Hallowe’en Morkies

Hallowe’en Morkies

It’s that time of year – are you and your Morkie ready?? Once again, the lowly PUMPKIN is the most popular pet costume this year – come on people, can’t we be more creative 🙂  Also on the list, the devil, a hotdog, bee, cat, witch bow tie and pirate.

 

morkie halloween costume

 

morkie dressed as a pumpkinBy the way, here’s how costumes rank for Halloween for people. (This is adults and kids). The favourites are —

  • Witch
  • Princess
  • Pirate
  • Vampire
  • Zombie
  • Batman
  • Cat
  • Ghost

 

If your Morkie is like most dogs, he doesn’t really like wearing a costume, unless you’ve accustomized him to clothes from puppyhood.

When dogs are dressed up and not liking it, they simply freeze. They won’t take a step, won’t look  up, won’t do a thing. Here are the signs your dog is hating his halloween look.

 

Signs your dog is stressed:

  • Head down
  • Whale eyes (open wide, can see the whites)
  • Ears back
  • Turning away
  • Single paw raised
  • Freezing / refusing to move
  • Flattening to the ground

In that case, better to go with a festive collar, or  ummm, a festive collar.

 

Big runaway night

Even if he’s not afraid of his costume, your Morkie might choose October 31st to run off in the night. (The biggest runway night of the year is July 4th thanks to fireworks), so keep doors closed or better still, keep your Morkie in a quiet, closed off room or in his kennel cage.

Here are some handy safety reminders:

 

Safety reminders halloween dogs

What I want my dog to be for Halloween

What I want my dog to be for Halloween

morkie-halloween-costumeThere are lots of great costumes for small dogs, and if yours is game, it can be fun to dress him or her up.

Maybe a little bit of neighbourhood “trick or biscuit” or an afternoon get-together. Website BuzzFeed features the 57 Greatest Pet Costumes, from an Rob-Bun the rabbit Robin Hood to an actual Chia Pet.

But when it comes to costumes for dogs, it seems you just can’t beat the old standby: the hotdog – #1 in retail sales for the past 8 years.



hot-dog-costumes

A close second to hotdogs… the pumpkin!

dog pumpkin costumes

But Halloween can also be a stressful time for pets

morkie dog wig for halloweenThe ASPCA has made a list of some precautionary pet safety tips for all pet parents to heed so that there are no scaredy cats this Halloween.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.

  • Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst, urination and heart rate—and even seizures.
  • Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression, lack of coordination and seizures. In cases of significantly low blood sugar, liver failure has been known to occur.
  • Ingesting tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
Morkie dressed as a Ty Tou

Here’s a really fun costume: make a big TY tag and attach it to your Morkie’s collar.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are swallowed.

3. Keep wires and cords away from pets; these wires from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4.  A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.




So more than anything, this is what

I want MY dog to be at Halloween:

 

calm

 

 

Best last-minute small dog costume

Best last-minute small dog costume

Morkie dressed as a Ty Toy

Here’s a really fun costume: make a big TY tag and attach it to your Morkie’s collar.

Here’s the best small dog Halloween costume – and it’s fast, easy and do-it-yourself! Another big plus  – even if your Morkie is costume-phobic this shouldn’t bother.  Enjoy!

Here are a couple of ways to make YOUR Morkie an adorable toy… complete with free templates to download.

First, big shout-out to Pugdemonium.com for this pattern for a large Ty ticket pattern. Just download, and add your own words and output it — or simply trace it, at the appropriate size for your Morkie.   Take a look at it by clicking here: Pugdemonium.

What you’ll need:

-the template (download at Pugdemonium)
-red paper

-gold or tan paper

-white paper
-ribbon
-glue
-a pencil
-a hole punch (don’t have one? a large darning needle can work)
real-live-ty-toys

ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE YOUR TY TAGS

Here is another set of diagrams and directions – this one from an earlier AboutMorkies post. Enjoy!
(To print or download, just click the arrow at the top, far right)
No tricks, no treats this Halloween

No tricks, no treats this Halloween

small dog halloween costumeThe ASPCA has made a list of some precautionary pet safety tips for all pet parents to heed so that there are no scaredy cats this Halloween.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.

Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. If your Morkie is suddenly vomiting or showing signs of hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination, be sure he hasn’t eaten any chocolate. If he has, CONTACT YOUR VET OR POISON CONTROL CENTER right away.

Candies that are artificially sweetened usually contain xylitol which is also poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, which leads to depression, lack of coordination and seizures. In cases of significantly low blood sugar, liver failure has been known to occur.

Eating even a bit of tin foil or cellophane wrappers can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.

 

pumpkin2. Beware Popular Halloween plants!

Plants like pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic – but if your Morkie chews on them at all, digestive woes will probably follow. [Canned, pure pumpkin, on the other hand, is very good for your Morkie – a tablespoon per day can ease both diarrhea AND constipation!]

 

3. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets.

Yikes! Your Morkie could damage his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or get a possibly life-threatening electrical zap.

 

battery powered candle

A battery powered tealite or candle is much safer with pets around.

4. Use a battery powered candle in your pumpkin.

Even small dogs like Morkies can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

 

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets.

The ASPCA says: “Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.”

Don't force your Morkie to wear a costume if he fusses.

Adorable as these guys are, don’t force your Morkie to wear a costume if he fusses.

Doggy Halloween trivia

Doggy Halloween trivia

pope-costumes-for-dogs

Pope costumes for dogs are very popular this year

We LOVE Halloween!

Just look at these numbers: this year’s poll from the National Retail Federation showed that 68 million Americans will dress up this Halloween — and another 20 million pet owners will dress up their pet!

After Christmas, it’s the single biggest retail spending holiday of the year and that’s not counting the dental bills after!

Really popular this year for pets?

Pumpkins are always a sure bet, along with Superheroes and bumblebees. Norwalk Store Manager Walter Randall says that this year, the best selling new style is what he calls “Pop Riders.”

“You put it on your dog, it can be a princess or cat, or even a horse rider. It makes it look like the little man is on top of your dog riding it like a horse.”  OMG  Picture one of these on your Morkie!

dog-halloween-costumes-trends

“Pop rider” for a bigger dog…. it’s a little person on top of the pet, dressed as a cowboy, Star Wars character or whatever else strikes you. They’re all the rage this year according to retailers.

More “pop riders” – this year’s hot trend in pet costumes

 

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Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story, rides a pug on the way to the parade.

Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story, rides a pug on the way to the parade.

Top costumes for dogs, kids and adults

  • For the 11th year in a row, WITCH is the #1 costume for adults –
    Morkie Pumpkin

    Morkie Pumpkin

    about 4.3 million of us dress up in that old standby!

  • Pumpkin is once again, the #1 costume for both dogs AND cats
  • Kids #1 costume – princess!  This will be the choice for about 3.2 million Americans
  • Minions and Star Wars characters are on the top 10 for everyone – child or adult, four-legged or two
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National Retail Foundation’s 2015 Top Costumes Survey