Dog Howl-O-Ween

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OCEAN BEACH – The third annual Halloween carnival for dogs and their owners will be Oct. 26 in Ocean Beach.

The “Howl-o-ween” carnival will feature costume contests and a dog-costume parade, organizers say. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the parade will begin at 2 p.m., with prizes announced at 3 p.m. The event will be on Santa Monica Avenue between Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Ebers Street. Admission is free, but it will cost $5 to enter dogs in the parade and $8 to enter groups or floats. Dogs must be on a leash.

I’m conflicted. On one hand I can see how dogs forced to get around in costumes demeans them and disrespects them as animals. But on the other hand, sometimes they’re really cute! You can’t fight cute. Also, I’m not sure where to draw the line. In the cold weather I sometimes put my dog in a little sweater to stay snug, but I don’t trick my dog out with LV gear and matching accessories to what I’m wearing, like I’ve seen some people do.

I don’t really have a strong conviction on it either way, but apparently some dog owners are VERY against it. What do you think? Comment!

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