Some dogs have just what it takes to be a show puppy.
And these doggos have it!
Every October, near the Cole Park Amphitheater, dogs and their owners dress up in the craziest outfits at Thomas J. Henry’s annual Bark in the Park event.
This year, pets and their owners took it up a notch on Saturday for a chance to win cash for best costume.
The grand prize – $1,000.
From Disney’s “Frozen” characters to local fast food icons, check out some of the best pet costumes at the seventh annual Bark in the Park.
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Bailey the Ewok in an AT-ST Walker
Bailey the Yorkshire Terrier is no stranger to Bark in the Park.
In fact, she still outdoes her suits every year, said Lindsey Dreyer, owner of Bailey with Adam Dreyer.
Last year, Bailey dressed as Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in a clam bed designed to open and close via Bluetooth on Dreyer’s phone. She won third place.
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This year, Adam fixed an animatronic All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) walker from the “Star Wars” movie franchise.
The AT-ST Walker gives Bailey a chance to move around and greet people.
“It took me two months to build it,” he said. “We’re ready to win this year…we’ve been doing it for five years and we can’t wait for next year.”
pug claw machine
Pug pups Bella, Chata and Solo come from Bark in the Park royalty.
Last year, their mother, Pixie, took fourth place at the event, owner Katrina Garcia said.
This year, the three puppies were dressed up as pug prizes in a claw machine.
“It took my daughter and me two weeks to put everything together,” she said. “Pixie was pregnant with these three babies and now they’re going to win it for mum. We’re going to win.”
Jaxx the bartender
Shih Tzu Jaxx puppy knows how to do a good bark-arita. Really!
The 5-month-old pup was dressed as a bartender with his own security entourage.
Joe Figueroa, the owner of Jaxx, said this year was Jaxx’s first time at Bark in the Park.
“We thought he would make a cool bartender,” he said. “He’s black and white and looks great with a bow tie…like a fancy bartender.”
Bruno the reindeer and Zero as Olaf from “Frozen”
These two doggos love to bring out their inner Disney persona.
Bruno, a 5 year old Great Dane, and Zero, a 2 year old mixed rescue, dressed as a reindeer and Olaf from the movie “Frozen”.
Of course, they had their friend Anna there to show her support.
Yukiko Rawson, owner of Bruno and Zero, said last year that the two doggos and their family won the grand prize of $1,000 with their Beauty and the Beast set.
“It was our first year doing Bark in the Park and we really wanted to continue this year,” she said. “It took me two months to put together their costumes and we have a lot of fun participating.”
Sophie the Whataburger employee
Sophie knows how to prepare your favorite Whataburger, the way you like it.
The 9-year-old boxer was dressed as a Whataburger employee, ready to serve tasty Texan burgers.
“Corpus Christi is the home of the Whataburger, so we had to make sure we represented,” said Robert Green, Sophie’s owner.
Green said the suit took a few days to make.
“This is our first time at Bark in the Park and we wanted to pull out all the stops,” he said.
Sky McDonald’s employee of the month
Sky just wants to make sure you always have a “happy meal”.
The 10-month-old Yorkshire terrier was dressed as McDonald’s employee of the month ready to serve hot Corgi Pounders with cheese and some Schnauzer McMuffins.
Sky owner Stephanie Hinojosa said she was inspired to dress the Yorkie puppy as a McDonald’s employee because of her love for chicken nuggets.
“Sky loves chicken nuggets,” she said. “She loves to dress up, so we thought…let’s make her a McDoggie’s.”
This 2 year old Shi Tzu is not your average HEB employee. She fills the shelves and gives special treats to the good puppies when they visit the grocery store.
Mari Cerda, Mya’s landlady, said she disguised Mya as an HEB employee because she is an employee herself.
“Our costume was a bit last minute, but we thought of a great way to represent our love for HEB and then have Mya dress up as a HEB employee.”
This princess is not like your average dog. She can fly!
Peach the parrot paraded around in her poofy blue dress showing off her castle and colorful feathers.
“Peach is my service animal,” said Brenda Rodriguez, Peach’s owner. “I put her on the show because I thought it would be fun because she’s always with me and loves wearing her favorite dress.”
Playtime with Amy
The 5-year-old Labrador mix is a big football fan. His favorite game is between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.
Amy’s costume featured two fans bringing good brewskis to a football game.
Rose Grijalva, Amy’s landlady, said she loves dressing Amy up in wacky costumes.
“We have fun together,” she said. “This is our first time dressing up for Bark in the Park and we are thrilled to show our team spirit.”