Annual Bayview Mutt Strut draws creativity, costumes

Tui, a 9-year-old Siberian Husky sits with a few new friends at the 8th annual Mutt Strut. Tui went on to win best dog costume as an F-18 Growler.  - Cathi O’Nan-Bower photo
Tui, a 9-year-old Siberian Husky sits with a few new friends at the 8th annual Mutt Strut. Tui went on to win best dog costume as an F-18 Growler.
— image credit: Cathi O’Nan-Bower photo

Forget the catwalk. Saturday was a day for dogs at the Historic Bayview Corner.

The 8th annual Mutt Strut dog parade and costume contest featured 28 canines. The dogs competed for four titles: best dog costume, best owner and dog costume combination, best trick and best celebrity dog.

The day was also filled with activities for dog’s best friend at Apple Day. Dozens of apple varieties were squeezed and pressed into ciders by staff from the Bayview Farm and Garden. Activities included apple stacking, live music, local wine tasting and the Bayview Farmers Market. Cathi O’Nan-Bower photo | The Sillars family, with dogs Max and Bodhi, pose for a photo after the group won the category of best dog and owner costume combo.

Best dog costume went to Tui, a 9-year-old Siberian Husky. Tui sported an F-18 growler costume and accessorized with an aircraft carrier. Tui is owned by Cathi O’Nan-Bower.

Best owner and dog costume combination went to the Sillars family. The family reigned in the holidays, dressing as Santa and his helpers. Dogs Max and Bodhi dressed as reindeer.

Mugsy, an 8-year-old Boston terrier, won best trick by holding a stick four times as large as him. Mugsy is owned by Frankie Petitclerc. The award of best celebrity dog went to Harvey, owned by Araya Johnson. The 7-year-old chihuahua terrier was dressed as Elvis.

Gift baskets were presented to the winners from donations from Healthy Pet, Mykens Gifts for Pet Lovers, Critters and Co. Pet Center and Bayview Farm and Garden. Baskets included treats such as chew toys, dog bones and two 44-pound bags of dog food. Jim Freeman, Whidbey’s “conductor of fun” emceed the event.

Mutt Strut organizer Marian Myszkowski of Goosefoot said she enjoyed seeing the mingling of the kids and adults. It’s great to see people come together and have fun, she said.

“The creativity was really terrific this year,” Myszkowski said. “(The event) is a lot of fun and brings a smile to everyone’s face.”


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