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Herd fans get their pets in on the action

Oct. 07, 2011 @ 09:25 PM

HUNTINGTON -- It's a common sight to see people walking around with green and white on in Huntington, especially on Marshall game days. Now people are adding their pets into the Herd fan club.

From jerseys to T-shirts, muzzles to beads, the four-legged Marshall fan is showing up everywhere.

Heather El-Bash, 27, of Huntington, dresses her Boxer-mix Layla up in Herd gear, from snout to tail.

Layla, a dog El-Bash rescued six years ago, often sports a Marshall pet jersey that El-Bash found at Stadium Bookstore.

"People usually get a kick out of it," El-Bash said.

Layla also has a handkerchief, beads, pompons, a football and a T-shirt, all supporting Marshall.

El-Bash said she mainly only dresses up Layla, who was a spider for Halloween last year, but she is known to put sweaters on her two cats.

Jen Chapman, 25, and Evan Worrell, 32, of Huntington, have a Great Dane, Piper, and a Chihuahua named Daysie.

With such a drastic difference in sizes, Chapman had to get creative when it comes to getting the dogs ready to cheer on the Herd.

Piper, who weighs 130 pounds, wears a green adult Marshall T-shirt, while Daysie sports a green teddy bear shirt.

"The bear shirt is a little small now," Chapman said, while holding the 6-pound dog. "She's gained a little weight."

Chapman and Worrell first got Piper when she was a puppy and much smaller.

"Jen started dressing Piper up as a puppy, so I got Daysie for Jen for Valentine's Day and said, 'Here, dress this up'," Worrell said.

There are several places to buy pet-specific merchandise that is geared toward Marshall.

Pet Palace on 4th Avenue has jerseys, collars, leashes and bowls.

The leashes, which sport the Marshall "M" logo are $25.99, while the collars run from $16.99 to $20.

The jerseys vary by size on cost. The tiny jerseys start at $22.99 and the prices go up to $27.99 for the XXL.

Marshall bowls are $20.

Duke's Dog-Gone Grooming, which recently moved from its Route 60 location in Huntington to Farmdale Road in Barboursville, also offers green football jerseys for pets.

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