The Olympics may be underway in Rio, but Seguin pets participated in their own competition on Saturday at D&D Texas Outfitters.

Animals competed against each other in a pet fashion show contest in either the adult or youth division. They were judged on five criteria including showmanship, tricks, fashion, creativity and information written about their pet, said Linda Kondziela, marketing director of D&D Texas Outfitters.

“We had a red carpet that they walked down, and then they did a little photo-op and said a little story about their pet,” she said.

Kondziela said that about 15 pets participated, and that any pet was welcome that could be on a leash or held.

Seguin Public Information Officer Morgan Ash participated as one of the judges. She praised the creativity of the contestants.

“Honestly, the creativity blew my mind,” she said. “Dogs in costumes are funny and cute, no matter what kind of costume. But a lot of these, they created floats for their dogs. One of the participants had a miniature kitchen and their dogs were dressed like chefs.”

Other costume themes included dogs dressed as a Milkbone bank robber, a clown, a cowboy riding a horse and mariachi, among others.

Ana Valdez of San Antonio participated in the competition with her dogs, Avery the Yorkie, Max the poodle and Dobbie the poodle, dressed in a chicken soup theme. She said that the event was fun and her dogs were enjoying it.

“It’s stiff competition today,” she said. 

The grand prize winner in the adult division was Calvin the Chihuahua, also known as Michael Phelps, who had an Olympics-themed costume and float. 

Ash praised the grand prize winner. 

“The winner was an Olympic, Michael Phelps, and the owner and the dog were dressed in all red, white and blue,” she said. “They had the sound track to the Olympics playing. It had an awesome effect and that’s why they won.”

In first place was Precious in a clown theme, Cowboy Tommy in second place in a cowboy and horse theme and Jolene and Elvira in a cowboy and Indian theme. The runner-up was Khaleesi in a Milkbone bank robber theme.

 The grand prize winner in the youth division was Logan West with his bearded dragon lizard.

 Kondziela said that Logan was the only youth that participated, but he deserved winning grand prize.

 “We only had one youth turn out, so he won grand prize, but he deserved it with his lizard and homemade costume by Mom, which was super cute,” she said.

 Those that won took home prizes for placing.

“The grand prize for the adult was a $200 gift card to D&D and a really large gift basket that had a lot of different animal items, such as dog food and that kind of stuff,” she said. “The grand youth, he’s going to get four tickets to Schlitterbahn.”

 Other prizes included a $100 gift card to D&D outfitters and a gift basket for first place. Second place won a dog day spa and a gift basket. Third place took home dog shampoo and conditioner. The runner-up received a pet bed, collar, leash toys and a small gift basket.

Thelma Rodriguez of San Antonio participated with Cowboy Tommy who was dressed in a cowboy theme and sat on top of a plush horse named Biscuit. She said that the contest was wonderful and hoped that they would do it again next year.

 “I think it’s wonderful for them to provide this for the community, and I hope more people will hear about it so it can get bigger every year, that will give us more competition,” she said.

The grand prize winner in the youth division was Logan West with his bearded dragon lizard.

Kondziela said that, although, Logan was the only youth that participated, he truly deserved winning grand prize.

“We only had one youth turn out, so he won grand prize, but he deserved it with his lizard and homemade costume by Mom, which was super cute,” she said.

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