dogs in drag


I entered Chef in the annual Easter Pet Parade and Costume Contest sponsored by Jo's Coffee and benefitting Austin Pets Alive.  This year, the theme was "pets in drag" in honor of our city's beloved Leslie Cochran, who recently passed away.

Not only do I not need a reason to dress Chef up-- but in DRAG? I've been dressing animals in drag since I was old enough to walk!  (Once I dig up the photos to prove it, I'll post them here.)

Firstly, I knew a thong was in order, since that was Leslie's signature clothing item:

Chef's a good sport :)

As soon as we arrived, I ran into my friend Marybeth, who volunteers at jail with me.  Her dog Penelope was also a fabulous contestant:


I also realized that there were many, many people there who were far crazier  more into this than either one of us!  There was Lady Gaga as a bulldog...


Napoleon Dynamite in canine form (somehow didn't get a picture of that)... pups in handmade costumes...


A big, fine Cleopatra...

Labs in negligee...


And just about everything else you could imagine.  It didn't look like Chef stood much of a chance, even with his hot pink thong. :(


I was a little surprised at the grand prize winner though... a pink poodle?? C'mon!  There were many more creative outfits than that!



We did have a blast though.  And Chef is always a winner in my eyes!  <3