I am always looking for places to take my dogs. This will be a place for me to post my discoveries of pet friendly places in Hampton Roads, VA--parks, restaurants, and whatever else we find.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter on Parade, Richmond, VA
It is our family tradition to run the Pet Easter Bonnet Contest at Easter on Parade in Richmond, VA for James River Greyhounds. It started out a little bit bumpy this morning as a gust of wind broke off one of the legs on our brand new tent. Luckily, James River Greyhounds had an extra tent we could use for the day!
Eric and Jade are always so helpful at the table. They sit there all day and take all the information from the contestants.
We didn't have bonnets for our dogs--but they did have Easter bunny ears to wear. Sammy had blue.
PG had pink.
And I had to make Eric and Jade take a turn wearing the ears!
While the kids were manning the tent, Sammy, PG and I went for a walk down Monument Avenue.
We had to get our photo taken with the local celebrities! We talked about the rainy day from last year!
We got lots of questions about greyhound adoption. That's why we do these events--to get more hounds into their forever homes!
Of course, we have to tell everyone that 99% of greyhounds do NOT bark like Sammy!
The third place winners in our pet bonnet contest were this couple and their lab. The man made sure to tell us that his wife didn't make the costumes--he did! They won a gift certificate from Dogma.
Second place was this woman and her little dog. Her bonnet was made with dozens of purple peeps and her dog's bonnet only had one! She won a gift certificate from Pet Ridge.
And these were the first place winners! This little girl spray painted her dog! Jessie and Melissa from the radio station 103.7 emceed our event! They won a gift basket from PJ Petts and a $100 Petco Gift Card from Summit Media. All the winners also got a book, 1000 Dog Portraits, from James River Greyhounds.
This pig in a pram didn't even place in the contest! What were those judges thinking? Thanks for this photo, Holly!
This magnificent statue of Robert E. Lee is the backdrop for the Easter on Parade event. A beautiful day!