Like everybody else, I saw the “Why Dogs Hate Halloween” internet meme . . . several times! My best friend Cathy was really impressed by the spider dog (I use the term “impressed” loosely). As an animal lover (Cathy is too), it’s hard to say whether or not the tradition of dressing one’s dog in a Halloween costume is extreme cruelty, or just a ridiculous idea.
I actually found the original photographer – it’s true, I have seen this picture myself dozens of times and seen it used as an avatar or to tell a joke. CA from Colorado took the picture in 2005. Look for thousands of other great pictures she has taken on Flickr.
Count Dogula, and his “bride”. Groom. Er. They’re both chihuahuas.
Rambo the Terrier.
Dog Vader. (Another pug! Boy do they get the bulk of the costume action!).
Long Dog Silver . . .
Look at their little faces!
And doggone it – he’s gone bananas (pumpkin – Halloween, get it)?
From what I can see, pugs are the most likely dog to be dressed up for Halloween, with chihuahuas running a close second.
Is this practice just silly, or is it cruel?
This animal trainer indicates it’s only cruel if the intention is to harm, bully or coerce the animal – but she admits – she has no idea what the animals are thinking (she has a few costumes and outfits for her chihuahua). Most of these PetCo pet owners don’t seem to think it’s cruel. These guys? Most think it’s okay too, with a few vehement opponents.
This mom seems to have spread the fun – or pain? – around quite a bit.
But then . . .