by Diane Blankenburg
As a kid, I had a variety of pets and one my favorite things to do was dress them up in clothes. They were like dolls, but oh so much more fun. I’m not sure if it this urge came from my motherly instinct or just my basic mischievousness. Either way, it was great entertainment for me but got mixed reviews from the recruited participants.
Having now worked at Nevada Humane Society for six years, I have participated in many events that included shelter animals dressed to match the theme—from the Mardi Gras parade with its King and Queen to dozens of Chihuahuas marching in the Cinco de Mayo parade to Talk Like a Pirate Day where furry mates decked the pirate ship to Halloween with animals donning a variety of costumes.
The main thing that I learned through all of this is that some animals hate dressing up and others love it. Unlike many people, pets will let you know immediately if this is not their cup of tea. Others will politely tolerate and for shelter animals, it’s almost like they know if they do the ridiculous, it might help them meet their new family. But some will shine as if they were born models. One of our volunteer photographers dresses up her cats for every occasion and it’s quite apparent that they fit into the “love it” category. They primp and pose like the superstars they know they are.
January 14 is National Dress Up Your Pet Day that was founded in 2009 by celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist, Colleen Paige, and sponsored by the Animal Miracle Network as a fun way to celebrate our beloved pets. So here is your opportunity to have fun and show off your dog or cat—just be sure they are willing participants.
Here are a few things to consider. It’s fun to pick outfits or costumes that match your pet’s personalities but you also want to make sure they are safe and comfortable. Do the outfits allow your pet to move easily and see and hear properly? Are they weather appropriate? Do they have parts that are easily chewed off and swallowed?
This is the day to go styling with your classy dogs and cats. Will yours be the most stylish on your block?
Events that Help Animals:
Adopt a Shining Star at Nevada Humane Society with Waived Fees through January 29. Other adult dogs are $50 and adult cats are $35. NHS is open for adoptions seven days a week from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and an hour earlier at 10:00 am on Saturdays. Located at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno.