Friday, July 2, 2010

Doggie Duds?

I should preface this entry by stating I grew up on a farm.  We had a dog, Buster, who was our watchdog.  He slept outside or in the barn.  We had cats who kept the mice out of the grain bins; they also slept in the barn.

I did relent on that stance after I was married and have had a couple of dogs since that were allowed in the house.  One dog we had was a black lab and collie mix and slept at the foot of the stairs, unless my husband was out of town, then he would sleep next to my bed.  The next dog we had was our 216 pound Newfoundland, and he preferred to stay outside, on the roof of his doghouse and watch the world go by.  In rain, snow, or sleet, he most often was on the roof of that doghouse.  Once in a great while he would venture inside the doghouse, but he was happiest on the roof. 

These were two dogs who never owned an article of doggie duds.  No froo-froo sweaters or jammies for these guys!

However, not so for many dogs out there.  For those who feel the need to dress their dachshund or dalmation, to spruce up their scottie or their schnauzer, there are a plethora of choices as seen below:

A party dress perhaps?

Or something a little more casual?

Or maybe it's a really fancy dance?  (to the tune of $30 to $80)

Or maybe your canine is a sports fan!

It's chilly and you want your chihuahua to be comfy?

Or maybe you bitch is feeling a bit sexy and wanting to tempt some terrier?

Or how about a little faux fur for your pup?  (only $225)

Okay, so the dog found the love of her life and there's going to be a wedding!

Perhaps a very elegant ceremony:  "I promis to sniff your butt, and your butt only til death do us part."
We can get really fance with pearls and stuff!  
(price range for wedding gowns $100 to $200)


And of course every dog needs jammies!

Am I the only one who finds the above absurd?  Look closely at the faces on those dogs.  They look totally humiliated and embarrassed!  The eyes look sad and woeful as though to say, "Why are you doing this to me?"  What is wrong with people???   If someone has $200 to throw away on a canine wedding gown, why not donate that money to a food bank or other charity to help humans in need?

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, or just old, but I find the fact that some people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on duds for their dogs ridiculous.  If I offend anyone with that remark, I'm sorry, but that is  my opinion and I'm sticking by it.  Animals do not need clothes!  That's what their fur is! 

Ceasar Milan, The Dog Whisperer, says one of the biggest mistakes dog owners make is to try to treat their pets as humans.  It's bad for the dog and bad for the owner.

I totally agree with Judy and Ron Barrett on this issue!
Am I wrong?

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JackieA said...

Totally agree with you on that one! Especially so in Malaysia where there are three seasons - hot, hotter and hottest - dogs would rather hang out au naturel in their god given duds.....fur!

Mr. Stupid said...

At first, they all looked funny. But then, I went back reading the next part. You're right. They do look sad.
I wonder how many poor people could have had a day's meal with that money.
Nice post, Eva.

Jannie Funster said...

The only attire I ever got for our shih-tzu was a sweater before we went to Canada. Practicality. But here's the kicker -- she didn't even need it. She LOVED The cold, it's a Himalaayan foothills thing I learned.

Brian Miller said...

nope could not do that to a dog...maybe because i would not want someone to dress me up in wacky ways...just makes me shiver...

linda m said...

I agree with you. That is absurd that people dress up their pets. Animals should never be treated as human.

The Retired One said...

Yes! I agree, Eva...where IS that number for the Humane Society? (I have it here somewhere!!).....
oh, and I am SO glad that they left that out of our wedding vows:
"I promise to sniff your butt if you sniff my butt for the rest of our lives"......bwaaaa haaaaaaaaaa, that STILL makes me laugh!!!

Steven Anthony said...

My friend O carriesher pooch areound in full dress and in a purse...its always kinda scared

K A B L O O E Y said...

Couldn't agree with you more. But live and let live, as far as the doggie bucks are concerned. It bugs me more that people spend money supporting hate groups and Republicans. But I certainly agree that those dogs are speaking with their shamed eyes.

Writing Without Periods! said...

When I was little I tried to dress up my cat...but she would have none of it. I'm with you on dressing up, not my style.

KDC Events said...

Thanks for visiting KDCEvents! I love the doggie out fits, I could just never see my hubby allowing me to put my doggie in one =)

Ro Magnolia said...

Haaa Haa. I can really honestly say LOL!!!! I love this post. I grew up on a farm too but have to confess, I do have a winter jacket for my Jack Russell Terrier. But in my defense, I live in Canada and she has hardly any fur and only weighs 11 pounds. So she needs her coat. And it has no frills. She would not tolerate frills. I'm sure of it. She thinks she is a ginormous German Shepherd ... has no idea that she is a tiny little thing. And my black lab - well, I tried to put a red kerchief around her neck once because I thought it would make a good photo op. She dragged it through the mud in about 2 seconds flat. :D

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Eva Gallant said...

Steven: Be very afraid! lol

lindam: Glad I'm not alone in this.

Jannie: I have no problem with a blanket/coat in the cold of winter for dogs that usually stay indoors. I just think pajamas and dresses and such are pretty ridiculous.

Jackie: It always amazes me that someone as far away as Malaysia reads my blog! We're on the sme wave length on this issue!

Susie said...

So cute but so silly!!

Pat said...

I'd hate if my dog had better duds that I did!

Just silly I tell you!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Those are some over the top puppy outfits. It confirms my belief that some people have too much money ;-)

Happy July 4th!

Midday Escapades said...

I'm not a pet owner and I do feel people spend a lot of money on their dogs.

Tgoette said...

My dogs are nudists. They won't even let me put a collar on them because it conflicts with their feelings of freedom and harmony. I can tell this because when I try to put one on them they give me a look that says "Dude, why you wanna harsh my mellow?"

Some people can be so crazy, eh? I agree with you, Eva. I say leave the poor dogs their bliss and dress something else, like a doll!

Annie said...

Hi Eva. Very nice to meet you. I have to admit while I think some of these ensembles are totally cute or sporty cool, for the most part the whole idea is absurd. The most dressed up our chihuahua/terrier gets is a bandana around his neck or a black t-shirt that says Security on the back.

Unknown Mami said...

My brother in law lives with us and he owns a small dog. He also has a few articles of clothing for the dog and the dog never wears them because she hates them. I have a picture of her wearing a sweatshirt and she looks so ashamed. She will hide if you try to put anything on her. He only has clothes for her because they used to live in Chicago where it got very cold and the dog was always shivering. Well, she'd rather shiver than wear the clothes.

injaynesworld said...

Guilty as charged. Dixie, my 4-pound Chihuahua has lots of clothes, but mostly sweaters as her tiny frame gets chilly. Although, sometimes, I put her in her cowgirl vest or jellybean dress just because, yep -- I'm one of those. ;)

Saimi said...

Well, being a dog lover myself and having 4 wonderful companions I put the nix on doggie clothes. Just can't go there and I'm sure they are much happier for it!

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