By next week, the candy and costumes will probably be competing for space with Christmas decorations. If you listen carefully you can hear my heavy sigh as time just keeps passing too quickly.
I saw this display of doggie costumes at Target this past weekend. Looks like they are definitely going for a football and/or criminal theme here.
I think most people fall solidly on one end of the “dress your pets” scale or the other: Some people would never, ever put clothes or a costume on their pet; others dress their pets up like dolls almost daily.
I fall right in the middle: I dress my pets on holidays only. The dogs get star-spangled bandanas for Independance Day, something spooky at Halloween and a little something festive at Christmas.
Yes, I am the woman who puts a sweater on her cat at Christmas.
According to the National Retail Foundation, last year more than 170 million Americans celebrated Halloween, spending an average $80 per household. And pet parents spent nearly $370 million on costumes for their four-footed family members.
My opinion is that, if your dog really digs getting dressed up and the clothes don’t interfere with the dog being able to maneuver safely or get too hot, then fine – dress away.
However, if the duds make it difficult for the dog to move, get the pooch overheated or the poor thing just simple hates it, then take a fast photo and take it off. After all, she or he is a part of your family and you don’t want to cause a family member unnecessary stress. We all know there’s plenty of family stress already at the holidays.
What do you think? To dress or not to dress the pets for holidays or other occasions?