While I do believe that when it rains out, Izzy needs his ThunderShirt, both to stay dry and so that he won’t get freaked out if it’s thunder and lightening while we’re out, I’m not so sure he needs a specially-designed sweater in the middle of the winter or a nice wooly blanket for football season. Seriously. What is it about people who dress up a Golden Retriever in a kerchief like some Middle-Eastern babushka-wearing grandma? And how long does the dog keep the kerchief on to begin with?
I’ve read a lot of articles about Baby Boomers and how we are treating our animals as though they are the children who have long since left the nest. While that might be true (not only of Baby Boomers but pretty much everyone who’s crazy about their pets), I’m still not convinced we have to turn animals into pseudo-human-children. I’ve seen Chihuahuas in pink tutus, poodles in berets, and boxers in Irish Fisherman knit sweaters. They all look the same: ridiculous.
I’m writing this and remembering that the dog I had when we were growing up often got scalped rather than having a decent haircut (because my parents were do-it-yourself-ers). Tammy would skulk around, head down, eyes averted, as if ashamed that she was “nude.” In that particular case, I can see putting something on her nearly naked body if it was the middle of the winter, because she certainly would have frozen. But should we dress our animals just to make a statement? Does a Cocker Spaniel really appreciate being dressed as a dragon for Halloween? Should we create a mini Pekingnese version of Santa Claus on December 25th? Or what about a heart-shaped Pit Bull for Valentine’s Day?
Maybe I’m just being an ol’ poop, but I don’t get design clothing for dogs. http://www.refinery29.com/pet-accessories?utm_source=email&utm_medium=editorial&utm_content=los-angeles&utm_campaign=131029-dog-accessories#slide-1
I’d be interested to hear how you feel about dressing up your lovely pooch. And I would venture to guess that your most affectionate cat wouldn’t sit still for putting on a hat or a vest or a lovely sequined dress!