anti dog sweater
and speaking of dogs (see post below this one), do you know what i hate??? pet clothing!!! man, i cannot possibly tell you how much i HATE pet clothing.
what do i hate about pet clothing? where do i begin...see, i believe in the account of original sin. i believe that adam and eve were created naked, disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit, and only then felt shame at their nakedness, thus deciding to don the first ever human fashions. animals, as far as i'm concerned, were not included in the mandate not to eat the forbidden fruit, nor did they eat it. they were designed the way they were designed for a reason.
sure, i'm guilty of dressing my dog up in one of MY sweaters and taking a picture just for kicks. but i would NEVER do so habitually. and i certainly don't condone clothing designed specifically for animals.
i can even pin-point the very moment in my life when this particular intolerance began to really develop (though its roots may have always been present). i was volunteering at an indoor skateboard park when a group had rented the place out. so the kids filed in, and then one of the chaperones comes in, dog under arm (i think it was a poodle or something). i kid you not, that damn dog was wearing A PARKA!!!
i had an immediate anger reflex. then, to provoke my rage even more, the woman with the jacketed dog looked at her friend and asked, "do you think it's warm enough in here to take his jacket off?" even just thinking about the incident, now, evokes a reaction in me that i can't put into words. i have no doubt that her intentions were good, but i don't care. this is inexcusable!
i am convinced that, had pets the cognition (a point of debate), they would feel and perhaps express humiliation at the presumption that they should take on the elements in the same fashion that humans do. for as long as i live, i will be anti dog sweater.