COLUMBIA — Sitting on top of the cashier's counter, a Yorkshire terrier dressed as a witch and a mixed breed in a Hugh Hefner smoking jacket greeted visitors at a Halloween party Sunday.
Dozens of dogs attended the event at Lizzi & Rocco's Natural Pet Market, 503 E. Nifong, where they could have their photos taken and enter a costume contest.
The Central Missouri Humane Society was also on hand to run a raffle and Columbia Second Chance brought cats available for adoption.
Humane Society volunteer program coordinator Destiny Hritz said she had seen animals dressed as squirrels, bananas, dinosaurs, dragons, pirates and cows.
Dolly, a cream-colored Pomeranian, posed for pictures with her owner, Stacey Canterbury.
"We just love coming to Lizzi & Rocco's — they are just the nicest people," Canterbury said.
The day before the Halloween party, Lizzi & Rocco’s store celebrated its second anniversary.
Owners Jessica and Kyle Schlosser were inspired to open the pet shop after becoming the go-to source of advice for their friends. The name of the shop is based on their own dogs, the two costumed greeters at the party.
"Our passion for our own pets, and helping other people find the best product for their pets just sort of lent itself really naturally to starting a business where we could do that all the time," Jessica Schlosser said.
Upcoming events at Lizzi & Rocco's can be found on their website.