Pet Expo Costume Contest

Last Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pet Expo brought pet owners and enthusiasts to the David A. Lawrence Convention Center. The gathering, which billed itself as “the largest pet expo on the East Coast,” featured vendors selling exotic reptiles, a dog grooming contest, and other exciting pet-related events.

Sunday’s biggest spectacle by far was the pet costume contest, where pet owners vied for gift baskets and the title of best in their category. As a huge proponent of animals wearing clothing, I was in heaven.

Dogs, cats, a rabbit, and a snake graced my eyes in their perfect combination of uncanny and cute costumes. Standouts included Lilly, a hound mix disguised as a Port Authority Bus, three dogs dressed as crayons in a Crayola box stroller, and Lena, the great-dane-turned-flower-garden.

The star of the show, and winner of the small dogs category, was Girlfriend. The long haired chihuahua was dressed as a spider, with eight fuzzy legs secured on her harness that seemed to move with her.

During the finals round, I abandoned my previous decision to remain neutral and screamed when Girlfriend was called back to the stage. All hail Girlfriend, the chihuahua-spider mix, the canine cryptid of my dreams.