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Dog Clothing

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-powerball-winner-20130808,0,7732164.story

I was doing some reading about lottery winners, and came across the above article. I was struck by how the winner planned to spend her 300,000 dollars:

“Now, Stephens says she can focus on a company she started about a year ago that sells Hawaiian shirts to dogs.”

You’ve gotta be kidding me. It’s those kinds of dumbass investments that cause so many lottery winners to go broke. Or so I thought.

I decided to do some research into the dog clothing industry. I wanted to prove just how ridiculous it is to waste your lottery winnings on such superfluous nonsense.

Turns out, I’m an idiot. There is a HUGE market for doggie clothing. A google search for “Dog Clothes” gets about 93 million hits, and “Hawaiian Shirts for Dogs” gets 215,000 on it’s own. (“People Who Dress Their Dogs: Technically Psychopaths?” didn’t yield a single result.)

How have I never met a person who dresses their dog? Am I dumb for not knowing that people actually purchase Ed Hardy hoodies for their poodles?

At one point my search led me to the comment section of a women’s fashion blog. I found a thread that was started by LVobsessed415, who lost control and spent $500 on dog clothes. She was afraid that her husband would be furious. She seemed to be genuinely upset, wondering if she’d gone too far. Well, she came to the right place for support. Everyone told her that she had nothing to worry about. This comment from LeeLee sums up the thread: “I love that your dog is so well dressed and that you love her so much. Don’t worry about overspending. It really was for a good reason–your baby!”

No, LeeLee, that’s not a good reason. I bet Lvobsessed415 has a real kid. A kid who’s malnourished because the food budget went toward a designer mini skirt for the Chihuahua.

Unless it’s -30 outside, I doubt the dog is ever happy to be treated like an American Girl doll. I didn’t even know this subculture existed until recently, but I already feel like it has gone too far. Let’s all stop dressing our dogs.