NOTE: This article was updated on Oct. 29, 2012.
Butterflies and bumblebees swooped through the Healdsburg Plaza Saturday afternoon, but these weren't your usual garden beasties, they were costumed dogs in all shapes and sizes.
The 12th Annual Howl-o-Ween Dog Parade brought out a crowd to celebrate the holiday with their canine companions. The event, again hosted by the Healdsburg Dog House, is a benefit to support the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.
Ninety dogs and their people signed up for the dog parade garnering $1,100 for the shelter. The Healdsburg Dog House paid for all the fees involved in putting on the event in support of HAS.
Prizes were donated by donated by the community, and included Kelly & Young Wines, Susan Graf, Moustache Baked Goods, Safeway, Toy-B-Ville, Grrrt Dog Treats, Bean Affair, B. Real, Bear Republic, Willi's Seafood, SOAR inflatables, Tallulah, Mylette Welch, Powell's Sweet Shoppe, and Healdsburg Dog House.
The judges included Kim Lloyd, vice-chair of the shelter, Barbara Jason White and Mr. Healdsburg Chris Herrod (who put in an early morning appearance at the Healdsburg Farmers' Market, as well).