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Monster Bark!

October 28th 2012 2:57 pm
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Mom and dad brought me to Monster Bark today! The pet store near our house has it every year. It is a big costume contest. I actually won it back in 2009. The weather wasn't very nice because we are having a hurricane come tomorrow and the next day. Mom said there will be a lot of wind and rain. It won't be too bad by the time it gets here.(at least we hope not)Daddy thought that maybe there wouldn't be many people or dogs because of the weather. Boy was he wrong!! It was packed! First we had to go to the registration table. There mom filled out a paper and we had to pick things to donate to the charity organization. This organization helps deaf people by training service dogs. Mom and dad donated 3 items. Then we went to the cash register to pay for the donated items. Then we had to go to another table where we got our number and raffle tickets. Because mom and dad donated 3 items we also got a goody bag and a plastic container for the cat food. Daddy ran the goody bag and plastic cat food container out to the car. We found a quiet place in the store and mom and dad put my costume on. Mom's friend Jen, who made my costume, came to wish me luck. Her daughter, Anna, came too. It was getting really crowded inside the store. People and pets kept coming in to register. The man who manages the store announced that photos needed to be taken, so mom, dad and I made our way to the photo line. I had wings on so mom held them up and out of the way because there wasn't much room. I finally got my pictures taken. Mom said they will be E-mailed to me later. After the pictures we went outside because the store was just too crowded. Jen had to leave so we said "Goodbye". Next they had a trivia question competition to kill time while the last minute entries registered. Mom answered some questions and got prizes ( dog shampoo and 6 cans of dog food) Finally we had to line up for the costume contest. Mom and dad couldn't believe it. There were 45 dogs and cats in the contest! This was the biggest costume contest I have ever been in! We paraded around the shopping center. People from some of the businesses in the shopping center were the judges. After we came back to the pet store, we each got to go up in front of everyone and individually show off our costumes. We were number 13 so after we went up, mom took my wig and head piece off so I could relax a bit. I appreciated that. Finally it was time to announce the winners. They had several categories like funniest, most creative etc. Then they said they were going to announce the grand prize winner. The store manager said that the winner was.... "Isis"!!! I couldn't believe my ears!! Mom and I walked back up front to get congratulated. I won $100 gift certificate to the store!! Next they drew the raffle prizes. Mom was shocked to learn she won the Nature's Miracle gift basket! What a day!!! Mom and dad undressed me and we took the Nature's Miracle gift basket to the car. Then we went back inside the store to spend my winnings. We got all sorts of pet food, kitty litter, fish supplies and two of the biggest cookies mom could find. She said I deserved them. I spent almost the entire prize money but I still have 6 dollars left. We went back home and mom and dad went through everything. Mom and dad had to go to Buddy Dog to pick up my raffle prize from Woofstock. They are a no kill shelter not too far from our house. I won a dog feeding station in their raffle. There were some dog and cat food we couldn't use in my goody bag (Ben is allergic to chicken)and they had some potty pads in the Nature's Miracle gift basket. I decided to donate those to Buddy Dog. I love to give back, especially to shelters and charities that help other animals. Mom said they were very happy. Especially for the pads. I am now passed out on the floor of the computer room. I will post some pictures as soon as we get them.


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