Dog fashion? It's a divisive issue. Some people prefer to leave things as nature intended. Others might point out that after decades of inbreeding pedigree dogs are hardly free from manipulation. Who could object to a woolley jumper for a poor shivering Whippet?
A fascinating example of anthropomorphism can be found in the The Daily Telegraph which quotes Jo Barr, RSPCA spokeswoman, as saying "We're concerned that any pet should be viewed as a fashion accessory... It's quite humiliating and sends out the wrong message about pet care.” Humilating? For whom? Is it acceptable to dress our pets as long as we don’t embarrass them in front of their peer group?
If you are going to indulge steer clear of badly made costumes or novelty items and find a well-fitted tweed coat or a neat knitted sweater in naturally water-repellent wool for your dog. And whatever you do, don’t put him in your handbag... he’ll never hear the end of it from his friends.
For 15 original knitting projects to keep your dog warm this winter, try 'Dogs in Jumpers' by Debbie Humphreys.
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