Halloween Costumes for Dogs

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Do you dress up your dog for Halloween? We do–the kids from the neighborhood love to get their candy from him, and he seems to get a kick out of their responses. We’ve trained him to hold the bucket of candy and it’s pretty darn adorable, if I do say so myself.

In fact, yesterday as Vance and I were out for a walk through the neighborhood, one of the kids from down the street asked Vance what he was going to dress up as this year. I thought that was absolutely adorable. And it was inspiration to finish up his costume for this year, too!

This year, we’ll be dressing Vance up as a goblin, using a green fabric “suit” of sorts, and booties for his front two feet. We’ve already tried on the hat and booties and he took to them quite well–which may have had something to do with the excessive number of cookies we gave him!

If we didn’t have his costume already, though, I’d definitely be considering one of these:

And if we had a little female dog, I wouldn’t be able to resist:

Seriously, how cute are these costumes? Do you dress up your dog for Halloween? (Or just “because”?) And how does your dog react to it. I know some dogs hate wearing costumes, and I think Vance wouldn’t like it if it was just for our own amusement, but he seems to really enjoy clowning around for the neighborhood kids who all ooooh and awwww over him each year.

Taking advantage of pet owners everywhere…

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I’ll admit it: we spoil our dog. We buy him high-quality dog food and good cookies. He’s a Lab, so his grooming needs are minimal compared to some dogs, but we use nice soap, and a great brush. We take him in for “pedicures” because I hate clipping his toenails and was letting them grow too long (plus, it’s only $5 and he loves the groomer).

So, I can understand why marketers think pet owners are a “great” market but it still makes me furious to see the way they exploit us sometimes. Making matters worse? Witness the Canine Castle Kennel:

The Canine Castle Kennel or CCK for short is the world’s first luxury aluminum dog kennel. The kennel is our response to the emerging luxury pet market and the increasing demand to pamper man’s best friend.

Isn’t that insulting? They’re saying because we’re willing to spend big bucks on our pets, they’re going to “rise to the occasion” of separating us from our hard-earned cash by creating a “luxury” kennel. Gross, right?

Our dog is an indoor pooch, but if we kept him outside, he’d definitely need some sort of protective structure, but for that price, we could build something that could double as an entertaining gazebo. Heck, we could buy a pre-made gazebo for that price and have something that was actually pretty in the yard.

(And now I’m wondering if I could convince DH that we totally need one of those gazebo kits because it could do double duty. Nah–he’d see right through me…)

What’s the most ludicrous thing you’ve seen marketed to dog owners lately?

Dog food on Amazon Subscribe and Save

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If you buy your dog food online (we do!), you already know about the benefits–not having to make a stop at the pet store, not having to lug the 20+ lb bag into the cart, and then from the cart to the car, not having to stand in the aisle comparing ingredients when you need to change brands, and not arriving at the store only to find they’re out of stock of your dog’s regular food.

But, there’s one big drawback of buying dog food online–the shipping! Since Amazon offers free shipping, though, if they carry the dog food you typically buy, you may find theirs is a much better deal than other online pet supply stores.

Buy dog food online And, what’s more, Amazon has recently started offering several dog food brands with Subscribe and Save available. Not only does that mean you don’t have to remember to buy dog food before you run out, because it gets shipped to you on the schedule that works for you, but it also means you can save 15% off the Amazon price. Pretty cool, right?

If you’ve been looking for a new, healthy dog food for your best friend, check out Amazon’s selection of dog food that’s eligible for Subscribe & Save.

Have you bought your dog’s food from Amazon yet? What did you like best about it?