Does your dog wear clothes?

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Do you have a dog? Lots of dog-walking goes on around Derry. You’ll see very few of the dogs wearing clothes. Well, there might be an odd greyhound or two wearing ‘coats’ in the winter but generally dogs are as nature intended.

Do you have a dog? Lots of dog-walking goes on around Derry. You’ll see very few of the dogs wearing clothes. Well, there might be an odd greyhound or two wearing ‘coats’ in the winter but generally dogs are as nature intended.

If you, like my brothers and I, grew up with a dog at home you’ll know that it’s almost impossible to make dogs wear clothes. Don’t most children have a bit of fun, at some stage, trying to make their poor hound wear a hat or a scarf or something? Even the most placid animal usually shakes it off before you can even get a quick snap.

Incidentally, ‘Glen’ a collie we had was so good natured my younger brother could climb on his back so he could reach sweets deliberately placed high out of his reach in a cupboard!

Now, on Facebook, I see pictures of dogs, mostly in America, being substitutes for children and wearing clothes. For instance, there’s a dog wearing a birthday dress with a matching hat. Another is ‘doing the shopping,’ being wheeled round in a shopping trolley. And, these dogs can all speak. One mutt with toys strewn all around says, “Sorry Mom, I can’t make up my mind which toy I want to play with, so I’ll just play with you instead.” Another says, “Mom, it’s nasty outside so I’m going to sit on your lap until the storm is over”.

Isn’t this more than a little sad, taking sentimentality to an unnatural extreme?