Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Heave-ho me hearties!

I know. You thought it was Captain Pugwash, didn't you? But I'm pretty sure it's Captain Pugdog.

Now, this is a terrible example of what can happen when the urge to celebrate Hallowe'en gets out of hand. Not content with dressing themselves as Freddy Kruger or Hannibal Lecter (did Thomas Harris christen his homophagic anti-hero thus, simply so that he could rhyme it with cannibal?), dog owners in the US have now taken to inflicting all manner of vile costumes upon their poor canines.

Thanks to no.1 daughter for providing me with a link to more of the same.


Anonymous said...

Oh aint he just darlin y'all.

chris hale said...

It's that lolling tongue that bothers me. Has the poor thing undergone trepanning, I wonder?

Katie said...

hmmm I think my dog would look good as Yoda.

chris hale said...

I shall await the photograph with great anticipation!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Good grief. Chris, go to Google and type in Bee Dogs. Go on. I dare you. I've never seen anything quite so silly in my life. Those poor dogs.

chris hale said...


I'm disturbed. Why in the name of all that's holy would there be a "specialist" website for pictures of dogs dressed as bees? Or perhaps they are a new species - apis mellifera. If so I'd hate to see their hives, but on the plus side they'd probably produce substantial amounts of honey and (gulp) dogswax.

Janet said...

Oh dear. Sadly, it DOES happen, though. I'm afraid I've seen dogs dressed up as even worse.

I had a Westie for almost 17 years. He was quite a character and no doubt would have absolutely refused any attempts to dress him up. One of my nieces once tried to put a bow in his hair, and he just kept shaking his head to block her attempts. I didn't know which one of them would give up first. My niece finally lost interest. I figured he'd the more stubborn of the two...although my brother had bet that she would be the victor.

One Halloween, while I was living in NYC, I thought about getting some black semi-sticky material and cutting circles to put on my Westie's body. "Mac" would have then become a dalmation. I never did it, though. The humiliation might have been too much for my resolute little Scottish fellow.


chris hale said...

Sounds like Mac had a lucky escape.

Westies are fantastic little dogs. Our Snowy (sadly departed) was a real character and would never have put up with ribbons, bows, or anything of the sort!

Janet said...

Ahhhhh...another Westie person! They are indeed fantastic little dogs.

My favorite comment about the breed comes from their description every year during the Westminster Kennel Club show in NYC - "When you are in a room with a Westie, you will be reminded of your good fortune at regular intervals." I couldn't have put it any better myself!

Do you have any connections to UK breeders? We'll be adding a Westie to our household in the coming year or so, and I don't have a clue where to start - other than contacting the Kennel Club and/or Westie Rescue groups. If you do have any ideas, I'd be most appreciative.


chris hale said...


Unfortunately I don't have any doggie contacts, but the Westie Rescue Scheme has been around for 30 years and looks like the best starting place. You can find them at:

They are a registered charity, membership costs £10 a year, and you can fill in and submit a form if you wish to re-home a Westie through them. Hope this helps a little.