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Halloween suggestion No. 1: Palin pooch

It’s not too early to start thinking about your dog’s Halloween costume — so in the weeks ahead, I’ll be tossing out a couple of ideas.

This first one comes courtesy of Wiggles Dog Wigs, an online purveyor of pooch toupees.

What could be more fitting than to outfit your dog in the fashion of a woman who is being called — when she’s not being called a soccer mom — an “attack dog,” a term for which we have already expressed our disdain.

Or, a less expensive option, simply put lipstick on your pit bull (to use her own description of herself).

This being a presidential election year, candidate costumes will probably be big — and there’s no reason to limit your choices for a dog costume to Sarah Palin. You might want to consider Bark Obama or John McCainine.

Whichever route you go, if a dog wig is called for, keep in mind Ruth Regina, the brain behind Wiggles, is one of the few makers of them.

Regina spent nearly 50 years in movies and TV as a make-up artist and “wig master,” according to her website. Going back to the days of the Jackie Gleason Show, she’s worked on productions ranging from Scarface to Striptease.

She was responsible for make-up work on the set of the Miss Universe Pageant for 14 years, at national political conventions (both Democrat and Republican parties, she points out), and has worked on the faces of such big-time names as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Judy Garland and Marisa Tomei.

Most recently, Regina has undertaken Wiggles, a new venture that designs and manufactures wigs for dogs.  An 8th generation wig maker, she maintains a wig shop in Bay Harbour Islands, Florida.

(Photo courtesy of Wiggles Dog Wigs)


Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time October 8, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Now that is one scary-looking pooch!

I wonder, does the costume come with any dead animal accesories? A bear skin to lounge around? The front paw of a wolf to cash in for a bounty? A bloody moose for a backdrop?

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time October 8, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Perhaps a little dog-sized helicopter the pooch could ride in so it could rain down destruction on caribou and wolves from aloft? Oops–sorry, I forgot. It takes a human being to mow down animals in large numbers from an aircraft. Dogs generally only take what they need for food.