Doggie purse. In other parts of the world, it's totally acceptable for owners to bring dogs into cafes and stores. Here in the United States, it's generally against the rules to do so unless otherwise posted. Some people opt to take their Chis with them in doggie purses. These medium-sized bags have a solid, flat bottom. The Chihuahua can chill out in her owner's purse and go various places. Many owners select dogs that complement their favorite colors and fashion accessories.
Salon treatment. They say that dogs match their owners, but some owners take this to a different level. Some Chihuahuas receive serious salon time and pampering--included painted (pet-friendly) nails and even fur treatments at pet spas.
Fashion show. Everyone's seen dog costumes, especially at Halloween. Some people dress their dogs daily and often match the dog to their own clothing. Dog reaction varies, depending on the attitude of the dog being dressed.
These things are all cute when done on occasion, but celebrities like Paris Hilton have glamorized the idea of using a Chihuahua as a fashion accessory. Chihuahuas are petite and often babied due to their small size; they also make ideal companions for those wanting a companion dog.
If you engage in fashion accessory behavior, it's important to pay attention to your dog's reaction. Is he happy when you fuss over him after providing the new outfit? Is he fearful when you take him out for a stroll in the doggie purse? In many instances, it depends on the dog and the activities that specific dog enjoys.
Which do you think involves making the dog a fashion accessory? Which are cruel and which are cute? Please leave your comments below.
This post was originally published on Examiner.com as Chihuahua Examiner. Republished with permission of the author.