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I know it is still early, but I am so excited. Is anyone dressing up their beagle or other dogs up for Halloween? I am dressing Lucky up as a skunk. There is a reason for this and not because he stinks. When he gets scared and freaks out, he has a streak of hair that runs along his back that stands up. I call him skunk when he does this. He will be so cute. I will definitely post pictures once the costume comes in the mail! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Here is a picture of the costume:
Skunk Costume
 

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When Hunter was a puppy, I put a clown costume on her for Halloween. I had a princess one as well. It took me 20 min to get it on her and 20 seconds for her to get it off. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif I have not tried since. Casey will not stay still long enough for me to try.
 

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Call me a spoil sport, but I think putting pets in costumes is just wrong. The most my two will see is a bandana.

Beagles unite... Just say NO to costumes! :raspberry:
 

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I've put shirts and doggles on Abby, that's it /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif not because I haven't THOUGHT about dressing her up for halloween, I have like wings so she could be a flying beagle /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
 

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Well, Lucky has lots of clothes. He doesn't try to take them off. I think he looks cute! I always dress him up for Halloween. He is my furkid afterall! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
 

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I actually bought 2 costumes about a month ago for the dogs. The dollar store this year was selling dog costumes. They are cheap but still cute.
 

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I must respectfully disagree with your interpretation of what Lucky is communicating when his hackles come up!

The only time I've seen the hackles up on the Bagel is when he is being very Bravehearted. You misinterpret the raising of the erectile hairs along the Lucky's back, that is showing the world he is concerned and ready to defend his pack, I suspect in Lucky's mind that means with his life if necessary. Lucky is reacting bravely, with concern and alarm but not trepidation. If he cowered and put his tail between his legs he would be scared and freaked out, when the hackles come up he is being vary brave!
 

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Bob, I have to disagree. Lucky has the skunk hair thing and he runs to the corner with his tail between his legs and hides. He is a very skiddish beagle! He is not very brave.
 

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I've often wondered exactly what it means when the hackles come up on the back - sometimes I think it is to make the dog seem bigger since when Moosie does it he then sort of prances around like he thinks he is actually bigger and can therefore take on whatever it is that caused it... but when Popcorn does it, it seems much more that she is scared (as that is her personality anyway). Does anyone know for sure whether it is bravado or fear - or both?
 

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Quote:Originally posted by LuckyBeagle:
Bob, I have to disagree. Lucky has the skunk hair thing and he runs to the corner with his tail between his legs and hides. He is a very skiddish beagle! He is not very brave.
Well, I admit that the tail between the legs and going to a corner is not being very brave. The few times I've seen the Bagel's hackles come up, he has stood fast, emitted a deep guttural growl, and prepared to defend in battle. He has done this a few times to real threats (cornered rattlesnakes, mean dogs) but fortunately has stood his ground waiting for the other critter to make the first move. I suspect that he would hold his ground if I didn't respond like pulling him back (good harness) with snakes and mean dogs, The only two times I haven't intervened were when the Bagel misinterpreted the apparent danger. I call those two instances the "Attack of Killer Cooler Pads" and the "Invasion of the Giant Spider". Both times after growling he slowly but steadfastly approached the perceived danger, hackles raised and defiant guttural growl. The Cooler Pads were just seltzer pads removed from my garage swamp and the giant spider was a motorcycle stand and I don’t think the brave hearted Bagel was amused at my laughter. Lucky is still a pup, but raising hackles to me means “Take Me Serious!”
 

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Dogs do this in different ways depending on their character and the situation they are in.

Raised hackles are really a sign of arousal and arousal takes many different forms. This doesn't necessarily mean aggression nor does it mean they are afraid, just that they are on high alert and aroused by the current situation they find themselves in.

PS: And getting back to the original topic...no I don't dress my girls up for Halloween :hi:
 

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Quote:Originally posted by LuckyBeagle:
he has a streak of hair that runs along his back that stands up. I call him skunk when he does this. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

I saw it on Charlie before, that is kind of freaky though. Only when he is not happy, like a cat but he does not hissss!

Cute costume!

Costume/dp/B000HDUH5I/ref=pd_bxgy_k_text_b/104-9280107-5212738]Skunk Costume[/URL]
 

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Li'l Girl would be sure that I was trying to do her great bodily harm if I tried to put a costume on her. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif
 

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My boyfriend and I recently visited a pet supply store where there were a few costume pieces - bat wings, yarmulkes, and devil horns - for sale. Our friend (who was shopping for aquarium supplies; he and my boyfriend are into freshwater fishkeeping) and I laughed and laughed at the horns because they seemed appropriate, and he wound up buying them for my boyfriend and me to put on the dog. I don't think Spock liked them, as the one time his daddy tried to put them on him, he wound up treating them like another toy. But all I need is one good picture come Halloween-time and I'll be happy. :biglaugh:
 

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I was going to start a thread about this the other day at the same time I started the thread about a puppy birthday cake... I thought people would think I totally lost it if I told everyone I bought Zeus a bumble bee costume but it was too little and I had to return it.

I will find something for him!
 

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Toby will probably kill me but I got him angel wings with a halo!! Not very masculine, but adorable just the same. How long he keeps it on will probably be measured in nono-seconds!! Julie
 
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