Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tis the Season to Make Your Pets Wear Ridiculous Sweaters

[Xmas] Having recently spotted a couple of sweater-sporting dogs, I was hit by a quick flash of shame and embarrasment. Embarrasment mostly for the dogs. It seems only that tiny dogs happen to wear sweaters which must be so awful for them. Tiny dogs already have enough security issues as it is, but add a sweater to that? Just check out the look of dread and repugnance on the face of the little fella pictured here.

But in the interest of fairness, I do have to admit that pet economics happen to put some small hairless little dogs for sale in a climate such as ours that they were not meant for. Personally I don't understand the appeal of hairless animals like those bald cats--good god those are frightening, all skin and evil ... but take chihuahua's for example. Loveable, I suppose but not meant for these rocky mountain environs.

Interestingly enough the strong Mormon knitting culture has recognized this and has made it easy to fashionably clothe your pets. Check out this Utah Made gift for all you lazy knitters to buy, or for the more ambitious heres a fine blog tutorial on knitting your Mormon convert chihuahua a nice sweater for church.

I still believe pets on clothes are awful, but not as bad as letting your dog go cold this winter. (Eric S. Peterson)


  1. My favorite guilty pleasure is small dogs in clothing. I know it's ridiculous, but hey, so are the small dogs that wear them.

  2. My small dog is a pound mutt who is mostly dachshund. He seems to be freezing in the winter when we take walks, so I bought him a very smart blue and yellow argyle sweater last year. He wears it with flair--very Sigma Chi looking. But I know he's very embarrassed to be forced to wear it. He always manages to scoot out of it and leave it in the backyard when I send him out for a bathroom break. Oh, the torment we visit upon our pets...HM


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