It’s Not a Costume, It’s a Metaphor of His Existence

When you’ve been on the Earth as long as the elderpin, you’re kind of a dinosaur.

That’s all I could think about when I slipped him into a Halloween costume I got for cheap at an after-holiday sale.

dog in frog or dinosaur costume

Rather than transforming him into a dinosaur, though, the ensemble makes him look more like he has a dinosaur on his back.

That metaphor is quite apt.

Although on his best days, he’s still a little T-rex when it comes to food, age is catching up to my sweet Scooby dog. You can see it in his ever-whitening face, his slowed gait and his utter confusion anytime the lights are too low.

miniature pinscher in dinosaur costume

Cataracts are making the elderpin blind.

He runs into glass doors and mirrors. We had to put a gate across our back stairs last night because he doesn’t always realize they are there.

Rather than signs of the dinosaur taking him down, I’d like to the think of the gated stairs, the extra sweaters purchased because he’s cold all the time and my cheering him on at dinnertime just more ways I get to show my extreme affection for the little dog love of my life.

Also, I’m not so sure that costume is a dinosaur, anyway.

dog in frog costume

It looks more like a frog. 

And that’s better.

Frogs are transformative creatures. They grow out of one body and into another, and they’re comfortable in two worlds – land and water. Which setting just depends on the season.

Yep, that’s a better metaphor.


November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on November 6, 2013, in Dogs, Dogtography, Random Life, Scooby and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love this little grey-faced guy!

  2. What a darling little guy. He looks so cute in that costume. I love the seniors, even with all their quirky behavior and needs…they are the best!

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