Monday, December 10, 2012

When Dogs Rule the Atlanta Botanical Garden: Reindog Parade 2012

The Dogger does double-duty as a sleigh ride for Rocco Havanese!
One day a year, dogs are allowed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the Reindog Parade, and the event has become one of our yearly favorites. That's our new puppy Rocco, above, enjoying his ride.

It was a big day for 12-week-old Rocco. He won Best Puppy and took home that enormous basket on top of the stroller. It's bigger than he is!

Rocco Havanese at 12 weeks

We draped some garland over our Dogger, added a few flashing snowflakes and counted on getting by on Rocco's cuteness! Other costumes were more elaborate, with folks competing for Best Botanical, Best Adult, Best Dog Pack and Best Dog - Owner Dress-a-like! We figured this year might be our only chance to win!

Here are a few other's dressed in their finery. That's a Garden Service Dog above!

Everyone paraded across the stage for he judges. That's Victoria Stilwell and Holly Firfer, in the background, as emcees.

For more fun photos, see our album on our To Dog With Love Facebook page.


  1. What an adorable parade!!

    Congratulations on the new puppy!

  2. Oh my goodness, Rocco already knows how to work the crowd!! Nice job my friend!! ;-) Congrats!! What an awesome doggie event, Atlanta sure is a great doggie town!

  3. What a fun day...and some very interesting outfits there

  4. omg! cutest pictures ever and what a fun event! happy holidays!!

  5. Looks like ya'll had fun! Rocca, congrats to you! Love all the costumes and pics.

  6. Those poms are hilarious! So cute...what a fun idea.

  7. Wow, what an awesome event, you even had Victoria there!! Well done Rocco, you're already a star at 12 weeks buddy!! :)

    Love the garden service dog! :)

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  8. That looks like so much fun. Way to go Rocco!

    Nubbin wiggles,

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