Happy Dress Up Your Pet Day!

January 14th is Dress Up Your Pet Day!

Why Celebrate?

As a little girl, I loved playing dress up. Going through my chest of princess gowns, goofy hats, and my mother’s old clothes provided hours and hours of daily entertainment. I also loved dressing up my dolls. My mom gave me some of my old baby clothes for dressing up my own “babies”, and I found ways to modify the little outfits to fit perfectly. So it is only natural that when we first got Rascal, a sweet little tortoiseshell kitten, she became my new dress up victimpartner, and craftily repurposed my doll clothes to suit her.

Luckily for me, Rascal had a very laid back temperament. She was patient and understanding with me as I squished her into doll dresses and baby onesies. She would pose calmly as I took photographs of her all dressed up in my Madeline doll coat and hat, and as I giggled, she would blink slowly as though she was trying her best to maintain composure. Years later, I adopted Phoebe, and soon found out (through a few close encounters with death) that not all pets enjoy playing dress up.

If your pet tolerates the moderate discomfort of being fitted into a cutesy costume, you are one of the lucky ones. Little Cricket the chihuahua would look totally adorable in that pink raincoat, and Kitty Smalls really rocks that Christmas sweater and tie that you put him in for your holiday card. Pretty much the only thing cuter than your adorable pet is your adorable pet in some adorable clothes.

How to Celebrate

If your pet is of gentle spirit and is slow to anger, Dress Up Your Pet Day is an excuse to dote on your little pet partner with a fun new outfit. And if you don’t want to spend a silly amount of money, get crafty and convert a handkerchief or an old t-shirt into something fashion forward for your furry friend. As for me, I think I will just browse the internet and enjoy photos of other people’s pets dressed to the nines. Because Phoebe hates playing dress up, and I value my life.

Quote of the Day

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

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