The latest trend to take social media by storm is something that will bring joy to both Halloween fans and dog lovers alike, from all over the land. People have been using their four-legged friends as inspiration for pumpkin carving, and the results are quite simply spectacular.
Dogs can get involved with pretty much anything nowadays. They dress up as elves and Santa’s at Christmas, have a range of furniture dedicated to them at IKEA and they even have their own Instagram profiles; it was only a matter of time before they became a feature on our pumpkins.
Below, you’ll see an example from Pomeranian owner Andy Manoloff from Indiana, who transformed a pumpkin into a portrait of his dog Sophie. He told Country Living: “She’s been through everything with me and I just thought it’d be fun to see her on one of my pumpkins”.
Granted, Andy’s project is perhaps beyond the reach of those with average artistic skills, Andy says you don’t have to be channelling an inner Van Gogh to join in on the fun.
To make one of your own, you’ll have to start by treating it like you would any other pumpkin, and scoop out the seeds and flesh for a hollow interior. Next, either carve a detailed sketch of your pet, like Andy did, or for the less artistically gifted like myself, you can use a template of your dog’s breed. These free, easy-to-use stencils are available to download at PedigreeFoundation.org.
These dog-o-lanterns could take anything from a few hours to several days of work, but the final result will make your heart swell and delight those trick-or-treating in your neighbourhood. They are PAW-fect for those thinking of hosting parties at the end of the month, and will be a guaranteed conversation topic on the morning dog walk.
No matter the outcome, carving your dog into a pumpkin is a fun, festive and creative way to spend an afternoon or five, and sitting your dog next to the end-product will make for cute, Instagram-worthy snaps! If your pumpkin actually looks nothing like your dog, any dog or anything for that matter, fear not, as that only adds to the hilarity of the post!
Check out some dog-o-lantern inspiration below to see what other canine community enthusiasts have created:
Will you be making a Dog-O-Lantern of your own this Halloween? Please share any attempts with me via the TOWIPUP social media channels – I’d love to see your efforts!
After all, what better way to show some love for your pup than to give them pride of place on your pumpkin this Halloween?