Caution: if your heart palpitates at the sight of cute dogs, do not look at any more of this post without a cardiologist’s permission.
But if you’re feeling adventurous, here’s some photos that I took yesterday at downtown Salem’s “Dog Days of Summer” First Wednesday celebration. Our dog, Serena, took part in the dog parade along with lots of other canines.
The parade formed on State Street next to Jonathan’s Oyster Bar. These cute puppies got lots of attention from some equally cute girls.
This golden retriever, Jake Beebe, got the award for best costume, masquerading as a black cat.
Not to take anything away from Jake, but Laurel and I think this bulldog bee should have won.
There were lots of little dogs in baby carriages. If I owned these guys I don’t know how I’d ever stop smiling when they had their curly tongues out.
I absolutely had to take a photo of this dog. He was wonderfully stationary. One thing I learned about dog photography yesterday: your subjects hardly ever stay still.
Oops. How’d this photo sneak in here? Obviously my eyes weren’t only on the dogs.
The dog parade ended at the Equitable Center, where a Waggiest Tail Contest was held. This was our best shot for Serena, since her costume consisted of a couple of bandanas and we didn’t hold out much hope for a Best Dog Trick award. Laurel did her best to get the tail wagging, but Serena was beaten out by a couple of shorter-tailed dogs with faster-moving appendages.
Oh, well, We still had a good time. Serena wished that we had stopped at this table, though, and taken home something she could have a really good time with.