This year, the annual Orphans of the Storm® Pooch Parade got a spooky twist: the parade was moved from August to October, which meant dogs and their owners could dress up in festive Halloween costumes!

My date to the Pooch Parade this year was Benny! Benny is a popular dog who goes to many off-site events, so he is a pro at riding in the car. He settled down on the blanket in my backseat immediately and looked expectantly out the window. “Where are we off to today?” he seemed to ask.

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Benny says, “I’m ready!”

Despite the rainy weather, there was already a crowd gathered at the park when we arrived. Plenty of pooches were in costume, and those who weren’t got their own orange bandana at the registration booth.

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Everyone gathering before the parade kicked off

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The fundraising tent

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Protecting the goodies from the rain

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Dogs and owners registering

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Treats for the humans (don’t worry, there were plenty for the dogs too!)

Benny and I met up with the other Orphans of the Storm® dog at the parade who is still looking for a furever home: Delilah! Delilah has a bit (or a lot) more energy than Benny, so she was more than ready to start walking in the parade. Delilah was doing a great job politely greeting the other dogs and people, always with a wagging tail. Benny was doing a great job too. It didn’t matter if it was a Bernese Mountain Dog or a Chihuahua–Benny can be friends with dogs of all shapes and sizes!

The time came for the parade to begin, so everyone headed towards the starting line.

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On our way to the starting line

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Some of the lovely chalk art on the sidewalk

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A little rain won’t stop us!

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The official starting line

We headed out along the 2-mile route. A group as big as ours had the people driving past in their cars stop and take a second look!

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Benny and I were on our way!

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Is that a dog or a fast-moving turtle??

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The parade leaders leading the way

Although Benny had plenty of enthusiasm, his little legs weren’t quite ready to keep up with everybody, especially for the full parade. After a couple of blocks, we lost sight of the rest of the group and decided to head back to the park, stay dry, and spend time with the other volunteers while we waited for everyone else to complete the route.

Benny certainly knows how to work a crowd. All of the volunteers took a break from what they were doing to come over and pet him. If they stopped, he would put his little front paws on their legs, which in turn prompted them to give him plenty of treats for being so cute.

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Benny says, “I think there are supposed to be more TREATS during a Halloween parade.”

Eventually, the rest of the parade-goers made their way back to the park, and it was time to find out who won each of the many, many raffle prizes. (A big thank you to everyone who donated prizes, food, treats, and their time for this event!)

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Some of the pooches at the end of the parade

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Goodie bags for all participants, full of dog toys!

By the end of the outing, I was ready to drive Benny home with me. He was such a good boy for the entire outing, even though it was certainly something he had never experienced before, with all of those dogs and people and activity. Unfortunately, I don’t think my family or my dog would have appreciated the surprise, even if the surprise was as adorable and sweet as Benny.

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Benny taking a nap in the car on the way back to the shelter

If you’re looking for nothing more than a sweet, loving, gentle companion who will bring a smile to your face every single day, come in to Orphans of the Storm® soon to meet Benny. He doesn’t need a lot of exercise; he just needs a family that will love him. Getting adopted would be the biggest treat of all for Benny this Halloween!

2 responses »

  1. […] also spent some time with Ares, Wilbur (my favorite!), Rosco, Daisy, Delilah (who was also at the Pooch Parade two weekends ago), Javan, Ranger, Sweet Pea (who truly lives up to her name–she gets along […]

  2. […] of my favorites at the shelter, and he cemented that spot after he and I went to this year’s Happy Halloween Pooch Parade together. Benny is super easy to walk (and doesn’t need too much exercise anyway), super easy […]

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