Pets suit up for ‘wagging rights’

Something blue: Bunny Love dyed the fur of her Chinese crested dog, Belvedere, a very fitting Coney Island blue for the Pet Day costume contest, held at the People’s Playground on June 16.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Costumed creatures took over the Coney Island Boardwalk at the second annual Pet Day on June 16, dressing in their best and wackiest outfits in hopes of winning great prizes in the costume contest.

Pets and owners were treated to free rides in the iconic Deno’s Wonder Wheel, getting a bird’s-eye view of the People’s Playground.

“The Ferris Wheel was awesome,” said Coney Island mermaid Bunny Love, who rode with her Chinese crested dog Belvedere. “Me and Belvedere were in one of the swinging cars, so it got a little exciting there.”

But the main attraction was the costume contest, which brought out as many as 47 pets parading the People’s Playground, dressed as cheerleaders, geishas, and Nathan’s Famous sausages — all in hopes of winning passes to Deno’s Wonder Wheel and gift certificates to Petco.

Ultimately, it was Paquito the “ruff” rider who won the contest in his cowboy costume — tiny hat and boots included.

“He was super cute! I feel like the owner had made the whole costume, so I gave extra points for arts and craft,” said Love, who was also judging the contest.

The entrance fee was two cans of pet food, which were donated to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue organization.

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