Local dogs and their humans had a chance to get into the holiday spirit, and some ugly sweaters, this weekend.
The Ardmore Parks and Recreation Department held a Doggie Dash 5k in Ardmore Regional Park this weekend. The run was strictly for fun and non-competitive, as dogs of all shapes and sizes were participating.
The day began with an ugly Christmas sweater contest at the dog park, giving dog owners a chance to get creative and wear coordinating costumes. First, second and third place were given stockings full of toys and treats as a prize.
Vickey McCarter and her dog Huck, a coonhound and German shepherd mix, are regulars at the dog park. She said he was excited for the run on the trails, but only barely tolerated his tree decoration-covered sweater.
A French bulldog named Batman wore a tinsel wreath around his neck long enough to have his picture taken with Santa, but ditched it shortly after. His owner, Meredith Smith, moved to Ardmore with her husband two years ago.
“It does seem like Ardmore loves animals,” Smith said. “In California, you go out to restaurants and there’s dogs everywhere, but here there are actual events where families can bring their dogs and make it a family event, which is great.”
Before the race, the dogs all had a chance to take photos with Santa, who visited for the occasion.
Kayli Richardson brought her two small dogs, Oaklee and Asher, to the run. Richardson, who’s lived in Ardmore her whole life, said it’s relatively easy to find local dog-friendly activities.
“Petco had an event, we’ve taken our dogs through the Festival of Lights here at the park and we went to the parade with them dressed up,” Richardson said. “Oaklee loves clothes, she’ll wear them all the time,” Richardson.