Every dog in McCloud's parade received a medal and a doggie treat

Shareen Strauss
Robin Johnson of Mount Shasta and her 11 year old boxer mix rescue Padmay were dressed in homemade Star Wars costumes

Dogs in costumes with their owners paraded down Main Street in McCloud under sunny skies during Saturday afternoon’s 9th annual Dog and Pony Parade.

In front of the McCloud Hotel, decorated in holiday fashion, 29 participants, some from out of the area visiting, lined up to show off their costumes while more dogs and their owners watched from the sidelines barking and cheering.

The McCloud Volunteer Fire Department brought Santa and CAL FIRE’s Sparky the Dog greeted children.

The McCloud Girl Scout troop No. 70221 served free homemade cookies and hot apple cider prepared by McCloud Heritage Junction Museum volunteers.

The McCloud Community Resource Center had craft tables for creating button wreaths, beaded candy canes and sticker ornaments.

The parade was led by the American Legion Cheula Post 92 color guard.

Padmay, an 11 year old boxer mix rescue, was dressed in a homemade Star Wars costume along with his mistresss Robin Johnson of Mount Shasta.

Six year old Stella Rawley from Seattle, Wash., rode an antique carousel-horse tricycle from the McCloud Hotel heirloom collection.

Alicia Bonnet with her grandchildren Jilly and Jonathan pranced down Main Street on Rudolph, the stick reindeer, claiming it escaped from Santa’s workshop on the North Pole to participate in the parade.

With newly acquired adoption puppy in hand, parade participant Patty Ballard-Faulkner said, “We have been waiting since the day we brought Seamus home from Haven Humane Society to participate in this fun holiday parade getting us into the Christmas spirit. Thank you McCloud Chamber and all the volunteers for making this

family holiday weekend so


Dan and Lena Liver from Sacramento, visiting family in McCloud, walked with their pit bulls Boss and Bailey, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

All dog parade participants received a medal and a doggie treat.