Dogs trot out fake fur and antlers Canines compete to be reindeer CENTRAL COUNTY -- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

November 30, 1992|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Staff Writer

So what if the Grinch had the idea first.

That didn't stop a group of pet owners from dressing up their dogs as reindeer for a contest at the Severna Park Jaycees holiday festival yesterday.

But the Grinch had more luck making his dog pull the sleigh full of toys than Kristin Stolkovich had with her Jack Russell terrier, Spot.

Spot, a bit overwhelmed by her fake fur and antlers, scampered away in fear as Kristin tried to tie her to the little red wagon.

A German shepherd named Echo was less intimidated by her wagon full of toys. She hardly noticed the wagon or the bells tied to her harness. "My dog likes to dress up," said Gina Moreland, who lives in Arnold.

The reindeer contest was one of several activities at the festival on the B & A Trail in Severna Park.

The festival also featured a Christmas cookie baking contest, a thin Santa Claus, and the chance to buy Christmas ornaments.

Proceeds from the festival went to the Jaycee Holiday Meals program to feed needy county families at Christmas. This year, the Jaycees expect to raise $4,000 to feed 175 families.

Yesterday, cold weather and threatening skies kept attendance at the festival low, but Jaycees President Joe Hanna wasn't discouraged. "It's been fun," he said.

Mr. Hanna said the festival was started this year as a way of raising extra money for the Holiday Meals program and as a way to recruit new members for the club.

"We're always looking for new ideas," he said.

The contest for the best dog dressed as reindeer was the biggest attraction of the afternoon.

Shawn and April Wood brought their shaggy dog, Dimples, dressed in a ribbon with bells and antlers made of a tree branch. Dimples kept shaking off the tree branch before he had a chance to parade before the judges.

Lillian Bunton, dressed her English springer spaniel, Darrell, in garland and foam antlers.

"I thought the boys would really like it," Ms. Bunton said, referring to her young nephew and his friends. But once they caught a glimpse of Santa, the three boys raced for candy, leaving Ms. Bunton struggling with the dog, which wasn't thrilled about dressing as a reindeer.

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