Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Howloween!

Whew! What a day!

Mom and I both love to play dress up... it goes without saying that we look forward to Halloween every year. Every year, mom starts thinking of Halloween costumes before summer is even over, but doesn't get an idea for what to do until the last minute. Wednesday night, while she was talking to her mom (my old mom... now my granny, I guess? so confusing!) it was decided that she wanted to show me off in the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade. As you may have guessed, it's a big parade of costumed dogs and their owners that happens in our city every year. Mom doesn't believe in store bought costumes (snob!), so she rushed to the fabric store as soon as she hung up the phone, and got all the things to make our costumes. She got out the sewing machine, looked up patterns online, and schemed at work all the next day. As soon as she got home Thursday, it was business. Cutting patterns out of junk mail, and sewing what she could before bed. She didn't get another chance to work on our costumes until yesterday, and oh boy did she. All day, it was cutting more patterns out of junk mail, snipping and clipping of fabric and faux fur, stitching away (and ripping a lot of seams before stitching again). I did my best to help whenever she laid fabric on the floor (everyone knows how much easier fabric is to cut when a Scottie stands on it! Common knowledge, that is). The sun went down, the night drew on, and for a while we weren't sure if we'd be ready in time, but luck was on our side!

She's definitely not the most convincing wolf to my Little Red Riding Hood, but I guess that's what happens when you improvise. I was too interested in everything going on to pause for a good pic, so apologies that you just get a side view, but there was just so much neat stuff to see!

To be honest, I was getting pretty nervous at the idea of being around so many strange people and dogs, but I powered through it and did great. I let strangers pet me, let other dogs sniff me, and even sniffed them back! 

The downside to being in the parade is that you don't actually get to watch it, so we didn't get very many pictures. We did snag a few though, and these were out favorites..

Yeah, X-Files! That's our show! Left to right, the Alien, Fox Mulder, Walter Skinner, and Dana Scully. 

A closer picture of Mulder

The Space Shuttle Endeavour! How cool is that?!

It was great to be around so much creativity, and we had a great time. Maybe next year we can decide on a costume when we have more than 2 days to make it (won't hold my breath).

Mom wanted me to put my costume back on for a pic, but I am tuckered out. I told her she could put it on me as long as I didn't have to move. 

Taken last night during a fitting. I had it worked out that if she wanted me to try it on, she had to rub my belly before I would get up. heh heh heh

All right peeps. it's time to nap. Hope you all have a happy Halloween!


  1. I think you made the perfect little red riding hood. SO cute Carrleigh!! Your grandmom will be so proud. Your mom looked pretty awesome too.

    Jazzi and Addi

  2. We think you had wonderful costumes...there's NO WAY SHE could make anything that didn't involve tape and paper.

    Looks like it was a great time....

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  3. Wow, we can see that costume making (and wearing) runs in the family. Super creative and great fun. Gail couldn't have made costumes like that if she spent a year on them.
    Toodle pip!

  4. Very creative and good fun. Have a lovely Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. We'd give you thumbs up (if we had thumbs, that is). Guess we'll have to get Mom and Dad to do it for us. You guys look great.

    Lilly, Piper, Ivy and The Sweet Buglets

  6. I think you and your Moms look great!! Good for you for demandin' belly rubs before posing for pics!


  7. Hello Grandma Carrleigh. I am Ranger (one of your grandsons). You are very pretty. I guess that's where I get my good looks from. This is my 1st Halloween and I am having fun dressing up too. I love your costume.

    1. Hey Carr,

      Ranger is Scarlet's son!! He's the only grandchild that we know.


  8. You posted a picture of me and my friends dressed up as X-Files! Thank-you! We heart your dog's costume, too! Purple is definitely her color.

    Mia (aka Assistant Director Skinner)

  9. You posted a picture of me and my friends dressed up as X-Files! Thank-you! We heart your dog's costume, too! Purple is definitely her color.

    Mia (aka Assistant Director Skinner)