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Benson’s Snow Day

Have Fun on National Dress Up Your Pet Day!

Whether it’s a sharp sweater, a warm jacket, or yes, an adorable lion king costume, tons of pet parents have played dress up with their four-legged friends. This is the perfect day to celebrate your pet’s impeccable fashion sense.

We have social media furriends that have a terrific sense of fashion and fun. A few of our favorites are Benson (@A_Street_Cat_Named_Benson) as “Dahling”, King and Snow Day; little pink fluff Pug Lou Lou (@PugLouLou), and Oreo, Onyx & Pudding (@TheOreoCatOfficial). And who could not laugh at Walternate as Feline Dion (@WalterBishopTheCat) or smile at Balou and Hailey (@Balou_TheMiniSausage) ringing in the New Year or the Gingerbread Queen (@MylesandWillows)? Or admire Oso as the Lion King! (@Oso_n_Koa).

National Dress Up Your Pet Day has been celebrated every January 14th since 2009, when the “howl-iday” was first created by leading pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige. Paige encourages pet parents to take time on this day to have fun with their dogs, cats, and critters by dressing them up in cute, safe outfits and pet costumes.

Of course, we also have to take our pets’ comfort and safety into consideration before we adorn them in adorable garments. Here are a few things you should know to make the most out of the day:

Avoid Making Pets Miserable

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Hailey and Balou ring in the New Year

Dressing up should always be about bonding, says Paige, and should never be a miserable experience for the pet.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day is a light hearted, novelty day of celebration and should stay that way; it’s not about forcing a dog or cat to suffer humiliation or discomfort for human amusement.

“It’s important to remember though, that it’s not, however, a day to disrespect our pets with uncomfortable, vulgar and/or seasonally inappropriate costumes for the sake of a laugh or photo shoot,” Paige writes on the event’s website.

If your dog doesn’t love dressing up and you still want to participate in Dress Up Your Pet Day, a simple bow tie or bandanna is usually a good option. They’re not too distracting, they’re safe, and they’re not likely to bother your dog if they’re already used to wearing a collar.

Play It Safe

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Oreo, Onyx and Pudding with bodacious bow-ties

Garments should allow pets to see, hear, breathe, eat, and relieve themselves comfortably, and they should also be made of breathable material that prevents pets from overheating. Sometimes simple is better! Bow-ties or neck scarves make great pet accessories.

Furthermore, clothing should fit properly and not have any parts and small pieces that pets can chew off and swallow.

No matter what costume or clothing you choose for your dog, always supervise them while they’re wearing it. Accidents can easily happen when you’re not looking.

The safest way to celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day is to put your dog’s costume on, take your cute pictures, then remove the clothing items right away. Then let your dog enjoy the rest of the day in their birthday suit, as nature intended.

Show Them Off!

Will you dress up your pup for Dress Up Your Pet Day? Do you have any cute pictures of pets in costume?

Find all these wonderful furriends on Instagram.