What are you going to be for Halloween? A witch, a goblin or a ghost? Or something altogether different and original such as the government shutdown, 50 Shades of Grey or a cereal killer?
What about your pet? Do you plan on dressing him or her up as well? I have seen some pretty cute pet costumes such as hot dogs for doggies and a bird for a cat. But, I admittedly have mixed feelings about dressing up our furry friends in frills, hats, horns, wings and wigs. Especially wigs.
So many of the dogs I see in costume look absolutely humiliated such as the boxer dressed as a carrot bunch below. He seems to be thinking, please, oh please, do not let any of my buddies see me – and God forbid, PLEASE do not let my photo go viral on the internet! (Sorry, too late.)
The cats I have seen dressed up also generally look displeased, but more irritated than humiliated, and I have the distinct impression that those costumes will be off and/or shredded in mere minutes!
I recently wrote a post about a cat fashion show where cats were forced into ridiculous costumes and then thrust upon a stage with bright lights, lots of people, noise and flashing cameras. That to me, was over the top and borderline abusive in some cases.
To be fair, I have seen some dogs and even cats, ferrets and parrots that do not seem to mind the theatrical entanglements imposed upon them by their beloved humans. And if the animal clearly does not mind, that seems okay with me.
I also met a lovely dog owner yesterday who had her pup dressed up as a bumblebee. I told her about the post I was writing and she responded, explaining that her dog loves wearing a costume as he associates putting on clothing (especially in the snowy winter) with going out for a walk. His tail starts wagging very enthusiastically when his costume or any of his clothing items come out. He also loves the extra attention he gets with the bumblebee ensemble.
Pet experts have, of course, weighed in on the subject of whether pet costumes are okay or not and this is what they say: it depends on the pet and the costume. In general, the pet experts say costumes are okay as long as you are certain that your pet is comfortable and safe in his/her holiday gear.
Next page: ASPCA guidelines for pet costumes, plus photos of pets in costume