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Monday 23 October 2017

You ain't nothing but a hound dog...why we dress up our pets as king of rock and roll

LADY Gaga's meat dress might be the hottest Halloween costume of the year, but the King of Rock and Roll is the top choice for pooches.

Children and novelty-loving adults won't be the only family members donning lavish costumes this weekend, as sales of pet costumes soar.

And the number one selling costume for mutts, big and small, is some eye-catching Elvis attire.

Claire Lanigan from Molly's Pet Boutique in Dun Laoghaire revealed that the Elvis costume has completely sold out.

"It was really popular this year. It sold out very quickly but we have loads of other costumes available.

"The Hawaiian shirt is another really popular one but it depends on the dog."

Claire insisted that the comedic costumes are only for dogs who don't mind dressing up.

"It is important never to force a dog to wear any item of clothing whether it is a Halloween costume or a coat."

And Claire said that doggy costumes aren't only popular at this time of year.

"We'll have Santa suits coming in a few weeks," she said.

"There are two reasons that people usually buy outfits for their dogs -- one is out of necessity. Last winter it was so cold that we sold a lot of coats because people were obviously concerned about their dogs shivering.

"Other than that it's just a bit of fun. We have a few different other outfits like tuxedos for dogs taking part in a family wedding.

"All sorts of people buy them but it is mainly families who want their dog to be part of the celebration."

Sinead Deegan from grooming parlour MuttUgly in Ranelagh said children like to dress up their dog to bring them trick-or-treating.

"It's just for a laugh really. We have costumes in a huge range of sizes so they'll fit tiny dogs and extra large dogs."

aanderson@herald.ie

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