Big dogs, small dogs, loud dogs and dogs that never made a sound. Dogs were excited and some dogs were scared.
But the Copperas Cove Five Hills royalty were working hard to save all of their lives and planning their own event to save the lives of dogs and cats in Copperas Cove.
In planning for the third annual Howl-O-Ween Puppy Pawlooza, the titleholders circulated at Killeen’s Barktoberfest visiting with vendors to recruit sponsors for the event, which includes a 1-mile walk through City Park, a costume contest and a dog splash in City Park pool.
Five Hills Ambassador Kaydence Weary planned and executed last year’s Copperas Cove dog walk and is co-hosting the event again this year with the help of Pre-Teen Miss Five Hills Emily Kimball.
“We met rescues that are pulling dogs out of Copperas Cove’s shelter, specifically pit bulls, and they deserve a chance to live, too,” Weary said. “All dogs deserve forever homes.”
The Five Hills royalty were also celebrity judges at the Emancipet’s Howl at the Moon Glow Glam contest where owners and their pets were glamorous and glowing.
They also judged the dog, adult and youth howling contests.
The Copperas Cove event is free though participants are asked to bring a donation of pet supplies such as food, bedding and leashes for the city’s Animal Control Facility.
Cash donations are also accepted.
The 2015 event raised $2,500 in donations and the 2016 event raised $6,000. The stretch goal for this year’s event is $10,000, Kimball said.
“We are working really hard in the community to build our sponsorship, and the support has been really great because everyone knows that it benefits our local Copperas Cove shelter,” Kimball said. “We have applied for grants this year and are working really hard to meet our goal and save the lives of as many animals as possible.”
Youth and adult howling contests will be added to this year’s event, which always occurs the Saturday before Halloween.
For more information, go to Howl-O-Ween Puppy Pawlooza on Facebook or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The royalty also were guests at the Fort Hood proclamation signing for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, supported the chamber business of the month presentation to Wal-Mart, and attended Frames and Things’ First Friday After Dark event.
In royal sightings this week, look for the royalty to serve as Pink Out the Town judges and greeters for Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful’s Eco Harvest and participate in the Out of Darkness Walk.