The holidays are upon us and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for our annual 12 days of Christmas!
Starting December 14th we will be posting everyday until December 25th in celebrating the 12 days of Christmas. You never know what’s going to pop up in our holiday celebration this year. So, make sure you check back every day starting the 14th to see what everyone here at Play Hard, Bark Often is up to. This year is especially exciting since we now have two new family members (cats: George and Artemis) to join us in our holiday celebrations!
In case you can’t wait until the 14th though, here’s a little something to hold you over…
Halloween may be over, but the holiday season is just beginning!
And while I may not be quite ready for Christmas, I am definitely looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I mean there’s always great food, family, and I can’t forget about the pie. Even Simon and Rosee love Thanksgiving because it always means some extra special treats just for them. We all get to have a feast for the holiday.
So, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday that is soon approaching (really, it’s only about 2 weeks away!) everyone, including both dogs and humans, here at Play Hard, Bark Often is going to share what we’re grateful for leading up to the big holiday.
To kick things off I have to say that I am grateful for Simon and Rosee. This year they both let me dress them up in multiple costumes for our 13 Days of Halloween celebration.
I mean, sure, they got a lot of treats out of it…
but overall I think I got the better end of the deal.
We’ve finally reached Day 13 of our 13 Days of Halloween celebration!
The candy is set out and the costumes have been put on.
All that’s left to do is have a spooktacular Halloween.
And if you needed any more holiday inspiration for next year check out the pictures from a Pumpkin Nights event we attended below. I mean, really, why have I never thought of carving a synthetic pumpkin before? It would last longer and I could reuse it.
So, from all of us here at Play Hard, Bark Often,
We’re wishing you and your dogs (or pets) a Happy (and safe) Howl-oween!
Halloween costumes, they’re not just for humans these days.
These days dogs can get it on the fun too, and there are so many options to choose from!
From hot dogs to Star Wars characters, to just about anything you could think of is available as a pet costume for Halloween.
So, in honor of Day 3 I thought I would share some Halloween pet costume ideas.
Now, if you’re going for ease when it comes to outfitting your pet a store bought costume is easy to find with numerous options to choose from. Simon and Rosee are partial to being a skeleton and lion, respectively.
Unfortunately, for bigger dogs, especially ones with larger necks it can be a bit more difficult to find a big enough size. The other downside to store bought costumes is the price. Like most things for your pets, costumes aren’t exactly cheap, and usually the bigger the size the more expensive it is.
Luckily, I’ve found some alternative costume ideas that are easy to put together and relatively inexpensive.
Simple costumes that require just a few accessories you might have in your home can also be good options. This way you save money and don’t have to buy anything extra.
Rosee here is sporting some groovy glasses and few flowered headbands I had lying around to turn into the grooviest flower child around.
Another idea for a simple costume is to visit your local dollar store for a few supplies to put together into a costume. This first costume requires a roll of white streamers or (what I found and thought would be perfect even if it was glittery) was decorative mesh. Then, all you have to do is wrap the streamers or mesh around your dog and you have created a monster! A monster! I’m just kidding, Simon was always a monster, but you have made your dog into a mummy.
I also like this one because it doesn’t require a lot of forethought or imagination, and always works, even if your dog wriggles around a lot.
However, if you are feeling truly ambitious about creating a costume for your dog all you need to buy is a bag of balloons, and a large plastic bag.
Actually from comments of other DIY costumers, because I adapted this idea from a costume idea for humans, a plastic shower curtain liner would work better because it wouldn’t break as easily as, say a gift-wrapping bag, which I would agree with. The plastic of the bag was too thin and broke too easily, but it worked for the moment.
And, what do you know, with just these two simple things you can turn your dog into… (imaginary drum roll)
A bag of jelly beans!
Whatever you choose to do with your dog for Halloween do try to keep in mind a few things:
Do get your dog used to wearing a costume if they’re new to it buy putting it on them for a few minutes everyday leading up to Halloween and make sure that the experience is a good one. Give them treats or lots of praise while wearing the costume.
Do make sure the costume is comfortable and easy to move around in for your dog.
Don’t force your dog to wear a costume if they really don’t want to. At the end of the day, dogs are dogs and not necessarily meant to wear clothes. Although, some dogs with less body fat benefit from wearing sweaters in the colder temperatures, some dogs may not tolerate it well. If wearing a costume makes your dog uncomfortable, anxious, and unhappy don’t make them wear it.
Do make sure you come back tomorrow to check out a holiday-inspired fashion alternative to pet costumes that any dog would love!