I have been known to dress up my dogs. I put clothes (made for dogs) on them for a few reasons:
- They have very short fur and Babe, especially, gets cold easily. In the winter months, she’s either wearing a sweatshirt or hiding under blankets.
- Putting a pink hoodie (or other cute article of clothing) on a pit bull tends to soften the dog’s image. And for a breed that too often ends up in the hands of rejects not fit to raise a pet rock, pit bulls can use all the softening adorable outfits can offer. From some of the reactions to her clothes by passersby, I’d say we’re succeeding.
- Because, to be honest, it makes me smile and I really like taking pictures of my pups dressed up!
So, while I was making a few last-minute holiday purchases on Amazon recently, I noticed something that I simply must get for the dogs. It wasn’t going to keep them warm, but it definitely was going to fulfill the last 2 arguments that I have for ordering dog clothing.
I got Babe a lion’s mane. And I do not regret it.
The mane is really big, so I had to cinch the opening a lot before it would fit on her (sorry, small breeds, this isn’t made for little ones). It’s also really long, so even when Babe is standing, it covers a lot of her back and comes down to her ankles.
As soon as Babe saw my camera, she knew what was going on. She held still like a proud lion, waiting for her many many treats as I got a few cute shots of her strutting her stuff in that silly wig.
We didn’t leave the house with the lion mane on. It would just get dirty and didn’t seem like the easiest thing to wear while walking. But Babe always gets excited when she wears one of her costumes. She knows that it means she’s going to get all sorts of treats. So, for about 5 minutes, she sat on the bed, looking terribly dignified while I fed her tasty morsels and took adorable pictures.