Easter Pet Parade: 2013

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Jo’s Easter Pet Parade has become one of our favorite Austin events. This year Bill and I arrived early enough to see the paraders coming down the South Congress Avenue sidewalk. Dogs and their humans followed a small brass band and the Easter Bunny to the parking lot behind Jo’s Coffee Shop.

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Last year’s contest had a “Pets in Drag” / Leslie theme. This year seemed to be theme-less, although “Keepin’ Austin Weird” would be appropriate. About 40 canine contestants were introduced by name, along with a list of their favorite activities. “Walking on South Congress,” “napping,” “eating treats,” and “barking at squirrels” were mentioned, along with the ever-popular “sniffing butts.”

The competition was fierce. Everyone went all out to impress the judges:

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After introductions were completed, the judges deliberated for a few minutes and then their decisions were announced. This unicorn—I mean, dog—was awarded honorable mention.

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Third place went to a gang of small dogs with fake human body parts hanging from their sides. I didn’t catch the description, but I assumed (hoped) it was some film reference.

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After looking at the next two photos here, see if you can guess the first-place winner: the Easter basket extravaganza or the Wizard of Oz flying monkey with Wicked Witch.

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If you guessed the Easter basket group, you would be wrong. Much to our surprise, the flying monkey-dog was declared the winner and the basket came in second. We think that cute little Wicked Witch influenced the judges’ selection. But no matter…it was all for a worthwhile cause since the registration fee benefited non-profit Austin Pets Alive!.

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