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:

 

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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.

Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips

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Halloween can be great fun – we really get into the spirit here in North American, where millions of us adults dress up, and dress up our pets too. But here are some tips to keep it safe for your pets.

Some of the top dangers specific to Halloween are:

  • toxic Halloween candy – chocolate especially is deadly for small dogs like Morkies, and tinfoil and cellophane wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Be sure to keep your children’s haul out of the dog’s way.
  • don’t forget raisins – just a few can cause serious health problems for your Morkie including kidney failure, so keep these treats securely out of the way too.
  • lit candles – your Morkie could accidentally knock over a lit candle – consider using a no flame, no mess alternative to light up your jack-o-lantern.
  • wires and cords could harm your dog – dogs love to chew and Morkies are no exception. Make sure all wires and cords from temporary displays and decorations are properly secured and out of reach.
  • constant door bells and strangers – can be very stressful for your Morkie. Sometimes accidents happen and your Morkie might make a run for it when you’re opening the door. Be sure to keep his I.D. on, and ideally keep him quiet and comfortable in another room during the peak of activity.  Like the 4th of July, Halloween is a peak time for runaways according to the ASPCA.

Should dogs wear costumes?

Everyone loves to see dogs in costumes – in fact, most people have dressed up their pooches at some point in their lives.

However, if your Morkie is really resistant to the idea, this much stress might be a bad idea.

Start small – a little hat or a bandana, to get your Morkie used to the idea. Then try a T-shirt. Don’t rush — make it fun.

If your Morkie is anxious or upset in her costume, take it off right away and try later.

Should I take my Morkie trick or treating with us?

If you’re taking both children and a dog on your own that can be a real handful. As small dogs, Morkies can become frightened, and aren’t always as well socialized as large dogs.  My advice – if your kids are older and don’t need constant supervision, or if another adult can come with you, then give it a try.  But be prepared to take your Morkie home when he’s tired or overwrought.

Keeping your Morkie safe

Stick to your dog’s routine

So how do you protect your dog, short of canceling Halloween altogether? First, try your best to stick to the dog’s routine, especially regular walks. An exercised dog is a better behaved dog all round, so grab a walk whenever you can. The bonus – it will help reduce your own stress levels too.

Give your dog some time outs

You may want to remove your dog from the party central action if things get too hectic. A quiet room or his crate, is a far better solution than a stressed-out dog. Don’t assume your partner or someone else is watching the dog; be explicit about who’s in charge and plan ahead for the dog’s needs (a walk in the middle of trick or treating time?  Better reschedule that one).

Plan ahead

For an ounce or two of prevention, make sure your dog has his tag on at all times, with your current phone number on it. Check out which emergency vets will be open in your area that nigiht and stick that number up on the fridge.

One more tip – pumpkin!

Pure, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is a great thing to keep on hand for your dog-in pumpkinn costumeMorkie. Believe it or not, it’s great for both diarrhea AND constipation. Plus it’s loaded with betacarotene which your Morkie’s system converts to Vitamin A. One or two teaspoons a day (no more!) can be very helpful to your little Morkie’s digestion.

Remember however – DO NOT feed:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • raw pumpkin
  • pulp from your raw pumpkin
  • pumpkin pie or pumpkin pie filling

Happy haunting!

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