The cutest, scariest and most creative canines were celebrated at Dog Daze in Menifee

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Maggie is awarded Judges’ Choice for her lion costume at the seventh Dog Daze Canine Festival and Costume Contest at Aldergate Park in Menifee Oct. 2. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes
Summer is over but dog days are still in Menifee as evidenced by more than 40 canines who attended Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District’s seventh Dog Daze event in Menifee Oct. 2. With their two-legged leash holders in tow, the dogs made their way down the first base line at Aldergate Park’s baseball diamond to strut their stuff in front of the judges for this year’s costume contest. Valley-Wide General Manager Dean Wetter welcomed all the human and canine guests and explained how the event began. “There was a grassroots movement to get a dog park at Aldergate and it was built by the community,” he said. “The first Dog Daze festival was a fundraiser to build a separate park here for small dogs.” Wetter added that the event has now become an annual tradition that bri
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