You probably think I’m one of those crazy dog people (you’re probably right) because it’s only mid-July and I’m already thinking about dog halloween costumes. If you’re planning on dressing your dog in costume this Halloween then it’s never too early to start searching or if you’re a DIY person then making your own dog costume.
I’m not all that creative so when it comes to dog costumes I like to start by buying something in the store and then end with something at least somewhat original by taking out the scissors and needle and thread. That’s what we did with Dublin last year when we had a great monkey costume that was actually designed for a child, but with a few snips with the scissors it became a cool little dog halloween costume.
So why am I talking about Halloween in the middle of summer? Well if you remember a few weeks back we attended the BlogPaws Pet Blogger and Social Media Conference. Not only did we learn about blogging and social media we also came home with a pile of swag and amongst that pile were some great outfits from the PetSmart Bret Michaels Collection.
Bret Michaels Pets Rock Collection
“Every rose has it’s thorn…Every night has it’s dawn…and every cowboy sings a sad, sad song…”
The immortal words of Poison err was it Bill and Ted that said that? No, it was BRET MICHAELS from POISON! One of my favorite bands of the 80’s and 90’s! I even went to the New Years Eve 1990 Poison Concert! Another super cool band, Warrant opened for Poison on that night! It was a great concert. In fact I think I still have my classic Poison concert T-shirt which is now more than 22 years old! I’m going to see if I can dig it up out of the closet. By the way, I’m listening to Poison while I write this blog post 🙂
BlogPaws and PetSmart
It’s our last day of the BlogPaws Conference and I’m lucky enough to be at the PetSmart luncheon where they unveil the Bret Michaels Pets Rock Collection. Unfortunately, I was so overwhelmed I failed to take a picture of the table full of products (bad blogger!). Oh well we were lucky enough to grab a few things for our dogs. Unfortunately, most of the dog costumes were puppy sized or suitable for smaller dogs not a 90 lb Golden Retriever like Apache.
I pretty much have my dogs test all the products under review, but what was I to do with the Bret Michaels Pets Rock Collection. I only have large dogs and I do not currently have a puppy. So I went to friends and family and decided to do some guest reviews with Yuki the Yorkshire Terrier and Ralphie the Cairn Terrier (we think)…he’s a rescue pup.
Bret Michaels Hoodie
Our first model is Yuki wearing the Bret Michaels Pets Rock Tatoo Hoodie. As you can see Yuki is a Yorkshire Terrier weighing in at about 7 pounds. Yuki is wearing the small hoodie and even for her it was a little snug. She might have fit into the medium sized one a little bit better.
Ralphie is about 15 pound Cairn Terrier and he got to try on the Medium sized Bret Michaels Pets Rock Tatoo Hoodie.
Ralphie didn’t mind wearing his new hoodie, but it’s a little warm out to be playing dress up so we’ll probably reserve these new dog costumes for Halloween.
It was a little bit difficult putting on the tattoo hoodie. Maybe it was a little bit too small, but I think the fact that it was an actual pull over hoodie made it more difficult then the pleather jacket we reviewed which used velcro straps. Once the hoodie was on Ralphie was totally comfortable running around and playing although he wasn’t really too fond of wearing the hood (although he looks cute with the little hood on).
I guess you can say the Bret Michaels Collection runs a bit small. I don’t think I’m going to be getting my 90 pound Golden Retriever into these outfits anytime soon. Maybe his left paw 🙂
Bret Michaels Pleather Jacket
Unfortunately, Yuki didn’t get to model a pleather jacket, but then again I think the pleather jackets suit the manly dogs (if you can call a Cairn Terrier manly). The Bret Michaels Pets Rock Collection includes more feminine outfits like dresses and bows too, but since we’re manly fold in my household I didn’t grab any dresses or bows for my boys. Today we’re going to be tough and cruise our leather…I mean pleather vest!
The pleather vest was pretty cool. Putting it on was very similar to our guide dog jackets. A couple velcro straps and BAM! Tuff Guy Puppy! I’m sure it was a little warm, but Ralphie didn’t seem to mind wearing his new pleather jacket at all.
The Bret Michaels Pets Rock Collection Runs A Little Small
So now that you’ve seen the pups wearing the duds you have an idea of what the Bret Michaels Pets Rock Collection is all about. If there’s one thing to take away that is these doggy outfits run a little bit small so if you plan on ordering something I suggest you make sure you purchase the proper size.
As I said I don’t have a small dog at the house, but guess what? Every year or so I bring home a new puppy from Guide Dogs of America. So I’m sure you’ll be seeing these cool dog costumes on my next puppy in training.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to bring home every Bret Michaels product that was on display. However, you can check out the entire collection at your local PetSmart or just take a quick peek at the PetSmart Online Store.
