Members of the public are invited to vote for their favorites among the top winners of the Best-Dressed Pet Contest at the 2019 Taste of Annandale. The pet contest was sponsored by Chico’s Natural Pet Market, and the dog getting the most likes on social media will become Chico’s Next Top Pet Model.
Here are the top winners selected by the panel of judges:
1st place – Daphne-Pink (pictured above), a Shetland sheepdog was transformed into a gorgeous carnival dancer by Fred Hadeed with notions, colorful tulle, pom poms, crystals, and feathers.
2nd place – Sheba, a rescue dog available from Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue, rocked a fashionable minimalist style described as “50 Shades of Black.”
3rd place – Bingo’s style, described by owner Al Silas, is “Greenie Chiweenie” and is inspired by his spirit animal, a mystical dragon.
4th place – Milo appeared on the catwalk as “Woodstock,” the grooviest little hippie. “He always goes with the flow and gives peace every chance,” says owner Elspeth Jensen.
5th place – Biggie Smalls’ look is All American. This notorious D.O.G.’s fashion look was inspired by the U.S.A. and how it’s such a great country.
6th place – Eevee, a PokePom, is all dressed up like a band conductor. This contestant’s look is inspired by the Idol girl groups Muse and Aqours, says owner Rita Langley.
Wildcard – Zeus, selected by Chico’s owner Danielle Areco, is a happy and active puppy with lots of energy and loves to chase a soccer ball. He wore a soccer jersey with #19, which represents his birthdate in October.
The panel of judges included two animal communicators, Diane Roadcap and Amy Martin; Del. Kaye Kory; and Willie, the dog running for mayor of “Annan-tail” his campaign manager, Giovanna.
“I was really impressed with the craft skills of the contestants,” says Areco. The dog owners received a free basic outfit from the store that they embellished to create a fashion show-worthy costume. All of the contests received large gift baskets from Chico’s at the Taste of Annandale.