You might think Lynelle Diestler is talking about a photo of someone else’s dogs dressed for Halloween when she says, “I just have to laugh when I look at her. Oh my God, those poor dogs.
But the “poor dogs” she’s talking about are her own, two 1-year-old English Bulldog sisters who found themselves subjected to neon fuzzy monster costumes that were all she did. Diestler was amused, but Millie and Maisy not so much – at least judging by their cups for the camera.
“Their facial expression, uh, which you probably can’t print is…” Diestler said. “What are you doing to us?”
Suffice it to say that Millie, in purple, and Maisy, in orange, weren’t exactly thrilled with playing the dress-up or the photoshoot that came with it. They are among the animals in costume that readers have submitted to the Green Bay Press-Gazette for an online photo gallery meant to provide a bit of levity during tough times.
Diestler, who lives in Hobart, has always dressed his dogs up for Halloween, but Millie and Maisy presented challenges. They needed matching outfits, not exactly easy to find for English Bulldogs, and they’re built like “little barrels.” Most of the costumes do not fit their broad chest. Go XL and you are having trouble with their short legs.
It turned out that finding the costumes was the easiest part.
“I took a picture of the dogs just to send the kids (she has four, all in their twenties and out of the house) to tease them and let them know their mom is going crazy, and the pictures turned out to be horrible. , ”Diestler said. “Dogs try to eat each other because they think they’re stuffed animals.”
Her youngest daughter agreed. They were awful photos, so she came to his aid. In less than 5 minutes, she had the perfect shot.
“They weren’t happy either,” Diestler said. “There were a lot of goodies involved.”
Justin and Maria Samuels from the town of Rockland dressed their dog Frankie as a box of popcorn. The 14-month-old boxer has the family’s two daughters, Madelyn, 12, and Charli, June 9, to thank for coming up with the idea.
Frankie’s expression might suggest otherwise, but she took it all in stride most of the time (although less impressed with the little popcorn hat). The puppy is already used to wearing sweaters in the cold, so that just meant upping his fashion game.
“She’s an atypical boxer, because most boxers are crazy and hyper hyper,” said Justin. “She’s a laid back boxer who loves to snuggle up and sleep a lot.”
Then there are the guinea pigs …
De Pere’s Jenna Ouradnik has three: Gus, Teddy and Squeakers. All three have their own tiny costumes. Yes, there is a whole range of Halloween costumes for guinea pigs – mermaids, pineapples, unicorns, pumpkins, hot dogs.
Gus, a “sassy” 2 year old boy, designed the lobster costume this year. He didn’t like it, not the way he likes cilantro as a snack, but he’s used to it. He must have donned an elf costume and hat for Ouradnik’s Christmas card last year.
“If they do it for a guinea pig, I’ll buy it,” she said. “I just think it’s hilarious.”
This is the goal, really, an indispensable humor.
“You know, with all the horrible news these days, you’ve got to do something to smile or we’re all going to go crazy,” Diestler said.