Pet dons their Easter bonnets for contest in Mystic

I’ve always owned dogs who disliked being dressed in any clothing — no rain boots (we tried that because it sounded like a cute idea to combat muddy paws), no jackets (one dog Houdini-ed his way out of a thundershirt) and no hats.

Which is why I love that people have docile enough pets that they can pop an Easter bonnet on their heads and compete in the Pet Easter Bonnet Contest and Parade at Olde Mistick Village on Saturday.

How adorable will this event be? On a scale of 1 to 10, it’ll be infinity.

You should know, too, that the event is not restricted to dogs. It’s open to pets in general. So if you’ve got a cat that will actually consent to wearing a hat, bring it along — people won't believe their eyes.

Prize categories include best bonnet, best couple, and most colorful.

The event is hosted by Raining Cats and Dogs, which is a store in Olde Mistick Village, and Dog Scouts of America Troop 188, in which dogs and people work together to learn new skills and the dogs earn badges and titles.

Pet Easter Bonnet Contest and Parade, Saturday, Olde Mistick Village, Coogan Boulevard, Mystic; registration 1-2:30 p.m., judging begins at 2:30 p.m., parade and people parade at 3 pm.; rain or shine; $10 entry fee to participate in judging; email or call (860) 287-9031.


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