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Winter Woofstock Wags Once More

Dog lovers dressed their pets in costumes for a massive canine convention.

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This little guy was the cutest. There, we said it.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, Toronto. Winter Woofstock wagged all weekend at the Direct Energy Centre, and dogs and devotees were decked out to the nines (canines?) in winter-themed attire. There were best-dressed contests, a beauty pageant, and even a speed-dating event. Organizers estimate that around 10,000 dogs (and about 20,000 people) showed up over the two-day affair, and Rick Mercer made a special appearance as a competitor in the wiener-dog race.

Now in its third year, Winter Woofstock is basically a glorified weekend of shopping for Christmas presents for dogs and their owners. The setup of the venue is fairly bare-bones, but the event also serves as a place for people—and to a lesser extent, dogs—to schmooze and indulge in their four-footed passion.

There were some pretty great outfits this year, but Torontoist didn’t see any dogs in wigs. What gives? There’s nothing better than a dog in a wig.

Photos by Rachel Lissner/Torontoist.

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