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The 11th annual Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Presented by FOMO Bones was one of the best ever!  Not only did we have a huge Wag PetCon at the convention center from our title sponsors across the street but a well attended Holiday Pet Market and some of the most creative costumes and friendly critters on display!

The parade had some new additions as well!  The La Jolla High School Marching Band led the 1.3 mile parade.  Old 1924 Model Ts carried Greyfriars Bobby awardee Ricochet and her handler Judy Friono as well as Sandie Lampe host of KUSI’s Pet Patrol.  Large inflatable baseball floats and the Friar mascot from the San Diego Padres and Ruff Red and Blue Mews from the Petco Foundation proudly marched up Fifth Ave and down 4th!

But the event wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible Pet entries in the Pet Parade! Led by Grand Marshall Lucy the Boston Terrier, (last years best in show winner) in a Titanic float impersonating movie star Kate Winslet,  the judges had their work cut out for them in the following categories, that were announced at the 401 K street Holiday Pet Market Stage.  The Awards were sponsored by Blue Buffalo and Love on a Leash!

Best Ugly Holiday Sweater

3rd Place- #163 Gunner with handler Zach Miner

2nd Place- #184 Chune with handler Kelly Gomez

1st Place- #11 Buddy with handler Joe Minner

Cutest Critter

3rd Place – #67 Mila AKA Meal Deal with handler Jessica Sherman

2nd Place- #177 Geronimo with handler Celia Schmidt

1st Place- #185 Olive with handler Katie Sullivan

Best Pet Costume

3rd Place- #155 Missy with handler Terri Pobre

2nd Place- #3 Bismark with handler Mara Serpa

1st Place- #109 Suki with handler Jeanne Patten

Best Pet Costume (non-canine)

3rd Place #56 Rummy the cat with handler Candy Veilman

2nd Place #120 & 121 Ginger Ale & Chicka the chickens with handler Mikey Johnson

1st Place #119 Waffles the Rabbit with handler Hunter Johnson

Best Holiday Pet Costume

3rd Place #104 Mr. Breakfast with handler Liz Nowell

2nd Place #107 Charlie with handler Maria Nieboee

1st Place #58 Kindle with handler Ellie and Vin North-Toyer

Best Costumed Duo

3rd Place #136 Mizzou with handler Robert Ivey

2nd Place #180 Derby with handler Kentucky Gallahue

1st Place #71 Tia with handler Jaime Miguel Flores lll

Best Costumed Group (3 or more)

3rd Place #74 Sir Ruffles Von Vicious with handler Jan Savage

2nd Place #15, #16, #86, #90 #93, #91, #94, #183- Lucki, Molly, Key-Hey, Jackson, Kalani, Rothstein, Lola and Pete

1st Place #5, #101, #112, #158, #159 Tater Tot, Hamilton, Gemma, Bizmark and Chewbacca AKA Bach Dia De Los Perros

Best Float

3rd Place- #181 Penny with handler Karen Beets

2nd Place- #68, 69, 70- Sammie, Sweet Pea, Bennie with handler Jackie Silva

1st Place- #42-44- Ozzie, Ferra, Cheech with handlers, Corey, Jennifer and Will

Best in Show

3rd Place- #109 – Suki with handler Jeanne Patten

2nd Place- #61- Lucy with handlers George and Teresa Pisano

1st Place and Grand Marshall for the 2019 12th Annual Pet Parade

#110- Bailey with handler Mary Caraway! (pictured left)

The Holiday Pet Market had lots of incredible vendors!

Just Food for Dogs, Doggie Threads, The Cat Café, Dog Walk SD, FOMO Bones/ City Dog, Love On A Leash, Tiller Tugs, California Canine, Blue Buffalo, Pawtrait Paintings/ Merry Jane & Thor, Doggie Diggz, SNAP, Tough Turtle Turf, Doozydog, Sheila’s Boxes, Tattle Tails, Precious Pet Care, Stanza Pet Care, State Farm, The San Diego Union Tribune.

Guests of the Holiday Pet Market could collect a stamp on their program from all of the Pet Vendors and turn the page in for a chance to win!

Laura Tuller- $25 gift card to Park it On Market

Zach Miller- $25 gift card to Park it On Market

Robert Ivey Jr- 7 days of consecutive dog care a Doozydog- ($252) Value

Terri Pobre- 7 days of consecutive dog care a Doozydog- ($252) Value

Ronnie Rovoredo- 2 Nights of Dog Boarding “Weekend Getaway” at Doozydog- ($104) Value

Jan Savage- 2 Nights of Dog Boarding “Weekend Getaway” at Doozydog- ($104) Value

Laura Rogers- 2 Nights of Dog Boarding “Weekend Getaway” at Doozydog- ($104) Value

Cynthia Akantra- 2 Nights of Dog Boarding “Weekend Getaway” at Doozydog- ($104) Value

Sonya Wicker- $25 Gift Card to Meze Greek Fusion

Natalia TaFur- Velour Pet Pillow

Carla Cicero- Family Membership to the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park

The event also could not have been possible without the help of our friends and sponsors….

Title- Vet + Pet West

Presenting- FOMO Bones

Awards- Blue Buffalo and Love on a Leash

Goodie Bags- Just Food For Dogs

Parade Section Sponsors- Bubbles Boutique, The Cat Café, The Field Irish Pub, SD Padres

Photo Sponsor- Elite

Media Sponsors- The San Diego Union Tribune, a pets life!, Radio Latina, Pets Magazine, 105.7FM, 760AM, Z90,

Location- Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter