The first thing I noticed when I got off the plane in Florida last week was not how nice the airport was, or how warm and lovely the weather was. What I noticed was a lady sitting on one of the airport chairs with a Chihuahua in her lap. The Chihuahua was your regular old, everyday runofthemill Chihuahua, but with one exception: It was wearing a dress. It was a pink and green dress that looked like a miniature version of something Lily Pulitzer would design.
It was a nice pattern, if you like pink and green clothing, and probably would look really nice on a person.
On a Chihuahua… not so much.
Although the owner looked pretty pleased, the dog looked pretty miserable. If a dog can grimace, I think this one was. I, too, was kind of appalled and then I realized that the lady was probably just doing a dry run for the upcoming holiday.
What? You didn’t know?
It’s National “Dress Up Your Pet Day.”
I kid you not.
Now this dressing your dog up is serious business. As a dog owner, I’m not in favor of canine Uggs, or doggie raingear, but I know there are a lot of other people who are. The clothing runs the gamet from doggie booties and bonnets to canine swimwear and ski pants. There are also some pricey accessories including swarovski-studded collars and gold plated ID tags for all the designer-loving dogs out there who like a little bling with their dog biscuits.
I actually am guilty of dressing up my dog for Halloween, and I’m sure he hates me for it. The only thing worse than a dog in a pink and green dress is a dog dressed up as Spongebob Squarepants or Harry Potter. I dressed my dog up as a fireman and blame my momentary lapse in judgment on all the sugar from the Halloween candy I ate.
Still that was one day, one year, so hopefully he has forgiven me.
As for all the other dogs who are at the mercy of their canine couture-loving owners, what can I say?
Life is ruff.