Okay – will someone out there pawease help me? Can you tell me where to buy costumes for large dogs?

The Boys and I called ourselves being “proactive” in preparation for their “howl-o-ween” pawty at Olde Towne Pet Resort. Twice a year, their furrendly furrends at OTPR co-host a doodle romp with Harley & Leo. This is our last one for 2013 and we’re working on a “Howl-O-ween” theme.

Since the theme concept was “our” idea, I drove around to all the local pet stores looking for the pawfect costumes. Initially I had a couple of really creative ideas, but after the fourth store on the third day – I didn’t care if they were dressed like candy bars (“Doodle Joy” and “Snickerdoodles”).

I was tired, and we kept coming up with “bupkis.” 

At every store, I made it a point to tell the cashier I was shopping for two large dogs and if it didn’t work out – I would return the items bright and early the following day. I assured them the tags would still be on, and I’d have my receipt. No one seemed fazed.

Apparently I wasn’t the only pet parent out there doing the exact same thing. Practically every store I purchased from, someone was in line either before or after me returning a pet costume!

When I thought we had enough to choose from, we sat on the floor and we surveyed our stash…


Surely there’s at least one in the batch that will work

I set up the camera while my assistant checked my lighting…


Pawhaps the angle isn’t right


What you are about to see could be harmful to your health. You could experience such uncontrollable laughter it might induce stomach cramps. Nothing that I grabbed in XL, XXL or even XXXL came close to fitting either one of them.

I thought Harley would make a cute penguin (until I put it on him)…


What was I thinking?

Then I thought “ok”  maybe Harley could be the “Chick-fil-A” cow…


Am I happy I left the tags on…

The “doodle-devil” had potential, it was cute…


Scary how “fitting” those little devil horns look huh?

But let’s face it, he wasn’t going to carry the pitchfork…


Without the pitchfork, the outfit loses something

And then after the bunny rabbit, well, I just had to take a break…


I know – I should be arrested

This was an XXL – why doesn’t it fit?…


Harley actually fell asleep on the floor wearing this one

The tinkerbell wings were the only thing that fit, but even “I” won’t let Harley go out looking like that…


Nope, not happening – no way

Leo as a “witch-a-doodle” was just plain frightening, plus he couldn’t see…


Poor guy – blinded by the hat and the attached hair

The store clerk told me this elephant costume would fit any dog Leo’s size – NOT


There just are no words….

He said the same thing about this “doodle-devil” outfit too…

big devil

ENOUGH already

True to my word, they ALL went back to the store the very next day. Later that week I went into their box of goodies (blankets, leashes, rain gear and such) and decided to “repeat” 2012.

The costumes fit, they’re cute, and most importantly –  my Boys can walk into the pawty heads high and maintain their dignity…


Classics never die

After all, Dr. Seuss is a classic – so we’re gonna do it again…

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Thanks for reading, got to go in the attic now and find my Dr. Seuss hat…

  • Jen@MyBrownNewfies
    October 21, 2013

    These are so adorable! I love Thing 1 and Thing 2! Oh! I wish I would of thought of that!

    I know what you mean about buying costumes for large dogs, I’ve never been able to find any that fit my guys so I resorted to using adult human costumes.

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 22, 2013

      I’m going to have to remember that for next year Jen. Either that or be really creative and make something…

  • SlimDoggy
    October 21, 2013

    I’m struggling to get inspired for Jack…I’ve been asking our FB readers all week…I agree with Jen.

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 22, 2013

      Hey Slim Doggy – it warms my heart to know I am not alone in this struggle. I think for this year I will stick with my Dr. Seuss theme and make something myself next year. Thanks so much for reading, let’s keep in touch!

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