OB Canine Carnival Celebrates Howl-O-Ween – Photo Gallery

by on October 26, 2009 · 9 comments

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You have to lift your leg in support of the dog owners of Ocean Beach. These humans dragged their decked out doggies down to Dusty Rhodes park on Sunday to participate in the 4th Annual Kiwanis Dog Carnival.

A howling good time was had by all. Despite the large number of dogs in drag and various other costumes, no one got hot under the collar. We did learn that the latest high fashion item for celebrity dogs is a cellphone – a little bluetooth unit imbedded in their neckwear. Yup, now Fifi will have ring around the collar!

We probably should mention that some people have a bone to pick with this event because it received a new leash on life with $5K in grant money from the County Supervisor’s slush fund. We stand corrected on this issue, please Melanie Nickel’s comment below.

I beg your paw-don, but I am neu-ter this doggie contest business. For me it is a new-found-land, and I find it fetching. And since I do so enjoy kibble-itzing with waggish word hounds, leave your “bad dog” puns in the comments.

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avatar mr fresh October 26, 2009 at 8:58 am

as a representative of the feline liberation front, i must protest this punny portrayal of puppies.


avatar Dave Gilbert October 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

I’m proud to be a member of the “Pittie” Party…but Doug, that’s a heck of a lot of paw-nishment. ;)


avatar Sunshine October 27, 2009 at 10:03 am

Howl-ever you spell it, yowl have to admit, OBdogs are well-bred and well fed! Good work, Doug, even if your article puts you in the dog house with Frank.


avatar Melanie Nickel October 29, 2009 at 8:20 am

Thank you so much for the article and the great pictures about the Ocean Beach Kiwanis Canine Carnival! (It’s also co-sponsored by the Ocean Beach Recreation Center and Dog Beach Dog Wash.) It really was a great time with wonderfully creative costumes, and the new location at Dusty Rhodes Park worked out very well.

But please make one correction to the information in your article: the event did not receive a county grant for $5,000 or any other amount. The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach puts this event on at our own expense and without any public funding.

–Melanie Nickel, president, Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach


avatar doug porter October 29, 2009 at 9:21 am

dog-gone-it! sorry ’bout the boo-boo.


avatar Frank Gormlie October 29, 2009 at 11:54 am

Melanie – thanks for your comment. However, earlier this year, it was reported that County Supervisor Cox awarded OB’s Dog Halloween $5000. Somebody needs to track that down, because there’s a problem if the County reported it yet you guys didn’t get it. Melanie, is there any way you could follow this up? (I’m a little under the weather right now, and dealing with the County would set me back.)


avatar Melanie Nickel October 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for alerting me to this! I have no idea what could be behind this report. We never applied for any such grant and certainly never received it. I have written to Supervisor Cox’s office to find out what is behind this rumor. (Maybe it was actually a grant to Dog Beach, or to expanding the dog park at Dusty Rhodes Park?) I will let you know if I find out anything. –Melanie


avatar Melanie Nickel October 29, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Maybe this was the source of the confusion. From voiceofsandiego.com:

“Cox directed $3,497 to the Ocean Beach Town Council for equipment rentals, supplies, marketing and venue costs for the 2008 Sandy Claws holiday beach party. The canine-themed event on Dog Beach featured a dog costume contest. Promotional materials describe it as a “tail waggin’ good time for the whole family!”

The Sandy Claws party on Dog Beach was held in December 2008 and was sponsored by the Ocean Beach Town Council. It was unrelated to the Canine Carnival or the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach. –Melanie


avatar Frank Gormlie October 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Melanie – thanks for doing some diggin’ and clarifying this for us. No wonder I got caninefused.


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