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About this blog: This blog explores life in Palo Alto with our dogs, cats and other pets, as well as the urban wildlife around us, the title being a reference to Sharon Creech's lovely story, "Love That Dog." I grew up in Palo Alto surrounded by ...  (More)

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It's Dog-O-Ween this Saturday (10/25)!

Uploaded: Oct 22, 2014
Don't miss this FUN & FREE event for you and your dog this Saturday at Rinconada Park: the 2nd Annual Palo Alto Dog-O-Ween! It's co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto and the Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter, and all proceeds benefit the shelter.

The event is the brainchild of last year's FoPAAS youth board liaisons from Paly and Gunn, respectively, Kristen deStefano and Joanna Tang, who are now off at college. Here's background from Palo Alto Online and background from FoPAAS on how the event came about.

The event takes places from 1-3pm at the Rinconada Bowl, across from the pool area. It's a perfect location, as the bowl provides a venue to promenade and socialize with other dog lovers, a stage for the judges, along with grassy areas surrounding the bowl to walk around with your pet.

As before, the focal point of the event is the dog costume contest, in which people can dress up their pets, and even wear a matching costume if they'd like, to be judged by a VIP panel. It's free to attend the event and enter the contest, just show up at the event and register to participate. Categories include:

Scariest Dressed
Best Family Theme
Best Couple Costume (dog and owner)
Best Dressed

Judges include Connie Urbanski, Acting Animal Services Superintendent at PAAS, Lydia Kou
Karen Holman, and Marilynn Goldberg.

This year's event also features food vendors Rick?s Rather Rich Ice Cream and the new gourmet hotdog vendor, Chez Franc. They've?ve booked a roaming dog photographer, and are holding a raffle, with prizes like a $549 robotic vacuum.

Special guest: Palo Alto Police Department K-9 Eddie and his handler Officer Brad Young.

Be there or proceed directly to the dog house!

See above link for photo credits.

Also: there is a Bark-for-Life dog costume event in Atherton earlier the same day in the morning, from 10am-1pm. So why not go to both? The Bark-for-Life event is at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton, and benefits the American Cancer Society, see my blog post here about it.
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Posted by Scottie Zimmerman, a resident of Midtown,
on Oct 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Full Disclosure: I'm on the board of Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter, one of the sponsors of Saturday's event in Rinconada Park.

I'm commenting because Cathy has not taken credit for creating Dog-O-Ween as an event last year. Cathy, a member of the FoPAAS board at the time, worked with our two Youth Board Liaison members, Kristen DeStefano (Paly) and Joanna Tang (Gunn). The three of them made it happen last year, and it was a huge success.

Most of us on the board and serving as volunteers had no idea how much planning and hard work was involved. Cathy, Joanna, and Kristen worked steadily and quietly and made the dream come true.

Thank you, Cathy, for posting this notice on your blog AND for giving us Dog-O-Ween! I thank you, and my dogs Smiley & Charles thank you. We all had a wonderful time last year and look forward to a repeat on Saturday, Oct. 25th.

Joanna and Kristen are off at college now, and we miss their energy and great ideas, but we do stay in touch! And we have two NEW Youth Board Liaison Members, Amy Watt (Gunn) and Kylie Wilson (Paly).

Come join us for Dog-O-Ween!

Posted by Cathy Kirkman, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Oct 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Cathy Kirkman is a registered user.

Thanks Scottie for your comments. Actually I was just the worker bee helping to execute the vision of our youth members, Kristen and Joanna. Thanks for the mention though, and I've updated the post with background stories about last year, as well as info about a fun Bark-for-Life event benefitting the American Cancer Society to be held earlier that morning in Atherton.

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