Moss, is a free-lance writer from Tennessee. She writes
funny stuff about her daily life or anything else that she finds amusing.
seen weekly in the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal and
Oakridge Now. She has written for Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks
at Guidepost Books have published a number of her
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books. Her articles have appeared in
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you think youíve seen it all, you find out you ainít seen nuthiní
The other night we went to a Halloween party. Now Iíve been to Halloween
parties before and have seen some pretty weird sights, but this one was strange
in a different way. It was a Halloween party for dogs.
Yes, you read it right Ė dogs!
We have a new pet store in town over in the new shopping plaza. Itís a
cool place as they have gourmet dog food that helps our older dog with her
digestive problems, and cat litter that attracts cats who have an aversion to
the litter box Ė all kinds of good stuff.
But thatís another story.
Iíve seen the pet clothes and pet costumes there and wondered who in the word,
except maybe Paris Hilton, would put a dress or a costume on a dog. Well,
at the party the other night, I found out. There are a bunch of people
It seems that parties for dogs have been around a long time. Iíve just
never been to one before. I really need to get out more.
There were all kinds of dogs and all kinds of costumes. There were
princess dogs, bumble bee dogs, dog witches, and devil dogs. There were
pirate dogs, clown dogs and even, my favorite, a hot dog.
The dogs waited in line to get pictures taken (of course). Then they
received their trick or treat bags, a much bigger hit with the dogs than the
costumes. After the picture taking, there was a judging contest for the
best dog costume. I felt really bad because our dog did not have a
Wait! Am I nuts? I feel embarrassed because the dog does NOT have a
At least she had Halloween bows in her hair, complements of the dog groomer.
Actually the dog is more pampered that I am. Where are our priorities
Pets are big business. People spend a fortune on pet products, an
estimated 43 billion this year. I saw row after shinny row of food, all
flavors for pets of all varieties. And thatís not to mention every pet
accessory and toy the creative mind can imagine from beds, to leashes, to
shampoo, to purse carriers.
Did I mention that there was a snake at the party? And Iím not speaking
metaphorically here. It was a real snake, a real big snake, and the stupid
thing even had a costume on. As if dog parties are not bad enough. I
suppose he came because he didnít get invited to a Halloween snake dance.
Anyhow, I guess the dog had a good time. The treats were her favorite
part, of course. When we got home, she ate them all up and then proceeded
to try to pull the bows out of her hair and eat them too. Iím afraid she
just isnít going to make it as a party person dog.
Thereís another dog party for Christmas. Donít know if Santa Dog will
be there or not and Iím not really sure if I want to know. The dog is
probably making out her wish list already. With all the dog toys she saw,
it will probably be difficult for her to decide what she wants in her Christmas
New hair bows and a gift card might do it.
Copyright 2008 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219