Pugs dress up for charity costume contest
It was a costume contest to make any dog lover eat their heart out.
Pugs dressed in get-ups including a princess and a frog, a lobster, Frankenstein -- even a milk maid complete with tartan dress and two blond braids -- pranced before the judges hoping to take top prize at Saturday's 13th annual Pugtoberfest at Costa Mesa's TeWinkle Park.
In the end, it was Queen Elizabeth — who else? — a silver pug in a tiara and bejeweled cape perched regally on a wagon covered in white clothe and jewels, that wore the crown.
"It's the year for the royals," Debbie Fallon, who dressed her dog Jewel as Queen Elizabeth, told the Daily Pilot.
Fallon and her husband traveled from Long Beach to attend Pugtoberfest, a fundraiser for the Newport Beach-based Pugs 'N Pals Rescue.
All the money raised by the event go toward medical care for rescued canines, said Pugs 'N Pals President Tina Seri. Seri said the organization spends about $1,500 on medical care for a healthy dog, but the bills could stack up to $15,000 if a dog is injured or sick.
--Britney Barnes, Times Community News