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UPDATED NOV. 4, 2015


Justin Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.)

THE HAUTE DOG organization (pronounced "HOT") is a diverse and growing network of dog owners, lovers, educators, rescuers and supporters. Our common bond has resulted in a unique and lively community of folks who share some qualities of our favorite dogs: devotion, spirit and tenacity.

Through educational outreach and events, we hope to help inspire a better understanding and appreciation of dogs, dispel damaging myths, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities.

This Web site is dedicated to my English Bulldog Rosie and to all dogs who continue to be brave and loving.

Warm regards,

Justin Rudd!
Exec. Director
Community Action Team
a 501c3 nonprofit
& Haute Dogs

THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals and the environment.

C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes Haute Dogs and:

4Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
4July 4 Kids' Bike Parade
Haute Dog Poetry Contest
4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
National Elementary School
Spelling Bee
National Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art
4Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
Beds, Bikes, Bears & Blankets giveaway to those in need
Clothing giveaways to the underserved
4Bulldog Beauty Contest

4Long Beach Losers - a 12-week weight-loss contest
42nd Street Walkers
4Long Beach Giving Project

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2015 Winners
GIFT CERTIFICATES: To pick up your winning gift certificate, you can let know to bring your certificate to:
- Sat., Nov. 7 at 12:15 p.m. in front of Chase Bank at the start of the Say Cheese Long Beach photo exhibit, Chase Bank, 5100 2nd St.
- Sat., Nov. 21, 10:05 a.m., just after the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup begins at 1 Granada Ave.

62 E.T. Winner
219 Alien Top-6
63 Dragon & castle Top-6
141 Hockey Top-6
127 Captain Hook Top-6
29 Wizard of Paws Top-6
83 Pinata Top-6
35,36,37 Chinese Festival Finalist
258 Giesha Finalist
178,179 Mad Max Finalist
108 Lassie & Timmy Finalist
280 Belly Dancer Finalist
181 Chia Pet Finalist
189 Dump Trump Finalist
168,169 Great Pumpkin Finalist
14 Frank Sinatra Finalist
217 Aurora Star Trek Finalist
325 Police officer Finalist
130 Bacon Finalist
28 Austin Powers Finalist
6,7 French artists Finalist
238 Bob the Builder Finalist
84 Chucky Finalist
144,145 Serape Finalist
165, 167 Iggy Azalea Finalist
299 Loofa Finalist
294, 296 Inside Out Finalist
6, 7  Paris Finalist
73 Pocahontas Finalist
16 Hounds of Music Finalist
110 The Birds Finalist

on event day this Sat. (save $10; reg. $20!):  Fill out and print the attached entry form.  Enter your dog for just $10/cash-only if you print and bring this filled-out/signed form with you to the registration tent before 3 p.m.  Parade begins at 2:30 and lasts about an hour, so you can still get registered up until 3 p.m.  Cash-only for this offer. Please bring exact change.

Or, you can register by midnight on Fri., Oct. 30, at the link below for $15/dog with your credit card.

Or, you can register at the event for $20/dog with forms we'll have on-site.

There will be three food/drink vendors on-site.

Event t-shirt will be available for $7.

We encourage humans to wear costumes, too!

You do not have to enter dogs in the parade.

Dogs are welcome to watch the parade if they stay behind the white row of chairs or in your lap.

Kids and dogs are not allowed to sit in front of the front row of chairs. Seating is available (if not sold out) for $5/cash at the event.

You can bring your own chair and sit on the second row.

It's free to enter the humand costume contest/parade at 2:25. Just be signed-in at the registration tent to get your entry number. Humans should wear entry number on their right hip.

The 15th-annual HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE is Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 2:30 p.m. at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803. Co-sponsored by Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price.


please park in the Marine Stadium parking lot. Enter that lot from Nieto Ave.

Petcurean.comWIN DOG FOOD FOR A YEAR from Petcurean.

The parade is expected to include a few hundred kids and adults in costumes, followed by more than 500 costumed dogs with handlers. A few thousand human gawkers will line the parade route, including a panel of distinguished judges that will choose a few dozen human and canine costume winners. Haute Dogs will raise thousands for spay/neuter programs, adoption/rescue groups, Operation Santa Paws and other Long Beach service projects.

ALL entry fees go to spay/neuter, adoption/rescue and other local charity programs. You can register til 3 p.m. on event day.

- $10/dog, if you bring click, download, print and bring this completed form ($20 otherwise)
- $35/VIP dog - V.I.P. (Very Important Pooch!)


