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  • Enter the first Suburban Chicago Pet Costume Contest.

    Enter the first Suburban Chicago Pet Costume Contest.
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C'mon, admit it. You know you've bought a costume for your pet this year.

What is it? A hot dog suit for your dachshund? A Liberace outfit, complete with cape, for your Labrador? A Superman costume for your mixed-breed?

We want to see!

The Daily Herald is teaming up with Born Free pet food to sponsor the first Suburban Chicago Pet Costume Contest, which will run entirely online. And entries already are being accepted. The winner gets to be a bona fide celebrity, minus the harassment from paparazzi.

And he or she will land on the cover of Healthy Pets magazine in December!

Here's how it works: Go to and register, then upload a current photo of your pet. And yes, they need to be wearing a costume!

We're accepting entries through the end of the day Oct. 31. At the stroke of midnight on Nov. 1, voting will begin online and stretch through Nov. 9. The photo that earns the most votes is the winner.

To make it more fun for all, we've included a bonus for shelters. The runner-up, the photo with the second highest number of votes, will get to pick a 501c3 shelter in the Chicago area to receive $500 in pet food from either Born Free or Fromm.

So what are you waiting for? Go take that picture and enter!

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