Lucy McCauslandLucy McCausland remembers her first pet, Muffy, a small dog her family loved when she and her sisters were children. Years later her love of animals led her to take up horseback riding, and raising dogs and cats of her own. As Lucy developed her career, managing large retail stores, serving as CFO for a large retail chain, and as VP of Finance for a major catalogue retailer, she also developed a strong desire to combine her business talents with her love of animals. And in 2003, she opened a.k.a. spot, in the Clarendon section of Arlington, the hottest neighborhood in the DC metropolitan area.
Pet boutique, doggy grocery, and doggy self-wash, a.k.a. spot has outgrown its original location, and now has a new home just a few blocks away in a larger, more comfortable space. The Bark magazine has called a.k.a. spot "The Ralph Lauren of pet boutiques," and the shop is widely known as one of the very finest retailers of unique, premium pet supplies in the United States. In addition to its retail offerings, a.k.a. spot also serves the community, hosting regular adoption days, sponsoring local animal welfare organizations, scheduling annual portrait sessions for customers with acclaimed photographer Amanda Jones, and coordinating the annual Howl-o-ween doggy parade and costume contest through Clarendon.
Hosting this annual event has provided Lucy with a great education on costume planning and preparation, with a strong emphasis on safety, creativity, and finding the right costume for each and every pet. Each year the event grows bigger and better, and, while it's hard work pulling it all together, it's also very rewarding to see people and pets bonding and interacting, making new friends and coming up with dazzling new costumes.
Lucy McCausland: Hi, I am Lucy McCausland from a.k.a Spot, we are a dog store in Arlington, Virginia and we are here today to talk about how to dress your dog for Halloween. This segment is to make your own category and typically some people dont want to wear a store bought costume because there is a lot more creative stuff out there as you can see. If you make your own, as these guys have, you are sure in for a prize.
So, I am here today with Sandra and Sabrina, this is Chance, and this is Juranamo(ph) and Jessica, and what we have got going on here is Sabrina is in the cutest little witch outfit you ever see, she just is adorable in this and Juranamo is in the cowboy outfit and this was made from a moccasin kit, and then here we have Chance and this is the little sailor, and these guys are part of the village people outfit that you might see in another segment. Anyway, the main thing to do when you make your own is sort of follow the same procedures as in the store bought costumes. They have to be able to move freely. There cant be any part of the costume that constricts or binds the dog.
You also need to make sure that you are able to have the same control over the dog as you would on a normal walk. So, go ahead and put the costumes on and then do your harnesses, your collars, or leads and go for a dry run around the block and see if the costume is going to work for the length of the parade.
You also want to make sure that the dog can do all the same bodily functions it needs to without the costumes such as drink, pee, et cetera, and you can see these guys look pretty happy in these outfits. So, whatever you do, use your creativity and go out and enjoy the parade and thats how you make your own.