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Murphys Paw hold annual contest for best Halloween costumes for dogs

There may not have been 101 Dalmatians there (to borrow the title of a famous children's movie), but there clearly were that many other dogs and more in Murphy's Paw's downtown pet store for its annual best Halloween-dressed dog.

More than 50 dogs paraded in front of judges for gift certificates as the cutest, scariest, most creative, best duo and even best naked costumes. Dogs sported tailor-made outfits, little booties, girls' and boys' outfits, police garb and hundreds of bows and ribbons.

More than 100 dogs and their owners crowded into the store while scores more waited outside on Main Street and in the store's rear parking lot. Mike and Melanie Sadek treated the crowd to beverages and Melanie even passed out yummy doggie cupcakes.

The judges were Laura Olson, executive director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association; Steve Glavan, the new executive director of the Valley Humane Society; Mayor Jennifer Hosterman; and Jeb Bing, publisher/editor of the Pleasanton Weekly.

Murphys Paw is located at 410 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton.

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