Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hairy Halloween

Today was the annual "Night of the Living Airedale Party", a local Halloween party for Airedales and their owners. It's an event we look forward to every year that is graciously hosted by the wonderful people that own Liebe Aire Acres. We've been going for years and always have a great time...in rain, heat, and...today's weather...wind!...


Things kept blowing off the tables, costumes were blowing in the wind, and food was even blowing off our plates. But, we still managed to have a good time. This year, Salsa was a "SaloonDale". We spent a lot of time this week crafting her costume...complete with a ruffles, a bustle, bow, criss-cross ribbons to look like a corset, a feathered headpiece, and fishnet stockings (that got a lot of laughs and pictures), and the red fabric has little black paw prints on it. Here she is dancing around in her costume...


A close-up of our little sweetie...


Part of the annual event is picture taking time with each family and their 'dale(s). Here's me and Salsa...


We didn't win any prizes this year for Salsa's costume but the competition was fierce! I took a lot of pictures but the wind had the dogs dancing around so much that it was hard to get good shots of them. But, I did my best. Here are some of the good ones... Meet "Carmen MiranDale", the winner for "Best Costume"...


Isn't she adorable?! Her 'mom' did an awesome job of making her costume. I love the headpiece!!! And, look at this colorful dress...


Here she is with her whole costume, posing for pictures...


The prize for "Best Theme" went to the "Wicked Witch and Her Flying Monkeys" (2 'dales in monkey costumes with wings and the owner dressed like a wicked witch). Unfortantely, I didn't get a picture of them. But, I got a picture of the winner for "Funniest Costume"..."Bernie Madoff"...


The winner for "Scarriest Costume" was one of Salsa's old buddies, Norman. He was a pirate!...


There were around 30 airedales at the party and lots of great costumes. Here are some more cute ones...an "Aire Mail Carrier"...


What a cutie!


There were "ChippenDales"...Notice the one on the right bracing himself for the next wind gust and the ear blowing on the dale on the left...


These two dales were ready for a day on the water...complete with floatation vests and sunglasses...


They eventually ditched their water vests but this one kept her shades on throughout the whole party!...


What would a party be without a super hero?! Meet "Super Dale"...


We enjoyed many of the things we do every year at this party, including: costumes and a parade; a raffle to benefit Airedale Rescue (they made almost $400 this year); a pot luck and barbeque; a treat table for the doggies; and a generous gift bag that was given to each family. Here's all the goodies we brought home today from the raffle and our party bag...a calendar, cookbook, toys, treats, coupons, a frisbee...


Unfortunately, because of the wind, the doggy dancing (Salsa's good at that) and the "Grueling Games" (games and contests with our dogs) were cancelled. But, we all had such a great time visiting with the other Airedales and their owners and we look forward to getting together again next year.

Happy Halloween! :-D

4 comments:

Benita said...

Well, if that isn't the happiest SuperDale I have ever seen!

But, I have to admit - fishnet stocking on a dog? How in the world did you get them on her? Funny!!!

Kimber said...

Hi! I like! You did a good job with that costume. I love the fishnet.

Kimber

jomamma said...

I thought your dog's costume was the best... who would have thought to put fishnets on a dog?

KarenB said...

Ha, ha! Those costumes are hysterical. Very fun. I can see why you put a lot of time into it. I thought Salsa looked fabulous! Hope to see you Wednesday.