The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Entertainment

October 10, 2013

All dressed up

Pet-a-Pal costumed dogs delight senior communities

ANDERSON — At first, you think they’re dogs. Then you find out they’re really hams. The Pet-A-Pal dogs love nothing better than getting all dressed up in costumes and taking center stage. Twice a month, from April through October, the dogs do just that as they visit area nursing homes and put on a narrated fashion show to the delight of residents.

Pet-A-Pal president Fran Tedrow narrates the show while six dogs strut their stuff, with 30 or more costumes.

“Each dog has anywhere from four to seven or eight costume changes,” said Pet-A-Pal member Carol Rattler. Dogs wear costumes from Santa Claus to Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Colts and Pacers, bringing plenty of smiles to residents' faces.

“They all love the Wizard of Oz group,” said Rattler. “The scarecrow is just adorable.”

Another favorite is the Birthday Dog that sports a hat which sort of looks like a birthday cake and a dress with ruffles that says ‘Happy Birthday.’

“We have a tremendous time,” said Rattler. “We’re changing the dogs’ clothes every five or ten minutes.”

“It’s really cool. The dogs are just hilarious,” said Liz Frank. Frank brings her two Labradors, Maggie and Oyate. She noted that both dogs happily wear their costumes.“They love it.” When Oyate dons his costume, Frank said, “He literally will prance.”

“The dogs love it because they know everyone’s going to pet them,” said Tedrow.

One of the favorite parts of the show comes at the end, when the group honors service men and women, and those who serve as nurses, firefighters or police.

“One of our dogs does a good night prayer in her jammies,” said Rattler. Labrador Maggie puts her paws up, and rests her head on her paws.

“Many of the residents remember the dogs from year to year. They look forward to it tremendously,” said Rattler. She said residents even remember the names of the dogs, including her own golden retriever Sadie. Sadie was a regular until after Carol’s husband passed away in September. Sadie died two months later, grieving her lost owner.

Text Only
Entertainment
  • DSC_8125.JPG Auction teaches in business, farming

    After 10 years of 4-H, saying goodbye to his animals has become a simple matter for McKennon Heald. But he said he wouldn't be surprised to see some tears from some of the younger participants. He's been there.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS - HB0725 - Colts Camp - 272 Colts fans come from all over Indiana for training camp

    Under bright skies and mild temperatures, Indianapolis Colts fans turned out in droves to witness the first of this year's public practices at Anderson University's campus on Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA - HB0725 - 13 The Musical - JC - 1.JPG Review: Musical takes you back to being '13'

    Wanting to kill your mom and pining for a Wonderbra are typical desires young teenage girls have, but that just scratches the surface of the relatable themes in Mainstage Theatre’s production of “13: The Musical.”

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Live music: July 25

    Live entertainment at local venues as published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 24, 2014

  • NWS - HB0724 - 4-H fair - 142 Showmanship competition reveals best handler

    With a tug here, a push there, and gentle directional tapping with a small aluminum stick, Savannah Martin of Summitville won Wednesday's Supreme Showman trophy after four rounds directing swine, sheep, goats and steers through various handling exercises.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0724 - 4-H Fair morning 2 Work starts at sunrise at 4-H Fair With the skies filled with lightning and the threat of rain on the horizon the Madison County 4-H Fairgrounds was mostly vacant at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS - HB0715 - Chuck Pagano Pagano breakfast sold out A breakfast with Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is sold out, organizers said Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0723 - Fair Food - JC 3 The 'fairest food of all' Rides along the midway and 4-H animals may be a big draw for the county fair, but there's plenty of food people look forward to and indulge in during the Madison County 4-H Fair.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0723 - 4-H fair - 018 Beef, dairy entries handle the heat

    For some 4-H'ers in the beef and dairy shows at the Madison County 4-H Fair, one cow can be a handful. Then there's Jeron Mason who was just one cow short of a literal handful.

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • Cornerstone celebrating summer session Join Cornerstone staff and students as they celebrate their summer session.

    July 22, 2014