Halloween – Minimalist Costumes for Dogs

    Published: 06-16-2009
    Views: 14,153
    Pet boutique owner Lucy McCausland discusses how to make minimalist Halloween costumes for dogs.

    Lucy McCausland

    Lucy 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.

    Hi, I am Lucy McCausland from AKA Spot. We are a dog store in Arlington, Virginia. We are here today to talk about how to dress your dog for Halloween. Right now, I am going to tell you about the minimalist approach to the costume contest or parade that you might want to enter this year.

    As we know, every dog does not enjoy getting dressed up in the costume, but you still may want to go out and have some fun and be a part of the festivity. So, there are a couple of different ways to do that. I am here today with Lisa and Gracie, Jessica and Stuart big, and this is Beckett. Gracie is wearing a little Halloween bandana, all sizes, all colors; a lot of them are reversible. Stuart is wearing an attractive Halloween collar. They also come in many colors and sizes, and they are just really easy, and most dogs tolerate them pretty well. They are usually are stretchy band that just goes right over the dogs head like that, and then you can go on the parade with all your friends.

    So, the main thing to remember is that whatever you use for the minimalist approach, it shouldnt choke or bind. The dog has to be able to perform all the bodily functions in the minimalist costume that it normally does. You should try the minimalist costume on and then go ahead and put your regular collar or harness and lead on and take a short dry run around the block and make sure that, that outfit is something that you are going to be able to live with.

    So, anyway, thats how you approach Halloween with the minimalist costumes and have fun.