It was the perfect morning for a pet parade and a perfect evening for the Royals Saturday so the best costume contest for dogs at Roeland Park’s “Bark in R Park” was won handily by Ariel, a six-year-old sheltie therapy dog who came dressed as cheering for the Royals.
Owner Marsha Orrick said Ariel goes to nursing homes every Friday, always in costume (not always Royals) and always with her goggles, of which she has several different colors.
Besides the parade and the costume contest, dogs could enter a variety of other contests, get some obedience tips and a few treats.
P.J. the boxer, 7, who came with Charlie and Brooke Hovey of Roeland Park, entered the shortest nose contest, but had a little more -nose, that is, – than it takes to win.
The French bulldog, Lief, walked away with the short nose contest easily.
Paisley, 4, a spaniel, lost the use of her back legs suddenly a couple years ago, but joined in the dog parade using her custom cart and still loves to go for walks.