Things That Should Be Banned: Pets As Fashion Accessories

This really shouldn’t have to be said, but apparently it does, so allow us to be the ones to say it: pets are not fashion accessories. They’re just not. They do not need to be dressed in human clothes, have ribbons tied in their hair, or HAVE THEIR FUR DYED PINK.

This is apparently the latest thing, though. The dogs shown above have all been “fur-jazzled” by a company called  Cute Cuts Grooming of Essex, England, who say it’s the canine equivalent of vajazzling. Because the world was just crying out for a canine equivalent of vajazzling, obviously: how we have lived without it so long, we will never know.

We should stress that no animals are harmed during the process of fur-jazzling, which can include dying the fur, attaching “fairy wings”, or adding a bit of “bling” to the animal’s nether regions:

Fur-jazzled ass

It doesn’t hurt. The dog in question probably doesn’t even know its fur is blue, or pink, or that it has some cutesy cherries or lovehearts on its ass. But it seems to us that this kind of thing is symptomatic of the practice of treating animals as fashion accessories, and we just can’t get on board with that. It’s a dog, not a handbag. It doesn’t need to be pink. Dogs are cute enough, aren’t they? Why do they need to be dressed as fairies?

~ Fairy Dogmother

This just makes us sad. Couldn’t the owners of these animals just buy a doll or something?

While we’re on the subject of dolls:

 

Dogs in dresses

We’re not keen on this kind of thing either. Sure, we can see doing it once or twice as a joke, and then taking the dress off the dog a couple of minutes later. But for any longer than a few minutes? That’s got to be annoying to the dog. You can argue all you want that they love it, but we’ve yet to meet an animal who’d be happy to drag around a ball gown on its back all day. Maybe we’re not mixing in the right canine circles? For all we know, these dogs could very well be discussing how to work the colourblocking trend, and whether it’s OK to remix. The one on the end is totally thinking, “Bitch* looks fat in that,” isn’t she?

(*Dogs are allowed to say that word. It’s not an insult to them, you see.)

What do you think, Fashion Jurors? Do you like seeing pets treated as fashion accessories, and subjected to the latest trends in hair colour and accessorizing? Do you take the view that it doesn’t hurt them, so what’s the harm? Or do you prefer the natural look on animals, and feel that fashion should be kept for us humans, who can at least exercise our free will over it? (Hell, maybe the dog in the dress HATES green, for all we know?)

13 Comments

  • August 12, 2011

    Francoise

    It just looks silly! The cutest pets are ones that are well-fed, well-groomed, well-exercised, well-socialized, etc.

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  • August 12, 2011

    fiona norrie

    I’ve said this from the start, its so pathetic and ridiculous! its un called for, waste of money, and the animals look stupid!! how do you know they love it? do they tell you? no they don’t! enough said! they have no choice but to be like this from there owners. the owners clearly have more money than sense!!!!!!!!

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  • August 12, 2011

    Cookie

    That is just silly. And not in a good way silly. And while it is ok, in my opinion, to put a bow on a dog whose fur would otherwise get in it’s eyes or if the dog would get filthy while eating, dressing up your pet for anything more than a few minutes of giggles is really, well… daft.

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    • August 12, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      Funnily enough, right after I read this comment I took my own dog for a walk, and we met an Old English Sheepdog which had its hair held back with a little bow, and yeah, in that case it actually seemed like it was for practical reasons more than anything else, because her hair would’ve been in her eyes otherwise. My dog also has a little coat he wears on walks in the winter: it’s not for “cuteness”, it’s just because he’s so close to the ground that if it’s wet and muddy out, he comes home looking like a drowned rat, and with half the woodland stuck to his fur. I figure he’d rather just wear the coat than have to be showered after every walk!

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      • August 13, 2011

        Zoe

        But Rubin does look adorable in it!

        But I agree. To me, buying expensive clothing for a dog is the same as buying expensive clothing for a two month old- they don’t care and they will probably get crap on it.

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      • August 13, 2011

        Kate

        My Braque du Bourbonnais, Gracie (sporting dog) has clothes. And I’m ok with them. We get winters with -20F temperatures and 4 feet of snow, and she’s a short haired dog with a bare tummy. So she has a “skid plate” to protect her chest when she goes hunting, a fleece vest for light snows, and a dog snow suit for when the temps get low or when the snow’s deep. You only see your baby girl come in from potty time shivering once before you go get something to keep her warm, even if she does come in and go straight to the fireplace.

        …and she has a Halloween costume. I’m less able to explain that away, except that she gets excited when it comes out of the drawer for Halloween, and she loves kids, who in turn love seeing her in her costume. She makes a very cute dinosaur.

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  • August 12, 2011

    msveve

    I understand the dressing up part, sure why not, if the pet doesn’t mind, sure. But the hair dye??? That’s just wrong, plus it can seriously hurt the animal.

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  • August 12, 2011

    Terry

    Rubin is shaking in his boots right now!

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  • August 12, 2011

    Nell

    I think it’s cruel. Coats on dogs is OK if it’s to keep them warm (for example, I really want an Italian Greyhound – their like really cute mini greyhounds – but they have such thin fur that they have to have a coat on in the winter or they just won’t go out! – If you’re bored, there’s a really funny video on youtube with one wearing shoes, that the owner says is because the dog’s feet get too cold in the snow) – But to dress them in ballgowns – it’s just cruel. I put an antler headband on my mum’s spaniel at Xmas one year, to take photos (for a homemade Christmas card the next year!) and he hated it – he let me take the photo, but then it was off straight away afterwards! I felt a bit bad…

    My mum and Dad used to know a fashion designer (not naming names) in the 70s who used to dye her hair purple, and her poodle’s fur purple to match – that was cruel then and it’s cruel now. So, this isn’t exactly a new thing… But it will always be cruel.

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  • August 12, 2011

    Katie

    My dog wears simple clothes on a regular basis and she seems to enjoy them – although I suspect it has more to do with her staying warm (she’s mostly hairless) than trying to look “fashionable.” I’ve dyed her hair a few times as well and I really don’t think she even noticed. I don’t see any harm in it as long as the owners are using pet-safe hair dye (which differs from human hair dye and does not burn the dog’s skin) and keeping their dogs in basic little shirts and sweaters that don’t impair movement. I could never agree with keeping a dog strictly as a fashion accessory and otherwise neglecting it, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dressing them up a little as long as the dog in question is healthy, happy, and loved.

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  • August 12, 2011

    bec

    So tight on these dogs, it looks terrible too.

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  • August 13, 2011

    Zoe

    Although I define myself as a “dog person,” I’m a cat person and I just know Stormy would not stand for such shenanigans. He hates all types of clothing. He won’t even wear a collar! He keeps finding ways to break them. We don’t even know how he manages to do it, but we gave up after the first half dozen.

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  • August 14, 2011

    Michelle

    Those poor dogs! Just let them be dogs!! They look so silly 🙁

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