Halloween Goes to the Dogs
65% of Dog Owners Plan to Celebrate "Howloween" with Activities and Costumes
San Francico, CA - October 19, 2007
Whether competing in costume contests, going door-to-door or greeting candy-seekers at home, dogs will be having plenty of fun on Halloween night.
Why It's Doggone Fun
Last year, over 550 dogs marched in the parade. "The dogs have thousands of people watching them, kids giving them treats and pats as they go by," Rudd says. "They are so stimulated."
Top Costumes for Dogs
Casey Whitcher, owner of the high-volume web retailer GlamourDog, says newly available costumes are always the most popular, and October brings in huge sales, second only to the December holiday rush. Skunks and hot dogs were 2006 best-sellers, while sharks and elephants are leading the pack in 2007. Perennial favorites include ladybugs and bumblebees.
For dogs entering contests, Rudd suggests tried-and-true ways to beat the competition. "You've got to do something to stand out. It could be a motorized float or a grouping of dogs. In last year's parade, we had five pugs in jail suits, riding in a wagon called the Pugitentiary." Other winners included a choo-choo train, gnome, grim reaper, aviator, geisha and lobster.
Survey respondents overwhelmingly chose Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean as the coolest costume this year.
Do Dogs Get Spooked?
43% of survey respondents admitted their costumed pooches resent having to wear holiday garb, though many end up in it nonetheless. The majority of dogs, though, can't wait to embrace the eerie events, according to their human companions anyway.Survey Highlights
Top-Selling Dog Costumes of 2006
*Source: American Pet Product Manufacturers AssociationPress Contact
Angela Moore, Managing Editor
About Dogster, Inc. - www.dogster.com
Dogster, Inc., maker of the Dogster.com and Catster.com online communities, is based in San Francisco, California. Online since January 2004, its sites offer entertainment, information, sociality and services to more than a million monthly visitors from over 150 countries. It is the fastest-growing pet community in existence.
About the Haute Dog Parade - www.hautedogs.org
The seventh annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade & Pet Adoption Fair will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. in Long Beach, California. The parade is the world's largest Halloween event for pets. 500+ dogs in all shapes and sizes are expected to help raise funds for the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT), which benefits animal welfare projects.
About GlamourDog - www.glamourdog.com
GlamourDog launched its flagship retail boutique in upscale Frisco, Texas in October of 2004 to complement its online presence. The store and website offer luxury dog collars, carriers, clothing, furniture and more for pampered pooches.