One of the most engaging things you can do to keep your dog feeling young and happy is to keep him or her mentally stimulated. One of our favorite things to do is to network and go face to face with other dog lovers. As a movie buff, I recently learned how to get dogs involved in the Oscars. If you are a fan of the Oscars, of movies, or just want some ideas for how to have a fun party that includes dogs, dressing up, and a Hollywood theme, let us show you how to go all glam and movie themed with your dog!
Pre-Oscar Party with the PupScouts
As a dog mom who likes to keep her dog well socialized, we advocate and believe in gathering with other dog loving friends who have well-behaved dogs. This dog lover and her family trekked to New York City for a glam get together with the PupScouts. Susan Godwin and Jennifer Jo-Moyer hosted The PupScouts 3nd Annual Pre-Oscar Red Carpet Event in New York City on Saturday, February 11th. What follows is our recap in words, images, and video of the event PLUS some tips on how you can get dogs involved in the Oscars.
The Pre-Oscar party with the PupScouts focuses on “who are you wearing.” And just like the actual Oscars Red Carpet, the participants are the ones in the spotlight. The Third Annual PupScouts Red Carpet Event is where the “Bitch Stole My Look” contest occurs and dogs dress for the red carpet with their always glamorous humans. This contest entails the dogs dressing like their favorite Oscar-nominated/winning celebrity, past or present. Of course, since our dog, Dexter, is fine with wearing clothes, the always fashionable Belle Diva Couture designed his tux to rival Hollywood’s golden child, Ryan Gosling.
Throughout the event, guests snack on New York City favorites like hot pretzels, pizza, Chinatown dumplings, and Sabrett hot dogs along with a candy buffet and New York cheesecake. Yum!
Vendors like Brooklyn Bowtied and Malz Palz offered their wares while raffle tickets sold supported Waggy Tails Rescue. All proceeds from the event program go to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals. When less fortunate pets can be helped through a fundraising event where the guests and their pets have a blast, everyone wins.
Here I am with Dexter in the contest, which was a lot of fun:
Shining the Spotlight
Rather than tell you all about this fun Oscar-themed dog lovers event, here’s a video spotlight reel:
Who are the PupScouts and How to Get Involved
The dogs earn badges for things such as swimming, hiking, beach clean-up, arts and crafts, and more. At their monthly meetings, usually at a dog-friendly park in New York City, the group meets for socializing, planning, badge chatter, and to keep the pledge of the PupScouts alive. And yes, there is a pledge. According to Godwin, it is:
On my honor, I will try to do my duty, to help the dog community and my country, to help make humans smile, and to be there to guard and protect, especially those at home.
You don’t have to live in New York City, as there are troops all over the country and even a cyber-troop! The choice is yours, but do become a member of PupScouts here.
Winners of the Celebrity Bitch Stole My Look Contest
** Photos courtesy Virginia Rodriguez.
1st place winner of the Pupscouts Oscar Red Carpet Event “look-alike” Contest in#bitchstolemylook & #whoworeitbetter in 🗽His NYC skyline tux was designed by Marina Rangel of “Kayliez Kloset” Pet Boutique…Matching top hat 🎩by Mary Domankevitz
3rd Place winner 🏆 of the Pupscouts Oscar Red Carpet Event “look-alike” Contest in#bitchstolemylook & #whoworeitbetter in 🗽 Dressed as “Joey Ramone”, who was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk rock band the “Ramones”.
How Dogs Can Get Involved in the Oscars
If all of this is too much work or you just aren’t into fashion for dogs, that’s okay: There are plenty of ways dogs can get involved in the Oscars.
- Invite other dog loving friends over for an Oscar viewing party. Each dog has to represent a different Oscar star or movie. You can see who can guess the most correct answers and award prizes.
- If your dog isn’t into clothes, snag yourself a dressy leash and collar and/or a doggie bandana. Here’s the truth about dogs wearing clothes
- Have a cyber Oscar party and get all your dog loving friends involved. You can form a Facebook private event or group, invite dog lovers in, and everyone can use photo editing software to dress their dogs up.
- Host an online Oscar trivia contest in the above group, or in person, and infuse dog related trivia in. For example, famous dogs in movies.
- Pop some popcorn, invite friends over with their dogs, and have a snack table for the dogs, a red carpet to walk into your abode, and take a cue from the PupScouts: Have guests pen their name on stars you hang up. The PupScouts had these fun stars we placed on the floor at the event:
Now Your Turn
Would you ever attend or get involved with your dogs at an Oscar themed event? Let us know in the comments below.