My friend Justin Rudd is the director and founder of the world's largest Halloween pet event. Over 600 costumed dogs and their often costumed owners walk 12 blocks through Long Beach's Belmont Shore. The joyous spirit at this event is immeasurable.
Above on the left is my especially handsome friend Justin, and on the right is his equally handsome partner Ralph Millero. Justin leads the parade by pulling their gracefully aging bulldog Rosie, while Ralph carries their text book perfect bulldog Riley. The event raises money for local animal charities and beach cleanups. It also provides an ear to ear grin for those present which lasts the remainder of the day. I still am smiling.
Here's a sample of the fun.....
My friend Samuel Lippke captures perfectly more of the madness on his blog. He's a professional photographer which is why Samuel's photos are 200% better than the ones I took with my little point and shoot. Check it out!
This was an event so worth attending. If you're anywhere near Long Beach, CA next year, then you should do yourself a huge favor and come check out the parade. If you can't wait until next Halloween, you're in luck. Justin also organizers an Easter dog parade which travels the same route. That Easter one is also a ton of fun so do your best to make it this coming year. You'll be glad you did.
Happy Halloweiner Dog!
P.S. Great job Justin! Thanks for all you do.