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Chucky as a Devil Dog.(HEATHER JOHNSON PHOTO)
Chucky as a Devil Dog.(HEATHER JOHNSON PHOTO)
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DEAR PET TALK: I want to dress up my pet for Halloween. Is that ok? — Crazy About Pets

DEAR CRAZY ABOUT PETS: Last year, we answered a similar question, and found that Americans in recent years spend nearly a half-billion dollars on pet costumes annually. This is big, big business and the 10 most popular costumes for pets in ascending order are: Batman, Devil/Pirate, Witch, Lion, Bat, Ghost, Bumblebee, Superhero, and Hot Dog. In the top spot you’ll find Pumpkin! We asked our Facebook “Be PAWSitive” community about pets and costumes and received many adorable pictures and comments.

Last year, Jenn Monte Bragdon of Fitchburg dressed up her beagle Arya as a dragon. This year, Arya has a new costume. “She’s always been a little troublemaker, so I try to get her a costume that fits her sassy attitude,” she explained. Because Arya has been true to her breed this autumn (“there’s a falling leaf — I must bark” is undoubtedly a persistent thought), Jenn and family will dress her as “the neighborhood watch dog. Not a leaf blows by without us knowing.”

Heather Johnson of Acton has Chucky, a chihuahua-mix* who has “more clothes than I do.

“My little guy is a walking cartoon character. His little face is just begging to be dressed up. And he legitimately enjoys wearing clothes (he even “helps” when I dress him) so I am always on the hunt for the next ridiculous outfit or costume for him. If Jim Henson could have ever dreamed a dog into reality, it would be my little gremlin.”

Heather’s mother, Mary Barclay of Royalston notes of her “grand-dog,” that “Heather’s little gremlin dresses mostly in outfits that speak more to his gigunda personality than his diminutive stature: Devil, Lion …”  So readers, there may be some four-legged trick-or-treaters out and about on Monday — consider adding some dog biscuits to the treat bowl.

Fifty percent Chi, approximately 10% American Bulldog, Mini-Pin, Australian Shepherd, Mini Schnauzer, Rat Terrier.

Sally Cragin is the director of Be PAWSitive: Therapy Pets and Community Education. Visit us on Facebook and text questions to: 978-320-1335, or email sallycragin@gmail.com.