Thursday, October 30, 2008

Big Dog Discrimination

As a big dog owner all of my adult life, I have found there is a certain level of discrimination against the 50+ pound doggy crowd. Some hotels and resorts that are "pet friendly" are actually restricted to small dogs. Some people are more fearful of big dogs just because they are big. Houseguests don't want a big dog on their lap but probably wouldn't mind a small dog or cat.




I'm sure there are other examples but the most discouraging, especially this time of year, is the very small selection of big dog Halloween costumes! Last year, in order to participate in our local doggy day care's Halloween party, I went out in search of a costume for Finn, our 70-lb Labrador. I didn't have much luck as almost all of the costumes were only provided in small and medium sizes. I ultimately settled on a tuxedo and top hat outfit that came in size large. It appeared that all of the super cute costumes - the hot dog, the pumpkin, the dragon, etc. - were reserved for the small dogs.


I quickly discovered that even though the packaging on the tuxedo costume indicated it would fit a 50+ pound dog, I could barely get it zipped. Finn looked like a stuffed sausage as the costume fabric pinched and stretched across his chest and back. Worried that the circulation was being cut off to his legs and chest, the nice staff at doggy day care took some photos and quickly took the costume off.


So this year, I gave up on the costume idea and went with a simple neck scruff that was more comfortable and just as festive. As you can see by the picture, Finn was less than pleased to be wearing it but was a good sport overall! Happy Halloween!

6 comments:

The Writer said...

Great shot! Definitely in the running and setting the bar high! Thanks for the entry and if you want to post more for it go right ahead!

Happy wandering!

The Writer...and her dog, Bear

saratogajean said...

I hear you about the "size-ism." I've had good luck with getting kid's costumes from wal*mart and cutting the back legs out, though.

BrazenBareToe said...

I think it's the ears that make this picture. You just see distain. Yes, pure distain. Wow, the competition is fierce. I guess he could be fierce too. Fierce distain.

The Writer said...

Could you please contact me at the email address in my profile?

Happy wandering!

The Writer...and her dog, Bear

The Writer said...

Because the verdict is in and FINN WON THIS YEAR'S FIRST ANNUAL REALLY SILLY HALLOWEEN DOG PICTURE CONTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Wandering!

The Writer...and her dog, Bear

~Marie~ said...

Congrats on your win!!