Monday, August 13, 2018

The Smells of Fall & Giveaway

Do you smell that?


 As I sit here with my warm cup of coffee, staring out the window of The Bean Hive, my coffee shop, oranges, yellows, reds, and greens have painted the trees along the shore of Honey Springs lake have created an amazing painting no artist can duplicate.

The warm smell of cinnamon, sugar, hazelnut, and a hint of vanilla extract makes my heart soar.
This means the Bean Hive Coffee Shop is in full swing with our special fall coffee blends and the amazing Pumpkin Spiced cookies I only bake and sale this time of the year.

                                             (recipe below for the Pumpkin Spiced Cookie)


Pumpkin Cookies
The Bean Hive calls these Santa Kiss Cookies
Submitted by reader Stormi.
Ingredients:
2 Eggs
3 cups Sugar
1 and 1/4 stick butter
1 16 oz can of Pumpkin
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 and 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
6 cups of flour.


Directions:
Cream together eggs, sugar, stick butter, then add can of pumpkin, chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix it all together. Shift together the cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cream of tartar and flour. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. Add raisins here. The stiring might take some muscles. :) Makes a large batch of cookies. Bake at 425 for 12-14 minutes.


The wonderful smells are just the beginning of the fall season in Honey Springs. The cookies have ten more minutes until they are baked to perfection. I took the opportunity to step out on the boardwalk to look around.

The fall crisp air filled my lungs, my eyes looked around and my body came alive with the hints of the upcoming Halloween Regatta. The last big event for the Honey Springs Lake Marina that takes place along the lake shore in front of the Cocoon Hotel.

It's not just any Halloween party. It's THE party of the year. There's a boat parade where all the boats are decorated, there's a pumpkin carving contest on the beach, apple bobbing fun, and hayrides win a horse drawn wagons to the Hill's Orchard.

Jean Hill has really outdone herself this year. Her pumpkin patch has grown bigger and better pumpkins. The corn maze is one to tackle.

The best thing about the Halloween Regatta is the tourists that come year after year to start off their holiday season.

And that's what gets Pepper excited. He loves all the extra attention he gets along with some of the special treats I make just for our fur loving babies! I wonder what costume I can put on him this year?

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Have you ever dressed up your fur baby for Halloween?

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150 comments:

  1. My cats don't like to even have collars on, but my dogs don't mind dressing up! From sweaters to scarves to cute hats, they have no issue with their 'Mom' making them look adorable!
    Hope to read your new book soon!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. I tried to dress my dog up in a "Santa" outfit once. He was so sad while it was on him, that I couldn't make him wear it.

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  3. I haven't dressed up my cats before, but they sure would be cute.
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  4. No no fur babies to dress up. My granddog would chew it off like she does her collar and anything you put on her. Lhxp73 at yahoo dot com

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    1. My mama calls my fur babies her granddogs :)

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  5. I never have, they get so upset when I try to even put a coat or sweater on them that I said no to costumes.

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    1. And we don't love our babies to be sad...

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  6. I tried once with my cat, but he was having none of it! lol

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  7. I have dressed my dogs in Halloween inspired shirts, but not a full blown costume, my dogs do not like being dressed up ������

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  8. I have never gotten my crazy cats to dress up. The closest thing was trying to out a hat and bandana on them.. that was a challenge, they were not happy with me πŸ€£πŸ˜‰πŸˆπŸΎ

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  9. I tried dressing up my papillon, Luna, in a cute witchy hat and fancy dress with cape, but she hid and shredded the costume before I could take her out and show her off.
    Last year we got some bat wings for our 3 cats, and they looked amazing in them. However, they hated them: 2 of them just laid down and refused to do anything, and the third put her head in a corner and stood there (facing the corner) for 20 minutes until her wings were removed.
    Maybe we'll try kitty elf outfits for Christmas this year! Or not. 😁😸

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    1. Poor baby!! She didn't like being a witch! I'd love to see those bat wings!!

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  10. Never, I would be taking my life in my hands. They barely tolerate my petting them.

