Dressing dogs up in costumes or fancy outfits generates buzz – be it good or bad. Laughter, looks of amazement and a lot of “aw’s” are sure to follow.
Other than as a casual onlooker, my first up-close-and-personal interaction with pets in costumes was at a Halloween party at a specialty pet supplies store I created a few years ago. We held a costume contest for best costume, funniest costume and a few other categories.
Pet owners arrived with dogs dressed as Superman, Batman, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” a bride and groom, a witch and other cute or funny dog costumes. A local artist brought her very placid, Maine Coon cat dressed as an artist in a tiny beret and white smock with artist’s palette and brush attached. Granted, this cat’s outfit was created by its owner, but most of the costumes were purchased commercially.
Recently, I saw a canine wedding in progress at a retail specialty shop. The bride and groom Dachshunds were elegantly dressed for the occasion, and there were even a couple of bridesmaids clothed in pink satin.
Some experts are rabidly opposed to dressing up pets. They say that the process is demeaning to dogs. That may be true of some animals, but the ones I have encountered thoroughly enjoyed all of the attention.
Small dogs, in particular, appear to puff themselves up and strut about like peacocks, as if they know what they are doing and how much they are impressing their audience. They know how cute they are.
A dog dressed up in a cute or unusual costume will attract notice. Most dogs thrive on that attention.
During those years of involvement with the retail pet world, my English Bulldog, Maggie, was our poster girl for local advertising. She happily dressed in any outfit or costume we chose and pranced around like a princess. She wasn’t exactly a cute little Chihuahua in her finery, but she thought she was quite special.
Whether or not you approve of pets in costumes, they are here to stay. Owners enjoy dressing up their dogs, and most dogs seem quite happy with the fun. My daughter used to dress up our Great Dane in costumes each Halloween, and always included her in the festivities.
When choosing a costume for your pet, keep comfort foremost in your mind. Measure carefully, so that nothing binds your dog in any place or causes irritation.
One of our affiliates, www.Costumes4Less.com, is an online company specializing in cute and unusual outfits for pets and people. You might even coordinate your own costume with Fido’s.
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