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The Real Cost of Humiliating Pets on Halloween

By Carla Fried - 2013-10-22T22:12:30Z

Courtesy PetPaint

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Sprayed and Cuter?  

Dogs who reject costumes may find one painted on them with non-toxic paint. Mollie Thompson of Mi Doggies Mobile Grooming in Port Charlotte, Fla., says about 20 percent of clients in the week before Halloween want a paint job; jack o’lanterns and witches are most popular. It takes about 25 minutes and costs around $20. Another $2 or so gets a dog matching glitter nail polish. Prefer to do it yourself? gets about 30 percent of sales from Halloween buyers of its “furspray” and stencils ($9.99 per 5 oz. can; $4.99 for stencils). PetPaint president Abe Geary says customers create effects like ladybugs, zebras, and football jerseys. Popular stencil kits: Hipster Hound with Peace Fingers and Peace Sign & Daisy stencils.