THIS will REALLY Scare you!

Who Needs Ghost Stories?!
Guest blogger: TinkerToy

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Scary things done to dogs

TinkerToy here, reminding you not judge me for that. (Remember, I didn’t get much of a vote, and Killer wasn’t on the menu.)

That’s NOT me over there, by the way. It’s one of the scary things — done to a dog that looks a lot like me.

Mom wasn’t planning to let me at the computer for a few more weeks. BUT, since my first ever post, Blogging Tips from a Shih Tzu got more comments than any of hers, she couldn’t exactly say no.

This is my second ever blog post — and it’s about the scariest thing about Halloween.

NOT what you think!

I’ll bet you were thinking I was going to blog about the hateful two-legs who abandon dogs, the horrors of puppy mills, or dog-abuse.

While those are ALL very scary things indeed, my Halloween post is going to focus on what the two-legs do to us on this one particular day each year — just because they think it’s funny, and just because they can.

Yep – costumes.

Even before I was born, Mom had a Pinterest Board called Deck the Dog where she pinned all sorts of pictures of puppies and dogs dressed in all manner of outfits. She said it made her laugh. (Weird sense of humor, this two-leg I live with.)

THEN, shortly after she heard about the Halloween Costume Party at my Cheers bar down the street, I caught her looking for “ideas” – and none of them looked like pictures of anything she’s thinking about for her.

Star Wars for Dogs?

I’m pretty sure she is thinking Star Wars. Since everybody always says I look like an ewok anyway, I wasn’t too surprised when I saw her looking at this one.

I also caught her playing around with that weird hairdo with a bun on each side of her head. It could be to protect her ears – the music can get kinda’ loud where my fans hang out – but somehow I think I’m way off base there.

Then she dragged out this flowy thing that only has a head hole and a couple of places to put her arms – and I’ve NEVER seen her wear it anyplace before. Not once in my entire life. I think she’s trying to look like that movie princess who doesn’t wear a crown.

But I’m wondering where she plans to get the dogs to fill out some of the other ideas that made her giggle.

Has She Lost Her MIND?

I don’t think I have any friends big enough for either one of these – and I sure hope she isn’t thinking I could pull off either one of them.

I wouldn’t be able to WALK.

MAYBE I could survive the one at the left (Dark Fader, I think she called it) – even though it looks hot, itchy and uncomfortable for something that she’d probably make me wear all night — in a crowded bar, no less.

I don’t think I saw her order anything from Amazon yet – so it’s probably safe to hope that she’s already running too late to humiliate me in that one. She’d never be able to make it with her sewing machine either. At least not in time for this year (and she’ll never remember to start early enough to get it ready for next year either — one of the UP sides about her ADD.)

UPDATE 2017: she didn’t!

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Other Scary Ideas

Found HERE

Found HERE

I sure hope she’s not seriously thinking of THIS one!

Nobody could even play with me or pet me if she put me in a cage –
not to mention the fact that I’d be miserable as a prisoner all night.

That’s NOT one bit funny!

And nobody would even WANT to pet me if she made me look like a spider.

Whose bizarre mind decided that would be a good costume for any furry critter – much less a cute little dog like me?

I might be able to manage some version of the one on the right, I guess – except for that really dumb hat and one of those thingies covering their eyes.

But how do those dogs keep from tripping over their capes
and cutting off their air supply
with that string that ties the capes together?

I’m not sure I could do it – and I don’t have the foggiest idea how to Zorro anyway. I’ve barely got the Twist down right.

ANYTHING would be better than than that one
with that feather on top
and the big orange bill, though.
Poor pooch.
How would he ever hold his head up if that pic went viral?

On second thought, maybe not anything.
Check out the one below — supposedly something called a phonograph:

Mom put me in something like that thingie around his neck when I came back from the vet a few months back – and it was sheer misery. Imagine having to wear that thing in public – in front of my fanclub at the Cheers bar!

A REAL Bonehead Idea

Since most dogs like bones, I’m not sure this one with all those bones painted on the outside is a a very good idea – AT ALL, actually. What if the big dogs thought I was something for them to chew on?

I’d be gone in a gulp the instant Mom got distracted. (And she always gets distracted!)


I’d make a great quarterback – I’m a dervish with a ball. But Mom’s not that keen on football, and I KNOW she’s not likely to spend much time making an outfit that looks like this for one single night on the town. (We don’t celebrate Superbowl at our house).

