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Day 3 of 13 Days of Halloween (2017)

Halloween costumes, they’re not just for humans these days.

These days dogs can get it on the fun too, and there are so many options to choose from!

From hot dogs to Star Wars characters, to just about anything you could think of is available as a pet costume for Halloween.

So, in honor of Day 3 I thought I would share some Halloween pet costume ideas.

Now, if you’re going for ease when it comes to  outfitting your pet a store bought costume is easy to find with numerous options to choose from. Simon and Rosee are partial to being a skeleton and lion, respectively.

Unfortunately, for bigger dogs, especially ones with larger necks it can be a bit more difficult to find a big enough size. The other downside to store bought costumes is the price. Like most things for your pets, costumes aren’t exactly cheap, and usually the bigger the size the more expensive it is.

Luckily, I’ve found some alternative costume ideas that are easy to put together and relatively inexpensive.

Simple costumes that require just a few accessories you might have in your home can also be good options. This way you save money and don’t have to buy anything extra.

Rosee here is sporting some groovy glasses and few flowered headbands I had lying around to turn into the grooviest flower child around.

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Rosee as a 60’s flower child.

Another idea for a simple costume is to visit your local dollar store for a few supplies to put together into a costume. This first costume requires a roll of white streamers or (what I found and thought would be perfect even if it was glittery) was decorative mesh. Then, all you have to do is wrap the streamers or mesh around your dog and you have created a monster! A monster! I’m just kidding, Simon was always a monster, but you have made your dog into a mummy.

I also like this one because it doesn’t require a lot of forethought or imagination, and always works, even if your dog wriggles around a lot.

However, if you are feeling truly ambitious about creating a costume for your dog all you need to buy is a bag of balloons, and a large plastic bag.

Actually from comments of other DIY costumers, because I adapted this idea from a costume idea for humans, a plastic shower curtain liner would work better because it wouldn’t break as easily as, say a gift-wrapping bag, which I would agree with. The plastic of the bag was too thin and broke too easily, but it worked for the moment.

And, what do you know, with just these two simple things you can turn your dog into… (imaginary drum roll)

A bag of jelly beans!

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Rosee as a bag of jelly beans.

Whatever you choose to do with your dog for Halloween do try to keep in mind a few things:

  • Do get your dog used to wearing a costume if they’re new to it buy putting it on them for a few minutes everyday leading up to Halloween and make sure that the experience is a good one. Give them treats or lots of praise while wearing the costume.
  • Do make sure the costume is comfortable and easy to move around in for your dog.
  • Don’t force your dog to wear a costume if they really don’t want to. At the end of the day, dogs are dogs and not necessarily meant to wear clothes. Although, some dogs with less body fat benefit from wearing sweaters in the colder temperatures, some dogs may not tolerate it well. If wearing a costume makes your dog uncomfortable, anxious, and unhappy don’t make them wear it.
  • Do make sure you come back tomorrow to check out a holiday-inspired fashion alternative to pet costumes that any dog would love!

Day 2 of 13 Days of Halloween (2017)

My favorite part of October and Halloween time (other than the weather finally being less than 90 degrees) is the decorations!

I love putting up decorations for Halloween and the Fall season. I mean, I could put up decorations to celebrate other holidays earlier in the year, but at this time of year I guess I feel more motivated to decorate and try my hand at crafty projects.

For instance, this year I put together this Maleficent-inspired wreath that I found here on the Disney Family website (along with many other cool DIY crafts for the holiday). I did make some modifications from the original design because I didn’t want to deal with spray painting the wreath black (it’s been way too windy where I live) or waiting for the paint to dry, and I used green and purple ribbon  instead of black and purple. In the end though, I like how my wreath turned out and it really wasn’t that hard to put together.

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Simon and Rosee also provided me with much emotional support through this project.

Not to be outdone though, Rosee and Simon lent their paws to put up the rest of the decorations both inside and outside of the house.

Even George got in on the decorating fun…

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Now all that’s left for Rosee and Simon is to take a nap!

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Halloween decorating can be exhausting.

So what decorations do you enjoy putting up for Halloween or just for the Fall time? Do you like the creepy and crawly kind or the cute kind? Or perhaps the cute, creepy?

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Also make sure you check back tomorrow for more Halloween and Fall inspired posts.

Day 1 of 13 Days of Halloween (2017)

Hello blogsphere!

It certainly has been awhile, but what can I say…life happens.

However, now that it’s October with Halloween not too far away and the holiday season just around the corner I thought I would get back into the blogging habit by celebrating the 13 Days of Halloween!

So for the next 13 days until Halloween on October 31st we will be posting Halloween and Fall inspired blogs every day.

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To kick off the event I thought I would introduce a new member to our family:

GEORGE

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George is already showing off his love of Halloween by posing with the pumpkins.

George is a neighborhood cat that we pretty much adopted as our own a few months ago when the neighbors that were caring for him (I thought he belonged to them because he was always in front of their house and they kept bowls of food and water, and had a cat house) moved away. Unfortunately, these neighbors did not take George with them and so we decided to start leaving out some food and water for him in our front side yard, and before we knew it he had adopted us as his new family.

George is a super affectionate cat who loves attention, head scratches, and almost acts like a dog in his enthusiastic greetings whenever anyone arrives home.  He is an outside only cat as that what he has been all of his life, at least from my observings, but while all us humans love him, Rosee tends to get a little too excited around him (and really any cats she sees). Yet, she is starting to get used to seeing him in the front yard as he never runs away when she barks at him and just rolls around on the front lawn despite her.

And the best part about him…he loves having his picture taken just as much as Simon and Rosee!

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Our front yard cemetery is George’s playground.

Make sure you stick around for the next 12 days to see what we have in store.

11th Day of Christmas

On the 11th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me…

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eleven thoughts a-typing,

ten blankets a-cuddling,

nine stolen ornaments,

eight paws a-playing,

seven tags a-jingling,

six socks a-hanging,

five TASTY TREATS,

four chewing toys,

three painted faces,

two brand new dog beds,

and a picture in a Christmas hat!

12th Day of Christmas

On the 12th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me…

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twelve unwrapped presents,

eleven thoughts a-typing,

ten blankets a-cuddling,

nine stolen ornaments,

eight paws a-playing,

seven tags a-jingling,

six socks a-hanging,

five TASTY TREATS,

four chewing toys,

three painted faces,

two brand new dog beds,

and a picture in a Christmas hat!

 

Happy Pawlidays to everyone and to everyone a goodnight!

10th Day of Christmas

on the 10th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me…

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ten blankets a-cuddling,

nine stolen ornaments,

eight paws a-playing,

seven tags a-jingling,

six socks a-hanging,

five TASTY TREATS,

four chewing toys,

three painted faces,

two brand new dog beds,

and a picture in a Christmas hat!