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Dogs from outer space invade Roswell's Alien Pet Costume Contest

July 6, 2009 | 11:22 am

Meatball New Mexico's Roswell UFO Festival was held over the long holiday weekend, and one of the festival's most highly anticipated events was -- you guessed it -- the Alien Pet Costume Contest.  From the Roswell Daily Record:

Diane and Pete Ibarra's four dogs
-- Smeg, Lil Man, Squishy and Binkys -- worked as a team to win the contest. The Ibarras, of Roswell, left nothing to chance, even turning a baby carriage into a canine spacecraft. ...

The dogs -- a standard poodle, teacup Chihuahua, teacup shih tzu and teacup Yorkshire terrier, respectively -- were dressed as aliens from "Planet Poop-a-lot."

Classy.  Real classy.

Second place went to Meatball (pictured), a Chihuahua attired in some sort of alien-inspired headdress as well as goggles, tiny shoes and a cape.  Another Chihuahua, Sophie, took third place; her costume consisted of what her owner described to the Daily Record as a  "platinum, intergalactic jumpsuit, fashioned with the utmost precious gems from her planet."

The Roswell UFO Festival is an annual event with conferences, workshops, film screenings, a parade, a laser-light show and, of course, a human costume contest. 

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Meatball tries to untie his shoe before the start of the costume contest.  Credit: Mark Wilson / Associated Press

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