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  11. Yes. My brother's dog was a green bay packer fan, and one year as a reindeer

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  12. Yes, I have dressed them in small costumes, but nothing too elaborate. Maybe this is the year to try again. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  13. My previous dachsie Heidi wouldn't have anything to do with clothes, but I'm not sure about Mia and costumes. She doesn't mind wearing her harness vest when she goes out or her sweater in the winter. I don't think she'd be diggin' the stereotypical dachshund costume though, the bun on the weiner lol. barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hahha! Bun on the weiner..so wrong...hahahha

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  14. My dog would never have put up with being dressed up
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  15. Bogie won't allow any costumes nor fussing at all. He would look great dressed up. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Unfortunately my cat would hate being bothered with a costume. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I tried on my cat one time and got too many scratches. I tried it on my dog another time and it lasted all of 30 minutes! Lol.

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  18. We dress up our dog Zoe every year at Halloween to go out trick or treating with my niece and nephews...she hates it but tolerates it because the kids are so excited to see her. Once we get Home though, she is rolling around and barking for us to get the costume off ! Lol!☘️

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  19. I tried once of dressing my dog in a Halloween costume as a pumpkin. Once it was on her she started biting on it and it made her spin in a circle..so we took it off her.
    ajrocks1229@hotmail.com

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  20. I tried once when I was young to dress our dog in an outfit, but he wanted nothing to do with it. This book looks amazing, Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  21. I have tried dressing up my dogs for Halloween but they would not cooperate. They rolled around, rubbed their heads against furniture and tugged at costume with their mouths. It was quite comical but unsuccessful.

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  22. Never have. My babies are extremely uncooperative!

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  23. thanks for the chance to win! my Rambo would never cooperate!

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  24. My little shitzu has a coat that makes him look like bear.... or he wears his Sherlock coat and proceeds to investigate.... lol

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  25. I dressed the three dogs up and drove them to the bank drive-thru for cookie bones.

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  26. I tried but none of my pups would allow it haha

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  27. To be honest. I've thought about it, but have never done it. It would be fun though.

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  28. My cats knew where I slept (they were right there) so I wouldn't have dreamed of it. Zibbby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. My cats would never let me dress them up. I did have a pug who let me dress him up on Christmas as Santa Clause. I never had a Halloween costume for my fur baby. kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

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  30. Looks like a great book to read thank you for the chance

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  31. Yes, we have but the dog would normally just stand like a statue. Would never have stayed in some of the elaborate costumes I see people put their pets in. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I shelter elderly cats & tend some feral colonies.No one would like to play dress up. (Cat food donations are welcomed.
    jozywails@gmail.com

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  33. yes I have he did not like it to well. thank you for the chance to win love your books just finished cold blooded brew loved it

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  34. No, our two cats would never submit to such dressing up. Our two daughters do have costumes for their cat and dogs. dbahn(@)iw(dot)net

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  35. I have thought about dressing our standard poodle for Halloween but have never done it. Maybe this year.Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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  36. Congratulations on your release. Your book sound so good. As to dressing up animals, I never did dress ours up but our daughter and her family dress up their Greyhound every Halloween and he's so good about it too. He's definitely one of the family as they all dress up with a themed set of costumes and he's into the excitement. It's very cute. I'd live to become the recipient of your book. I can be contacted on Facebook. I have had problems leaving email info publically. Thank you.
    Cynthia Bayer Blain

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  37. Our Basset Hound, Raisin Lucille Ball Coxon, loved being dressed up in her pumpkin outfit at Halloween and accompanying our children as they would go around the neighborhood trick or treating. The cats, however, didn't care for it and would fall over and play dead. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. Before my dog passed he hated anything on his body. He would even try to pry off his collar.

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  39. Jax is a jack russell/beagle mix. Last Halloween he was a hot dog. He looked like we took his dignity away but he kept it on. ����

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  40. Yes i would buy them holiday pjs fron target and costumes from petsmart.

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  41. Sounds good
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  42. Yes, I did when my fur baby was a puppy, but she did not seem to happy about it. I bought a pumpkin and cute witch outfits. Now she is too big to wear them. :(
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. My cats are not fans of any type of clothing. They even freak out over a simple bandana on their collar. Yet, every December, we pop a Santa hat with beard on them for about ten seconds, and snap s photo. The exasperated faces make hilarious additions to holiday cards.

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  44. Cats are not into costumes. I have tried hats and ruffs over the years. Better luck with the ruffs.

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  45. No I haven't dressed up my cat or dog but I really want to. Want to dress the dog as a dinosaur and the cat as a shark. Both would not be happy at all about it but they would look oh so cute!

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  46. I really want to dress them up but hubby says no. I tried once with my girl Yorkie but she hated it and wouldn't move she just stood there and pouted until I took it off. Thank you for the chance. Lamonicaks (at) gmail (dot) com

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  47. As long as it is in sweater form my dog will wear it, hats are a no go. I bought a cow hat for the cat, he was not amused be me.

