NAPLES — Make no bones about it, Saturday's Strut Your Mutt Halloween Pet Fashion Show at Germain BMW in North Naples offered up some of the hottest four-legged fashion ever to hit the runways.
The annual fund-raising event for the Humane Society of Naples, now in its third year, featured pooches (and a few horses) posing in every costume imaginable from Shaggy and Scooby Doo, Elvis Presley look-a-likes, Dorothy and Toto from the "Wizard of Oz," along with many princely kings, bumblebees and fairies.
One family even dressed as the entire cast of last summer's fantasy blockbuster "Clash of the Titans," with a miniature horse fitted out as a pegasus.
"Today, you're not a dog, you are a chicken. Act like one," begged Leon Lertsakorn to his pug, M.J. Lertsakorn, who, along with his nieces Tanya and Jenese, was dressed up for the show and ready to prance with his pooch.
"Any dogs not on a leash will be auctioned off," joked a Humane Society volunteer as some escape artists slipped out of their leashes and rushed over to wag tails and mingle with other costumed pooches.
"There were more than 180 participants and pets this year," volunteer Bet Dewey said, as she rushed to register pooches to compete in categories like Most Original, Best Homemade Costume, Cutest, Celebrity look-alike and Best Dressed Owner.
Andy Reed, Director of Development for the Humane Society of Naples "pawsed" to say this year's Strut Your Mutt Fashion Show was one of the most successful events this year. "It's fun, and I'll have to confess my own dog will not dress up, but it's always awesome to see what other people will do to dress up their pets.
"This is the third year for us hosting this event, and everybody always leaves smiling," Mike Flounlacker, manager of Germain BMW's service department said. "The staff of BMW enjoys it as much as the participants. The level of contestants and their costumes gets better every year."
Prizes were donated by local pet stores in Naples; would-be fashion plates strutted their stuff for gift certificates, baskets, dog treats, and passes to the Bow Wow Meow Afternoon by the Seas Tea hosted by the Humane Society of Naples in November.
Pets took a bow for judges, wagged tails, and even performed tricks as owners showered their pooches with treats in a rowsing furtastic fashion show benefitting the Humane Society of Naples, and co-sponsored by the Shelter of Abused Women.
Celebrity judges included City of Naples Mayor, Bill Barnett, Naples Daily News editorial page editor Jeff Lytle, Ingrid Aielli, owner of the downtown Naples restaurnat Sea Salt; and NBC-2 news anchor Kellie Burns.
To learn more about the Humane Society of Naples or to adopt a new pet for your family visit: www.hsnaples.org