Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dog Halloween Costumes

I’m seeing a lot of Halloween costumes for dogs and even cats in the stores. Pet Smart, Target, Wal-Mart, and even the dollar store have cute, cute costumes!!! They range from $1.00 at the dollar store to up to $30.00 for the fancier ones. My dog won’t wear a costume but my cat probably would. Last year I made her a witch hat but I couldn’t figure out how to keep it on her head. I would like to dress her up as a princess this year. I’m going to try to make one from a book I have called Doggy Fashions.

eHow.com has a cute article about how to choose a costume for your pet and how to dress them safely. Basically, the costume should fit. It should not be too loose or too tight. It should not interfere with vision or movement. It should be safe. The costume should not pull over the head but be fastened around the neck with Velcro or something that will allow the costume to come off if it gets caught on something. It is a good idea to let your pet wear the costume before Halloween to get used to it. Choose a costume to fit your pet’s personality.

If you are interested in making your own dog costume, I have 3 copies of Doggy Fashion by Alison Jenkins for sale in my eBay store: The Crafty Cupboard http://cgi.ebay.com/Doggy-Fashion-by-Alison-Jenkins-2003_W0QQitemZ350024196824QQihZ022QQcategoryZ378QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713.m153.l1262. It is a very pretty book. It has instructions and templates to make 12 different costumes: Elvis, a Pilgrim, a Sheriff, a Hot Dog, a Fairy, a Dinosaur, a Vampire, a Clown, Blues Brothers, a Space Man, a Doctor, a Nurse, and a Rock and Roll Hero. The costumes are really cute and the book has a lot of color pictures. Each costume is very easy to make and instructions are given to custom fit them to your own dog. It is an awesome book!

Halloween night can be frightening for pets. They don’t really like to see humans dressed up as other things. Don’t leave your pet outside as there have been tales of pranksters torturing or even stealing pets. Be careful around lit pumpkins – curiosity might cause your pet to get burned. Be carful around Halloween candy - your pet might choke on small candies and chocolate can be poisonous. Last, be careful your pet doesn’t dart out the door while you are handing out treats.

Make your dog some tasty Halloween Treats:

Dog Treats

2 cans dog food (16oz)
1 cup unprocessed bran
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
½ vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. In a medium sized bowl: mash dog food to remove all lumps. Mix in bran and oatmeal; slowly add the oil, mixing to a consistency that will allow you to shape into patties or roll and cut in a biscuit shape. Add more oil if mixture is too dry.
3. Arrange biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 3 ½ hours or until hard. Cool, store in a canister. If refrigerated, will last for 1 month.(Home Made Best Made)

Howl-O-Ween Tricking Treats
• 2 1/2 cups water
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
• 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 egg
• 4 cups whole-wheat flour
• 1/4 cup chopped pecans
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 cup oats
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a bowl, mix water, pumpkin, vanilla and eggs thoroughly
3. Combine flour, pecans, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon in a separate bowl, stirring well. 4. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well, making sure no dry mixture is left.
5. Spoon into a greased muffin tin, filling each cup completely.
6. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with oats and bake for 1 1/4 hours. Cool completely and store in a sealed container. (Three Dog Bakery Cookbook)

Happy Howl–o-ween!!!!!

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