Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dog Halloween

I occasionally entertain myself by putting my dog Sadie in costumes. I have the courage to admit this now because I know I'm not alone. Before I had children, I bought a really nice tutu at Toys R Us and cut a hole in it for the tail. I put it on Sadie and she desperately tried to shake it off at first, but after a few treats, she jumped upright into the air like a little ballerina.

There's a nearby affluent town that hosts dog trick-or-treating the Friday before Halloween. The first time I went, I thought . . . I have found my people. Dogs in elaborate costumes are paraded up and down a street where shops hand out dog treats, much to my children's disappointment.

Last year, the dog trick-and-treating event didn't have the same pizazz as in past years. (I won't insult your intelligence by calling it another victim of the economy. It probably isn't an activity that most people would endorse when there are real problems out there.) The treats weren't as fancy, it wasn't as crowded, and the costumes were mostly the store-bought variety instead of stunning one-of-a-kind creations. But it was still a worthy event . . . it's Sadie's big night. She knows what to expect when I wrestle her down to put her costume on . . . her ears perk up and she gets a puppy-like spring in her step. The dog treats flow, and we come home with a stockpile that lasts for months. Good times.

Because I've somehow lost my pictures of Dog Halloweens of the Past, I will instead treat you to a collection of photos I call Random Dogs in Costumes. The first one is a preview of Sadie, Halloween 2009. Enjoy.


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