Do you dress your dog up for the cold?

@WebMann (4732)
Canada
February 12, 2007 7:13pm CST
I was at a guitar jam Sunday night and they had a jacket to put on their bull dog and it looked like a tuxcedo. She was struttin' her stuff all over the place, looked pretty cool. Okay what do you make your pets wear?
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• United States
14 Feb 07
I sometimes put sweaters on my two small dogs (10 pounds) just to keep them warm and dry. I also make sweatshirts for them out of the sleeves of my husbands old sweatshirts. I put a picture of them in their University of Washington sweatshirts on my profile page. They are super easy to make. Cut the arm off of a sweatshirt, cut off the cuff if needed to make room for their head to go through and shape the back as needed to make room for them to do their business. My dogs don't enjoy the next step but I put them into the arm of the shirt and mark where their sholders are - you can see the bulge - then take them out and cut arm holes. On their UW shirts, because we are the Huskies, I wrote "I'm a DAWG".
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
14 Feb 07
Cool, thanks I looked at your profile but didn't see the picture you referred to.
• United States
16 Feb 07
Sorry it is up there now. However it isn't very good - well it is an adorable picture of the pups but you can't really see the sweatshirts. I will try to get a better one over the weekend.
@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
15 Feb 07
When it's really cold and I take old Jack to the market with me he wears a really cool jumper and scarf set! If it's raining he's got a waterproof cover type thing. I have another waterproof thing that my deceased collie used to wear, no doubt collie pup will end up wearing this in the rain. There's nothing worse than the smell of a damp doggy!
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
The doggy smell was the only thing I didn't like about my Shadow. She had very long black hair and it was very thick. And it wasn't pleasant when she got wet.
@rachelcaron (1681)
• United States
14 Feb 07
We don't dress our dog up. It doesn't get cold enough here. Even if it did, I don't think she'd let us. :)
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
14 Feb 07
Well you will never know until you try, so get out there a buy a cute little outfit and see what happens. Maybe she will feel extra special. :)
@babyhar (1338)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I know personally I have nothing against dressing up a pet because I do that myself. We dress up our pet more to keep her warm than anything. It's pretty cold here during the night and day so she needed something to at least protect her from the cold air. We were worried that if we let her outside without a sweater we'd find her frozen to a snow bank or attached to the swing set out in our back yard. We have seen our fair share of good and bad clothing for dogs while trying to find the correct size and style for our puppy. We bought her two hoodies from this one online store and have not been able to find a place that can match them at all. We actually just received a hoodie we had ordered from another establishment and I can tell you they don't make ones like the previous ones we had ordered at that other place. This one we just got is quite the disappointment as well. We figure we'll keep it even though she won't wear it and the material is too thin for this time of year. You should see her when we go ahead and take one of the hoodies off. Not only does she look weird because you're not used to seeing her without the hoodie on but she goes absolutely crazy and she gets mad because you took it off of her. I can only assume she likes the jacket or hoodie that much that she hates to see it get taken off. She gets just as goofy and crazy when you want to put the hoodie back on her too. She goes all crazy and starts sniffing the hoodie to make sure she can wear it. It's hilarious. We've seen some really bad clothes for our puppy too and thank god we didn't decide on getting them just for the pure fact to keep our puppy warm. Some of the jackets looked just plain weird or when we tried to imagine the jacket on her the thought of it just turned out strange. Some of them were unappealing colors as well or color combinations that were just plain ugly. If it wasn't the clothing, sometimes it was the actual vendors who turned their policies around at the last minute when we asked them. For example we asked to send something back to a certain company and they said it was totally fine. Well, we left the shipment and didn't send ut and now they have something that we want. We asked them if we could exchange for this new one and they threw us a bunch of stuff about it having to be in the same condition we received it in and there could be NO hair on it. The message that contained all of this had a lot of attitude and we have since decided to just stay with the dog clothing company we had originally bought from. So, in conclusion, I think clothing for dogs does have a purpose and it's good to have some hoodies for them especially for shorter haired dogs. If I didn't have these hoodies for my puppy, she'd be colder than she is and she wouldn't be able to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
14 Feb 07
Wow that's quite a story. Some dogs look cute dressed up but some just look goofy, but as long as the owners are having fun and the pets are warm. :) thanks
@hcromer (2712)
• United States
13 Feb 07
My dog doesn't have her own clothes, but we will dress her up in our old clothes from time to time. She doesn't ever seem to mind it, but when Deja is around other dogs that are wearing clothing, she tries to steal it from them.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
You have to teach your dog that stealling other dogs clothes isn't the way to make friends. :)
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I don't HAVE to make my dog wear anything...she willing does it. When it is cold outside, she will go get her jacket and wait for you to put it on her...or she will refuse to go outside to relieve herself. She had such thin fur that you can see the freckles on her skin. LOL So, I can understand why she doesn't want to go out to pee if it is that cold. LOL Neither would I!!!!
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I like that, she is willing. :) I do't blame her at all. I certainly would not want to go with just my birthday suit.
@juls2me2 (2151)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I don't dress my dog up. My son tried to put little shirts on our dog when he was a pup, but he never kept it on long enough.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
My son was for ever dressing up Shadow. She was so good to put up with him. She was Santa's little helper at Christmas time and even had antlers. :)
@quatelmon (955)
• United States
13 Feb 07
My dog wears clothing when it's very cold out or else he shivers and refuses to go outside. He has a few sweaters that I knit for him, a hoodie with a skull on it, and a little jacket. He actually won't go outside in the cold without some clothing on! He's a little dog, only 8 pounds, so he gets cold pretty easily.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
that is so cute. The last place we lived our landlord had a little scottie dog with a scottie outfit. The dog is so short it looks like it has no legs when you put it out on the lawn. It looks like an ornament until it darts across the lawn. Well my dog had a fur coat of her own and needed nothing to keep her warm. I hope you dog doesn't join a gang with that hoodie
@jahvo6 (624)
• Peru
14 Feb 07
whatever is useful or trendy except strange or funny models
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@kunal1702 (233)
• India
14 Feb 07
Yes i do.........& also give them tea & soup.....too
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• United States
16 Feb 07
We have a cocker spaniel that has a variety of sweaters. Her latest one is purple with a purple and white striped hoodie that my daughter bought her. When the dog was younger, the kids would dress her up in anything they could find around the house. I'd never know what the dog might be wearing when I got home. Sometimes a dress, a baby outfit, you name it. She seems to like the sweaters now that she's older and it's cold out. In addition to the sweaters, she has a few "old navy" doggy t-shirts too. She also seems happy when we take off the doggy clothes so she can get a really good back scratching too!! :)