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Alien Pets Descend on Roswell

Photo: Meatball tries to untie his shoe before the start of the costume contest.  Credit: Mark Wilson / Associated Press

Photo: Meatball tries to untie his shoe before the start of the costume contest. Credit: Mark Wilson / Associated Press

Dogs from space?  Well, not quite.  But there were dogs in Roswell, New Mexico, this weekend.  They were there for the Roswell UFO Festival.  Specifically, they were there for the Alien Pet Costume Contest.  This is just too cute not to mention:

From the Roswell Daily Record:

Diane and Pete Ibarra’s four dogs – Smeg, Lil Man, Squishy and Binkys – worked as a team to win the contest. The Ibarras, of Roswell, left nothing to chance, even turning a baby carriage into a canine spacecraft.

“I just thought it would be fun,” Diane said of winning.

The dogs – a standard poodle, teacup Chihuahua, teacup shih tzu and teacup Yorkshire terrier, respectively – were dressed as aliens from “Planet Poop-a-lot.”

Diane, who was assisted by her father Tony Duran, said this was the first time she’s entered her beloved companions in the contest. The decision to include them in this year’s UFO Festival came naturally.

“I love them. My pets are my babies,” she said. “I take them wherever I go.”

Second place went to Meatball, a Harley-riding teacup Chihuahua from Arvada, Colo. Dee Dee and Kevin Morris dressed the 13-week-old dog in goggles, sneakers and a cape. Meatball seemed to enjoy the outfit, and the attention.

“He likes dressing up,” Kevin said.

“We start the Harley up and he knows it’s time to get dressed up,” Dee Dee added.

Third-place honors went to Sophie, a Chihuahua from Yukon, Okla. Sophie’s human, Desirae Martinez, dressed her in a “platinum, inter-galactic jumpsuit, fashioned with the utmost precious gems from her planet.”

More than 100 spectators attended the Alien Pet Costume Contest, which is a typical turnout, according to Laurie Rufe, director of RMAC.

Meatball lets out a big yawn while awaiting the start of the 2009 UFO Festival Alien Pet Costume Contest Friday morning at the Roswell Convention Center. Meatball took second place. (Daily Record/Mark Wilson)

Meatball lets out a big yawn while awaiting the start of the 2009 UFO Festival Alien Pet Costume Contest Friday morning at the Roswell Convention Center. Meatball took second place. (Daily Record/Mark Wilson)

If that isn’t the cutest story, I don’t know what is.  It must take some real creativity to come up with a good alien costume for your dog.  I’m not sure what I could put on one of my big dogs.  I think, perhaps, these small dogs have a definite advantage when it comes to looking like an alien.  LOL  Wait a minute.  That didn’t come out sounding the way I intended.  I meant to say that it is easier to make a costume for a small dog.  If you’re trying to use tin foil to make a helmet, for instance, it’s easier if your dog has a tiny little head.  I didn’t mean to suggest that small dogs look more like aliens.  :))

I have to say that one of the funniest things I ever saw in the check-out line at the grocery store was the front page of one of the tabloid magazines.  There was a huge headline that read “ALIENS ARE STEALING OUR PETS!” Right below it was a picture of a cat and, by golly, that cat looked like an alien, with huge, globular eyes and a little nub of a nose.  You could barely tell it was a cat at all.  Well, when you think about it, maybe that’s what happens to all of our missing pets.  Maybe the aliens are taking them.  Or not.  Just a thought.  Maybe they’re all in Roswell.

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July 6, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , ,

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