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Dogs, humans have howling good time at canine costume contest
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Contestants of the large dog category of the costume contest and their owners gather on stage during the 2018 Howl-o-Ween fundraiser for the Bryan County Bark Park in Richmond Hill.

The Bryan County Bark Park recently hosted its annual Howl-O-Ween event and costume contest with nearly 30 canine contestants at Fish Tales Restaurant.

“We were so thrilled to have such a great turn out for this fun annual event. It was such a treat to see all of the festive pups in an array of costumes – from a fairy and superheroes, to pumpkins, priests and lobsters,” said Bark Park Vice President Shannon Arnold. “We would like to give a huge shout-out to Megan Myrick and Fish Tales for supporting us again this year, as well as Bentley’s Pet Stuff for donating goody bags and prizes. We couldn’t be more grateful to the community for their continued support.”

Bryan, the Bark Park mascot, was present to hand out awards to winners:

Small dogs:

• First place: Albark Einstein (owned by Katelyn Amin)

• Runners-up: Hazelsaurus (owned by Claire Simmons); and York the UPS Man (owned by Pat Stephenson)


Large dogs:

• First place: Homecoming Queen and King Lady Bella and Harley (owned by Angie and Frank Foss)

• Runners-up: Aspen the “Corn Dog” (owned by Alexis Phillips); and Moose the “Labshark” (owned by Michelle)


Audience Favorite:

• Merlin as the house from the movie Up (owned by Danielle Smith)


Judges’ Favorite:

• Poppy, an SD Gunner service dog-in-training, as a sea anemone (owned by Chris and Elena Nock)

Funds raised from this event benefit the Bryan County Bark Park, a nonprofit that seeks to provide a dog park for the Richmond Hill area that is safe for families and where well-behaved dogs can be let off their leashes to run free.

For more information about Bryan County Bark Park, visit

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Poppy, a service dog-in-training, shows off her sea anemone costume during the Howl-o-Ween fundraiser for the Bryan County Bark Park.
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