Sunday, October 29, 2006

My favorite holiday

Our long drive finally over, I bounded out of the car. We had arrived at the social event of the year: Pug-O-Ween. I quickly donned my Pugly Duckling costume in the parking lot, and we made our way into the Elzie Odom Recreation Center. Inside, I was greeted by a glorious sight, a veritable feast for my oversized eyes. For the first time since my last Hajj trip to Mecca, I felt as if I was home. I barked a silent prayer of thanks to Allah.

I was accompanied by my parents and a pair of relatives from out of town. My grandmother and great-grandmother made the trip to take in this spectacle, as much an auditory experience as a visual one. A symphony of snorting and grunting filled the gymnasium, which must have held at least 200 costumed pugs. I quickly went to work, sniffing out prospective congregants and donors for the ministry. Pug-O-Ween is the only place in Dallas-Fort Worth -- at least until the Dogloo compound is completed -- where one can find such a grand concentration of pugs.

The costumes this year were outstanding. My personal favorite was the Bride of Puggenstein, but the Herbie the Love Pug and I Dream of Jeannie costumes were excellent as well. (All three are pictured above.) The doggle-wearing bodybuilder was also most impressive. And for the second year in a row, I was smitten with a hula dancer. There is just something about those grass skirts. I chose not to enter any of the costume contests this year, to give my pug brothers and sisters a chance. I am nothing if not benevolent.


Among the scores of attendees at this worthy fundraiser was Eagle, Pug Lifer and blogger extraordinaire. We chatted briefly.

"Mugsy," he said, "I have heard that rawhide is the opiate of the masses. Is this true?"

"Yes," I replied. "Let us go find some."


Moe the Welshie said...

Very nice costume Mugsy! Mine isn't being unveiled until tommorow, but I hope you'll come see.

--Moe the Welshie

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Thank you, Moe. I'll be sure to stop by.

Sid the Dog said...

Glorious, Mugsy! I suspect that a gym full of heelers would be deafened by the collective power of 200 pugs grunting. Love the outfit(s)! I suspect that I am not being allowed to dress up again. So unfair!

James Beauregard daPug said...

Is that you in all the yellow and orange, Bro. Mugsy? Man, I just never thought of you dressed-up like that. You're always know...ayatollah-looking. I never imagined you'd go off somewhere dressed-up like a duck.

J. B.

T-man said...

Aww Mugsy you looked so cute!! That looked like the makings of a wild bash you had there. I'm sure your calming presence kept that party under control.

Puggyspice said...

Mighty fine feathers, Mugsy. They suit you well.

What is this about swamp land you began telling me about?

rpm said...

Tollah, you are so beautiful in YELLOW. I never imagined that I would see you in that color. I think of you as a gold and navy blue kind of leader.

Eagle The Pug said...

It was a dream come true to meet you, Mugsy. We've also documented the encounter of such a monumental moment in my life.

ranger said...

i love the dog costumes!! mom made have to visit my blog to see it!


Leslee said...

Great pictures Mugsy, looks like a great time was had by all!

Anonymous said...

I love a leader with a sense of humor. I brings out the "pugness" in you. We love you, Great One!

wally said...

holy cow, mugsy. that's a lot of pugs in one place. sweet costumes.


Sam I Am said...

we love the pugness" in you AWESOME job..sniff-sniff

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