This Halloween take things to the next spirit-level with these 15 spooktacular dog Halloween costumes. From the super-simple but genius, to the crafty but clever, check out these canine costumes that will have you coffin with delight.
Of course Halloween is a time for the whole family to dress up and enjoy scaring the pants off the neighbors. Have your pooch join in the pranks with this Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma duo, for a creepy canine take on a classic nursery rhyme.
The long and short of it is that dog Halloween costumes don’t have to be scary. This sausage dog looks bewitching and casts a spell on us with their take on a classic Halloween theme of witchcraft. We love this Hallow-weenie!
Talk about cute, take a look at this pooch in a pumpkin. Maybe not the most practical of costumes, but it makes for a greet photo op-paw-tunity for the dog that wants to take part in Halloween but pre-furs to stay home.
For pug’s sake, don’t scare the kids with abso-pugging-lutely fur-bulous vampire costume. Oh, and while we’re on the subject: Which newspaper is the favorite of vampires? The New York Times…because it has such great circulation.
Unfortunately, dogs don’t live long enough. This in itself is a good enough excuse for throwing a big annual bash when a birthday rolls around. But if your dog is a tail-wagging social butterfly, this is an even better reason. Here are a few suggestions to make it a dog day to remember.
Dogs love being part of a group, or pack, and most dogs love to eat. As a Rover.com blog reveals, dogs can appreciate a good soiree as much as anybody. You can’t ask for any more than that when it comes to being a “party animal.” Most owners agree that dogs deserve the very best, so there are a number of ways to make it happen for your birthday bowser.
Get a Leash On Your Plan
Is your dog a prima donna? Does he or she wear glitter nail polish and go to the salon once a month for dog spa day?
As Red Barn Media points out, an outdoor venue is typically desirable for a dog party featuring multiple dogs – especially large ones. But if your fancy pooch is too petite to party hardy, try a more civilized doggy tea time indoors… with plenty of opportunities for doggy pee time outdoors.
There are all types of dog birthday party ideas out there. In general, the best way to start is to make a plan.
1) Select a space for the party
Some VFW halls, township halls, and other local places will allow you to throw a big bash for your pup. If you have a smaller gathering in mind, consider asking to use the lobby of your local grooming shop after closing time.
Another idea, weather permitting, is to simply put a wading pool in your backyard and invite a bunch of your friends over to make a splash with their mutts. Provide lots of towels.
2) Plan on refreshments
For an upscale event, you might want to consider some fish pate and homemade baked goods. But the plethora of available dog treats gives ample choices to make. You can even offer edible human food that dogs love so all can enjoy, like chicken breasts, blanched veggies, and rice.
For dog treats at your dog birthday party, try to use something innocuous that is easily digestible. Find out ahead of time what your friends like to feed their dogs and if the pups are allergic to anything.
Chicken broth that has been frozen in ice cube trays make a delicious and safe, albeit messy, treat on a hot day.
Don’t forget the dog birthday cake! You can get a bone-shaped mold and find a recipe for delicious happy birthday dog cake online.
3) Decide on a theme
Fidose of Reality lists a bunch of ideas for dog-themed birthday parties: everything from Snoopy to bones and pawprints. Themes are part of the fun and are only limited by the imagination of the party-thrower. Barkbox is one service that has an edge on themes. A monthly box arrives at your door, and all the contents are themed. For instance, one month’s box has items revolving around Alice in Wonderland, complete with a big stuffed bunny head. The next month, it’s outer space, with a stuffed alien squirrel and flying liver saucers.
Go to Chewy.com or another pet supply company and look through the toys to get dog birthday party ideas.
There are few things more hilarious than a roomful of canines wearing dog party hats.
4) Send out invites
When planning your guest list, keep in mind that small children running and yelling in groups of dogs can spell disaster. Nobody wants to offend anyone, but it might be best to keep kids under a certain age off your list.
With the intention of keeping a peaceful party, consider the temperaments of your friends’ dogs. Make sure your dog is acquainted with the guests and that they have already established a peaceful relationship. At a party, you want dogs gnawing on the treats, not each other.
Invitations can be fun to make and are up the alley of people with a creative bent. If you don’t get into crafty stuff, consider asking an artistic friend to help you, or go to a print shop and see what it has available.
Use Antlers in All of Your Decorating
Of course, that is just a suggestion (per Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast”), but antlers would make great party favors. With that in mind, there are plenty of options for treats that your guests might enjoy.
One idea is to make up goody bags for all your guests. There are many dog party supplies available, but others can be made up. These might include:
Poop bags (A special item that might be more pragmatic than a dog would appreciate, but the owner might.)
Safe dog toys
Coupons for pet supply stores
Charms for the collar
Keep retractable leads off your list of prizes. The whizzing, finger-amputating nylon lines are considered unsafe by many handlers, and in the wrong hands, they can become the tools of the devil.
Have Plenty of Water Available
Dogs, especially excited dogs, seem to drink a lot. Place a number of clean bowls around the party area, preferably with a placemat for the dribblers. Keep several gallon jugs of fresh water on hand.
Birthday dogs enjoy games as much as people do. There are a number of activities that would be fun for all involved.
