Dog is the first animal domesticated by human. It's our best friend for almost 15 000 years. All this time the role of the dog was changing but there always were dogs who were working and so-called dog toys. Nowadays there are much fewer of hard working dogs because they were replaced by machines and now dog's main occupation is to spend time with his owner. People are spending more and more money for their pets and the dog's fashion market is becoming incredibly big. I'd like to show some trends that changes dog's life, I don't know if for the better...
Clothes for dogs
The market of dog's clothes is very similar to the humans' one. There are thousands of shops with accessories and clothes both in the internet and in the traditional way.
There are some links to the on-line shops:
http://www.petlondon.net/shop/acatalog/There are even special clothes for Christmas!!!
and some more:
You want to be unique? There are also clothes from famous designers.
and maybe jewellery?
A short video about Chinese designer:
There is also an offer for active dogs and the special boots not only for huskies:
A really surprising for me was that there are even special wedding clothes!
Some breeds really need regular hair-cutting and most dogs need to be washed and brushed.
There are special hairdressers for dogs when you can pay for your dog's hair cut even more that for yours... There are books with dog's hairstyles and you must now what's in fashion. Most dogs really don't like being washed so I don't want to know how they act during all the procedures.
There are many styles of hair-cut, you can find them there:
the lion style looks interesting..
Unfortunately there's a new way of being stylish - to dye your dog. The producers claim that dye is safe but truly are these animals still happy dogs?
Dogs as fashion accessories
Some celebrities have made dogs as fashion accessories popular. Many young, glamorous stars can be seen in the media parading their pet poochs along with their designer sunglasses and bling.
It is possible that people who use their dogs in this way don't mean to be unkind or unethical. Often, they do care a great deal about their dog, but seem to be uneducated generally in the pet keeping department. They are rewarded by public attention for behaving this way and see no need to change.
It's high time that people begin to see dogs for what they are. Dogs do not think like humans or have human values. They want to be free from the uncomfortable restriction of being carried about in designer bags and being made to dress in clothes. People have so many other ways to express their creativity and play with fashion, without having to drag their dogs in on the action.
Sadly, some dogs who are treated as fashion items become snappy and aggressive. This is because they are confused and frustrated. They have all of the instincts of a dog, but are used like an object or treated like a human baby. They don't understand how they are supposed to behave, or what they are expected to do.
Dogs aren't toys and we must remember about it when we decide to buy one. Dogs can be our best and most faithful friends and they really need our love and respect.