Even though I’ve never dressed an animal up for Halloween, every year I love to check out the latest in pet costumes. It’s totally cheesy, I know, but there is something about a dog dressed as an elephant that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Or better yet, a dragon.
If the above photo doesn’t make you melt into a puddle, how about a dog dressed as a banana? I dare you to resist.
Of course, there are some costumes I just don’t get at all. Namely, I don’t understand the impetus behind the Big Daddy Pimp outfit. Really?
For some reason, there don’t seem to be as many cool costumes for cats as there are for dogs. Which is strange given that cats are practically Halloween’s main sponsor. You can have cats without Halloween but you can’t have Halloween without cats. The best I could find was this vampire cape.
It’s pretty cute, eh? I would consider buying it for my cat if I didn’t suspect he would shred every piece of clothing in my closet.
Ah, maybe that’s why less people dress up their cats.
No, if I was going to actually force my pets to participate in Halloween, I’d probably focus most of my energy on Shiva. She’s much more tolerant. In fact, she may even enjoy the attention. I think she would make a lovely butterfly, don’t you? Any retaliation would be worth the adorable photos.
Speaking of photos, I may or may not have mentioned that I am one of nine judges for this year’s Halloween Dogs Photo Contest. Running from September 10th to October 22nd, entrants are asked to submit their favourite – or cutest – photos of their dogs dressed for Halloween. Every ten days throughout the contest period there will be a random draw for a handmade collar. (Which means there are still two more chances to win!)
The grand prize is pretty unique: enrollment in Susan Garrett’s Puppy Peaks, a year-long, online course full of incredibly valuable training advice. If not for the online recall course I took from Ms. Garrett last year, Shiva would probably still be running in circles around the agility field. Find more information about this fun contest on the Halloween Dogs website. There is still plenty of time to enter!
Have you ever dressed up your pets for Halloween?