Poppy, a 6-month-old Papillion, was having the time of her life playing among the pumpkins during the Barks and Boos event at The Green at UTC on Oct. 10.
It seemed only natural the tiny dog would have just as much fun in the costume contest that was going to take place a bit later.
But Poppy's owner, Samantha Hess of Sarasota, said her dog was not going to participate, even if she is a cutie.
"She won't wear it," Hess said of her dog's costume. "She is a little witch."
Poppy wasn't the only dog that balked when it came to costume time, but plenty of other dogs seemed to have a ball walking down the runway in costume, in front of the judges.
Sarasota's Patrick Schaffer and Britteny Boyd attend all the dog-related events on the second Tuesday of the month at The Green. Their golden retriever Gracie had no trouble wearing a sheriff's costume at the event.
"We just love meeting new people and making friends here," Schaffer said of the events at The Green.
The event was co-sponsored by Benderson Development and Boo's Ice House and Dog Bar. In addition to the costume contest, there was live music, drinks, vendors, and a raffle to benefit Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue.