If you go into any pet store, Party City, Target or many other retail shops in the Richmond VA area, you will find a large selection of cute, adorable clothes for animals. And though it may not be one of the best known celebrations, January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day!
Pet parents dress up their dogs and (sometimes) cats for just about every holiday — the biggest of those being Halloween and during the Christmas holidays.
If you go on the internet and search “dog clothes” you will find that every online pet store, including Amazon, carries a variety of dresses, coats, hats, shoes, formal attire and beachwear! And yes, you can spend in the thousands for these dog and cat clothes!
PetMD.com has a fun photo essay on the Top 10 Reasons to Dress Up Your Pet.
I have four small Japanese Chin and I admit to be a doggie clothes freak. Mine even have their own closet, a large trunk and chest of drawers for all their outfits and accessories. For me, scouting the best and trending fashions for dogs and cats is loads of fun! We have everything from jeans jackets to formal party attire. The dogs really don’t mind dressing up and see it as a sign that something exciting is going to happen.
We’re lucky to have Stony Point Fashion Mall in Richmond. It is VERY dog friendly. It is great to get them all dressed up and stroll through the Mall. The dogs love the attention and it always brings a smile to everyone they meet along the way. The sales staff in the shops seem to especially get a kick out of seeing them in their Sunday best.
So … What’s All the Rage in Dog Apparel in 2016?
Clothes shopping for my pets is old hat for me, but until recently there was one particular type of apparel we did not have — and it is the one that is hot, hot, hot right now.
Doggie Jammies or PJ’s!
I follow a few dog lovers’ groups on Facebook and since the weather has finally turned chilly at night, the trend is to put your dog in pajamas and post a picture! Of course they aren’t just any jammies. They must be cute, adorable colors with little bunnies, princesses, snowmen, Disney characters, etc. printed all over them and, of course, four legged!
Well, the dogs wearing them looked precious and you really could not tell from the picture what the dog thought of this, so I decided to find out for myself.
One of my dogs is older, has congestive heart failure, refuses to sleep in a dog’s bed or cozy blanket, but prefers the floor. I decided Mitzi was a perfect candidate to try out dog jammies. I had seen pictures of dog families where there were 5, 10, 15 dogs wearing jammies. That got me thinking — to put dog PJs on 15 dogs x four legs per dog would equal 60 legs going in and out of the jammies every night. Gosh how much time would that take?
I decided to start with just one dog and her four legs! Last night was supposed to drop to 18 degrees so my husband and I wrestled Mitsi into her jammies. The front end was a snap — over the head and front legs in their respective sleeves.
Now for the back two legs. This was a little tricker as you have to stretch out the jammies to reach the rear, then put the rear legs through the sleeves which was unnatural for me and for Mitsi. But we got it done, set her down on the floor and straightened out the whole outfit.
Mitsi was not impressed!! She became a statue and would not move. She stood in one place for about an hour, trying to decide what to do. She would take a tentative step, then stop. Finally she flopped down on the floor and refused to budge from the spot. She has worn lots of clothes in her 12 years, but never on her back legs, so I think this was what threw her and made her so unsure of things.
After another hour of waiting to see what she would do, I finally took pity on her and pulled her back legs out of the pajama sleeves. You could see the relief immediately pour over her face as she started to move around. We left the rest of the jammies on and that didn’t seem to bother her at all. At least she was half warm!
I think we will forget about jammies on Mitsi, especially since she has nice long, thick hair and that should keep her plenty warm without torturing her. But maybe one of the other dogs would enjoy them ???
And whatever my experience was, I hope you won’t let that dissuade you from trying them out on your dog!
Carole Tomas is the owner and president of Pet Pleasers, Inc. She is a graduate of Ohio University and a Charter Member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. When she began Pet Pleasers in 1985, business was conducted Old School via a landline, snail mail and an answering machine the size of a breadbox. No internet, email, text messaging, digital photos, social media or mobile phones! What has remained constant over three decades: Carole’s love of animals and an unwavering passion for professional pet sitting.