Sunday, November 21, 2010

Today Was Christmas High Tea For Doggies!

As a precursor to the first-ever Winter Woofstock next weekend, 120 dog owners turned out Toronto’s King Edward Hotel on Sunday for a Christmas high tea with their well dressed pets. Around 60 dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds turned out to take part in a fashion show and costume contest. They were also treated to a feast of doggy treats, water served in china teapots, and had a chance to sit on the knee of the man himself — Santa Claus. Donalee Clarke showed up with Princess, a Yorkshire terrier, done up as a Christmas angel. Minnie Chow brought Patsy, a schitzu dressed in a shiny green dress, bells and red booties. But it was Mac, an old terrier dressed as the Grinch — dyed green and in a Santa suit — that stood out enough to win the costume contest. The winner’s owner, Nigel White, said Mac hates Christmas for one reason: The loud-sounding crackers his family pops open right before digging into Christmas dinner. “All you have to do is touch one and he goes nuts,” said White. Event organizer Marlene Cook said bringing a pooch to a canine Christmas event provides a way of enriching their pets’ lives. “It’s just a really fun thing to do with your pet, especially during the holiday season,” said Cook. “Many people do feel that their pets are part of the family.” Winter Woofstock takes place next weekend at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place. Dogs and their owners will take part in winter games, a dog-adoption presentation by Toronto Animal Services and another fashion show. Admission to Winter Woofstock is $10 at the door and $8 in advance. Children under 12 are free. For more information, go to www.winterwoofstock.com. 

*The Toronto Sun

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