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Dog-O-Ween provided fun and frolic

October 29, 2012 - Mike Donahey
The economy, election, Superstorm Sandy, or any number of concerns took a back seat to fun and frolic Sunday afternoon at the local Theisen's Home-Farm-Auto store.

More than 50 people dressed up their dogs (and in some cases themselves) in Halloween costumes for the store’s ninth annual Dog-O-Ween event. Put simply, it is a dog costume Halloween contest. Cowboys, a clothespin, an Elvis, faeries, a Hawkeye cheerleader, policemen, prisoners, a she-devil, a skunk and a Yoda of Star Wars fame, among others, could be seen roaming the aisles with owners in control. Clever costumes covered-up many chihuahuas, a Great Dane, a part-Newfoundlander, peekaboos and pugs. All of the dogs behaved too. One dog’s costume was a plastic coat hanger, safely placed over its small head. “Hangover,” was the costume name, much to the crowd’s delight. Hangover didn’t win a prize — but Marshalltown’s Animal Rescue League was a big winner.

Theisen’s donated each $7 entry fee from 54 registrants to the ARL. Entries were from throughout central Iowa.

ARL, the House of Compassion, area schools and others have benefited from the store's charity and it shows every year, with promotions and other fundraisers. To promote Dog-O-Ween entries, the store awarded a $150 gift card for first place, a $100 card for first runner-up, $75 for second runner-up and $50 for third runner-up.

“Puggles,” fittingly, a pug owned by by Dennis and Terri Elliot of Marshalltown took top prize. Puggles was a willing honey bee. The Elliots, Puggles and other contestants were good sports throughout the event, capably co-emceed by local radio personalities Todd Collins and Kyle Martin.

And all contestants were winners in the eyes of the ARL.



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