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Halloween just isn’t Halloween without some cute, scary and funny dog costumes! And, because we are dog obsessed here at Benebone, we wanted to throw a spooktacular Halloween pawty of our own. 

We decided to host our Halloween pawty and costume contest at Dacha Navy Yard in Washington, DC. This waterfront, dog-friendly, venue made for the perfect spot to unleash all our furry, boorifiic friends. 

As guests strutted in, each dog parent was treated to a free drink ticket and Benebone swag bag complete with a Benebone bacon wishbone, bandana and water bottle. 

Before our costume contest began, dogs had the opportunity to pose and showcase their good looks in front of the camera for dog photographer, BashHaus Studios. This dark and spooky backdrop was a perfect fit for Halloween memories. 

For even more captured fun, we brought 2 dog caricature artists to draw the attending dogs. Look how well these dog models sat for their drawings!

After drinks were drank, photos were taken and doggos were drawn, it was time to start the costume contest. Our very own VP of sales, Bob Lee, emceed the contest and kept us laughing throughout the contest. 

To determine winners of our costume contest, we invited 4 local celebrities to judge the contest: @sebastianloveslluna, @sheepadoodlebear, @moogle_the_fluffy_corgi and @with.love.kaden.and.adalynn all had a ruff time judging all the great entries! 

First up was the “scary” category, which was nearly impossible to judge since all the contestants were also so darn cute! 

Our scary category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Pennywise & child (prize: GoPro Hero 7 & dog mount harness)
  • 2nd Place – Spider Dog (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Dracula Frenchie (prize: $25 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

Up next were the Most Creative costumes. This is always a fan favorite category since most of the costumes are homemade, you’re really able to see the thought and hard work that goes into dog Halloween costumes. 

Our most creative category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Needle & Thread (prize: Canon DSLR bundle kit)
  • 2nd Place – Weightlifting Dog (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Spider Dog (prize: $25 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

Finally, our last Halloween costume contest was Best Group. Best Group consists of either a dog and a human or multiple dogs. This is a popular category for couples and kids, which always adds an extra cuteness factor to category. 

Our best group category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Dunkin’ Donuts & Cop (prize: 2 night weekend cabin getaway)
  • 2nd Place – Lady Superheroes (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Beekeeper family (prize $50 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

If you have any event photos that you would like to share in our fan submitted gallery, please send photos to meesha@benebone.com. The full gallery of Washington, DC event  photos can be found on our Facebook page, as well as our Events page. As always, we would love for you to tag @mybenebone with #benebone with any event photos you share on social so that we can share them as well. 

We had such a fun time at our spooktacular Halloween pawty and hope all our furry friends have a fun and safe Halloween! If you missed any of our events this year, keep an eye on our Events page to see which cities we will be visiting in 2020. 


Not even mother nature could stop our kayak pawty! Despite having to delay our New York City kayak and stand-up paddleboard event one day due to the weather, we still had a great time meeting current Benebone fans, new Benebone fans and their humans!

To celebrate the end of a wonderful summer, we rented out the Manhattan Kayak facility to allow dogs and their humans to come kayak and paddleboard through the iconic Intrepid Bay. 

We loved seeing all the different dogs that came out to enjoy the day. We kayaked with small dogs, large dogs and every size in between. 

One of our favorite fans and former Benebone Ambassador, @the_daily_ollie, even drove into New York City from New Jersey to show off his fluffy kayaking skills! 

Not to be outdone was @nyyankeedog, Shaggy, who skateboarded his way into our hearts! 

And, it wouldn’t be a summer pawty without a weiner (dog)! We had the pleasure of meeting @edgar_the_mighty and his Mom, Christa, at our past Boris & Horton event. We were thrilled when they made arrangements to come see us again at our kayak event. 

We also received fashion tips from none other than the fashionista herself, @hollyhappyhavanese. Holly even traded in her designer threads to pose in our Benebone bandana for the day!

We also got to meet Instagram celebrity, @thedailywalter! As you can see, Walter Cronkite knows exactly how to work it for the camera. 

Once everyone worked up an appetite kayaking and paddleboarding, the dog parents were treated to a catered dinner from Dig Inn, while the pups got to chew on their bacon flavored Benebones. 

Every attendee received a Benebone tote bag, which included: a bacon wishbone, bandana, tennis ball and water bottle to keep the pawty going throughout the weekend. 

Check out all the fun we had and cuties we met through the gallery below (or check out our Facebook gallery).*

If you attended the Manhattan Kayak event and would like to share the photos you took, please send any photos to meesha@benebone.com, so that we can share your gallery with other attendees. And, as always, we kindly ask that you tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #benebone so we don’t miss your post. 

If you missed this kayak and paddleboard event, don’t worry, we will be back next summer! Be sure to keep an eye on our events page to see when and where we will be popping up. 

*All photos are credited to: Amiee Stubbs Photography

You may have seen us comment and mention on social media that we would love to meet all our furry friends and their awesome parents. So, we’ve started taking our social media presence on the road! It’s always exciting to meet our social media friends and introduce ourselves to dog parents that might not yet know about Benebone.

First up was the Baltimore BarkHappy event hosted at Monument City Brewing Company.

If you’re unfamiliar with BarkHappy and their events, they host dog events in various cities throughout the country at local restaurants or bars. While you do need to buy a ticket to attend, a portion of the proceeds will go to a local dog shelter in that area. For the Baltimore events, BarkHappy teams up with the Baltimore County Humane Society.

These meetups are a great way to make new friends, check out local vendors and socialize your dog.

We were lucky to meet and talk with over 40 dogs and their parents. We met dogs as small as yorkies to dogs as large as a Great Dane. We’ve gathered a collection of photos from the event taken by Natalie of Landrum Photography, LLC for your viewing pleasure.

We would love to hear what city you are in and where we should travel to next! Please leave a comment below or tag us on your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook photos with #Benebone showing us where you call home.