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the man with the yellow hat

There's a long story behind this one! I went to this fall festival last year for the first time and really loved it, especially the pet costume contest - which was the first year that they had it. It was bittersweet for me because I had just lost Patches in July but was hoping to have my new puppy for my birthday in January, and I said that day that I was going to come back next year with my new puppy and we were going to be in the contest.

 

I started thinking about costumes then and thought Louie would be cute as Bat Man because when his ears stand straight up he looks like a little bat, and I wasn't sure about Romeo but thought Zoro would be cool because the black would complement his black spots (which is where the idea for me to be the Lone Ranger came from - thanks to my friend, Kristie's dad for coming up with such a great idea!) I ordered those two costumes back in September, but when they came, there were lots of pieces and strings and were really flimsy and didn't really look good, and I just knew that they wouldn't last and with all of the walking that we would be doing, they would probably twist and turn and walk right out of them. I started feeling really disappointed because I had it all planned out and had to start over, so I began my search. I got a green dinosaur from Target for Romeo, which would have been perfect because he can be a monster at times, but it didn't fit his ribcage, and little cowboy and policeman outfits for Louie to try, but after going to three different Targets, I found the skeleton sweatshirt ( the last one!) for Louie and knew it would be perfect because he's so skinny and it would be simple for him to wear. In the meantime, I had ordered a "fire mutt" costume for Romeo and was crossing my fingers that it would work out. I guess I was lucky because the large fit Romeo - just barely, and Louie's fit perfectly.

 

Saturday morning was cold and rainy and not a great day for a festival, but in the car on the way there, the sun came out, and it ended up being the perfect fall day. When I put the costume on Romeo at home, he was pulling at it the whole time, but I knew that when we got there, he would be so distracted that he wouldn't notice it or the hat. He was so excited and was pulling and barking and trying to meet all of the other dogs and got to see so many kids. When I signed up for the contest, we got #13 (hopefully lucky) and at that time there were 23 dogs the contest. It's a good thing that I figured out what to call him the day before!

 

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I was a little worried that he would start barking during the contest, so I kept feeding him treats, and he did really well around all of the other dogs. The judges picked their top 5, and Romeo was the first finalist to be called back up, and the only big dog and only boy, I think. We didn't win, but we got a bag full of goodies, and I was glad to make the finals and proud of him for doing such a good job, and, the most important thing was that we had fun!!!

 

He had such a fun-filled day that the pink around his eyes was bright red, and he slept the whole way home in the car, hit his bed when he got home, and was out like a light! I kept telling him what a good boy he was to pose for so many pictures after the contest, which made me happy because sometimes he gets really frustrated.

 

Fall in Dowtown York festival ~ 10/27/07~ York, SC (one of my favorite little towns) ~ Romeo ~ 11 1/2 months old

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Taken on October 27, 2007