October 29, 2005
Why Some Dogs Hate Howloween
I find humans to be spooky on Halloween. They tend to turn into monsters. And I'm not just talking about the masks and capes and creepy get-ups they wear. I'm talking about the fact they want us to wear that stuff, too. I recently read that about 10% of people who have dogs dress them up in costumes for Halloween. Is there any canine on earth really panting to become Yoda Dog? Darth Vader Dog? Maybe. But here's how I feel about it.
I so hate getting dressed up that I even have a love-hate relationship with my harness. Yes, I want it to go on (and will even stand on the sofa, my front paws on the arm rest, just to make it easier to get on) because I know it means a car ride and probably a raucous good time. Still, I often back up away from when Mike or Molly tries to put it on. It's just instinct, you know? The idea of putting me in a cape or a hat or a jumpsuit makes me want to slink away behind a dogwood.
So, before you dress your dachshund up like a weiner or your terrier like a frog or your Labrador like a....well...anything other than a Labrador, I beg you to reconsider. Maybe there are some dogs that like it, but I remain skeptical, despite my trusting nature. Here's my two scents: If people really want to give their dogs a treat rather than trick on Halloween, I suggest a stick or two of Pupperoni accompanied by a heaping helping of doggy dignity.