Momma Told Me: Nora the Ewok, Darth Truffles, and Halloween Pet Tricks + Treats

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nora the Ewok, Darth Truffles, and Halloween Pet Tricks + Treats

Nora the Morkie as an Ewok for Halloween #TrickOrTreatEm #Shop
Momma Told Me: Pets are like children.

If you share our mentality, then your four-legged friends are just as much family as Aunt Jeanie (you know, the one who's aqua eyeshadow hasn't changed since the 50s, and her lipstick marks require a Brillo pad.) We love Jeanie despite the messes she leaves behind, or the over-enthusiastic greetings she may give us at the door. Momma always said having a pet was like having a child that never grew up, and in the sense of care-giving she is right. Now, you wouldn't let your child wander the streets alone on Halloween, eat candy from strangers without inspection, or wear a costume they felt humiliated in, would you? So Truffles and Nora have urged me to put together this simple reminder of how to best enjoy the upcoming festivities with your fur-children.
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While we may see the adorable costumes lining pet-store shelves, as early as September, many of us pet parents get carried away with the thought of adorable, rather than the practicality. I'll admit, I once fancied Truffles daydreams mirrored the top photo, but her enthusiasm for playing a dark Sith Lord really was much closer to the below shot. Not to worry, your pets can still dress up and get in on the fun, it's simply a matter of knowing your fur friend. Even the most seasoned of 'costume' or clothing wearers should always go through an introductory period where they wear the new costume/clothes for a few hours a day in a supervised area, before being paraded around a crowd or strangers.
If your pet seems needlessly stressed in costume, to the point they refuse to move while wearing the costume (after 2-3 trials), shake/tremble, or try to eat their costume off, forgo your traditional costumes for something festive yet less foreign. Most pups can choose from a variety of decorative, and even dress up, harnesses that celebrate the fun of the holiday without putting them through any needless stress. As a general rule of thumb, never cover your pets head in a hood or 'mask' unless for a brief photo. Being dressed up is stressful enough without fighting to see what's in front of you.
Of course if it's food that motivated your little critter then be sure to have lots of pet-safe treats on hand whenever human food (especially candy) will be present. Do not store pet treats or gift bags with human candy/treats, as a pet may become wise and try to 'steal' the wrong treat! Handing out dog treats in the form of Milk Bone biscuits, or the below Carob dipped biscuits will truly be a special treat for pets trick-or treating, and can even be made in advance and used throughout the month as  training mechanism. Brushing up on training, and ensuring you have a secure perimeter is a must for households with dogs when strangers are coming to the door. Learn more about the carob dipped biscuits on Aimee Broussard's adorable Halloween post (and check out her crawfish pups!)
Aimee Broussard shares her Carob Dipped Milk Bone biscuits for Halloween #TrickOrTreatEm #shop http://aimeebroussard.com/halloween-treats-dogs/
If you don't feel so fancy in the kitchen, but do want to have treats to pass out to pups, or simply celebrate the festivities in your own home, A Daily Dose of Paige shares her simple secret to tissue paper wrapped Canine Carry Outs treats! You can really use any leftover tissue paper to twist up your dog treat of choice, then keep them in a bowl on the counter to Trick or Treat your pet all month long. Just remember, never give human treats to your pup, and always be mindful of where you store the human candy too!
A Daily Dose of Paige shares how to Trick Or Treat Em with tissue wrapped dog treats! #shop http://www.adoseofpaige.com/tag/halloween-pet-treats/
As always, safety is the most important aspect of any holiday involving your pet. Please remember to put proper reflective clothing, or markers, on your dog Halloween night, keep anxious dogs away from open doors, and work on costume comfort before the big day. If you're looking for an excuse to have a little fun with your dogs this Halloween visit the #TrickOrTreatEm website where you can find out your dog's personality, upload a photo in a digital picture frame, and print out a coupon for some yummy treats.

Have you ever dressed a pet up, as what? If not, what would you like to see your pet dressed as?

What Daughter Says: Pets are family, keep them safe and happy this holiday.






Check out these adorable pet costumes and #TrickOrTreatEm ideas!

17 comments:

  1. Those are some seriously cute pics of your fur-babies. Love that. I have never tried to make my own dog treats before. What a great idea!

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  2. OMG! They are so adorable! How the heck did you manage to get your cat to wear that AND keep it one for pictures?! You must have the best cat in the world.

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  3. Nora and Truffles... Boy, are they adorable! The cuteness is almost overwhelming.

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  4. Your dog and cat are too cute in those costumes. I am loving this whole post and the treats--too cute!!

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  5. Oh my goodness - Darth Truffles is the best! I love it. I can't wait to show my son.

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  6. We dressed Mr. Cooper up last year. He was an adorable Eyore.

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  7. Aweeee I LOVE your furkids!! I have three dogs and five cats! Way too many but love them all. Only a few would tolerate being dressed up but yours are TOO cute!!! Can't wait to show this to my daughter. We will have to make some of these treats for the pets and maybe they will be kinder when the trick or treaters come to our door lol Thank you for this adorable post!

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  8. I adore that photo of Nora asleep in her ewok hat. I just ordered a couple of little hats for Sherpa. he is the only one here who will tolerate anything. A little beret to go with his tie dye t shirt and a cowboy hat.

    It should be interesting.

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  9. Absolutely adorable! I am afraid my cats would not be so tolerant. Well, maybe Rusty would. He's pretty laid back.

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  10. Love these adorable pictures. My dog old and doesn't want to dress up. Can I just dress up kids dolls instead. I have a load of pet costumes. He would probably love the cookies though... :)

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  11. Nora the Ewok is the absolute best! I have never dressed up a pet in a costume but I think they look the cutest, especially in the pet parades.

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  12. These are all adorable! Wish I had a pet to dress up this year.

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  13. I don't think our dog would keep on a costume, but your pets look amazing! Fun inspiration to make treats at home.

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  14. One of our two loves costumes and dress up...the other one not so much. Those pet treats look so darned cute!

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  15. My dog wears clothes everyday. I love dressing him!

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  16. I love those costumes! So cute! I have always wanted to dress up my boarder collie for Halloween. But she won't wear costumes. The only thing I have ever got her to wear is a fleece coat.

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  17. I simply cannot believe you got the animals to cooperate like this. I especially like Nora costume (dog lover here). I also enjoyed the treats presented by the other bloggers and look forward to making the hop among the other bloggers.

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