GREENWICH, Conn. Prisoners in stripes and their dog stole the heart of the crowd at the Howl & Prowl Costume Parade and Contest as more than 200 dogs and their families dressed up for the festivities in Greenwich.
Freak weather conditions may have postponed the annual event, but the contest went off without a hitch a week late. The event was sponsored by Adopt-A-Dog Inc., a local nonprofit rescue, shelter and adoption agency for dogs and cats, and Pet Pantry Warehouse, a pet supply store in Greenwich.
Its so great to see so many people come out with their pets to show support for Adopt-A-Dog, even though we had to change the date. The storms this year have caused so much damage to the shelter and any funds we raise will be put to great use, said Allyson Halm, president of Adopt-A-Dog. Corporate support this year has been remarkable, as they see how much people in this area love their dogs.
The Sultan with his passenger perched in the box on his back, the princess who came in her very own float and Lions & Tigers & Bears Oh My received enthusiastic response from the crowd. Prizes included ribbons and gift certificates to the Pet Pantry Warehouse. A free drawing gave the winner a gift certificate for free dog food for a year from Pet Pantry Warehouse.
Psychologist Dale Atkins, MaryAlice Jansky from Wellness Natural Food for Dogs, and Dana Jevarjian from Serendipity Magazine judged the finals. They were joined by Maria Kelly Stevens, producer of Greenwich Has Talent and also representing the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce; Frank Taylor and Liz Ceppi from One Brain Marketing; and representatives from Pet Pantry Warehouse and Venture Photography.
Members of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce hosted treat stops along Greenwich Avenue. National and local pet product manufacturers offered free toys, treats and product samples.
More than 500 people from Fairfield and Westchester Counties enjoyed the exhibits, treats, DJ Eric, a Childrens Activity area, hot dogs, ice cream and a parade with treat stops at merchants on Greenwich Avenue.
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