It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Fashion Puppy

When the vet warned Emma that dogs of Romeo’s ilk don’t handle the cold well (Jan, you were right!), was she distressed? Worried? Dismayed?

She was NOT.

Emma loves to shop. Well, that’s not universally true. Groceries? Meh. Hardware stores (which I love!), video game stores, electronics stores? Equally indifferent. Book, card, and fabric stores are more interesting. But … accessories, clothes, and shoes? Those make her little fashionista heart go pitter-pat.

So. A dog that doesn’t deal well with cold? This is not a pathetic weakling dog. This is not a canine embarrassment to dogdom. A dog that doesn’t deal well with cold is a dog with FASHION NEEDS! Visions of so-cute coats and wee doggie sweaters danced before her eyes. Maybe she could even discover some well-chosen and tasteful doggie accessories! Who knows?? She and pup hastened forthwith down to the local upscale doggie boutique.

Where she discovered that, because he’s so small and all, he fits precisely ONE style of coat just yet. I imagine her disappointment was profound, but she took it well. One style of coat, so that’s what he got.

And isn’t it CUTE? A weeny little doggie parka! Complete with fur-trimmed hood! (Can I have a rousing “aaaaawwwww”?)

He’s supposed to wear boots, too. (Much as I am smitten with wee Romeo — and I am! — I admit my big-dog-loving heart rolls its eyes at this. (Yes, my heart has eyes.) Fondly, but still… Coat and boots? Eesh.)

Turns out that there are boots for ALL sizes of dog, from Extra-Large, down through Small, Extra-small, and ending at (brace yourself)… Itty Bitty.

Guess what?

His feet are too small for Itty Bitty boots…

So he has a few sets of these.

Yup. Little rubber booties for your pup.

“They look like balloons!” said Emily, delighted. Emily is five.

Emma has a slightly different take, for Emma is seventeen.

“Condoms. My dog wears condoms on his feet.”

Sure looks that way. But at least they’re dry and salt-free condoms balloons rubbers boots!

January 7, 2011 - Posted by | my kids, the dog | , , , , , , ,


  1. Awww…he’s just so CUUUTTTEEEE. Although why they put hoods on dog coats is just beyond me.

    Thanks for the link to the booties. My little dog finds it extremely painful to walk in the winter. It’s not the snow or the ice – it’s the salt, which as you know the City of Ottawa spreads liberally. The salt turns snow and ice into a super-chilled slush that just freezes the dogs’ feet. I haven’t been able to keep booties on him, which limits his outdoor time, but I’m going to try those Pawz. And I will snicker every time I put a condom on my dog’s feet. Heh.

    Luckily for the dogs’ feet, we live very close to the river and not too from an off-leash dog park. When there are trips through the neighbourhood — to the Quickie or the local mall, etc. — only Indie goes. (Winter-hardy, part-husky Indie.) Romeo is generally carried to the dog park, and set down to trot adorably at our heels as Indie romps wildly all over. All that to say that, luckily for Romeo’s delicate little tootsies, he rarely has to walk on the grit-and-salted sidewalks. 🙂

    Comment by mamadragon | January 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Emma can be relieved that in she will have a couple more dog sweaters arriving in the mail, care of Big Sister. That is, as soon as I finish the cabling on the second one. Grrr.

    Yay! Romeo is SO EXCITED that his Aunty Sarah knits!!

    Comment by Sarah | January 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. Omg, they DO look like condoms.

    Don’t they?? Emma was entertained that a neighbour boy, a year younger than her, also saw “balloons” when he looked at them. Or maybe he was just too embarrassed to say… that other word in front of Emma. 😀

    Comment by Hedy @ Penny for my Thoughts | January 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. Eh, my little dog has to wear them from time to time because he drags his back feet on occasion (he has had back surgery for a ruptured disc that left him partially paralyzed). The colours made me think balloons too (plus condoms are A LOT easier to put on!). 🙂

    True. While Emma manages it on her own, I find it a two-person job to get those stinkers on. Condoms are MUCH easier. (Maybe we should just use some of those? Nah. Too expensive, not as durable — and much too large, anyway!)

    Comment by Diane | January 7, 2011 | Reply

  5. That second picture is seriously one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. He looks like a little person!

    Comment by Current Instincts | January 7, 2011 | Reply

  6. A bit late, but I just wanted to say I had a shih tzu-poodle, black, very similar to your little Romeo. I loved that dog – such a sunny nature.

    Comment by Lex | January 10, 2011 | Reply

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