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I'm saying clothes on a pet is retarded unless it is freezing, pet has no hair and status outside for a significant amount of time. Thoughts? Wife is determined to buy this dog a wardrobe.
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Kory S
 
Only what is necessary.
 
You feel a dog should have sweaters and a jacket?
 
I agree. Unless you have something unusual like a hairless cat, or the animal has some sort of medical issue, or it's below freezing outside, then the animal doesn't need any fabric on it.
 
There is a Burberry store in Williamsburg where your wife can pick up something nice for your pet.
 
Hmmm, I think I have to make sure she is not aware of that.
 
Just in case, I was joking.  Burberry is a place pretentious people shop to buy toddlers a $200 pair of pants.
 
... I got nuthin'. Holy crap.
 
Dogs have hair and were previously wild animals. They shed in the spring and grow thicker fur in the fall. There's no need to put clothes on a dog. Unless it's bald but why the hell would a dog be bald? Nobody hunts down coyotes and wolfs and clothes them. Or deer. Moose. Raccoons. They get along fine. What makes dogs different? Oh that's right, their idiot owners. 
 
Lol clothed moose for sport...
 
Now that is a sport I would watch. Wild animal decorating.
Becky O
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Why buy him a sweater...the cat accessory looks great on him.
 
Barb last night: Joe let's go to petco (we were kind of nearby).
Me: Why?
Barb: To look at little critters, right kids? (kids are all YAY now right?)
So I go to petco. I go to look at critters. Barb disappears. Comes back to the counter with an orange sweater.
Me: You wanted to come here solely to buy a sweater for the dog didn't you?
Barb: (lowers voice, tries puppy eyes) yeeeesss, BUT JOE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND blah blah blah whatever blah.

So now he has this thing on. And he hates it. And keeps trying to shake it off, she thinks it is cute. Whatever.
Becky O
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She needs another baby....let her dress up the dog or knock her up.
Your choice. 
 
It does look kinda crazy. lol. Mid-Atlantic dogs are chumps anyway; in Minnesota they stay out all night in 20 below weather and don't even shiver. Ya'll should import a pack of Alaskan snow dogs. Would save on gas too.
 
They're your pet- do what you want w em! Do they need it? No. Is it funny? HELL YES!
Becky O
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Do what your wife wants.
A Happy Wife is A Happy Life!
(said in annoying sing song voice)
Kory S
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Any expectations that captive animals will behave the same as wild animals are almost always false. Dogs are the most selectively bred animals in the world, they are further removed from there wild ancestors than humans are.
 
I think the word they were looking for is function the same. Pets have been selectively bred for appearance and behavior, not survivability. That is why so many pure breed dogs have serious mental and physical issues. So a dog that has spent the last 1,000 years being bred for it's coat to be shiny, soft, and a particular color, may not have retained the coat's actual functionality of warmth and water resistance.
 
I've never seen a dog that didn't shed, suggesting that it did in fact grow thicker winter fur. 
 
The "appeals to tradition" fallacy does not make a compelling case for dogs not getting cold.

Also, I cannot find the connection between shedding hair and it growing back thicker in the winter.
Becky O
 
I think the cat needs a sweater too.
 
Indeed, +Christopher Bowley, I will have to get that checked out.   Thank you for educating me, now I know when I find hair in the comb it means I am growing a winter coat and no longer need clothes. 
 
Oh my god man. You get bald when you lose hair. Your dog doesn't. Show me a bald dog. But mostly hair does grow back when it falls. And humans don't shed like a dog in the spring. I think any of this needs to be explained. 
 
Actually humans shed all the time and the hairs grow back. It's only when the follicle dies that you have a problem and the hair doesn't grow back. Animals have fur, not hair, and they grow and react differently. Animal fur is usually at least two layers, an overcoat for moisture control and protection and an undercoat for warmth. In the spring the undercoat is shed and in the fall it grows back, but the over coat grows much the same year round. Different breeds and animals have different coats and act differently, but that's the basic.
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