Dressing up your four-footed, tail-wagging, rump-shaking companion at Halloween is pretty much expected these days, and it matters not if the costume is a simple kerchief or a full-on cowboy costume complete with hat, vest, and little chaps.
But costumes, in general, are the province of those pooches who already have a home to call their own. The dogs seen at adoption fairs and events generally remain costume-less, as volunteers stay incredibly busy with other issues (the principal one being, of course, to find Fido his forever place).
The Dog Cafe, which debuted in Silver Lake last spring, is changing up the adoptable pup paradigm this Halloween season by giving those hounds without a home a chance to show off their cutest, most-gussy-up selves via a weekend-long Halloween celebration.
Make a reservation to call upon the coffee joint and adoption center on Saturday, Oct. 29 or Sunday, Oct. 30 and prepare to behold all manner of whimsical costumes on those woofers who want to accompany cafe guests to their car, and then to their home, and then stay there for always.
Note that this is not a dress-up opportunity for your own pup, who should take a break from the outing and stay snoozing in his bed (in other words, "your own pets are not permitted"); rather, this is a chance for potential dog parents to play with costumed ready-to-adopt canines in the funky-fun atmosphere of The Dog Cafe.
"Specialty drinks and goodies from the cafe" are part of the seasonal fun, as is a photo booth.
Pairing pups with people is a heartfelt pursuit, and one that's evolved through the years. Art-cool photography is now a regular thing on rescue sites, and the adoptable dogs seen in the snapshots are sometimes dressed up to give their maybe-parents an idea of how aww-worthy the pup looks in a cowboy costume.
Now that adorable angle to adoption shall flower at The Dog Cafe over the pre-Halloween weekend. Only you won't be just looking at photographs but playing with the costumed, ready-for-a-family Fidos in person.
Reservations? Best make 'em. "No terror, just terriers" promises The Dog Cafe, a sweet vow ahead of its first-ever Halloween festivity.