The Woodward News

October 22, 2013

Atwoods sets up annual pet costume contest

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — When it comes to dressing up for Halloween, Atwoods doesn't want you to forget about Fluffy the cat, Fido the dog or even Fiona the llama.

Woodward's Atwoods Ranch and Home Store will be holding its 18th annual Pet Costume Contest this Sunday, Oct. 27 in the store's parking lot.

And practically any and all pets are welcome, according to Store Manager Wendy Lewis.

"Anything you can put in a costume, we'd love to see," Lewis said.

Over the past 17 years, she said she has almost seen it all.

"We've had practically anything and everything from chickens to llamas and of course all kinds of puppy dogs and kitty cats.  We've also had pet goats before, rabbits and a pig or two; people like to dress up their pigs," she said.

However, the majority of entries are often dogs, which is why when it comes to prizes, the dogs will be divided up into 4 weight classes for judging.  A first, second, and third place winner will be selected in each weight class, Lewis said.

The more exotic pets will then be judged separately, she said.

Altogether, she said "we have a total of 18 prizes that we'll be handing out including a grand champion, a reserve champion and judge's choice."

Prizes will include pet care items, including species-appropriate food and treats, she said.

Registration for the pet contest will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  Lewis said all animals will need to be registered prior to the start of judging at 2 p.m.

"We'll get all the animals checked in and into their different areas then we'll let the animals parade around for the judges and let participants just enjoy the day," she said.

About the only restriction for entering the costume contest is that animals must be well-behaved, Lewis said.

"We don't want any dogs being mean to anyone or anything like that.  We want them to be friendly and well-contained," she said, noting leashes are important.

Lewis said the Woodward Atwoods sponsors the pet contest because she believes it is a good way to reach out to the store's customers.

"We really like that the customers can come see the different products we offer and at the same time have fun with their animals, because animals are our customers too," she said.