If it's the Sunday before Halloween, it must be the day that pugs show off their finest outfits on a west Lodi ranch.
"She loves to wear clothes," Pine Grove resident Catherine Burr said about Penny, her pug dog, who was dressed as the devil in bright red and black.
Burr took her dog to the annual Pug-O-Ween event at Sycamore Farms, a little east of Interstate 5 and north of Highway 12. The little canines were dressed in Halloween garb, and they socialized with other pugs to their heart's content on Sunday afternoon.
"Pugs are unique; they love people," said Brentwood resident Laurel Fong, who brought her two dogs, one dressed as Glenda the Good Witch and another dressed as Dracula because of his long fangs.
Pugs and their owners came from as far away as the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno and Fresno as well as San Joaquin County, said Roxanne Fritz, one of the event organizers.
Dogs were dressed in such outfits as the devil, Tigger, Patsy Cline, Frank from "Men in Black," a shark, a prison inmate and "Wizard of Oz" characters. One pug sported a San Francisco Giants cap with a dark Brian Wilson-style beard.
To top it off, Linda Schooler, a "pug psychic," told paying customers their dogs' future. She has been named "Sacramento's Best Psychic" by the Sacramento News & Review.
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