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'Chilly' dogs, cool cat brave weather at Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade

November 30, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

There might not have been any refreshments at Saturday afternoon's Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade, but there was no shortage of "chilly" dogs ? and one cool cat.

The sun made an appearance, but that wasn't enough to counteract the cold wind that blew through the center court at Long Meadow Shopping Center.

Still, more than 15 pets and their owners braved the elements to participate in the event.

Proceeds from the third annual event benefited the Humane Society of Washington County.

When the judging was completed, the Best in Show award went to Becky Kercheval and Brad Grosskreutz with their 3-year-old toy fox terrier, George.

George was dressed as a remote control, while Grosskreutz wore a cardboard television set. Kercheval said it was their take on the old expression, "Man's Best Friend."

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Skylar Rice, 7, and her dog, Molly, took top prize in the owner/pet combination, each wearing parts of Skylar's Troop 292 Girl Scout uniform.

Molly was wearing Skylar's scout sash and hat and some red yarn pigtails to complete the look.

"We had a lot of ideas, but this seemed best at the last minute," said Ellen Rice, Skylar's mother.

Molly is 5 years old and was a rescued dog when the Rice family adopted her.

Kelly Rachor's dog, Scooby, took first place in the funniest category wearing a lifelike skunk suit.

Smithsburg Police Chief Michael Potter had two entries in the competition ? Ranger, a 4-year-old golden retriever, and Jeter, a 2-year-old beagle, both dressed as pumpkins.

Potter and his wife, Donna, were at the event with their daughters, Tiffany, 9, and Megan, 8.

"We just went out and bought orange T-shirts and added random decorations like spider and ghost ears," Donna Potter said.

The Potters' dogs won a prize for the best duo.

Pat Maness was there with his dog, Bubbles, who was decked out in a halo and angel wings.

"We have horns and a tail in the car, just in case," Maness said.

Bubbles also was a rescued dog as a puppy, Maness said.

Cynthia Campbell and her dog, Rosie, were dressed as Bat Girl and Bat Dog. Tammy Henson and Josie were a couple of court jesters.

The only cat in the competition was Zoey, a 9-month-old longhair, dressed as a ballet dancer.

"She's a little nervous ... there are a lot of D-O-G-S here," said her owner, Joseph Ryan.

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