which only allowed dachshunds to participate.
Many of the partner agencies had different booths set up handing out candy and providing games for children and adults. The Boys & Girls Club offered a game called Fear Factor, where participants had to reach in to a box and guess what was inside.
One dog that stood out at the event was a three-legged rescue pit bull named Trina. She was rescued from Morning Meadow Animal Rescue shelter in Fordyce. Trina, now 5 years old, was hit by a car and lost her back right leg.
Trina was adopted by Adrienne Noyes, who says she is the most friendly, patient and kindest dog.
She was entered in the costume contest as a ’50s girl, dressed in a pink poodle skirt. She also participated in the dog race, but didn’t fully understand how it worked and didn’t place in the event.
“She runs better than she walks,” Noyes said. “When she starts running, you better get out of her way.”
The Hallo-WienerPawLooza was the first event she has ever participated in, but most likely will not be her last.
Contest winners and categories are listed below:
Doggie costume contest:
1st. Debo the Ninja Turtle (Pit Bull)
2nd. Sid the taco (Boston Terrier)
3rd. Bandito the bellhop (corgi)
3rd. Minnie golden retriever
Sadie, 12 years old
Gabby the Great Dane
Lollie the Dachshund
Bendito - play dead
Sadie - the Dachshund
1st. Aiden the dog; 1 years old
2nd. Hannah the cupcake; 8 months old
9-12 years old:
1st. Kaitlyn the cat
2nd. Shelby who was Harley Quinn
3rd. Allison from the Incredibles
8th annual Dotson Dash:
1st. Roxie Glasscock
2nd. Maggie Mae
All of the prizes from the contests were provided by the Pottery House located in downtown El Dorado.
Kaitlyn Rigdon can be reached at 862-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.