Look out! Here comes Spider-dog: Terrier with the best fancy dress wardrobe in the world
Owner Kristin Kittle spends months designing each fancy dress costume
16:54 GMT, 11 December 2012
At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across a giant spider in the wilderness.
But it is, ahem, in fact a dog – posing in fancy dress.
And the pet's arachnid costume is by no means the most unusual outfit in its wardrobe.
Spider dog: Boston Terrier Echo is dressed in a spider outfit – just one of an array of unusual fancy dress outfits its owner makes
The beloved pooch, Echo, has a vast collection of fancy dress attire, all designed especially for it by its owner.
Kittle not only designs its outfit but also chooses a suitable set –
whether that means taking her pet out for the day or superimposing a
background on the computer.
From a scorpion costume set in a desert backdrop, to an astronaut suit on the moon, Echo has it all.
It even has a walrus outfit, which it happily stops to pose in for a photography shoot.
Wal-ruff! He may look slightly startled but Echo stops and poses for the camera in its warm and cosy walrus outfit
Fly me to the moon: Echo's owner Kristin Kittle said the dog began its costume frenzy in its hometown Savannah
Lost in the desert: Echo could quite easily be mistaken for a scorpion in its intricately designed costume
For Christmas time, Echo has its own Santa outfit that comes complete with a hat and a belt.
if it wants to go scuba diving then have no fear – there's an
underwater diving kit for it, including oxygen tanks on its back and
flippers on its feet.
Owner Ms Kittle said: 'Echo began her costume frenzy back when we lived in Savannah, GA, her hometown.
had no idea what it would turn into, or how recognized Echo would
become. We have actually had people say they recognize her from the
Bizarre: The dog is dressed in a plant/hedge themed fancy dress costume in one of its most surprising attires
Professional diver Echo wears flippers, and carries oxygen tanks on its back in the underwater themed display
Father Christmas: Echo the pooch even has a Christmas themed outfit for the festive period
Ms Kittle said each year she and her
team spend several months brainstorming ideas, researching fabric and
props, before finally deciding on its costume.
added: 'The process of creating it is trial and error. I begin by
taking basic measurements, drawing out a pattern and cutting the basic
bodice of the costume, depending on the overall look we are going for.
it's a series of trying on, re-pinning, and so on. When the final
product is fully tweaked to allow her optimal movement and comfort, we
focus on her “set”.
costume is a huge part, but what really sells the idea is the context
of the picture. We are already tossing ideas around for next year.'
Wrapped in a blanket, the pooch sits in a basket as it poses in front of an E.T. film backdrop