Cloudburst, a miniature horse from Gainesville, Florida. "These tiny therapy horses (only 19 and 20 inches tall) work inside hospitals, assisted care programs, programs for Alzheimer's patients, group homes, and with patients in hospice care," writes gentlecarousel. "They also work with sheriff's officers in high-crime neighborhoods as part of a community outreach program, and help children with developmental delays and at risk-and abused children. They'll wear a tuxedo to a magical tea party for a child with a life ending illness or work with autistic children -- these little horses bring special love where it is needed most.
Cloudburst is a member of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. The team of 26 tiny therapy horses visits thousands of adults and children each year. Learn more at horse-therapy.org."
Phoenix and Aladdin, golden retrievers from Plainview, New York. "Phoenix is Gepetto the puppeteer, and his real little boy Pinocchio, played by Aladdin, just wishes he didn't have any strings," writes sistersfan. "Gepetto is manipulating Pinocchio's marionette crossbar with his paw so he can help him put on a show for Halloween before Pinocchio's nose grows too long."
Aladdin and Phoenix, golden retrievers from Plainview, New York. "On a spooky Halloween night, the evil surgeon Phoenix decided to play a game of Operation," writes sistersfan. "Poor Aladdin's nose didn't stop lighting up and buzzing as Phoenix removed his funny bone, spare ribs, and charley horse. Despite this, the evil doctor proclaimed the operation a success!"
Marley, a Lab-mastiff mix from Orlando, Florida. "My name is Marley," writes bradygin. "I am a 2-year-old lab-mastiff mix. I love to play dress up. This is my favorite Halloween costume: I am a big wild bull with a cowboy riding on my back. I have so much fun running through the park with the cowboy waving his hat in the air. I always draw a crowd to cheer me on!"
Cutter, a shih tzu from Peoria, Illinois. "Cutter is a snorkel pup this year for Halloween," writes tzugirl. "He loves to dress up for photos any time of the year. He actually gets excited to put on whatever outfit I have for him to wear, and he gets all wiggly and happy when I say, 'Let's take your picture!'"
Dolce and Vita, toy poodles from Lexington, Kentucky. "These are my toy poodles, Dolce and Vita, dressed up as Chicken Poodle Soup," writes dolcelina. "I made their feathered chicken suits by hand, along with the extended little wings. This photo makes it difficult to see the little yellow-felt chicken-feet slippers that I made for their paws as well."
Harry, a corgi from New York City. "My 3-year-old son loves Thomas the Tank Engine, so I decided to make this costume for our corgi, Harry, because I didn't like any of the doggie costumes sold in stores," writes harrythecorgi. "We took Harry to a Halloween party, and he was the most popular dog on the block!"
Aladdin and Phoenix, golden retrievers from Plainview, New York. "Aladdin is dressed as George Washington with his tricorn hat, white wig, and ruffled jabot," writes sistersfan. "Phoenix is Abe Lincoln with his tall hat and dark beard. They stand together in front of the flag to salute America."
Link, a yellow Lab from Indianapolis. "Link is the epitome of a Lab: He has a heart of gold and lets his mama do all sorts of crazy things ... like paint spots on him or tie udders around his middle for his cow costume," writes AmberSue32. "His reward was a bath -- one of his favorite things!"
Kaiah, a Rottweiler mix from Jupiter, Florida. "Kaiah is a 3-year-old rescue dog that we have had since she was a puppy," writes tam801. "She has a wonderful disposition and enjoys wearing clothes. Kaiah's dad works at Domino's, so I decided to dress her like Daddy. I altered a large shirt to fit her; the pizza box is Velcroed to the shirt and doesn't fall off even while she's chasing lizards. The pizza itself is cardboard covered in fiberfill, then photo paper. The paper was painted with many layers of acrylic paint with a translucent texture medium, then several coats of acrylic spray for shine. The crust is a tube of painted fabric that has been stuffed and glued to the pizza. Toppings are hand-sculpted in polymer clay: fingers, black widows, eyeballs, and worms."