Australian shepherds Kiwi & Pickles submitted by Lori and Steve Hill of Sandwich
See a larger version of Kiwi & Pickles by clicking their photo below, and admire the rest of these Holiday Hounds. Cat lovers on Cape Cod don't seem to dress up their pets as much with one exception below. Here's the rest of our story.
You know you do it. Admit it. You always say you won't be one of those people. But you are. First it starts with the reindeer antlers. Then it's the angel's halo. Maybe wings or a funny nose. Next thing you know, you have 'em dressed like Santa's elves and posing for the annual Christmas card.
No, not your kids. Although, you've probably done that too. We're talking about your four-footed, furry friends.
It's Christmas time and we're in the holiday mood here at Cape Cod Today. Send us a picture of Spot or Fluffy decked-out in holiday gear and you'll be entered to win a Cape Cod Today polo shirt--perfect for the golf course, the tennis court or just about anywhere.
Put your pet on our front page
So email your digital pictures to [email protected] right now. Be sure to include both your name, the town you live in and your pet's name. We'll add the photos to this story and choose a winner at 5pm Devember 21 .
We'll feature the winner as our front page photo on Thursday so everyone will know you won. Then you can show your friends and relatives around the world that your pet is famous!
The top photo above on the right was included on the page of one of our bloggers, and next, although she's not eligible for the prize since she is related to one of our staff, Marina Michael Brooks of Brewster sent in a photo of her friend "Shiva the Red Nosed Kitty Cat" (click on the photo to see larger).
Shiva is 72 cat-years-old (14 human years) and is a short-haired oriental cat. Marina informs us, "She lets me dress her anyway I want, and she never scratches me. "
YOU can do better
But we bet you can do better than that, so dress up your furry friend for a photo shoot today and send it in to [email protected].
After Marina are some of the entries we received.
The third photo is from Lori and Steve Hill of Sandwich who sent photos of their four and a half year old brother & sister Australian shepherds Kiwi & Pickles doing their famous Reindeer and Santa routine.
They were followed by Dr. Tracy A. Risley from Barnstable Animal Hospital who sent a picture of her Bernese Montain juggler, er, dog in her reindeer antlers and balancing a dog bone on her snout.
We received two more contenders on Wednesday. First up we have half brother and sister Australian Shepherds, Jetty and Nantucket or 'tucket for short. The photo was submitted by Paula Hersey of Marstons Mills. Paula tells us, getting the final shot took some work. A half hour and a box of gourmet treats to be exact!
We also received a lovely photo of Rio and Lola dressed in their fanciest Christmas bows. The photo was submitted by Sharolyn Yates of Texas. Sharolyn tells us she has spent her Septembers in Chatham for the last fifteens. That pratically makes her a Cape Codder!
Dogs 5, Cats 1, Japanese poll, British bonkers
All the photos on the right can be clicked upon to see enlarged. Try it. So far the dogs are beating the cats five to one. Are you cat fanciers going to stand for that?
In a June 1997 poll in Japan, voters thought this about dressing pets:
The British have gone bonkers over the dressing of pets craze. An article last December in the Manchester Guardian reported that
"The Â£9.99 pooch parka, complete with furry hood, has sold out at all 160 Pets at Home stores throughout the UK, just five weeks after going on the market.
Pets at Home chiefs say the celebrity-led craze for dressing pets in designer gear has led to an unprecedented sales boom.
In the same five-week period, animal-mad Brits spent more than Â£250,000 at Pets at Home stores on thousands of denim and sheepskin coats for four-legged friends..."
First in Britain, now in the United States
The new vogue for dressing pets is gathering momentum in the states â?? complete with "bling" accessories. Barry Kieselstein-Cord, a jewellery maker from New York City, has begun producing a whole range of accessories using precious metals for man's (and woman's) best friend.
Dogs can don outfits and jewellery, while owners can also join in the process, buying sculptures of their pets or pendants. Mr Kieselstein-Cord told the New York Times recently that the add-ons would range up to $10,000, saying that he had already tested the waters.
Pet Owners spend $36 BILLION a year on their animals
"A few years ago, I designed an 18-karat choke chain - you know, the kind with two rings to curb unruly dogs," he said. "I sold them in Bergdorf Goodman as an experiment. At $7,500 apiece, they sold out - they're gone."
The move has won the backing of the American Kennel Club, which has helped identify a number of different breeds suitable for the fashion treatment, including golden retrievers, dachshunds and pugs.