The Best-Dressed Pet Contest at the 2023 Taste of Annandale will again be sponsored by Chico’s Natural Pet Market in Barcroft Plaza.
The top winners at the 2019 festival, selected by the panel of judges (two animal communicators, Diane Roadcap and Amy Martin; Del. Kaye Kory; and Willie, the dog running for mayor of “Annan-tail” and his campaign manager, Giovanna):
1st place – Daphne-Pink, 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 the 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 Rin 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 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.