What started out as a windy, chilly day in New Port Richey turned out to be a perfect day for the Barktoberfest.
It was held at the Harley Davidson store off SR 54. There were sheriff’s holding signs for even parking as the event itself took up the Harley Davidson’s store parking.
I parked on the other side of Bank of America and walked.
The event started at 11am, I arrived fashionably later at 1145am but was in time to take some pictures of the vendors, walk around, have a hot dog, get enticed by some homemade pumpkin bread, drink some pink lemonade and watch the steady stream of dogs and people come through.
I spoke with one of the ladies who had been to last year’s Barktoberfest and she stated that there were maybe 12-15 dogs who had entered into the costume contest. This year it was 60.
There were so many fun, cute, creative costumes I was glad not to be the one judging.
My favorite was the group of dogs that were being pushed around in a creatively decorated stroller. The owners of the dogs were two sisters who were dressed matching their dogs. They won the best overall costume contest.
The other one that was a surprise to me was seeing a wolf hybrid there dressed up as granny and the owner (alpha) was dressed as little red riding hood. I got a chance to pet Timber and ask the owner about him. He is a hybrid and he eats dog food and gets a meal in raw meat once a week. She has a pit bill and another wolf hybrid at home.
SPCA Suncoast was there as the entire event benefitted them and they had some adorable puppies to show off, some chow mixes, boxer mixes and lab mixes. I hope they get good homes!
There was also a silent auction which I caught about 20 minutes beforehand and ending up winning a bid for two tickets to the Tampa Aquarium for $17.
I snapped a bunch of pictures that I wanted to share with of the dogs and owners.
It was a pretty good turnout and the clouds parted and it warmed up ever so slightly to about 71. Making it a good day to bring out the dogs, and kids.
For more pictures please check out the official facebook page at :
or the blog that will be posted by Miss Sharon Miner – http://authorevents.blogspot.com/
Many many thanks to sponsors who made this possible. I got a chance to meet with a few of them in person.
Like Miss Pamela Kenna who had makes dog bling, hoodies and pet beds (she’s working on some pillow & blanket combos as well as some cat bling) here are some of the pictures a took of her booth.
She is able to do custom orders and will ship, take a look at the website and share.
Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital, they just celebrated their 1st year in business if you are in the Hudson, Spring Hill, Port Richey area. Please give their website a visit and call to check their prices. They do mirco-chipping and it is done by Home Again who will keep the information on file for the rest of your pet’s life.
Also last but not least Paw Wash Plus, they did some nail clipping for a donation today and had a huge presence.
The event was held to help out SPCA Suncoast .. if you are looking to adopt a furry four legged family member and are in the West Pasco County Area (Hudson, Port Richey, New Port Richey, Holiday) please take a look at their website as they have lots of dogs up for adoption. They need volunteers too and would love to have donations.
They have a really simple list of daily items needed:
(taken from: http://spcasuncoast.org/donate/wish-list/)
- Liquid Laundry Detergent Bleach
- Antibacterial Dish Soap Simple Green Cleaner
- Garbage Bags (large and kitchen)
- Paper Towels
- Towels- New or used Sanitizing Wipes
- Toilet Paper Cat Litter (any kind)
- Dog and Cat Food (canned or dried, any kind)
If you are going to the store and are able to pick up some extra things, please do so. If you would like to do a monetary donation, those are always welcome.
Below is the address to send donations or drop them off.
7734 Congress St.
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Phone (727) 849-1048
Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm
Can’t wait to do this again next year. =^.^=
Here’s a complete slideshow of all the pictures I caught