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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Canine Costume Contest: Bulldog and "Donkey" Take the Whole Enchihuahua

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM

This contestant dressed as Katy Perry for the Whole Enchihuahua, a doggie costume contest. - PHOTOS BY ERIN BROWNER
  • Photos by Erin Browner
  • This contestant dressed as Katy Perry for the Whole Enchihuahua, a doggie costume contest.

What is more adorable than dogs dressed as unicorns and sheep? Nothing. If all dogs go to heaven, sign us up because puppies with wings might be the cutest thing we will ever see.

Over the weekend, dozens of San Francisco dogs and their owners entered an annual competition in Dolores Park that's also a fundraiser for organizations including the SF SPCA. This event is the Best in Show for the party dog, where dogs drool over prizes like a two-night stay at the most chic doggie accommodation, Wags Hotel, where heads and tails rank the best.

So how does a pup take the Whole Enchihuahua? Judges looked for personality, flair, and swagger among other qualities in a costume. There were only a few winners, but we have an opinion of best costumed canine -- a dog impersonating Carmen Miranda walking down a doggie runway is an image we will never forget.

Unicorns are a rare breed, as is this uni-chihuahua who found its get-up on the vintage-inspired, handmade shop, Etsy.com

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Then we believed Dolores Park turned into a fantasyland because this fairy just about plopped into our lap:

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Just as we suspected, the Whole Enchihuahua was really taking place in Fantastica. Falkor and Atreyu from The Neverending Story were curled up in the lap of their owner.

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After all the confusion, we needed a drink. Luckily this pup provided the shots:

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Then, more drinking with the Crawley family of Downton Abbey.

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Finally, Gorda the Bulldog stole the crown. Wait, isn't this contest for chihuahuas? Her English breeding might be seen as an unfair advantage.

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Also -- a twist! There was a tie for first place. Gorda got only half the crown while Tucker, dressed as a donkey, was also prized a night at the poshest hotel in town.

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