Better Late Than Almost Never

by Houndstooth on

There has been a debate brewing in our house for the past month between Mr. Taleteller and myself.  You see, I really enjoy Halloween and taking pictures that have a fantasy or Halloween element to them.  And for as much as I enjoy it, my husband does not.  I tried, really tried with begging and pleading and puppy dog eyes, to get him to let Küster wear a Halloween costume this year.

My husband would have none of it.  He claims that search and rescue dogs do not wear costumes.  I suggested a manly pirate costume, since I got one to use for the review we did, and he was still a no go.  When we went to visit the nursing home, all I could get him to do was let Küster wear his Search and Rescue vest.  It was rather discouraging.

Nothing was changing his mind.  When I took one of my dream pictures last year, it involved the Black Tornado and a tie.  Someone commented that a SAR dog shouldn’t be dressing up.  That picture ended up making Explore on Flickr, but my husband wasn’t impressed enough to let me try a repeat performance.  Last year for the nursing home visit, I convinced him, hesitantly, to let me spray a skunk stripe down his back.  Everyone got a big kick out of him as a little stinker.

Kuster the Skunk -- Tales and Tails

Little Stinker

Then, a few days before Halloween, Ms. Breeder made a post on her Facebook page asking for people to post pictures of their dogs in Halloween costumes.  Some really cute and funny ideas started emerging.  I mentioned it to Mr. Taleteller and then let it go.

To my great surprise, Halloween night, my husband asked me if I’d help him with something.  I was puzzled as to what that might turn out to be, but I try to be a good sport and so I agreed.  It turned out that he wanted me to take a picture of Küs for him to share on Facebook.  Well, there was no way I was going to pass that up.  I grabbed my camera and got ready to snap away.

Apparently, I forgot about what a wild man Küster can be when we go upstairs to the studio.  All he had to do was wear a pirate hat for a few minutes and we’d be done.  He thought it would be a great idea to try to eat said hat every time it got near his giant bear head.  Several wrestling matches ensued, not because the Black Tornado was worried about the hat on his head, but because he wanted to eat that hat in the worst way.

An hour later, we emerged from the attic.  I went through all the photos and finally ended up with one.  So, here for posterity is Küster’s Halloween photo.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one, so enjoy it.  We may be making the most of it for many years to come.

Avast Ye Matey -- Tales and Tails

Avast Ye Matey

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24 Responses to "Better Late Than Almost Never"
  1. harrispen says:

    It’s those giant GSD ears that make hat wearing a bit difficult. So glad Mr. TT finally let you dress up Kuster.

  2. Sue Dyer says:

    He looks so cute.

  3. genjiscorner says:

    Do they make pirate hat stuffie toys. Bet Kus would really like one 🙂

  4. Patty says:

    Awwww…..I like it!

  5. He’s such a good-looking fellow! I’m always impressed with how shiny his coat is. Great job on the photo!

  6. rottrover says:

    Maybe you’ll have to stick with “Little Stinker”…it seems much more fitting! Great shots!

  7. Mr. Taleteller says:

    Already working on next year.

  8. Jen says:

    Oh, that is adorable! An Kuster looks a little drunk in his pirate hat. Perhaps the angle? 😉

    You should get him Doggles and then with some accessorizing he can be a Steampunk dog!

  9. Emma says:

    He looks cute. If he isn’t allowed to dress up much, no wonder he tried to eat the hat. We love the little stinker idea, perfect!

  10. Sara Blair says:

    Adorable! His expression is hilarious~ always the life of the party.

  11. Hazel says:

    I think he is the one who thinks SAR dogs don’t wear costumes. I think he is the one who told Mr Taleteller that it is a bad thing!

  12. misskodee says:

    There is your Kuster photo! My husband pretends he doesn’t like I dress up the dogs – I see his smirk, he thinks they are cute.

  13. KolchakPuggle says:

    Ack! I love it. Y’arr me matey. Kuster would definitely make a great pirate. I’m so glad you got to do this!

    Now, far be it from me to contradict Mr. Taleteller, but it seems to me that a trainer once told me wearing costumes was good for dogs, as it teaches them to be comfortable in any situation, no matter what you put on. It’s kind of like training…no?

  14. browndogcbr says:

    Hi Y’all!
    Oh what a handsome Dude you are Kuster!
    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  15. Lori - What Remains Now says:

    Good job, Kuster! One of my favorite Halloween memories was Morgan as a Greyhound. That was a good one.

  16. Yay!!!!! The photo is all the better for knowing how hard it was to get!!!! I bet that Kus gets super excited about going into the studio since he doesn’t get invited as often as the others.

    I love the skunk stripe. What did you use to make it?

    For the record, you have it easy with Mr. TaleTeller. The Runner basically doesn’t allow me to photograph R at all! I have to wait until I get a hike with the Duo by myself, and then I take photos galore, enough to last until the next time I get to be with R alone 🙂

  17. SlimDoggy says:

    I like the skunk one – how perfect! But well done with the pirate photo – he makes a good jack Sparrow 😉

  18. Beth Christians says:

    Oh my goodness Kuster, you are an adorable pirate!!!…Um…I mean a very tough and manly pirate ;-)!

  19. I just love the skunk one! And the Pirate would be great except the tall ears…are a problem! xo Chloe and LadyBug

  20. Jessica Rhae says:

    Meh….a tilted pirate hat is better than nothing. The not-dressing-the-dog-up thing must be a guy thing. My hubby REALLY doesn’t want me dressing up our man dog Chester either 🙂

  21. MelF says:

    LOL! So funny that Mr Taketeller decided to allow the costume for the breeder FB contest and then Kuster decided that eating the costume would be way more fun than posing in it. 🙂 thanks for the giggles.

  22. Dennis the Vizsla says:

    hello kuster its dennis the vizsla dog hay i like yore hat the hat mayks the dog i always say!!! so drink up me harteez yo ho yo ho and by drink up i am tawking abowt water frum the bowl of korse and not enny of that nasty rum stuf!!! ok bye

  23. Pamela | Something Wagging says:

    I have to say, the picture was worth the effort. Kuster makes a very handsome pirate. 🙂

  24. Jodi says:

    He’s a very handsome dog and pirate. This year I cheated and just used an online editor. LOL

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