Did you see what the Wicked Witch did?! She turned me into a lunch bag!
The previous year, I had dressed my boy dog as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. When people questioned his potential gender confusion, I told them that what he had really wanted to dress as was Dr. Frankenfurter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and that Dorothy was a compromise. Still, the thought of how to dress a dog as Dr. Frankenfurter haunted me….
The next year, I decided that really was going to be Geordie’s Halloween costume. So, back to the sewing machine and the box of Bribe Biscuits.
You can’t see in this view, but he even has little fishnet stockings on.
While all of the humans had fun with the costume, this was when Geordie figured out that if he played dead, I couldn’t pose him for pictures. I had to lift his head manually to get him to face the camera in this one.
If you read Cubby and Buttercup in October, then you probably know that my childhood Halloweens were less than ideal. I wasn’t allowed to dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating at night like other children, and for the school Halloween parade, I had to trade the same plastic-aproned, box costume back and forth with my brother for years. (Eww! Brother cooties!)
When I grew up, I didn’t have children through whom I could live vicariously, so while I didn’t make a conscious decision to do so, I have tried to make my puppy’s Halloweens as much fun as I can.
The first year, Bitey was too young and too, well, bitey, to take out, but with the next Halloween, I started doing something fun with my boy.
Geordie is a Cairn Terrier (sometimes known as a Toto dog since the pup in the movie The Wizard of Oz was a Cairn), and I thought it might be fun to dress him in one of the roles from the movie. After a some time at my machine, and a few fitting sessions with my pup, we came up with a little Doggie Dorothy costume for him.
Ever since I got Geordie, everyone has asked me, “What is her name?” of “What kind of dog is she?”. For some reason, he always looked like a girl to them. I figured that dressing him as a girl would fit people’s expectations.
That Halloween, I dressed as the Wicked Witch, and Geordie dressed as Dorothy, and we walked around the neighborhood with my friend who was taking her little boy trick-or-treating. We carried biscuits, and whenever we reached a house with a dog, we would give them a little treat.
To my surprise, though, everyone asked me, “Doesn’t he mind that you dressed him up as a girl?” Really?! Now is the time you are going to get his gender right?
To all of those who asked, I just told them that this was a compromise because what he really wanted to dress as was Dr. Franketfurter!