For your Halloween viewing pleasure we present a California dog named Jolene, coming face to face with a life-sized version of her favorite chew toy.
Jolene’s owner, Emily Crisp, thought it might be fun, for Halloween, to have her boyfriend, Ben Mesches, dress up in a Gumby costume.
He walks into the room as Jolene is enjoying some time with her Gumby chew toy. Jolene looks up and registers a look of what can only be described as wonder and amazement.
She cautiously, at first, approaches the life-sized Gumby, jumps up on him, and proceeds to go crazy with joy.
Mesches, of Petaluma, initially posted the video to his Facebook account. On YouTube, it has gotten, nearly 4 million views in two weeks.
Happy Halloween, Jolene, and everybody else.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 31st, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, ben mesches, chew, chew toy, costume, dog, dogs, dress up, emily crisp, favorite toy, funny, golden retriever, gumby, halloween, jolene, life sized, meeting, pets, reaction, toy, video, youtube
This is not a Halloween costume for your dog, though it could work for one.
And it’s not a full body version of the ThunderShirt, though it could work as that, too.
It’s not made for dogs with body issues, or to hide embarrassing skin conditions, or to keep them from delving nose first into regions of their body that are best left alone in polite company — though it could work for all those things, too.
According to the website for the Shed Defender, Tyson Walters was inspired to make it after he moved back home after studying at San Diego State University.
“I needed a solution to control Harley’s hair; it was everywhere,” he says on the website. “I had tumbleweeds of her hair on my hardwood floors. My car was close to ruined because of all the hair intertwined in the fabric. There was nothing I could do, just brush and brush and brush, and yet that still wasn’t enough.”
The outcome, he says on the website, is a “flawless design that is not only effective, but also allows for a comfortable fit for the dog.”
It is made of a “lightweight, breathable, stretchy athletic mesh that does NOT make the dog hot.”
The Shed Defender is priced at $44.99 for a small, up to $59.99 for an XXL.
A video on the website shows how easily it can be put on a dog, and advises one to take special care when zipping it up, especially in the groin area.
“Once you take it off just shake it out or throw it in the dryer to remove the hair.”
The outfit leaves the dogs tail and rear exposed, and it can be partially unzipped when the dog goes out to pee.
They come in a choice of vibrant colors, and Walters is reported to be contemplating adding a line fashioned like sports team jerseys.
(Photos and video from Shed Defender website)
Posted by John Woestendiek October 11th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, apparel, car, clothing, costumes, dog, dog hair, dog wear, dogs, hair, halloween, home, leotard, onesie, outfit, pet products, pets, shed, shed defender, shedding, snuggie, tyson walters
You say there’s just no time to carve a pumpkin this year?
Why not let a squirrel take over the job?
We suspect some tricks were used behind the scenes to accomplish this — maybe some well-placed smears of peanut butter — but this video shows what the average squirrel is capable of, with a little direction.
And you thought their creativity was limited to getting into the bird feeder.
You can call me Fuddy Duddy. You can call me Party Pooper. This Halloween, like every Halloween, I find myself put off by the effort, and money, we Americans put into dressing up our dogs for the occasion.
In trying to figure out why I feel that way, I can pin down four reasons.
One is the annoyance, and safety risk, elaborate costumes can cause for dogs. Two is that our dogs, though they might register their displeasure, don’t get to vote on being dressed up solely for the amusement of ourselves. Three is we’re tinkering, if only for a night, with something that’s already perfect. Dogs don’t need costumes any more than Mona Lisa needs a makeover.
And four is the pipedreamy thought that the $300 million we spend on costumes for pets every year could do a lot of good if it could somehow be funneled to some worthy dog-related cause.
A not-overly-elaborate costume, worn by a dog for a few minutes, doesn’t bother me. But we tend to take things to extremes when we get into decorating mode — resulting in using dyes to make them look like other animals, or, as in the case above, TV characters.
“Creative dog groomer” Catherine Opson appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night, showcasing five of her designs — a dog transformed into a koi pond, one dyed to resemble a leopard, one zombie, one depicting nearly the entire cast of Sesame Street, and another depicting characters from the Simpsons.