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  48. It would be a losing battle, so I have not dressed my fur children (cats) in costumes, I'm lucky if I can get medicine into them... LOL! Thanks for the chance fuades3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. I love to put things on our chihuahuas one year we put on really pretty Christmas dresses for our family pic. Also our youngest has a collar around her neck and on their i put small charms as she has no voice she will only bark when the older puppy barks so if she needs or wants anything she shakes her head and her charms make the noise for her. Yes we love to dress the girls up in all sorts of ways.Peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  50. My cat says No to that! Thanks for the chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  51. Yes I have my dog Josie she has a princess dress with a crown.

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  52. I have! My dog has been dressed as SuperDog, Marshall from Paw Patrol, BatDog, and a hot dog. He hated every minute of it but he looked adorable! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  53. I haven’t but our daughter has. She used to dress our dog up in all kinds of outfits! He heated it but would endure it for her!

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  54. Forgot my email address above.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  55. We did have reindeer antlers for our daughter's cairn terrier, but he didn't want to be Rudolph! rebarger(at)bellsouth(dot)com

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  56. I tried. My dog wasn't having it. lkleback at hotmail.com

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  57. Yes a princess dress and tiara donamaekutska7@gmail.com I forgot the email before😬

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  58. No. Not for Halloween. Kids did dress one of our pups. She was so patient. ��

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  59. I don't dress up my fur babies. They don't have the patience for it.
    Cathi_7@yahoo.com

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  60. Yes,We have dressed our dogs up for Halloween. They have gotten use to it. We had our cocker as superwoman and our great Dane as Superman!!! This looks like a another good read! Thanks for the chance to win������☕

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  61. Used to put a red bandana on our Border Collie for Christmas. Miss him so much,
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  62. My cat does not like to have anything on her but for Halloween and Christmas, we put a scarf and hat on and take a pic really fast just to have it. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Blessings - Robin robsnest60 {at} yahoo {dot} com

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  63. I dressed my Chihuahua Isabella as a pumpkin my other Chihuahua Pepper was dressed in a black , white striped jail outfit even had the ball and chain and my Chiweenie he's dressed as Count Chocula year round. His body color makes him look like he has on a suit , tie and a hair line like Count Chocula. Scoobyspenny@gmail.com

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  64. The only thing my dog will tolerate (at least for a few minutes) is a hat.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  65. I have not, but now that I recently got not one but two black kittens I might have to this year, especially since Halloween is my favorite holiday.

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  66. A couple of years ago my husband dressed as Bugs Bunny and our coonhound as Elmer Fudd. They won the contest, and people still talk about it. It was fun. browninggloria at hotmail dot com.

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    1. OMG..I'd love to see a photo of that! Adorable!

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  67. I tried to dress my dog up one year, but she wouldn't let me come near her with the costume. She did let my mom put reindeer ears on her for a Christmas picture, but of course she would do anything for her grandma.

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  68. My cat is always trying to take off her collar. There's no way she'd let me put a costume on her.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. We tried to put a reindeer antlers headband on our American Bulldog one year but even though he was good-natured, he wasn't happy with the antlers! Our daughter's dogs don't mind wearing costumes though and they're cute on Halloween and Christmas.

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  71. yes, but he usually rips it off faster than we can put it on. We have a little witches hat for our cat, he hates anything on him though.

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  72. I haven't tried dressing up my cats for Halloween. My cat, Hamilton, has a collar off in just minutes when I try to put one on him, so I'm pretty sure he wouldn't wear a Halloween costume. Jefferson, he might let me dress him up, he's pretty mellow.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. I have no fur babies, but I have two kids. The don't let me dress them either.
    clgade at att dot net

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  74. We tried to put antlers and a collar with a jingle bell on our cat at Christmas one year and she was not happy until we took it off, so I wouldn't try to put a Halloween costume on her. Thanks for the chance to win! ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. When I was a kid I would dress my cat Smokey up for Halloween with a hat of some kind but he always shook it off. Thanks for the chance to win. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  76. I have not but our son put a doggy sombrero on his walker-beagle mix-really cute.

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  77. Not for Halloween, but for Christmas I got my cat this really cute jingle bell collar. He looked like a court jester. As soon as I put it one him he went under the table and didn't come out all day till I finally took it off him. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  78. I dress my pup up for Halloween every year. He tolerates it for a short while. Last year he was the UPS man which was hysterical because he barks at the truck or when one comes to our house and secondly because my hubby works for UPS. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net.

