Pull out the parkas; snatch the sweaters and please, don’t exclude the accessories…it’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day 2015! It’s the day to celebrate our babies by turning them out in style (ok, so for some of us, maybe this is a day like any other). LOL
Our pets are our babies and, more and more, we’re introducing things into their lives we would for young human children. That includes dressing them in clothes. As a designer and writer in pet fashion, I’ve seen such creative, amazing work by colleagues in the industry. And, I think we all agree that, as much as our pets look adorable in fashion, we have to be sensible about it and not force anything on those who might not like it.
More and more designers are also focusing on comfort for pets in their creations, making sure they can move naturally and not find the feel of the fabric or the design irritating.
So, in honor of this special day, I wanted to share about how the holiday came about and some ways we can celebrate it with our furry loved ones!
Where it all began…
Dress Up Your Pet Day was founded by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige, also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day. While it’s meant to be a fun day, it’s also an excuse (not that we need one!) to give our pets a little more attention and another way to promote pet adoption, which is at the core of what Colleen does.
“I realize that there are many people who are excited about this day and some others, not so much,” Paige explains. “The one thing that I feel important to note is that as silly as this day may seem to some, all of my holidays have the underlying goal to help save lives and give homeless animals as much exposure as possible.
“I really stress comfort and safety for your pet in terms of fashion. If your pet doesn’t like wearing clothing, there is no use stressing them out by forcing them to wear something for human entertainment. Perhaps if that’s the case and you still want to participate, a nice new collar might be just the ticket.
“As someone who cares so much for animals, the one thing I absolutely hate to see is the use of real fur or animal skins. It is the cruelest form of fashion. There are so many great looking ‘humane’ accessories for pets (and humans) on the market that there is just no excuse to buy into cruelty. Animals should never have to suffer for the sake of fashion….even if that includes participating in National Dress Up Your Pet Day!”
We love this woman and couldn’t agree more. Couture by Sophie has taken a cruelty-free pledge in what we offer our clients – no real fur or leather is used in our designs.
And I can tell you, firsthand, there are stunning faux furs and leathers out there today that rival the real thing for lushness, softness and beauty!
So, how can we celebrate this very cool holiday with our pups and kitties (or other pets who like to dress?) Colleen has some great suggestions that marry conscious with creative. Let’s check it out!
Ways to celebrate!
1. Adopt a pet from your local shelter or rescue. There are more than just dogs and cats that need homes, pets such as bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds and farm animals need forever homes, too.
2. Dress your pet in a comfortable and safe costume or cute clothing and take photos to share online. You can actually bring happiness to strangers through your beloved pet. Tag #dressupyourpetday and we just might feature you! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Links are at the bottom of the page.
3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations in honor of your pet.
4. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to play with some dogs or cats available for adoption, clean cages, litter boxes, large animal stalls or anything else they need help with.
5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of puppy/kitten mills and gas chambers in your state.
6. Hire a professional photographer to do a photo shoot of your pet(s) in a special outfit or costume.
7. Have a Dress Up Your Pet Day party and invite your friends to bring their dogs. Take lots of photos!
8. Film your pet prancing around in fun attire and post it on social media with the tag #DressUpYourPetDay.
9. Paint your face up as your favorite kind of pet, wear kitty ears, bake animal shaped cookies for your kids or dress in pet related fashion.
10. Get the kids and pets together on Friday, January 16th and throw a Puss in Boots themed party to watch the debut of Puss in Boots on Netflix!
Do you dress up your pet?