Quick takes: Pets wearing clothes: adorable or absurd?
By Patti Restivo
Jul 29, 2019 | 12:00 PM
Eric Neumann, co-owner, Camp Bow Wow
Eric Neumann and his husband, Camp Bow Wow co-owner Michael Domingues, love to post adorable photos of their camp dogs wearing Bow Wow bandannas or comfortable clothing celebrating any holiday you can name. The pups and pet parents, Neumann says, “absolutely love it.”
It’s also become a fun tradition to dress the couple’s own three dogs and his mother and mother-in-law’s fur buddies to the nines for the canine family Christmas photo.
“It’s quite the fiasco getting them to stand still for all of that; but it’s so worth it,” he says.
Pam Long, certified professional photographer and owner, Pam Long Photography
Pam Long says she doesn’t tend to be “real proppy” as a photographer; she believes “it should really be all about the pet.”
“Photographing pets without costumes allows me to focus on the personality and soul that shines through their eyes,” she says. “But when I see animals dressed up, I melt, especially at Howl-O-Ween on Main Street in Ellicott City.”
Sometimes dressing an animal magnifies its personality (if they enjoy it), so Long defers to the owner. Once, she photographed a little blond hedgehog wearing a purple tutu that was “the cutest little thing.”
Suzanne Delica, owner, Clothes Mentor
Suzanne Delica says the pet industry is worth billions of dollars because people treat their pets like their kids. And she’s all for pets wearing clothes, because it’s fun.
“I take pleasure in dressing up my dog,” she said. “People love it when I dress Duke up, and if I can bring a smile to someone’s face, why not?”