I love holidays for the food, drink, company, and laughter. I also love holidays because I get to dress my dog Henry in various dog costumes, making him simultaneously look more adorable than ever and loathe me with every fiber of his being. If you’re anything like me, holidays mean costumes for you and your dog – whether it’s reindeer antlers, valentine’s hearts, or sports jerseys.
Because there is nothing more fun than dressing up your pet, here is a list of each month’s major holidays and doggy costumes that honor them.
New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) – How will you ring in the New Year with your pup? Is she a dapper dog that loves bow ties and tuxedos? Or a party animal who prefers to don a doggy dress with a vodka or rum toy in her mouth?
National Bird Day (Jan. 5) – To commemorate National Bird Day (a holiday established by activists so people can recognize the plight of birds), you can buy an outfit or make one. Is your pup a peacock or more of an Angry Bird?
Australia Day (Jan. 26) – Make like an Aussie and dress your pup up in an adorable koala or penguin costume to celebrate the Outback. But if she’s more ferocious, dress her like a crocodile so she’s not the laughing stock of the neighborhood.
Super Bowl Sunday (Check Calendar) – Whether your pup is a player, referee, or cheerleader, she will be ready for game day. Pick your team and find the pawfect jersey, sweater, bowl, or toy to root your team to victory.
Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) – Because they don’t call it puppy love for nothing. Shirts, dresses, hats, and necklaces, oh my! You can also make sure she’s stylin’ for her special date with a 50 Shades of Fur, Alexander MuttQueen shoe, or Barkingdales Credit Card accessory toy.
St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17) – Your neighbor’s dog will be green with envy when your pup trots down the street. Whether he’s sporting a green tank, bow tie, collar, or bandana (or all four!), he’ll be feeling lucky in March. For extra spirit, have him grow a beard!
Earth Day (Apr. 22) – To honor the planet and all of the wonderful animals that live on it, you can dress your pup up as a bumble bee, lady bug, or butterfly. And if your dog is more of a sea creature, she will enjoy a killer whale costume. But if you’d like to DIY, simply grab a green tutu and throw a recycle sign onto it.
Star Wars Day (May 4) – The force is strong in May as Yoda, R2D2, Ewok, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader are all invited to the Star Wars doggy bash. And if you need more accessories to host a dark side party, PetCo has you covered with Star Wars toys, leashes, and headpieces.
Cinco de Mayo (May 5) – May 5 may mean tequila and cerveza for adults (as well as celebrating the Mexican army’s victory over the French), but it means sombreros and serapes for dogs. Your pup can also be a cowboy, taco, or piñata to commemorate la dia y la fiesta.
Summer Solstice (Check Calendar) – On the longest day of the year, what better way to party all day and night than by hosting a BBQ or luau? You can also throw a tank, swimsuit, or doggles (doggy goggles, of course) on your dog to keep the festivities going.
Independence Day (Jul. 4) – To honor America’s independence and all those who have fought and fight for it daily, there are plenty of ways to dress up your pup. (Pro tip: You can also re-use these costumes for Patriot’s Day in April, Memorial Day in May, and Flag Day in June.) Whether your dog is Uncle Sam, sailing on the water, or donning hoodies, bandanas, or tanks at your family’s BBQ, she’ll be sure to celebrate the day in style. She can even be a firework!
National S’mores Day (Aug. 10) – Just because dogs are allergic to chocolate doesn’t mean they can’t dress up like chocolate. For S’mores Day, you can DIY. Or if you have two pets, one can be a marshmallow and one can be chocolate.
Oktoberfest (Check Calendar) – Beer, lederhosen, and pumpkin tutus. Need I say more?
Halloween (Oct. 31)– If you dress your canine up for the rest of the year’s holidays, you don’t have to look too far for ideas when Halloween rolls around. But if Halloween is the one time you trot your costumed pet around the neighborhood, you have plenty of options. She can be a minion, Batman, or a lion. Does she fancy Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz or Freddy Krueger? She can be a Rasta dog or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or even drape herself in a rainbow cape.
Thanksgiving (Fourth Thursday of Nov.) – For Thanksgiving, you can dress your dog as a turkey or pilgrim, obviously. But if he isn’t exactly thankful for being put in a costume, you can even have him wear a festive bow tie or tank to celebrate the holiday in style.
Winter Solstice (Check Calendar) – On the shortest day of the year, you can simultaneously costume your pup and keep him warm in the best doggy coats and boots. Cuddle close and keep his fur and paws safe.
When it comes to canine costumes, be kind to your pet and respect his boundaries. Always make sure the outfit doesn’t hinder his ability to walk or use the restroom. And keep an eye on him so he doesn’t chew or swallow any dangerous pieces like buttons or zippers.
No matter how and what you celebrate over the year, you can make each month fun for your pet. Holiday costumes are adorable and can make the event even more enjoyable, especially when you do it safely. Create traditions, take lots of pictures, and cherish the holidays with your whole family (pets included!).
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