Friday, February 13, 2015
It's okay to put a coat on your dog, really.
Yesterday I saw a picture of a beautiful German Shepherd. I don't know exactly where I saw it but the dog was totally stunning and was sitting in a field full of flowers. I really wanted to hit the like button until I read the comment that went with it. It said something along the lines of: "I'm so sick and tired of seeing all of these tiny dogs all dressed up. Here's a picture of a real dog." Seriously?? Sigh.
I get that having small dogs and them being "accessories" (cough... celebrities... cough) is a bad thing but just because I choose to put a coat on my dog doesn't make them not real dogs. It just keeps them from freezing when it's cold. Phoenix has very little body fat and her hair is very short she can't tolerate temperatures below 50 and even though Zoe is a little more hairy than Phoenix she still feels the cold, too.
Having coats for them enables us to actually get outside for more than a few minutes when it's cold and we can get our exercise out of the way, too. If they don't wear their coats I have a really tough time getting them moving. They scramble to get back inside. Phoenix will usually switch off holding her paws up and they both tend to look miserable. When the coats are on they actually want to go out and play (unless it's pouring rain). If it's raining they will go out but they are not that thrilled about it. Zoe complains way more than Phoenix, though. Zoe will whine and make all sorts of strange whimpering noises when she's cold.
I know that coats are not right for every dog and some dogs (double-coated, northern breeds, etc.) are okay but mine are not. So what if they look a little stylish while keeping warm! I just don't think it's that big of a deal and it's upsetting when people act like it's wrong.
I also think it's okay to dress your dog up for fun as long as they don't mind it. Over the Christmas holiday, Zoe got really good at balancing a Santa hat! So, it's okay to put a coat on your dog, really! I'd much rather see a dog all bundled up than with nothing and freezing. That goes for any size dog. If you're cold and need a jacket your short-haired dog is probably cold, too!
Does your dog wear a coat? What do you think about putting clothes on dogs?