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Social Circle: Is dressing up pets funny or mean?

Welcome to a weekly segment called "Social Circle." It's a group effort between readers, social networkers and the editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.

Apparently, Monday, Jan. 14 is Dress Up Your Pet Day and so this week asked the Social Circle its thoughts on fancying up four-legged friends.

It turns out, dressing pets is more of a popular pastime than originally predicted. Who knew?

J.A. Arenas: "I put food coloring in my goldfish's water."

Dave Denomie: "I don't know if it's mean, but it sure makes you seem a little unbalanced."

Natali Heuss: "I may be knitting my guinea pigs sweaters. Their huge habitat is by a window that can get a bit drafty and I want to make sure they are warm enough. OK, and it's just really cute. But, mostly because I want to make sure they are warm and cozy."

Craig Harnack: "This should be renamed 'Sad Old Ladies With Empty Nest Syndrome Day.'"

Susan Higgins-Larkey: "My Pomeranian prances around proud and happy in her lobster costume."

Paul Kennedy: "Every time I see a dog dressed up it always seems to have the look of defeat in its eyes."

Kathie Stempski Mervyn: "Hey! I put a packer jersey on my 150-pound Irish Wolfhound! He loves it! He also likes a sweater in winter when he goes out because he gets cold. And he is not a 'pampered pooch.'"

Michele Berg Pavlovic: "They say dressing up a pet is dangerous. Other dogs can't read their body signals. But I think it is adorable. Our dog hates it so we just add cute collars."

Rob Peteck: "Slim wears a winter coat and scarf to keep him warm. We do put a Brewers shirt on him for games that we watch at the Roman Coin."

Matt Pichler: "Our dog has different bandannas."

A.E. Shapera: "Our kitty will let us put a necktie on him for about three minutes. And then we are persuaded to remove it or face grumpiness."

Timothy Twaddle: "Viva loves to wear her sweaters and jackets, but she is pretty much bald, so she sees the utility in it. She is a trooper about playing dress up with my daughter, too. No costume is too ridiculous."

Matthew Weerts: "I put bunny ears and a bunny nose on my dog. He looked like Satan."

Caitlín Zhenotdel: "Dogs in hot dog uniforms, complete with bun, might be fun; otherwise, why not just strap free liquor in barrels around your publicly pooping canines so the rest of us can get something out of it, too?"

Janice Zimdars: "I used to dress up my dog for Halloween. He went as a 'uppy puppy' (suit and tie) and he got lots of dog treats. He loved it."


Photodavie | Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:22 a.m. (report)

I love our pets, but they are just that, PETS. If it makes you happy to dress them up, do it. As long as you are not causing them any pain, go for it. As long as you don't take them back to the humane soceity when they bite you for trying to putting a tutu on them, enjoy dressing up your pup.

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