Sometimes pet care can mean keeping a hamster healthy, ensuring a cat is well-fed or housebreaking a puppy. Occasionally, however, the responsibilities of a pet owner entail indulging a dog in the latest fashions and waiting beside the dressing rooms as French poodles and German shepherds sample the latest in European fashions. Canine dress has become a recent fad that’s grabbed the attention of one Washington state community.
Last week 75 dogs from Kitsap, Washington, donned their fur coats and other lavish fashion items in front of a crowd of 5,000 as part of the town’s "Miracle on Bay Street" festival, the Kitsap Sun reports.
The fashion show’s contestants included Hootie, a boxer wrapped in a red knit sweater and strings of colored lights; CC, a Welsh Corgi wearing a sparkly winter dress and Sophia, a dapper poodle dressed in a tuxedo.
"We had to do a little cross-dressing," Sophia’s owner Vicky Minor told the news source, explaining that Wal-Mart was sold out of female dog garments in the poodle’s petite size.
Prominent retailers of dog apparel include Wagwear, Ruff Luv, Best Friend NYC and Fatboy USA, the Honolulu Star Bulletin reports.