COSTA MESA — It was a costume contest to make any dog lover eat their heart out.
Pugs dressed up as everything from a princess and a frog, to a lobster and Frankenstein — and even a milk maid complete with tartan dress and two blond braids — pranced before the judges hoping to take the prize.
It was Queen Elizabeth — who else — a silver pug in a tiara and bejeweled cape perched regally on a wagon covered in white clothe and jewels, that took first prize.
"It's the year for the royals," said Debbie Fallon, who dressed her dog Jewel as Queen Elizabeth.
Fallon and her husband traveled from Long Beach to Costa Mesa's TeWinkle Park Saturday to attend the 13th annual Pugtoberfest, a fundraiser for the Newport Beach-based Pugs 'N Pals Rescue.
The two have been attending the event since they adopted Jewel from Pugs 'N Pals about four years ago.