By Jill Diver
DERRY — Let’s face it, Halloween has gone to the dogs.
At least that was true on Oct. 18, when the perky pups of Derry and the surrounding area paraded around the Derry Dog Park dressed in their Halloween finest.
Dayna Brandano of Derry dressed her two Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix dogs, Louie and Bella, as a king and a princess.
“They get cold if they don’t have clothes on, and they look really cute,” Brandano said. “I got their costumes at Target and Old Navy.”
Eleanor Camirand of Derry, president of the Friends of the Derry Dog Park, sold dog sweaters and dog costumes, including a red fire engine costume complete with its own fire dog.
Kande, a wheaten terrier, was dressed as Yoda from “Star Wars,” while another dog was dressed as Zeus.
Searching for the perfect dog costume and one that makes a statement can take some time. To find the best costume for your dog, think about its personality. Stores such as Petco and PetSmart can aid you in your search.
Other smaller stores, such as Woof It Down in Windham, can narrow down the choices for a dog costume and offer a more personal and creative feel.
Patty Apkarian, owner of Woof It Down, has a “wall of fame” filled with photos of her customers and their dogs.
“The dogs are cute. They come in the store to try on costumes and they make everybody laugh. It brings out a good feeling,” she said. “Some people will end up coordinating themselves and their dog for Halloween. The owner will be Robin and their dog will be Batdog.”
Though Woof It Down does not sell matching people costumes, Apkarian said, “People will get creative on their own.” Some of the most popular costumes for dogs at Woof It Down — sizes teacup to 20 pounds — are the Barkenstein, ladybug, bumblebee, Spiderdog and a hot dog in a bun with mustard, or if your dog is picky, ketchup.
Woof It Down is at 33 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 421-9663.
For information on the Friends of the Derry Dog Park and costumes they may have available, call Eleanor Camirand at 432-7398.
This article ran on October 30, 2008 in the Derry News