As a small dog owner there are certain things that you just have to do. No matter how silly you feel for being one of “those people”, or how much your dog may hate you for it you feel compelled to do these things because the sheer adorableness is too great not to. Posed picture sittings are one of these milestones, one that we passed many months back. Getting an adorable Halloween costume is one that we experienced for the first time last night.
I was a little nervous about the availability of said Halloween costumes given that this was last minute and that Buddy is so tiny that it’s often extremely difficult to find things in his size. Luckily, I found an extra, extra small that was just about perfect for him. His costume? A sock monkey. It was a little knit sweater with a sock money design on the back and hood with monkey ears. To say that he was adorable would be a severe understatement. He was painfully cute. Way cuter than any of the trick-or-treaters that came to our door. (BTW, slightly off topic, but my favorite costume of the night? One kid was dressed as a box. A plain cardboard box. And the best part? He couldn’t move his arms so his friend had to get the candy and put it in his bag. I could barely restrain my laughter till I closed the door.) He was so delightfully precious that even though he hated every single minute of wearing that costume we didn’t care- it was too cute to take off.
Now, with the hood down, he actually seemed to tolerate it. It was warm and he was getting a lot of attention with it on. But with the hood up it was bordering on animal cruelty. He couldn’t see and when he wrestled out of my grip and ran away he ran head-on into the couch, then backed up into the chair, then shook his head so violently that he fell over. We learned that the only time the hood could be safely up was when we were holding him. So we took a whole bunch of pictures and then put the hood back. Because even without the little monkey ears it was still an adorable little hoodie. And even though I’m pretty sure he disliked every single minute of it it was totally worth it. We’ve even discussed seeing if we can find a tiny little elf costume for him for Christmas! Poor Buddy.