With the exception of there being no sheep for me to herd, my West Seattle neighborhood is pretty great. I am a very lucky collie to get to go to so many dog friendly places and events. One such special dog occasion happened last weekend, the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival. At first, Brychwyn, Wilhelm and I thought Jason and Bethany were more crazy than usual for dressing us in our Halloween costumes and taking us walking in a downpour. However, the rain ended when we arrived in The Junction and the smells of an expanded farmers market as well as the fabulously fun music of the West Seattle High School marching band made it clear we were all in for an exciting adventure. As the Cascadian Nomads humans and canines wandered the festival, I overheard people say things like "look at that huge hot dog" and "how cute, ketchup and mustard." I didn't quite understand because it is autumn and I was not at all hot. I think ketchup and mustard are people food but no one gave Wilhelm, Brychwyn or I any food. I did get tons of petting and I posed for a lot of pictures. I like that.
I also overheard many oddly dressed children say "trick or treat." I know a few tricks and I get treats when I do them but I didn't see any of the children doing tricks the way I do. Maybe just wearing a costume is a trick? I think I should have been given a lot more treats, if that is the case. In fact, if wearing a Halloween costume is a trick, then almost everyone at the Harvest Festival deserved a treat. There were so many dressed up adults and children, the event was a feast for all of my doggie senses. Perhaps that was the treat so many festival attendees spoke of?
I have never seen a human enjoy the smells or even the sounds and sights of any outing as much as a dog so I doubt the treat for the senses was why the The West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival was so popular. The event definitely had some kind of amazing human appeal because the crowds of humans kept growing and growing. It got hard for a large dog like me, hot or cold, to maneuver the streets. As Bethany, Jason, Wilhelm, Brychwyn and I left the festival. there were still more strangely dressed people flocking to the event. Since the rain still hadn't come back, we Cascadian Nomads, walked more of the neighborhood and ran a few errands. We even stopped for a few more pictures. This time I did get treats and the tricks were easy.
Even with the treats, there was something about this excellent dog friendly adventure in West Seattle that made me hungry. I suppose everyone talking about hot dogs, ketchup and mustard can do that to a dog. Or maybe it was all the trick or treaters. It was a great relief to get home to my couch just before the rain returned. I had seen, smelled and heard so many fascinating things at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival yet as I napped, I dreamed about hot dogs. Isn't that strange?
Special thanks to The Wash Dog for the fun Halloween back drop seen in the last two group photos.
This is part two of our dog friendly Halloween fun. Check out part one (with over 50 costumed corgis) here.
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