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  79. Skittles was superbly the Halloween before her crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Haven't tried to dress Susy because I have literally been home in bed or hospitalized all except for two Mayo Clinic visits since we were matched. I do have bridal attire for her to wear at our daughters wedding.

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  80. No fur baby dress ups here. Fun though.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  81. We dressed them as models for a murder mystery dinner once. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

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  82. Loved to dress my Sheba in Halloween costumes. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. I tried but it did not work out.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  84. No, the only thing Rusty will let me put on him is his harness for a walk, which he backs out of when it's time to come home! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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  85. I tried to dress my dog up, but he didn’t like it at all. I finally gave up! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com.

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  86. My beagle doesn't mind. He is a wooden statue.

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  87. I dressed my Chihuahua up all the time she loved it.

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  88. I attached those mini cereal boxes to a shirt and put plastic knives in them so that I was a cereal killer. My 10 pound shih tzu, Zoey, put a police dog cape on. Then I attached fake handcuffs to her leash that I wore. She was the crime solving police dog bringing me in.
    I need to get started on this year’s.
    Frances Hampton cristinaalaska(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. My girls put a hotdog outfit on our prom for Halloween. Putter was going in circles trying to get it off. Christmas elf outfit needless to say that lasted about 5 min.lol Our Putter passed on so now we have another pom Chipper. She wont let u even get close to putting on a costume lol

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  90. I have never dressed my cats for Halloween, yet, lol. I have dressed them for Christmas and I received mean looks for a week after, lol.

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  91. I forgot to add my email to my other post. I apologize for any inconvenience.
    sanford.angela@ymail.com

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  92. I've never had a for baby that liked getting dressed so I've never dressed one for Halloween .

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  93. Our late dog, Sam, would let us dress him up. He loved sweaters and jackets. Now my cat, Punkin, I would not even try. I adopted a black female kitty this summer and little Miss Wednesday Addams will be getting dressed up this year. ohiobasketseller(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  94. Definitely not. Halloween is not her favorite holiday--too much work chasing away scarey creatures.

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  95. oh yes...all 4 of them and also frequently throughout the year i dress them up for special occasions

    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  96. No, with outdoor animals, I didn't even try.

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  97. Forgot this again. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  98. My dogs will not tolerate clothing of any kind. It would be bun to dress up a fur baby if you had one that would allow it.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  99. My daughter who loves all things furry has dressed up our chihuahua in a best costume which is funny because he thinks he's a bear. He only like a few people and tries to nip the rest. She's married now but left Rio the chihuahua because he does not like her now husband. When her husband comes by, we have to put Rio in another room or he will bark and bark then eventually get those nips in. He can jump really high for a small dog and once bit her husband on the buttock. So funny

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  100. Left off the email again. mapletreehill@outlook.com

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  101. Ihad a Jack Russell for two days....then the little guy fell head over heels for my youngest son who was 15 at the time. He ignored me...he would jump and down telling me..” I have a boy! I have a boy!” There was a price to pay though...the boy dressed him up for Halloween every Year! The final time, Einstein (fur baby, not boy) dressed him as Dracula. The boy would look at him and growl...Einstein would roll back his gums showing his canines...looking like a proper Dracula! They were such a pair!

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  102. My cats would not like that at all, though I have thought about it. mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  103. I’ve dressed my granddoggy, Abby, up in her winter garb...complete with her hooded quilted red vest πŸ€—

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  104. I’ve dressed my granddoggy, Abby, up many times in her quilted winter vest. She looks adorable!

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  105. I put a bat collar on my big long-haired orange cat, but he wiggled out of it really fadt. schmokercarol@gmail.com

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  106. My cat would put up with an outfit for about 30 seconds

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  107. Paula Jacobson
    No. If I tried to dress up my cats, they would disown me.

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  108. My 2 Shih Tzus and 1 Papillon love getting dressed up but 2 cats hate anyone even trying to put clothes on them.
    kaitismommy@gmail.com

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  109. I have, and they are adorable!! somesmartcookle @ aol dot com. cookle has an L, not an i.

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  110. I have 1 yorkie who would wear clothes, the other one tolerates them but doesn't like them.

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  111. Our Pickles would not condescend to such shenanigans. Cats have their pride!

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