Upcoming event at Mary S. Young Park will include a canine costume contest and parade.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Howl-O-Ween Pawty includes a pup parade, costume contest and raffle drawing.  West Linn resident Tracy Myers, owner of Hot Diggity Dog Treats, will host a Howl-O-Ween Pawty and Dog Parade Oct. 30 at Mary S. Young Park.

"Dogs are my passion. I wanted to have a dog costume party because dogs are adorable and dogs in costumes are just over-the-top fantastic," Myers said. "I thought it would be a fun way to bring our community together."

The "pawty" begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Mary S. Young dog park, followed by the costume parade at 10:30 a.m and a raffle at 11:30 a.m. Myers said judges will be on the lookout for the best costumes at the parade.

Myers added that she wanted the event to not just be about having fun with dogs, but doing right by them as well.

Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Clackamas Dogs Foundation, a charity dear to Myers' heart. She said her dog, Cody, is from Clackamas County Dog Services, a shelter run on funds from Clackamas Dogs Foundation.

"He is alive today because of Clackamas Dogs Foundation," Myers said.

Since sharing her idea for the event with the West Linn community, Myers said the reception has been great. With so many dog families in West Linn, Myers is hoping for a good turnout.

West Linn's Nature's Pet Market and local artist Kelly Kuhlman-Chester have donated to the event.

Myers called Kuhman-Chester's pet portraits, one of which will be awarded to the raffle winner, phenomenal.

Both of Myers' dogs, Cody and Pika, are excited for the event.

"Pika is the diva of the pack and would change her costume every five minutes, so we're going to tell her to stick with one and she's leaning toward a rainbow costume," Myers said.

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