Thursday, August 11, 2016

Who Dressed the Dogs Up?


by Betty Foxx from the Pampered Pets Mystery Series written by Sparkle Abbey

Is anyone out there? It’s me Betty Foxx, Cookie’s right-hand Gal Friday at the Bow Wow Boutique. I’m checking in to see if you’ve heard the news.


See, there’s been a lot of scuttlebutt around town the past few weeks about the upcoming annual Laguna Beach Pet Parade. What? You’ve never heard of it? Well, it’s a big fundraiser for the local animal shelter. The truth is, the parade is a really a pet contest with prizes for the most handsome, prettiest, and best costumed pet. I was thinking about entering my own Raider boy in the parade. As a St. Bernard, he drools…a lot. Some people don’t find that as adorable as I do, so I decided against the handsomest category, and am going with the best costume group.

Anyway, back to the gossip. The first time I heard this little gem, I was sitting on the patio at my favorite coffee shop drinking an iced caramel macchiato, minding my own business, when I overheard two women whispering about the parade. I had to lean in a little bit to hear them, but I swear they said they were on the parade committee and needed another judge. You’ll never guess who they were thinking about asking. Cookie!

Well, when I heard her name I may have shouted, “no” and startled the one little gal enough that she spilled her coffee. I offered to buy her a new one, but she wasn’t interested. I asked if it was true, about Cookie, but they wouldn’t confirm nor deny.

Don’t get me wrong, Cookie would make a great judge. That’s the problem. This type of gig is right up her alley.  If she agreed to judge, she’ll never vote for me and Raider for the win. I can hear her already touting ethics and integrity, and ensuring there isn’t the slightest appearance of partiality. Ugh! We’ll never stand a chance.

So now I’m on a quest to dig up the truth. No sense in wasting time picking out a costume if we don’t have a shot at winning.

One last piece of gossip. I heard the authors of the Pampered Pets Mystery series are giving away a copy of their latest book, Raiders of the Lost Bark. All you have to do is leave a comment on what type of costume you think would be best for a St. Bernard puppy for a chance to win. Don’t forget to include your email address or they won’t have a way to notify the winner!

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets--Sparkle (Mary Lee's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog).

If you want to make sure you're up on all the Sparkle Abbey news, stop by their website and sign up for updates at sparkleabbey.com.

70 comments:

  1. A polar bear costume. See you Saturday in Suffolk! Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. A polar bear sounds like fun. :-) See you Saturday, Kristin!

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  2. A polar bear costume. See you Saturday in Suffolk! Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  3. Ha, that Chewie costume is pretty darn cute! Otherwise, maybe go with the classic Swiss rescue dog theme.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It is! LOL A rescue dog sounds like a fine idea!

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  4. Just put a barrel around his neck for a rescue dog centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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    1. Seems like a theme here with the barrel... LOL He'd be a handsome one!

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  5. I'm not one to dress up my pets but I think he would look good with a barrel around his neck.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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    1. Bertha, our pets are not wild about being dressed up. :-)

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  6. Love this series. Sparkle thinks up the BEST titles ever. Since a St. Bernard is gentle as a lamb, how about a lamb costume? mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com.

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    1. Thanks, Mary Louise! A lamb would be adorable.

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  7. Maybe the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz would be cute.
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

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  8. I'd go for the classic rescue dog barrel.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  9. I think a hobo costume would be cute.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  10. We were blessed to have a basset hound named Raisin Lucille Ball Coxon. On Halloween we would dress her in a Pumpkin
    costume and she would go Trick or Treating with the kids. Our neighbors were just as excited to see her as they were
    the kids. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  11. A snail or a slug...it would explain the drool (slime) trail lol

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    1. That's hilarious! Very creative and appropriate for a St. Bernard. :)

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  12. My daughter now wants a dog that looks like Chewy and we decided that a St Bernard would be great dressed as Jabba the Hut (to keep with the Star Wars theme) utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. LOL Love it! Jabba the Hut and Chewy would be a great pair.

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  13. Some kind of bear, I think. This sounds like a series I want to start reading. mcastor07@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Melissa! A St. Bernard pup is perfect for a bear costume.

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  14. Dogs are the best! A cute costume for a Saint Bernard puppy is to go as themself. They are so adorable there's no need to dress them up. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. We agree, dogs are the best! Of course, Sparkle the kitty, thinks cats are better. :)

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  15. A saddle with a small rider?
    libbydod at comcast dot net

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    1. That would be fun. We can just see the rider bobbing up and down as Raider runs across the lawn!

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  16. How about a tutu and a glittery crown.
    Hope it's a girl.
    This would be a new series for me - would
    love to try it.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Boy dogs can wear crowns too. :) We're glad you left a comment!

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  17. I think he would look cute as a scarecrow, being Fall is just around the corner. Thanks for this very generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  18. Easy Peasy - a St Bernard can only have the costume of a Swiss Monk. annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  19. He should totally go as a lion. I don't know why but I can totally picture it now. Lol!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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    1. LOL Put a fluffy mane around his neck and call it good. We like it!

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  20. I never dressed up any of my dogs, but my granddog did have a t-shirt once. A Rotty is not the easiest dog to get any clothes on. This would be a hard contest to judge cause they would all be so cute! jawdance@yahoo.com

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    1. LOL We can only imagine trying to put a costume on a Rotty.

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  21. How about a pirate? cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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    1. Arrrr! With a hook? That would be classic!

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  22. A Star Trek costume.

    Elaine
    flash29@sympatico.ca

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    1. Old school Star Trek or New Generation? :)

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    2. Original series of course!

      I'm just back from the Star Trek 50th Anniversary convention in Las Vegas so I have Trek on my mind. Most of the service animals there had Trek outfits.

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  23. A cowboy would be delightful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. With a cute cowboy hat and boots! Love it.

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  24. Little Bo Peep. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Love! With a sign that says he lost his sheep! :)

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  25. I think a Saint Bernard should be dressed up in a nanny outfit just like the one in Peter Pan...I always thought that was the cutest...Thank you for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. The nanny from Peter Pan would be adorable, Marilyn.

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  26. i think a saint puppy dressed as a poodle or a chihuahua would be fun!
    woofmew@aol.com

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  27. All of my ideas were already taken. I think the St. Bernard puppy would look good as himself, or a lamb or as some type of bear. I also think a lion would really be amazing.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Great minds think alike! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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  28. Bear would be cute. Parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot come

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  29. I'd love to see a Saint Bernard puppy dressed up as a lion!

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  30. A horse or a pirate! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  31. He should go as the Great Pumpkin! doward1952@yahoo.com

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  32. A scruffy little scarecrow would be cute.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  33. Santa Claus! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  34. Oh goodness I was just at Michaels last night looking at dog costumes and they were so cute I think for a bigger dog would be one dressed as a cowboy or even a jailer good luck ptclayton2@aol.com

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  35. I think a Captain America costume would be great for a Super DOG!Merry
    northstarvance@gmail.com

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  36. I would make a collar with daisy flower petals. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. A turtle. :) Thanks for the chance. turtle6422 (at) gmail (dot) com

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