The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 27, 2013

Pets compete for top prize at Atwoods costume contest

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — More than 30 pets were registered at the annual Atwoods Pet Costume Contest Sunday, with an assortment of colorful costumes.

There were a number of different animals entered, from gerbils to dogs, to a goat.

Sasha Prince, of Billings, brought her goat Ariel to the contest, dressed as a witch. Ariel weighs 50 pounds and will weigh much more when full grown. She belongs to Prince’s daughter, Shelbi, who said the 6-month-old Ariel “ is a good goat.” Prince’s children enter the goat in contests and walk them every day.

Ariel stood quietly by her owners and calmly watched the excitement around her.

“Goats are pretty cool,” Prince said.

Rainn and Michelle Roeser brought their 3-pound blue heeler, Nori, who posed in a kissing booth costume. Rainn Roeser said the dog will weigh about 30 pounds when full grown.

“She’s a very smart dog. She tried to herd us when we’re on the patio,” he said. The Roesers said they bought the dog to replace their daughter, Ally, who married and left home this year.

Amid the sights of dogs dressed as bumble bees and lions, Ashlyn Manning of Enid stood with her 1-year-old Chihuahua mix, Cosmo. Her parents are interested in getting Cosmo into races to see how he does. Ashlyn, 11, goes to school in Garber, but when she is home with Cosmo, she said he likes to play with a frisbee.

The contest was judged by the Simpson brothers, Rick and Larry, who say they enjoy doing it every year.

“We’ve been coming out here for several years. We have such fun doing it that we just keep coming back. These people really go to a lot of work,” Larry Simpson said.

Seth Luckinbill and Charles McPhail coordinated the contest for Atwoods.

Winners of the contest were:

Grand champion — Tie between Nori, a blue heeler, dressed as a kissing booth, and Ariel, a goat, dressed as a witch.

Under 10 pounds

1. Nori, a blue heeler, dressed as a kissing booth.

2. Cosmo, a Chihuahua, dressed as a pumpkin.

3. Midge, a dachshund, dressed as a baby.

Honorable Mention — Little Bear, a Yorkie, dressed as a witch.

10-20 pounds

1. Bronson, a pug, dressed as a pirate.

2. Foxy, a Pomeranian, dressed as a cheerleader.

3. Peanut, a toy poodle, dressed as a fairy dog mother.

Honorable Mention — Emily, a West Highland dog, dressed as a character from Dr. Who.

20-100 pounds

1. Ariel, a goat, dressed as a witch.

2. Toby and Tillie, pugs, dressed as pirates.

3. Zeus, a pit bull, dressed as a lion.

Honorable Mention — Panzer, a German shepherd, dressed as a tank.

100 pounds and over

1. Colby, a Great Dane, dressed as witch.

Winners received prizes from sponsors, including dog food, bowls and pet accessories. Also, Enid Animal Control was conducting pet adoptions. Atwoods also provided door prizes, dog food, biscuits, popcorn and other prizes.