2014 Costume Contest Winners – Pet Category

2014 PET CATEGORY

These pet owners really paid attention to detail while making some of the most creative entries of the contest. Most of these costumes had the judges simply cracking up!

FIRST PLACE: Yolanda Kerns – Arvada, CO

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

This is my sweet, patient, tolerant Samoyed, Nanuk. I always thought it would be funny to dress him as something that is supposed to be scary because this friendly, fluffy dog is about as scary as a baby bunny. I had recently bought him a doggy backpack for hiking (it’s in 2 pieces and the backpack part Velcros on and off of the shell) and was trying to think of a way I could incorporate the shell (by attaching something to it) and came up with “The Monster Under the Bed.” I searched the internet for other versions of this costume and the only thing I found was one where they just set a little bed on the top part of a baby stroller and then had the dog sitting in the stroller in a monster costume. It wasn’t a great execution of the idea, but it got the wheels turning for me.

 

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

I bought a plain white 21” doll bed and cut it down to about 11 inches. After I decided on the colors for the bedding, I painted and decorated the bed to match. I wanted a doll that looked like a toddler/little kid and not a baby. I found this 10” cheerleader doll and thought she was perfect. She actually says 5 cheers and the dogs HATE her! I drilled holes in her hands and chin and used dental floss to pull her hands up to her chin so she looks scared/alarmed. She was wearing a purple outfit so I decided to stay with purple for the bedding. I just bought a few fat quarters, some ribbon and trim and made a mattress, pillow, quilt and dust ruffles (which I made long so the backpack shell would not show). We bolted the bed to the shell of the backpack with flat screws and washers. Then I sewed and/or glued everything in place in the bed -I am a veteran amateur dog costume maker and I know anything not glued in place, it’s coming off. I ordered the monster hood. It wasn’t quite big enough and didn’t seem comfortable so I cut holes in it for his ears and added elastic to the bottom. I thought it would be enough, but it just didn’t create the effect I wanted so I decided my monster needed a body. If I had it to do over again, I would just use fleece. The fabric I used was this really soft terrycloth on one side and fuzz/fur on the other side and it made a HUGE mess – awful to work with even though I like how it came out. I used “Pumpkin Teeth” for the monster’s pinchers and put wire in all 6 arms. A lot of trial and error getting the body to fit just right, but in the end, it is easy to put on – he just steps into it and then you pull it up over his head. For the stuffing in the pillow and all 6 arms, I used Nanuk’s own fur! I save it when I brush him because I’d like to have some yarn made from his fur someday.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

We do the Pet Parade at our local amusement park every year which is a fundraiser for an animal shelter. It’s always the second weekend in October so it gives me a chance to try out his costume and make any adjustments it needs before Halloween. Everyone laughed and loved his costume and every little kid (and most adults too) wanted to touch/pet him and he is always a good sport about that. Most everyone seemed to get what his costume was and like the illusion. I do wish I had gotten a doll with blonde hair instead of brown because a few people thought he was supposed to be a character from Monsters, Inc. even though he looks nothing like that. I think the brown pigtails on the doll made people think of that movie. Oh well . . .

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

All year I look forward to October/Halloween and dressing up the dogs! I guess it’s my favorite holiday! In addition to a couple of contests, this year we’re attending a party at the doggy day care where they’re having bobbing for hotdogs! How fun is that?! The boys cannot wait! I usually start on their costumes in August and try to be done by the end of September. And I already have the next 2 years planned! My little guy’s costume is pretty awesome too, but I can’t submit it because of your one costume per category rule. However, I’d love for you to see it anyway – I don’t care if it’s not eligible for the contest. It’s not super original, but the execution is pretty good. Thank you!

 


SECOND PLACE: Susan Dunlap – Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

Having a blue doberman named Ash that loves to get dressed up, I had an old pillow sham. Looking at it I put it on Ash and thought horse, and just started pulling items together from there.

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

An old pillow case as a blanket, saddle and bridle are from a child play horse which fit Ash perfect. I used cardboard for hooves around Ash’s paws. Staff is a plastic tube that used to hold urinary catheters, I am a veterinary tech. The doll on the back is the body of a witch with a skull head, little boys pants, and the shield is a childs’ toy, sized to fit. Mane and tail is made of black yarn.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

When people first look at the pictures they think it is a horse. They are amazed at the creativity and how well Ash loves being dressed up. They think she is awesome!!!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

No, thank you!

 


THIRD PLACE: Kristin Borders – Centerburg, OH

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

My 1 1/2 year old daughter has been very interested in tractors lately so I made her a John Deere tractor to wear so that she could be a farmer driving a tractor. I wanted Connelly’s costume to go with the farming theme so I made him carrying a bale of hay, along with another dog, to a barn that actually goes inside a wagon.

 WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

I used items from all around house 🙂 Baby clothes, box, straw, twine, stuffed animals and hog glue. All I did was glue the hay on the box, tied with twine for decoration, attached stuffed animals with clothing to box with hot glue and then put the costume on the dog. Elastic is holding the costume on under Connelly’s belly.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Everyone loved it! Connelly had a paparazzi the moment that he put the costume on 🙂

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

Connelly can walk, run, sit and even still has ability to pee when the costume is on! He doesn’t mind wearing the costume at all!

 


THIRD PLACE (a): Sabrina Ridlon – Anderson, CA

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

Love of the original Star Wars trilogy! Although these clones were known for their horrible aim they are beloved by many including our household.

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

The body is made of EVA foam that was velcroed on to a spandex body suit. The helmet was modeled in clay then a mold was created and then the final helmet was cast in fiberglass.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Everyone wanted to know where we bought it, then they wanted to know if I sold them. When we first posted them to Facebook, they shot around the world by Star Wars lovers.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

We started this project back in April and once the helmet was completed, Penny (the Stormtrooper) spent a lot of time training to wear the helmet.

The bottom of the helmet is open with additional ventilation in the front and at the ears.