Animal attire

Published 9:50 am Monday, September 28, 2009

Canines and felines were dressed to the nines Sunday for the Humane Society of Freeborn County’s pet fashion show at Frank Hall Park.

Dogs and cats were dressed in everything from T-shirts to formal wear for this first-ever event.

Humane Society volunteer Char Butterfield organized the event. She said she got the idea from a dog she had a long time ago. The dog would let her dress it up in anything, she said.

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Darrel Amundson served as the master of ceremonies for the event. He introduced each pet and its owner to the crowd and the three judges. Judges for the event were Albert Lea Police Chief Dwaine Winkels, Humane Society Director Christa Stieler and Mayor Mike Murtaugh.

Jessica Holty brought her cocker spaniel mix, Winston, dressed in a Vikings shirt.

Jordan Reim brought her 2-year-old Pomeranian, Tinkerbell, in a coordinating pink outfit and socks.

Jim and Morgan Haney gave their English springer spaniel a formal touch. The Fonz came in a tuxedo.

Daisy, a 3-year-old great Dane owned by Janice Johnson of Scarville, Iowa, wore a sparkling ensemble that made her look like a show horse. The costume included a mane and saddle.

Jolene Holty brought Lucy, a shih-tzu, in her favorite pink sweater. Lucy turned 1 on Friday.

The youngest model was Ellie, a lakeland terrier-shih-tzu-poodle cross, owned by Dee Hanley. At just 9 weeks, the puppy wore a fancy dress.

Also on hand, but not competing, was Frannie, a shih-tzu currently available for adoption from the Humane Society. Frannie wore a smart pink satin dress for the occasion.

Kim Flaa held her recently adopted miniature pinscher, Teagan. He wore a bandana.

Daisy took first place, Tinkerbell second and The Fonz third. The top two winners got gift baskets and the third place got a Humane Society T-shirt.

The cats were not to be outdone.

Jillian Wentzler dressed her Siamese cat, Tazz, up as Piglet.

Carly Adams dressed her gray-and-white cat, Mojo, in a pink outfit.

Tazz took first in the cat category, while Mojo was second. Mojo also got the “Mr. Congeniality” award. The cat owners got Humane Society T-shirts.

“I thought it was fun and I think people here thought it was fun,” said Butterfield. “I hope to have it again next year.”

About 60 people attended. Many stopped and toured the shelter afterward to look at the dogs and cats available for adoption. The shelter is currently full.