Canine chic! Decked out dogs dazzle at P’Slope pup fashion show

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Pooch pride: Poodle mix Harley modeled a fun, sassy pride–inspired ensemble that featured a rainbow hat and matching skirt, along with purple heart shades.
On deck: Shaggy modeled a sporty outfit perfect for hometown skater pups on the go.
Not salt: Peppa the pooch modeled a delicious hot dog costume topped with a black hat worn in a jaunty, over-the-ear style.
Super canine: Wonder-pooch Stella modeled traditional Amazonian battle garb perfect for the strong, independent working pooch.
Doctor is in: Golden-doodle Moose won a trophy for Best in Show for his doctor’s uniform, which was clearly more stylish than it was comfortable.

Don’t call it a catwalk!

Canine and couture lovers hit Park Slope on July 15 to watch primped pooches take the runway at a local bar’s pup-ular dog fashion show, which organizers said was an unforgettable mix of camaraderie and costumes.

“My jaw still hurts from smiling,” said Freddy’s Bar co-owner Donald O’Finn. “You put dogs and beer together with food and live music — I don’t think anything is better.”

No less than 48 four-legged models strutted their stuff at the bar on Fifth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets as part of its fourth-annual Doggy Fashion Show, which attendees said was bigger and better than ever this year.

“It was amazing,” said Erik Satre, whose poodle-mix Harley modeled a glittering pride-inspired getup. “More dogs, more costumes, more fun — and better prizes!”

The competition’s judges — not restricted to deliberating on typical categories like best swimsuit or talent — are free to give pooches prizes for any reason they choose, according to O’Finn, who said this year an award for “Best Catholic” was created to recognize a French bulldog’s resplendent papal regalia.

“The dogs are so spectacular that we really try to base the winners on what we have in front of us,” he said.

Some owners begin planning for the event months in advance, but one Park Slope resident who dressed her golden-doodle, Moose, as a doctor said she waited until the last minute to put together the getup.

“I’ll be honest, it was very last minute,” said Kate Getzewich.

But Getzewich, an emergency room physician who said she frantically grabbed hospital paraphernalia for her pup’s costume mere hours before the event, planned well in a pinch, and Moose earned a “Best in Show” award for her impressive, if a bit clinical, look.

“It was great,” Getzewich said. “Although next year, we’ll have to step it up.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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Kate from South Slope says:
Sorry he's not in costume! Never thought in a million years he'd win, so I had just taken it off. Oops! For a pic of Moose's costume, it's on his insta @ mr.moose_in_bk. This event is a blast every year, even if you're dog-less:)
July 18, 2017, 8:12 am
Deirdre MacNamara from Windsor Terrace says:
Hi! Yes, this is the event of the summer! One correction: Frankie, The Pope of Windsor Terrace, is actually a Boston Terrier, not a French Bulldog. And yes, he IS the best Catholic!
Aug. 23, 2017, 2:36 pm

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