I can’t think of a way to say this that won’t offend someone, but I have a real problem with people who dress their pets up in costumes just so they can pose them for pictures. Go to Facebook during the Christmas season, and you’ll likely find a post from someone who’s dressed their dog or cat up like an elf. The animal usually has an expression on its face like it’s plotting revenge: "When I get this crap off, I’m gonna take a whiz on the carpet."
It’s kind of like Ralphie in A Christmas Story whose great-aunt Clara thinks he’s a four-year-old girl and makes him bunny costumes.
There are a couple of good reasons you’d want to dress up a pet. One is to brave the elements, especially if you have a dog like a Mexican Hairless or a cat like a Sphinx that has almost no hair. The other is dressing your pet in a Thundershirt that makes it feel secure during thunderstorms or when the kids in the neighborhood are shooting off fireworks. But, other than that, costumes on pets is just wrong.
On a related subject, I read somewhere that people don’t adopt black cats or dogs because they don’t photograph well. People who think that need to look at any of the dozens of black cat or dog groups on Instagram and rethink that. I’ve had a few black cats in my life, and they were all wonderful pets, and just gorgeous. Maybe you need a better camera…
Christine runs Simply 6 Minutes.