The annual Naughty Mutt Nice Halloween costume contest attracted another fang-tastic turnout on Saturday evening. The competition, now in its seventh year, saw Henley’s dogs strut the red carpet dressed as pumpkins, superheroes, and even royalty!
The Naughty Mutt Nice Halloween dog parade has become a highly anticipated annual event for Henley’s dog owners, and for the business itself. Karole Robertson, owner of Naughty Mutt Nice, said, “It’s a little tradition for us. We all look forward to Halloween and we have as much fun as the dogs have. It’s really nice to gather people and to see new faces; some dogs we know already but some are new to town so they can come down and get to know us. It’s really good fun. “
There were two spooktacular prizes up for grabs: Best Dressed, and Runner Up. The overall winner would receive a hamper full of luxury goodies, a full groom with a spa treatment, and two sessions of reiki for dogs. Meanwhile, the runner up was promised a doggie hamper and a luxury wash and blow dry.
In the end, it was Charlie’s King Charles costume that won the crown. His owner, Amy Wales, said about the inspiration behind the outfit, “The new King is Charlie, so we thought King Charles, and then we dressed my 8 week old daughter as a princess. Everyone was involved. We came last year and we dressed him as a pumpkin, but there were so many pumpkin outfits that we thought we would do something different this year. We decided to step it up a bit, and it fits him really well and I love it.”
Banks’ handmade pumpkin outfit did the trick to win her second prize, much to owner Amy Humphreys’ delight. Amy said, “I am elated, absolutely elated. We were not expecting it. I hand crocheted Banks’ pumpkin outfit, and it was a lot of fun for me. I took me two days of full, non-stop crocheting.”
Tilly, who works at Naughty Mutt Nice and helped with the judging, reflected on the hard fought competition. “It was very tough,” she said. “For Charlie, the winner, it was the fact that they had their daughter dressed up the same, and he was just adorable. He put on a show, he’s such a character, he steals the show. He’s so good.”
Karole added, “I think everybody made a great effort; it was very hard to choose. This year was the toughest year. If we could have, we would have given prizes to everybody.”
Though there could only be one winner, every dog that entered was rewarded with a goodie bag full of treats. We cannot wait to see what outfits Henley’s paw-some pooches come up with next year!