Did you grow up in the 80’s and idolize Bret Michaels and Poison like me? If so, you may want to check out the Bret Michaels Pets Rock Collection to see if they have the perfect outfit or doggy product for your dog. It just may be the exact dog halloween costume you were looking for this year.
I know, I know…I spelled it all wrong it’s not the Hot Dog Halloween Costume Parade. It’s actually the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade. Yep, a funny play on words, that can sometimes be difficult to spell when you’re trying to look up information on the internet.
Hot Dog Halloween Costume Parade 2009
Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
Saturday, October 31st 2009 at 2:30pm
4900 East Livingston Drive (@Park Ave in Belmont Shores)
Long Beach, CA 90803
This years Halloween Parade in Long Beach, CA falls on the perfect day: October 31st, 2009. Well, maybe not so perfect if you have dogs you’d like to strut around at the dog costume parade and then later on need to get the kiddies dressed up for an evening of trick-or-treating. It could be along day for some.
Lucky for me I have no kids and the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade that seems to elude me every year will be on a date I can attend. What does that mean for you? More wonderful pictures on here at Puppy In Training. Of course, I will do my best to get my mother the professional photographer to join me at the parade. Unfortunately, neither Linus nor Stetson will be participating in this years parade. Perhaps we will get them involved next year.
If you’re looking for some pictures from last years parade then check out:
If you need more inspiration for your latest and greatest dog costume then go to:
If you want to learn how I made Derby’s Lion’s Mane Costume then go to:
Come join us for the fun and excitement at the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade 2009.
Have you ever been to a Dog Halloween Costume Parade? If so, I’d love to see pictures of your favorite dog costumes.
I know what you’re thinking…The Best Dog Halloween Costumes? In the middle of February? It’s not even close to Halloween!
This is true, but I’ve been hording several dog costume images over the past couple years that I’ve been itching to get up on this site.
If you’ve been reading my blog then you saw that Stetson was a Bumble Bee for Halloween. I also wore my Bumble Bee outfit on Halloween making us a swarm of bees. While I must admit, Stetson was an adorable bumble bee it pales in comparison to the originality of these costumes.
So here we are with the 6 Best Dog Costumes circulating on the internet. You can click on the pictures for a larger image (some are already at maximum resolution).
Number 6 – Spider Pug
Spider Pug…Spider Pug…Does whatever a Spider Pug can do…Have you seen the The Simpsons Movie yet? For some reason I’m drawn to Spider Pug. I know…it’s not too original…and you might say “I’ve seen better”, but for some reason the right color coupled with perfect length spider legs makes me love this costume.
Number 5 – The Golden Lion
He could be Azlan from The Chronicles of Narnia…or he could be the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. If you take a closer look he is part of our guide dogs of america group. You can see one of our guide dog puppy jackets on the left side of the picture. Bonus points for being a guide dog in training. Inspired by this costume we took a shot at building our own lion mane dog costume for Derby.
Number 4 – Mini Knight And His Loyal Steed
This little guy reminds me of King Arthur, Excalibur, and the knights of the round table. I wish I could get my father’s cairn terrier into a similar costume, but unfortunately I don’t think the knight would survive the day.
Number 3 – Fluffy The Three-Headed Dog
If you’ve seen or read the first Harry Potter Book then you know all about Fluffy the Three-Headed Dog. Or maybe you’ve seen the Harry Potter Movies. Anyways, I’m sure the little boy in the picture got plenty of attention with his three-headed dog.
Number 2 – The Dog Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
How can this one be number 2. What a brilliant costume! It should be number 1. The Headless Horseman rides again…brings back memories of the recent Tim Burton movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp as the odd Ichabod Crane and Christopher Walken as the Headless Horseman. The headless horseman dog costume is definitely one of our favorites and I even see they have the costume listed on Amazon.com (affiliate link) for purchase (however, not nearly as cool as the one in hits picture).
Number 1 – Snoopy! Watch Out For The Gator!
I don’t really know if his name is Snoopy, but he is a Beagle. Why did I choose this one as the number 1 dog costume? It’s original, it’s humorous, it’s great!!! and it makes me laugh…An adorable Beagle getting eaten by an alligator. This alligator dog costume would have gone great with Derby’s lion costume. They do have some Alligator Infant/Toddler Costume (affiliate link)
listed on Amazon, but I bet you could use your imagination and somehow make a similar dog alligator costume.
I hope you enjoyed the list. If you have any great dog costume photos please send them to me and I’ll try to post them on my next “Top List“. What do you think? Are these great costumes? Have you seen better?