Set up some jumps and a tunnel or two and see who can run the course the fastest.
2) Costume contest
Costume contests might be all you need in order to throw a funny dog birthday bash. In your invitation, ask everyone to bring their dog in costume and see who shows up. You can take a vote for the best costume, or one person can select a winner.
3) Tricks contest
The dog who does the cutest, most difficult, or dumbest trick wins.
4) Musical sits and downs
Like musical chairs but without the chairs. Also called “Musical Mats,” this game requires putting several mats down. The participating dogs are required to go to the mat and, when the music is stopped, the dog must sit or lie down. Take one mat away and then start the music again. The owners can call the dogs and talk to them, but they are not allowed to touch the dog. The last dog on his mat is the winner.
5) Dog/owner lookalike contest
Be careful with this one!
Prizes can be something really expensive, like a hand tooled leather collar and leash, or a gag gift, like a rubber chicken. (Most dogs would appreciate the rubber chicken more.)
Many people who have rescued a dog don’t know when his birthday is. It doesn’t mean you have to go a lifetime without saying “happy birthday” to your dog. A popular alternative is to celebrate “Gotcha Day,” the date that the dog was adopted. A “Gotcha Day” party is a great opportunity to promote rescue, and it might even help save a life. It isn’t hard to imagine the dog applying the phrase. “Gotcha to take me home, didn’t I?” “Gotcha to give me another cookie!”
Dogs are smart. Yours might one day be thinking about how they gotcha to throw them a party.
Bonus: The Most Hilarious Dog Party Captions
When the Party Goes Wrong
Puggycorns are The Best Party Breeds
This Adorable Doggo Knows How to Throw a Party With Some Cha-Cha
How did you celebrate your dog's birthday? Show us some pictures!
About the author: Cedric Jackson is an experienced writer who creates articles on a broad range of topics, from pets to marketing.
Get excited, animal lovers! It's not often that Easter falls on the same day as April Fool's Day. But this year, it does — and this time around, we'll spare you all the jokes! Instead, we're giving away some egg-cellent Petcube-branded prize packs worth $1,000 USD when you enter and join our epic scavenger hunt for cuteness!
All you have to do is find and check off everything in our scavenger hunt list. Warning: You may suffer from extreme cute overload after you're done! Click here to enter now! Or, scroll down to get more deets on the prizes, how to enter, and some helpful hints.
How to Enter + Prizes
Starting today, you’ll be able to enter the giveaway by finding everything on our scavenger hunt list thru April 1, Sunday!
We will randomly draw one lucky winner from those who've completed the hunt everyday at 11:59 P.M. PST. So leep playing everyday to increase your chances of winning, and keep checking back here on our blog or Facebook to see if you're the winner of one of these epic prize packs:
Contest ends on April 1, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. PST. And just a heads up: Anyone can participate, but winners are limited to United States only.
Need some help finding some items on the list? Here are a few clues that will help you find where to look:
Where are all the bunnies, hedgehogs, pigs, and adoptable pets? They can all be found in our Petcube app. All it takes is a bit of searching and exploring in our Camera, People, and Hashtags categories. From their posts in the app, you'll be able to comment, say hi, and make new cute friends! Get creative with your search terms, from looking up your fave Instagram pet like jamonthepig under People to searching #adoptdontshop under Hashtags!
Where's that golden egg? A little bunny told us that Petcube HQ stockpiles a whole lotta eggs.
A great way to take an Easter-themed photo of your pet is to set your scene with the right props. From putting on some DIY bunny ears to posing next to Peeps at the grocery store to relaxing on a picnic blanket in your backyard—you'll have fun styling and snapping your pets!
This Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots. But Super Bowl LII isn't the only important sporting event that day. Just before the big game starts, Animal Planet will air its most adorable Puppy Bowl XIV where Team Ruff will battle Team Fluff.
Turn Your Home Into A Puppy Bowl With Petcube - YouTube
The Puppy Bowl has made quite a name for itself, not only for the cute adoptable baby pups it sends on to the field, but for all the new homes they're able to find post game. But you don't have to be at the official Puppy Bowl to play with real adoptable dogs. The Petcube app has thousands of real animals in homes and shelters around the world, just waiting to play with you.
Download the Petcube app and start playing with real pets right now. Live stream your game or record a video and post to socials in order to spread the word and help these pets find a forever home!
Below are a few to begin with.
Puppy Haven Rescue is a non-profit dog shelter based in Oklahoma. While these young rookies have a lot of fight in them, they love chasing the laser!
Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society provide a safe and peaceful haven for homeless, abandoned or abused animals. Yet, you'll be surprized how good of laser chasers they are!
Little Silver IMG 1879 - YouTube
Muttville is a senior dog rescue but don't be discouraged by that! Theier dogs are some of the most active and playfull pooches out there!
Pachuco, a male American Bulldog at Muttville-adopted! - YouTube
Hopalong Animal Rescue foster and adopts out over a thousand Bay Area shelter dogs and cats. That's a lot of laser games to play! You'd better start now.
Rosanna and Persephone - YouTube
Nikki started My Forster Kittens back in 2012 when she began fostering cats and kittens for the local SPCA. Now, she's got a pretty playful batch that could along qualify for Kitty Bowl!
