At least there are no fireworks.
If you live in Cincinnati, Ohio, there is an actual Bark or Treat event being held with Mad Tree Brewing in Oakley. Costume contests, cold brews and pumpkin spice dog lattes. Sounds good to me.
Back here in Northeastern PA, there are many seasonal events that are dog friendly, but if you prefer to dress up as a cat and visit with some cats in celebration of National Cat Day and Halloween, you can attend a celebration at Purrfect Mugs Cat Cafe in Plains on Saturday, the 29th.
The SPCA of Luzerne County is sponsoring this event:
As far back as I can remember, we have not exactly costumed our pets.
Oh sure, we have had the occasional fun with a grouchy cat and a feather boa, but no real store-bought-on-purpose Halloween-wear.
This is probably because, for many years we had to take three boys trick-or-treating, and were happy that the dogs weren't pestering us to buy or make them into cowboys, spacemen, Star Wars characters, pirates or mummies.
That doesn't mean I haven't thought about it lately.
I have watched a few YouTube videos of Pomeranians running at the camera in some of the funniest gear. There is a particularly cute pup named Mocha, who puts out a lot of videos. This is Mocha's Halloween 2022 video.
Pass the Treats Please
Talley is really, at this point, the BEST dog model we own. Around here it's TRICK for a TREAT, and she has caught on with great gusto. I don't know if it's because she is deaf, but she hones in on exactly what she needs to do to get that treat. In fact, I was worried about her taking the Canine Good Citizen test (which she recently passed) because you can't use treats during the test, and I thought our whole system would collapse.
Lilah is our second best dog model, but she gives you "you have got to be kidding me" expressions most of the time. This Lilah photo was taken in 2015, and you can see her face tells you EXACTLY what she is thinking about the whole deal.
Billie comes in third place, and our other dogs refuse--really--to have anything to do with cameras.
So Talley was my choice for Halloween greetings. Her 2022 Halloween photo is below.
Our woods are pretty spooky in early evening, and evening comes quicker at this time of year. It took THREE TREATS for this look. I used a 105mm f2.8 lens and OCF (off camera flash) a bit off center and over my head. The pumpkins are stock that has been composited into the photo, the crow is brushed on. The collar is from Beamer's Bark in Style.
However you celebrate Halloween, give your pups an extra TREAT, but be sure to ask them for a TRICK!
Click Into the Circle
After a two week hiatus, I am happy to be back blogging with this fantastic circle of pet photographers. It's a really small circle this week, however. To read more on this week's topic "Boo," start here with whitewater dog photographer, Jan Bezzo, as she shares ways to keep your dog safe on Halloween.
Then find the link at the end of each blog to click on to the next photographer. Keep going until you find yourself right back here.
Have a great, and spooky, weekend!