Bella Shares Her Halloween Costume

I really wanted to make a big splash with my Halloween costume this year.  There was a really cute picture that we had seen on the internet that gave me the idea:

This is where Bella got the inspiration for her Halloween costume

There was a  cute spinoff on the same theme that I have seen also:  two pirates carrying a treasure chest was really cute.  I thought about two undertakers carrying a coffin….but decided to go with a PetMeds box instead and go as the “PetMeds Delivery Dog Team.”   The challenge was on.   This was clearly a costume that would require planning and a good seamstress because you can’t just go to the doggie costume store and pull this off the rack.  Mommy is pretty good at sewing, but it was the pattern that was going to be difficult and she had to make one for me.

I knew how I wanted it to look when it was finished so Mommy just began to translate the idea into fabric.  She started making the body suit first.  My front legs had to be a different color than the back legs so this is the way the body suit looked when I first tried it on:

The body suit was the first part of Bella's costume

The legs had to be just the right length so I wouldn’t trip.  Mommy kept modifying it until it fit just right and would fasten with velcro.   Then we had to search for just the right size stuffed animal toy to be my PetMeds delivery partner.  We found the toy Teddy Bear in a thrift shop, and he would have to undergo some changes:

The teddy bear that was part of Bella's Halloween costume

The Teddy Bear had to be very lightweight, and be able to ride on my back.  He was remodeled, and we were able to use his legs to make the fake arms that are in the jacket that I wear.   Mommy found a jacket pattern that, with slight modification, would work for both the characters in the costume.  She sewed a white collar on both jackets and attached a pretty bow at the neck and some contrasting buttons:

Bella's mom made this cute purple jacket

Here is what it looks like when I am wearing it:

Bella models the purple jacket

The white box is a very lightweight gift box.  Mommy made cut-outs on the front and back of it so it would fit on my back like a little saddle.  The PetMeds logo was printed on sticky label paper and attached to the box.  There is a strap that is attached to the box from the inside and fastens with velcro snug under my belly.  The Teddy Bear just rests on my back behind the box, and all four paws that “carry” the box are attached with velcro dots to the box.   Here is what it looks like when it is all put together:

Bella models the completed costume

I have had the most fun Halloween wearing this!  I got to go to a cool Halloween Pawty and won a prize there, and I was in a fun contest in the Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo and won Best Small Pooch 2012!

Bella won the prize for best small pooch!

This event is held annually by the Simi Sunset Rotary Club, to raise funds for Ventura County Sheriffs K9 Search & Rescue Team and Tiny Loving Canines (TLC).  This year was the first year that Southern California Pomeranian Rescue participated with a booth with several dogs that are available for adoption

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  1. Bella, you are absolutely adorable in that super creative costume!!! What a great idea. We all love you very much and are so happy that you won this award. You really deserve it. As always, thank you for your love and support in helping rescue other animals. YOU ARE TOP DOG in our book. xoxoxoxoxox

  2. I think Bella’s costume is a great costume and took a lot of time doing this costume and a lot of imagination too it was a great idea and Bella look so cute in that outfit and as for the petmeds box it was so cool she is our petmeds carrier for us and there was nothing wrong about t he outfit it was awesome outfit there was

  3. Bella, what a wonderful, creative costume…and with Pet Meds it’s a double winner♥

  4. I just love your little Bella. We have Pom who is three years old and about 5 #’s. I love how Bella is groomed and wondered how you do that or if her fur is just short. Our Foxy’s fur is a lot longer but would like to have her groomed like Bella.

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  7. Just wondering Bella, were there any pee or poop holes in the design? i know this is a very old post but i’m intrested in making this myself. Thanks

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