A poodle is dressed as “Doose,” a cross between a duck and goose, for the dog costume show. PHOTOS BY DEREK LACEY

On Saturday, Clear Creek Animal Hospital hosted their 4th annual open house.

Events and festivities included tours, a dog costume show, demonstrations by Dog Training in Your Home, Tails of Hope Rescue, adoptable pets, and representatives from Royal Canin Dog Food and C-Vets.

“It’s been really good for us,” said Dr. David Gallagher, veterinarian at Clear Creek. “People get to come by and see the hospital, see what we do in the back, areas where they don’t normally get to go, and we try to have some fun events for people.”

Nena Boon, office manager at Clear Creek, said that every year, the open house gets a little bigger, and meeting people is one of the best aspects of the event.

“Just getting to know people in the neighborhood is always wonderful,” said Boon.

The main difference between this year’s open house is that it was held in the fall instead of the spring, and the weather turned out just right.

Also, being closer to Halloween, better costumes showed up for the dog show,

with attendees’ dogs dressed as anything from college mascots to lizards.

Dog Training in Your Home gives a demonstration during the Open House on October 13.

Overall, both Boon and Gallagher considered this years open house a success. “I think this is one of our best ones,” said Gallagher. Clear Creek Animal Hospital has been open since 1964, and offers emergency care, surgery, boarding, pharmacy, radiology and dentistry at their location, 6916 Harrisburg Road.