October 23, 2011

Dressing up your cats and dogs for Halloween

Fido and Fluffy steal the show at Halloween, because 'it's never not funny' seeing them rock their tiny costumes.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Judy, a long-haired Chihuahua owned by Karen Gallagher of North Yarmouth, as a bumblebee.

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Bingo the cat, in his blue wizard costume, belongs to Hilda Taylor of Portland. His costume pairs dog pajamas with a doll’s princess outfit.

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ARE YOU PLANNING to dress up your pet for Halloween? Snap a photo of your furry friend in costume prior to the big day and send it to features@pressherald.com no later than 5 p.m. Friday. Be sure to include your name, your pet's name and the town you live in, and we'll include it in an online slideshow at www.pressherald.com.


AS THE POPULARITY of Halloween costumes for pets grows, there have also been pet costume contests popping up around Maine. Here are a few of the ones scheduled around southern Maine this year:

• ONGOING -- Online Halloween Photo Contest, Fetch, 195 Commercial St., Portland. Fetchportland.com; Facebook.com/fetchportland; 773-5450. Fetch presents its 12th Annual Howlaween Pet Photo Contest. To enter, post a pet photo on Fetch's Facebook page. Prizes (not yet determined) will be awarded. There will also be in-store trick-or-treating on Halloween day.

• ONGOING -- Online Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest, Petco, various locations around Maine. Petco.com. From now until Halloween, there will be weekly winners -- for both cats and dogs -- and a grand prize (undetermined) will be awarded. Some stores will have in-store photo booths as well.

• THURSDAY -- Seventh Annual Halloween Party, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland. Planetdog.com; 347-8606. The free party includes the Best Homemade Costume Contest, with first prize being a Bowser Bed worth $100. Other prizes as well.

• SATURDAY -- Howloween!, 2 to 4 p.m., Pet Life, Northgate Shopping Center, 91 Auburn St., Portland. 797- 0779. Games and a costume contest, with prizes going to the best owner-pet costume combo. Also, a bake sale to benefit H.A.R.T. -- Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine -- will be held.

Taylor laments that pet store costume contests aren't always fair for kitties. It's because usually there are a lot more dogs, and dogs are more likely to sit still and be judged. But this year, there are some online Halloween pet photo contests -- at Fetch and at the national chain Petco -- where you can snap a picture and send it in.

Karen Gallagher, an interior designer from North Yarmouth, snapped her two long-haired Chihuahuas, Judy and Fawn, in part to help bring a little bit of home to her two children in college. "They get a real kick out of it," said Gallagher.

Gallagher bought this year's costumes -- a bumblebee and a spider -- online and ordered extra small because her dogs are so tiny. Still, she had to alter them to make them fit.

Gallagher said her dogs will probably wear the costumes a lot this Halloween season. They seem to enjoy them.

"It's sort of hilarious, because they wear them all the time," said Gallagher, owner of Karen Gallagher Interiors. "The hats don't last long, but I think the costumes are warm and cozy for them."

Not to mention that seeing pets dressed up makes people feel warm and cozy.

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at: rrouthier@pressherald.com


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Karen Gallagher’s dog Fawn, wearing a spider costume

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Hilda Taylor’s kitty Rubin, who always wears a bandana anyway, adds a doll hat to become a tiny, furry farmer.

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Cleveland, whose owner is Hilda Taylor of Portland, is wearing a dog costume that is supposed to evoke a knight – but Taylor thinks it makes him look more like the singer Prince.

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Lori Sirois of Portland brought her two “pugs in sheep’s clothing,” Puggy and Sissy, to a Halloween party for pets and their owners at Planet Dog last year.

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Ashlee Sawyer of Portland with her “surfer dude” dog, Oliver, at last year’s Planet Dog party.


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