Just a few extras
While these pets might not be up for adoption, they really love to play laser games.
These golden receivers can catch any pass!
These little Daschunds are representing the little guys out on the field.
From stealthy stealers to clumsy cats, this year was filled with hilarious pets who were caught on pet cam. Petcube is the only pet cam with cloud recording that lets owners catch videos based on sound and motion, so even when owners aren't watching, pets still get busted!
We pulled together ten of the year's funniest clips so you can count down all the goofy pets with us. Here's to more silly pets in 2018!
1. I'll take this meal to go!
2. And he sticks the landing!
3. Here, let me rearrange those drawers for you
4. I did some redecorating while you were gone!
5. I'll let myself out
6. Another busy day in the life of a dog
7. I can also hotwire a car!
8. I unpacked these for you!
9. Get outta here!
10. Am I wearing this right?
Caught your own funny pet cam video? In January we'll be hosting the Pawscars, a contest of all of the best video from Petcubes! Tag us in your clips on social media at @Petcube or with hashtag #petcube.
It's that time of year when Santa Paws comes to bring gifts to all the nice pets who managed to not knock down the Christmas tree or eat the tinsel. We surveyed our Petcube users to find out how they and their pets celebrate the holidays and it turns out that people aren't the only ones tearing into wrapping paper come Christmas morning. From who is on the naughty list to how much paw-rents are spending, find out how pets and their people get festive.
When the stockings are lined up on the chimney with care, it turns out that there's one for fido up there. 73 percent of pets have their own stocking, and 92 percent will be opening up a gift under the Christmas tree. Those gifts aren't cheap either - 25 percent of owners said they'll spend over $100 on their pet.
Even though a lot of pets may be getting presents, it doesn't mean they necessarily deserve them. 54 percent of pets have made a mess with the Christmas decorations, which is probably why 20 percent of them made Santa Paws' naughty list this year.
It's a good thing that 28 percent of pet parents take their pets for a visit to Santa so that they can try to convince him they were actually good.
Not only are pets getting gifts, they're getting really good ones! This year 23 percent of pets will be wearing a new outfit on Christmas morning, and a few more will be having visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads while they nap the day away in a new bed. It turns out it's not just people that are getting gadgets this year - 10 percent of owners said they're buying their pet electronics.
For some lucky people, they'll find something even better than gadgets or toys under the tree. 15 percent of people said they've received a pet for Christmas!
Finally it wouldn't be the holidays if we weren't overcome with the need to decorate everything, and our pets are no exception. Along with decking the halls, 52 percent of pet owners also deck out their pet in a special holiday outfit.
Do you and your four-legged friend have any special traditions? Write us in the comments and tell us how you and your pets celebrate Christmas, rock Chanukah, or kick it for Kwanzaa.
Dogs (and their derpiness) bring smiles to our faces every day.
Most pet parents spend their days gushing over the new adorable or funny thing their pet did, and, of course, take a zillion pictures of it (my phone is overloaded anyway).
Well, there is a “new” snapshot-worthy, cuteness-overload thing your pet might do. Wondering what it is?
The Mystery of Splooting
What is a sploot? In case you haven’t been on Reddit lately, or browsed cute corgi photos online, chances are you have no clue what I’m talking about. But you should, because it’s as adorable as it gets.
If you have a dog, you’ve probably seen them in this hilarious position. Instead of tucking their legs underneath them while they’re lying down, they stretch out their hind legs flat- something like a doggie pancake.
This is the original sploot definition. However, there are also similar variations of this silly pose:
Legs flat and stretched to the side
Just one leg flat and stretched
Why Do Dogs Sploot?
Why do dogs do all of the silly, goofy things they usually do? We might never know, but do we need a reason to enjoy their derpiness? If your curiosity is getting the better of you, here are some prevailing theories about why dogs sploot:
They do it to cool off
Stretching out feels good
It’s a form of dogga, also known as canine yoga (just kidding!)
Not every dog stretching is considered splooting. Sometimes, dogs who stretch their legs do that because they’re in pain, which could be caused by diseases such as arthritis or hip dysplasia, so make sure that you rule out any medical problems before you go aww!
Do Only Corgis Sploot?
As you’ve probably guessed by now, everybody does it! OK, maybe not everybody, but it’s not a breed-specific cuteness. The corgi sploot is just the most popular because… Well, because corgis are furry bundles of silliness that rule the internet, paw to paw with cats.
If you still haven’t caught your dog doing the trendy sploot, it doesn’t have to mean they can’t or won’t do it. Try catching them in the action on Petcube pet camera - who knows, maybe they only feel like splooting when they have their privacy!
How About Cat Splooting?
Are you seriously wondering if there’s anything dogs can do that cats can’t? Except, well, be bothered to entertain us.
The cat sploot is a thing, of course. Kitties are well-known for their ridiculous, bendy poses, and it’s no surprise that splooting is one them. Although, you might have more luck catching them making biscuits or loafing.
If you ever caught your pet doing the sploot, don’t keep it all to yourself - share their adorable picture in the comment section below!