October 18, 2012
We have three dogs in our home, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before a few dozen times. They’re all rescues, and we adore them. We’ve had two Golden Retrievers for years, and this summer we adopted a 2.5 pound Chihuahua. It’s been a process, but they’re starting to get used to each other. The two females have reached an understanding, I suppose; the big one won’t eat the little one if the little one stays out of her way. Fair enough.
I’ve never had much of a desire to dress up our big dogs for Halloween. The big ones tip the scales at around 90 pounds, so the costume choices are limited (kind of like they are for bigger women, but I won’t digress).
Now that we have a Chihuahua, I’ll admit, I’m starting to get the itch. She’s just so darned small and cute. I caught myself the other day, perusing pet costume websites and imagining what little Cosette would look like in one of those adorable little get-ups.
One thing bothered me though: while the costumes were adorable, the little dogs wearing them didn’t look very happy about their modeling gigs. In fact, they looked downright disgusted.
I saw a Boston Terrier in a “Toddlers and Tiaras” kind of costume, with a tutu, fake shiny Mary Janes and a bottle of “go-go juice” strapped to its front leg. I saw a Chihuahua dressed up as a Chia Pet (that one was pretty funny). I saw a Captain America Schnauzer (something inherently wrong with that one), the classic Dachsund dressed up as a hot dog, and a Maltese in a shower cap and bathrobe.
They all looked pretty angry to me.
I don’t know what to do. The big ones, once again, are completely off the hook. I just can’t do it to them. They’re so regal looking. I love playing with my tiny little dog, but I’m not sure she’ll love being dressed up as a Chia Pet with fake grass growing out of her back on October 31. She’s a bit high strung anyway, and with all the little ones ringing the doorbell and all the Trick-or-Treat commotion ... I don’t know; it might not be a good idea.
I suppose I’ll just have to wait for a grandchild to have this kind of fun.
Carole Townsend is also a Gwinnett Daily Post staff correspondent and author of two books: “Southern Fried White Trash” and her newest, “Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear” (released October 15). She is also a regular guest on FOX News Radio station WYXC 1270 AM on Wednesdays during the Live Drive at 5. Townsend has been quoted on msnbc.com, in the LA Times, USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor, been featured on FOX 5 Television News and CNN, and is often a guest on television and radio shows nationwide. She currently travels throughout the southeast, meeting readers at book signings and speaking publicly at various events.