A Puppy’s Halloween Party

Reyna, my little Guide Dog for the Blind puppy-in-training, just turned six months old.

I’m co-raising Reyna (who, despite her name, did not like last week’s rain) with a fellow club member, Stephanie. I hit the jackpot! Stephanie is a total delight–funny (an imperative quality when one works with puppies!), takes awesome pictures of a puppy who is constantly in motion (how does she get Reyna to be still for a pix?!) and sends them to me frequently (another plus). And I shouldn’t neglect mentioning that Steph also has excellent dog handling skills. The perfect co-raiser.

So Tuesday night is a big Halloween party for all of our local Guide Dog for the Blind pups…they’re showing up decked out. Dressing up is actually a good experience for the puppies-in-training…helps them to get comfortable with something on their bodies, like the training jackets or, eventually (hopefully!), the harness. This is a picture of Brent, one of my favorite puppies, taken a few years ago:

So…you can see my level of costume creativity in Brent’s photo. Moderate…one might say, kindly.

Stephanie, who is far more talented in just about everything than I am…is working on a Halloween costume for Reyna…whose name means “Queen” in Spanish.

Want to see a peek of our little Princess-in-training?

I think Reyna has already nailed that look of ennui so common to the Royals.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Kimberly and Rufus says:

    Soooo cute! Yeah she looks thrilled, LOL.

  2. A Joyful Chaos says:

    What a precious pup!

  3. MA Pinkham says:

    Wow! Reyna's costume will be tough to beat! The question is will she keep it on:) MA

  4. ~Cindy~ says:

    I would so love doing this..but I am not good with training dogs..which is quite evident if you visit my house..I have three dogs and they are spoiled rotten and one of them needs trained desperately because she is so big and she scares folk…your going on my hero list for doing stuff like this..


  5. Vickie Brown says:

    I sm new to your blog, and I got such a laugh out of Reyna's costume–she does live up to her name–in or out of costume!

  6. Suzanne says:

    Just wait until tomorrow's photos…after tonight's Halloween party. Stephanie has added even more to poor Reyna's costume!