Her work is impressive, and a small part of me thinks it’s kinda cool. She uses safe dyes, and the dogs, at least while on air, didn’t seem too humiliated (though they were mostly poodles).
But the larger part of me (and I’m not referring to my stomach) can’t help but feel a little troubled by what seems our increasing tendency to, more and more elaborately, decorate our dogs.
Every October, the news media, websites and blogs go nuts when it comes to costumed dogs, promulgating more of the activity. (ohmidog! is proud to be the only dog blog in the galaxy that has made it, until now, all the way to Halloween without doing so.)
If there is any creature that is entertaining and endearing enough just as it is, it is a dog. If there’s any creature that doesn’t need a makeover, it’s a dog. If there’s any creature we should be able to accept, savor and celebrate just as it is, it’s a dog.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 31st, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: 300 million, americans, amusement, animal welfare, animals, behavior, catherine opson, characters, costumes, creative groomer, decorate, decorating, dog, dogs, dyeing, dyes, entertainment, grooming, halloween, jimmy kimmel, jimmy kimmel live, koi pond, leopard, money, pets, sesame street, simpsons, species, spend, the barking dead, zombies
You may have noticed that we’re not real big on doggie Halloween costumes this year. We have some issues with the whole idea of costuming pooches — and encouraging the practice — that we are still working through.
That said, here’s one I just can’t pass up. Having eschewed — yes, eschewed — the costume contest at BARCStoberfest, I missed this entry (but spotted him on the Baltimore Sun’s “Unleashed” blog today). It’s Tito, a local Chihuahua, dressed as the ubiquitous pink and yellow Big Boyz Bail Bonds pen.
If you’re not from Baltimore, you might not be familiar with the company, or the fact that its pens — in a true stroke of marketing genius — are everywhere.
Big Boyz Bail Bonds orders more than 500,000 pens a year and provides them for free to bars, restaurants and shops all over town, and all over Maryland.
It’s as easy as buying a pumpkin, going on line, downloading a stencil of your dog’s breed, transferring the stencil onto the pumpkin, hollowing out the pumpkin, and then spending an hour or so, I’d guess, delicately carving out your dog’s likeness.
It looks like something that crafty Martha Stewart would come up with and, for all I know, maybe she has. But the stencil used to carve this dog came from Good Housekeeping, which offers about a dozen breed stencils for free downloading
You can also vote for your favorite one, or learn how to create your own stencil.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 28th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: activities, breeds, carving, crafts, decorating, decorations, dog, dog-o-lantern, dogs, golden retriever, good housekeeping, halloween, likeness, pumpkin, pumpkins, stencils
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) puts no stock in silly superstitions — not even in the Halloween season.
BARCS is offering $13 adoptions for 13 days as part of a special “Howl-O-Ween” promotion.
Apparently, they decided against the black cat specials (shelters generally frowning on promoting gimmicky impulse adoptions).
But gimmicky alone is OK. So, from Oct. 19 through Oct. 31 the shelter will be doing $13 dog adoptions. Regular adoption procedures will apply. All dogs will be spayed or neutered, de-wormed; and be given rabies, DHLPP and bordatella vaccines. BARCS also provides a flea preventative, a general examination, a food sample, and even a month of free health insurance.
“We’re celebrating Howl-O-Ween, but not with tricks, just treats,” says Jennifer Mead-Brause, executive director at BARCS. “We’ll treat you to a new best friend.”
BARCS is the largest shelter in the Baltimore area, taking in over 12,000 animals each year. BARCS has taken in 3,749 dogs from January 1 through September 30, 2009.
To adopt an animal from BARCS, stop by the shelter on Stockholm Street, (behind M&T Bank Stadium), call 410-396-4695 or visit baltimoreanimalshelter.org. BARCS is open for adoptions Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
(Photo: Majesty, a two-year-old male, is one of the adoptable dogs now at BARCS)
Posted by John Woestendiek October 22nd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: $13, adopt, adoptable, adoption, baltimore, baltimore animal rescue & care, barcs, discounted, dog, dogs, halloween, howl-o-ween, jennifer mead-brause, neutered, pets, promotion, shelter, spayed