Posted 35d ago
From Halloween to Christmas, we all love a good excuse to truss our pups up in adorable outfits.
However, while most of us opt for store-bought costumes, one dog owner has gone the extra mile with an incredible Disney-inspired dog dress made from 17 metres of organza!
Dedicated owner Michelle Parker, from Rawdon, West Yorkshire, spent hours painstakingly hand-stitching a special costume for her pup Keisha, a Dutch Keeshond, ahead of the 2021 Fur Babies pageant in Leeds.
Pampered princess Keisha previously won the titles of Queen Dog and Best in Show titles at the Fur Babies 2020 pageant for her Queen of Hearts costume.
Held at the Collingham Memorial Hall in Wetherby earlier this month, this year’s event saw Keisha back to defend her reign dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast - and boy, is the outfit enviable!
The stunning ruffled ensemble, which cost around £60 for materials, was carefully made from organza and then finished off with decorations made from gold table cloth and Christmas ornaments.
And to make matters even more adorable, Michelle's granddaughter Lillie Blanthorn, 11, also supported Keisha on the day dressed as 'The Beast'!
As Michelle told TeamDogs: “We really pulled out the stops because Keisha had a title to defend. The outfits took hours to make and were all hand-stitched.”
However, while Keisha sadly didn’t take home the crown this year, the sweet girl did manage to support animal charity NoToDogMeat, which rescues and cares for cats and dogs from the meat trade.
Following her Fur Babies win last year, pageant queen Keisha had used the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the charity, and as a result, this year’s event was held in aid of NoToDogMeat.
Michelle commented: “I first got involved with NoToDogMeat after seeing the horrific cruelty of the dog meat trade in videos on Facebook.
“Other larger organisations use their money to fund lots of different kinds of projects, but I like that NoToDogMeat is grassroots, and is on the ground campaigning and supporting change on this issue alone.
“We are thrilled that Fur Babies has chosen to use their event to support NoToDogMeat, it will make such a big difference.”
Julia de Cadenet, founder of NoToDogMeat, also added: “We love Keisha and we are in awe of how much hard work Michelle put into the costume.
"Thank you so much to Fur Babies for supporting the work that we do.”
She added: “Our charity isn't about attacking anyone's culture, this is about ending animal cruelty, and giving a safe and loving home to former dog and cat meat trade survivors.
“Every animal deserves that, no least the 21 dog which we rescued from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in July, who are needing intensive veterinary care and support right now.”
The Fur Babies pageant was started by Phil and June Hodgkins and this is their fifth event.
Phil said: "We were proud to support NoToDogMeat, we really agree with all that they stand for and the work that they do."
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