- $10/advance, pre-sales are ended
- $5/cash-only at event, if not sold out
- NEW $200/advance, rent a front-row private 10x10 canopy with 6 chairs, small table, 6 cold waters, pre-sales are ended

This $35 VIP (very important pooch) donation to Haute Dogs allows you and one dog to walk towards the front of the parade. You'll receive a wristband at check-in. Parade begins at 2:30 p.m., and entries accepted til 3 p.m. at the orange tent in the park. You can also upgrade to VIP at the event. If you paid $10 in advance, just give $25 at the sign-in tent.

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haute dog howloween parade logo justin rudd15th-annual
Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
Vendors, Pet Adoption Fair & Kids/Adults Costume Contest

World's largest Halloween pet event!

THE PARADE IS Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 2:30 p.m. The stat/finish is at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803 (at the end of Marine Stadium; across from the fire station, by the tennis courts). The parade is on the concrete bike path that runs through the park from Colorado St. to Eliot St.

The vendor fair and pet adoption fair is in the park from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Costumed kids and adults without dogs (humans can register for FREE) will lead the parade at 2:25 p.m., followed by the dogs at 2:30 p.m. Great pumpkin drop at 2:15 p.m.

Register to be in the human costume parade and/or dog costume parade at the orange registration tent in the park after 12:30 p.m.

The parade expects 500+ dressed-up dogs and lasts about an hour.

SEATING Bring your own folding chair, or rent one of our 650 front-row seats IN THE PARK for just $5, starting at about 1 p.m. The seats did sell out last year. Please bring correct change. You can reserve a seat for $10 at the top of this page before event day.

is free street parking surrounding the very large park. You can also park in the Marine Stadium parking lot, accessed from Nieto Ave., behind the fire station. PARKING MAP

Available for advance registrations only, the dog/owner can walk near the front of the parade. VIPs will line-up as directed at sign-in and will step off first at 2:30 p.m.

Sign-in at the orange-colored Haute Dogs registration tent when you arrive. There will be a line for VIP registrants, day-of registrants and a line for pre-paid registrants.

Win great prizes, TBA!
- top 20
prizes will be given to the judges' favorite entries, combination from any of the following categories: individual dogs, groups, or floats.

Judges are Looking for:
- best costumes on dogs
- best costume on people walking a dog in the parade
- best groups (any combo of at least two dogs/people)
- best "floats" Limit 5' wide. A float is any dog(s) riding in/upon/within a moving, non-motorized device; such as a wagon or pulled cart.

haute dog howloween parade long beach justin rudd halloweenWHAT CONSTITUTES AN ENTRY
An entry can be a single dog dressed up, a group of dogs dressed up, a contingent of dog(s) with their person(s). Each dog must be registered separately, and paid. Prizes include gift certificates.

Arrive at 11 a.m. or noon and stay til 5 p.m. to help with registration, water stations, start/finish line, etc. Also, please bring a bag of ice when you arrive. We really need help at 4:30 with take down and trash pick. RSVP to

Picabo ("Peekaboo") And Bode with owners David Wolf and Michael Almaraz.

As seen on the TODAY Show. Click above.

Pre-parade "feast"-ivities at
12:30 will include vendor booths, food booths, a pet adoption fair, and photo opportunities.


Halloween Costume ContestHUMANS are invited to lead the Howl'oween Parade this year and there will be a few $10 prizes to those kids (more for the adults) with the best outfits. There is no charge to enter the costume contest, but a signed entry form is required. Register at the orange tent by 2:15, and judges will be doing some preliminary judging then. Volunteers will line up contestants at 2:20 on the sidewalk along Colorado St. Contestants will start out on the parade route at 2:25 p.m. Contestants are welcome to walk with their dogs (only if the dog has registered for the Howl'oween Parade). Awards will announced in the park after the dog parade.


kids costume contest long beach Parents are welcome to walk along with their kids in the parade.

There will also be an award for the best-dressed person in the dog parade who is walking with a dog (if walking a dog in the parade, please register your dog for the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade at the top of the page).

haute dog halloween parade2015 JUDGES

12:30 - 4:30
p.m.; dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, and more! See list of participating rescue groups below.

$5/cash, each along the parade route, sales will begin about 1 p.m.

Howl'oween Parade4LAST YEAR'S HOWL'OWEEN PARADE included more than 500 costumed dogs and entertained approx. 3,000 dogless gawkers. The event helped to raised about $13,000 for the nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT) of which Haute Dogs is a part.

howloween parade long beachSPLAT! GREAT PUMPKIN DROPPED
Times Square drops a big ball to celebrate the new year.
We drop a giant pumpkin (75 lbs) to celebrate the start of Howl'oween! We'll drop it approx. 2:15 p.m.! This annual HUGE pumpkin drop will be a smashing hit!
2015 Sponsor:
Gelson's Market

Judging will be based on originality, showmanship, detail of costume and first impression. Judges will be along the red carpet on the sidewalk during the parade.

The nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT) and its partners that include Haute Dogs, the Dog Beach Zone, the monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups, the So Cal Kids' Spelling Bee Championship, Operation Santa Paws, the Great American Kids' July 4 Bike Parade, Operation Easter Basket and more.

sponsorship opportunities, contact $50-$10,000. Current sponsors include: Haute Dogs, Justin Rudd and his 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT).

2013 Photo Galleries
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 |

Immediately after the parade. Approx. 3:45-4 p.m.


Only $25 for rescue groups who offer animals for adoption; $50 for nonprofits; $75, $100 & $150 options for commercial vendors. DETAILS HERE or pay at the bottom of this page.

Only allow your escorts to pause ever so briefly for photo opport
unties. Hold your head up high and work the runway!

Long Beach Animal Emergency will be on-site during the afternoon in the park.

Parade Rules
4All dogs must remain leashed.
4Rabies and vaccinations must be current.
4Wear I.D. tags at all times.
4No dogs in heat.
4No aggressive dogs.
4Costumes must be safe and comfortable for dogs.
4Dogs that are older, flat-faced, have breathing issues, or dressed in very hot costumes can walk past the judges and exit the parade route. You are not required to walk the entire parade route. Your dog's safety is the priority.
4No puppies under 4 months or w/o vaccinations.
4Have fun!

Photos & Video Galleries
-VIDEO of Today Show: World record SMASHED! - Pets dress up for Halloween in Long Beach, Calif.

Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade

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Choose event/services | each space 10x10 | no refunds | rain or shine event
Vendor booth name:

- Add $25 late fee after Oct. 18, 2015 (there is a drop-down box to add to your cart at check-out).
- Only six dogs per 10x10 vendor space.  Please provide your own canopy and doggie drinking water.  
- Facebook page at
- Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade, Sun., Oct. 31, 2015, 2:30 p.m. at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St., 90803.

- vendor and adoption setup can begin at 11:30 a.m. (do not arrive earlier), takedown is 4:30 p.m.
- Come to the registration tent in the park after 11:30 to get your space assignment.
- The vendor/adoption fair is 12:30-4:30 p.m. Parade begins at 2:30 p.m.
- We expect that vendors will be allowed to VERY SLOWLY pull into the vendor area after 11:30 a.m. from the corner of Colorado St. @ Santiago Ave. only, to drive up onto the concrete bike path to unload your goods, and then move your vehicle to go park on the street, and then come back and setup your goods.
- All booths will be on grass.
- We can only accept the first 100 vendors/rescues who make payment.
- We accept Paypal, check, or cash.
- Commercial vendor rate is $150 or $100, or just $75 for Mom & Pop shops (small, independent, family-owned business."
- We can guarantee you a premium (most likely nearest the registration tent or parade start line) 10x10 space for $150.
- CLICK ABOVE TO PAY ONLINE, or mail check to "Haute Dogs" 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, 90803.
- Make sure you bring your Long Beach business license or special event permit if you are selling anything (this is different from your seller's permit; details below).
- Each space is 10x10, no electricity available, no generators accepted.
- Spaces do NOT include canopy, table, chairs. You can rent them from us (as supply lasts; pay in advance): table/tent for $100; 2 chairs for $10.
- Some food and drink (with special permission from Justin Rudd) vendors accepted, and no human food/drink sampling (without prior written permission,
- Rain or shine event.
- ABSOLUTELY no refunds or transfers.
- Howl'oween vendors that are selling anything will need a special event permit that costs $47.67, or, bring copy of your Long Beach business license. Click here for the special event vendor application. Direct all licensing questions to 562/570-6211. NOTE: Nonprofits can apply for a free event vendor application from the business license office.
- Special Event Vendor Application —pdf
- Temporary Food Facility Requirements —pdf
- We do not guarantee placement.
- Spaces are typically assigned as payment is received. Those paying the $150 rate will get the best available spaces closest to the parade start line.
- Please provide a fire extinguisher at your booth, if you have a canopy.
- Bring a sack lunch and snacks.
- Take all cardboard and trash with you.
- Rescues should bring water dishes for their pets.
- Max. of 6 animals per 10x10 space.
- We encourage vendors to have an "event special" that is a specially-priced item(s) just for shoppers that day.