The chicest pets in the city are heading to Brooklyn next month for the Freddy’s Doggy Fashion Show.
The fourth annual event, set for July, will be “bigger and better” with live music and an elevated runway, Freddy’s owner Donald O’Finn says. Dogs will strut their stuff down the Fifth Avenue catwalk as NYC-based funk band, “The Push and Pull” performs.
The event typically floods South Slope with dogs donning sparkling shades, dyed fur and hats. But some owners, who take the event very seriously, slip their pups into dresses, costumes and more.
“There is no such thing as too extreme, or too dressed up. Details matter,” O’Finn says, adding that extra points will be awarded for “dog nails, fashion and wit.”
More than 50 dogs and “a couple hundred of the Homo sapien animals who usually aren’t as well dressed, and definitely not as well mannered” are expected to attend the show. Last year’s event saw 32 adorable style mavens participate.
It’s all in good fun, but it wouldn’t be a doggy fashion show without a top prize. One dog is awarded the Xena trophy each year, an award named in honor of O’Finn’s late pit mix, a stray who became a Freddy’s regular.
Xena died before the inaugural event in 2014 and spent nearly 20 years at the bar “sitting on barstools and bouncing the crowd.”
“I miss her so much, this was a way of sort of keeping her alive,” O’Finn says. A lab mix named Trigger who sported a cowboy costume took home the coveted trophy in 2016.
Registration for the 2017 Freddy’s fashion show begins at 3:30 p.m. on July 15 at 627 Fifth Ave., with the runway show slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.