Guest post submitted by Brandi Tolleson.
photo credit: Dave Sizer
People love their pets, and sometimes they go to extreme lengths to show this affection by purchasing some truly outrageous and often expensive products that they hope will keep their animals happy and healthy. At the Global Pet Expo, for instance, owners can pamper their furry, feathery and scaly friends with gourmet food fit for five-star restaurants, buy indoor exercise equipment for dogs on a rainy day, and can even purchase a pair of prosthetic testicles designed to restore the self esteem of their neutered animal.
Arguably, some of the most ridiculous items on the market for pets are the bizarre and pricey outfits that people use to adorn their cats and dogs when they go out in public. In fact, the demand for pet clothing and accessories has become so high that there is now a pet couture trend growing among the rich and famous. Here are a few of the ways in which you can make your pet turn heads everywhere:
Surprisingly, Halloween costumes for pets are less ridiculous than some of the other adornments owners can buy for their animals, though Fido might not agree if you parade him around the block in a Princess Leia outfit. All of the major Halloween chains offer dozens of costumes that are sure to make your friends question your sanity if they aren’t overwhelmed by your pet’s cuteness.
Dogs look shameful when clothed in last season’s fashions, which is why there is now an entire industry dedicated to help your dog stay current. Some of these upscale clothes, such as Roberto Cavalli’s designer dog sweaters, cost more than what most people spend in a year for their wardrobes, but for the well-to-do, these will give their precious pooches a regal appearance.
3. Fur Dye
What was once limited to fancy dog grooming contests is now available for dog lovers who really want to make their animals stand out. Fur dyes made from nontoxic ingredients now come in all the colors of the rainbow, so if you want to make your dog look like a psychedelic poster from the 1960s, you can now do so for about $20.00 a bottle.
4. Dog Cologne
If you feel that your pooch needs a little help when it comes to attracting the ladies, then buying a bottle of cologne designed for dogs is just what you need. While a dog that smells like vanilla and nutmeg is more pleasing than many of the other odors they carry after rolling around outside, you may want to consider what dogs really enjoy sniffing when they greet each other at the park.
While a great number of items out there are designed for dogs, there are stores that also cater to what a cat needs, such as a stylish new hairdo. Websites such as Kitty Wigs carry a variety of custom wigs in bright colors at $50 a piece, which will probably last for about ten seconds once your cat figures out how to tear it off.
No dog should have to live in sin, which is why several stores are offering designer wedding outfits for both the bride and groom. One woman in the UK, for instance, spent a little over $1500 for a lovely bridal dress for her Yorkshire terrier, which was only a pittance compared to the cost of the whole soiree.
Women who gasp with pleasure when presented with a diamond worth over $5,000 will probably faint dead away if they ever receive a fraction of the bling these dog collars are carrying. When money is no obstacle, dog lovers will buy the most ridiculous item of them all -– a diamond-encrusted collar worth $1.8 million.
Brandi Tolleson is a prolific Internet writer who hopes you and your furry friends will get a kick out of this article.