I’ve got a whole bunch of toys – different kinds of balls, even – but I’ve never had any success talking her into even letting me play with the boys kicking around their own footballs, nevermind buying me one to take home. ::sigh::

Any time I look lovingly at football photos, she natters on about the horrible dangers of head injuries — she worries that I’ll catch TBI, I think.  Oh well.

I wouldn’t complain too much about this orange outfit. It looks comfortable, at least. Kinda’ like that sweater she puts me in when she thinks the weather’s getting chilly enough that SHE needs to wear one.


I live with The ADD Poster Girl.

She’s not gonna’ make it in time with ANY of these ideas.

I’ll bet she’ll do what her own Mom did, back in the dark ages, when she had five kids to costume every year: grab a sheet, cut out a few eye holes, and call me a ghost.

Friends don’t let friends look drunk

BIGTIME WARNING for my new friend Noodle (who’s running for president, by the way, so do us all a favor and vote for the REAL dog this time.)

NOODLE: Don’t let your 2-legs anywhere NEAR this post.

Check out what could happen to YOU some Halloween if they ever see the costume below:

Okay guys – fill up my Relateds

Anybody ELSE got something for Halloween?

Now that I’m going to be online sometimes, I’m gonna’ keep inviting all the blogging dogs (and cats, pigs, parrots, hamsters – or any other animals in the kingdom) to leave me a link to one of your posts down there in the comments section. According to Mom, I need to include some Related Content if I’m going to follow her format.

Again, you two-legs can leave a comment for my mom – so she doesn’t feel like I’m about to take over her blog. I care about her feelings, after all (and I don’t want to make her jealous).

Oh yeah – and HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all!

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

59 Responses to THIS will REALLY Scare you!

  1. Norah Colvin says:

    I like that little puppy got a bit carried away with Halloween costuming. Or was that his Mom?
    What a wonderful alias. Cute.
    Norah xx

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  2. OMG those poor dogs. Zorro was tame but poor old Noodle. Happy Halloween Tink xx

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  8. Hahaha oh my!! This is so hilarious. I love the twist to it seeing it from a dogs view! Love it ❤

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  9. reocochran says:

    These cracked me up, Madelyn. I actually liked the little “big bird” with yellow feathers and orange beak. Must be spending too much time with my Sesame Street memories of grown children, plus my one year old grandson playing with the toys handed down to him. 🙂

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  10. noelleg44 says:

    I know people think this is cute, but I personally abhor it. The poor pooches. The only thing good about it is if they get a doggie treat. Better to take them out for a long walk to explore things with their noses.
    BTW, for our son’s first real Halloween, we hadn’t even thought about taking him out, but did with some friends. Dressing him up in a cowboy hat and a large vest made from a paper bag that made noise when he moved. We called him a ‘rustler.’

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    • “Rustler” – very cute! I always love to see what people do to their babies and toddlers on Halloween – as long as the kids seem to be having fun.

      I once ushered for a show in NYC as a favor for a friend who was the House Manager, along with an actress who had an entire *wardrobe* for her amazingly well-behaved toy poodle, who waited quietly in the office until it was time to put on her doggy coat for the trip home. (The actress’s mother made matching outfits for the both of them, including a cowboy one that included a tiny holster with toy guns).

      Unlike most dogs, who don’t seem particularly happy about it, that dog actually seemed to enjoy being dressed up and showing off. If you keep an eye open during the street scenes in slightly older New York movies, you’ll often catch them. They were hired as “background” many times.

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  11. Jamima is S happy right now she’s a cat! And her mum(me!)is one handed and doesn’t like that much of a challenge……

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  12. Wendy says:

    Hi Tink! Kiki here. I have the bones shirt! I love it. When I wear it people seem to think my humans are starving me and give me lots of treats. Hehehe. I like that game. It’s also really toasty to wear on cool mornings. I like to wear it on more days than just Halloween, I think it looks tough. 🙂
    If you get a costume I hope you like yours as much as I like mine!
    Happy Halloween my friend.

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  13. painkills2 says:

    Noodle for President! Except I just read that New Mexico is not allowing any write-in votes… 😦

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  14. And we allow these people to vote and have children ? Astonishing.

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  15. I actually saw someone that had dressed their dog in a ‘hotdog’ outfit complete with mustard and onions! I thought that was only found in magazines I didn’t think it was a ‘real’ thing.

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  16. Sue Vincent says:

    Hi Tink, my two-legs wouldn’t dare! Mind, she wouldn’t catch me either… Just practice your growl and baring the fangs…if you don’t normally do stuff like that, they do notice. And they might just let you get away with being a were-dog for the eveing 😉 Much love, Ani xxx

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