Bella the Dog Voted Cutest Halloween Costumed Pet in Sonoma County

Bella's owner wins a $50 gift card and is crowned Sonoma County's Cutest Costumed Pet 2012!

Final Results: Congrats to Bella the Dog for running away with the contest! To redeem the prize, Bella's owner needs to contact Associate Regional Editor Carlos Villatoro at carlos.villatoro@patch.com.

Update: Voting begins today in our Best Pet Halloween Costume Contest. To vote, simply comment the name of the pet you are voting for. One vote, per user, please. Let's keep the contest fun for everyone! Voting ends on Nov. 5. The official rules are attached to this story.


Halloween is no longer the exclusive domain of pint-sized trick-or-treaters. Sonoma County's love for pets of all shapes and sizes, as evidenced by the response to Patch's Cutest Dog Contest, has plenty of pet owners getting their four-legged pals into the Halloween spirit as well.

Dressing your pet up in a Halloween costume means BIG business for retailers, as consumers are expected to spend a record $310 million this year on pet costumes, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey.

Here at Patch, we embrace all pets, and want to see what costume your pet will be sporting for Halloween. We want to see those pets in costume, so post your photos and you could win a $50 gift card! 

You have until Oct. 31 to upload the best photo of your pet in costume. (If you want some amazing ideas, check out the Best Pet Halloween Costume Contest in Marin entries).

Here’s how to enter:

  • Simply click the green "Upload Your Photos and Videos" button above and upload your image (but first make sure you’re a registered Patch user).
  • In the caption, let us know the name of your pet and all the details about the costume. We’d also love to know what town you live in and any other information you think we should know.

Patch editors will choose our 10 favorite pictures, and then you, the reader, can vote for the winner in the comments section of an article that will be posted on Nov. 1. We will be taking your votes through 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the local business of their choice.

Jeanette Bell November 01, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Bella the Monster!!!
FERNANDO SEISDEDOS November 01, 2012 at 10:26 PM
She's my favorite dog EVER!!
Edith C. Smith November 01, 2012 at 10:51 PM
i think Bella the dog is the cutest. Edith Smith
Scott Anderson November 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Bella the Monster!
Rod Taylor November 02, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I vote for Beauty
Mary Halloran November 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM
I vote for Bella the one eyed monster! So adorable.
Blair Mitchell November 02, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Bella the Monster
Beth Jackson November 02, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I vote for Beauty,she is a very lucky dog who got a wonderful home. Love that little bit of pit look. Beth
Sky Cooper November 02, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Bella the monster
Amelia Holt November 02, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I vote for #7, Beauty. Those cute little fairy wings and for actually looking fall-y.
Stephen Halloran November 02, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Bella the pink monster.
kathy November 02, 2012 at 08:00 AM
I vote for Bella the Monster...so cute!
GFMSRS November 02, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Rowdys Mom November 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Booooo is my vote!!
J L November 02, 2012 at 05:16 PM
First choice is Bella the cat in the little black dress. It looks so perfect on her. Second choice would be Beauty :)
Kathy Seisdedos November 02, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Bella is the cutest monster!
Judith November 02, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Bella the dog. She looks like she's really in character!
Bennett November 02, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Bella the monster!!
Chris Love November 02, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Bella the Monster wins by a landslide..... :)
Ann Thompson November 02, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I vote for the cutie in the bee costume!!!
Bonnie Bowers November 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Bella wins my vote
Carol (Kiki) Noack November 02, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Boooo is my fave - yay for the homemade costume.
Lillian Jackson November 02, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I vote for Beauty. She cute and I like that she is trying to get her dog buddies adopted too. Lillian Jackson
Bonnie Arthur November 03, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I vote for Bella the Dog. She is the cutest! Bonnie Arthur
Till Rodan November 03, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Beauty is my pick
Alice Luton November 04, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Bella the pink Monster dog is cute! Alice
Alice Luton November 04, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Bella the pink Monster dog is the best!
FERNANDO SEISDEDOS November 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Bella! The Dog who changed my mind about canine pets!!
micheal November 05, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Thats my dog!! bella i vote for
Astrid Cynor November 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Boooo! The ghost doggy.


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