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Is there anything cuter than a cat in a hat or a dog in little pants or a sweater? For those snappy dressers of the animal world, National Dress Up Your Pet Day is the perfect opportunity to showcase some serious sartorial flair–in a miniature style.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day is a celebration of fashion for all of those little furry friends. Cats, dogs, hamsters, and even birds can be coaxed into wearing little clothes and accessories to channel their inner fashionista. Pet owners are urged to be imaginative and to show off their fabulous furry friends.

Designed to be a fun occasion that brings pet owners together and encourages bonding between owners and their treasured pals, this is the ideal excuse to treat pooches and feline friends to a showstopping new outfit. From cozy knits to themed costumes, there is a lot of scope for unleashing that pet’s inner supermodel and letting them shine.

Now it’s time to get ready for National Dress Up Your Pet Day!

History of National Dress Up Your Pet Day

This pawesome celebration of pet fashion was established by Colleen Paige back in 2009. A pet lifestyle expert by trade (and, yes, that’s an actual career), Colleen launched National Dress Up Your Pet Day to encourage pets and their owners to spend time together, to dress up in impossibly cool and cute outfits, and to join forces with other animal enthusiasts in the local area or online.

As well as enjoying the opportunity to showcase creative talents, National Dress Up Your Pet Day can also be a social occasion. Hundreds, even thousands, of pet lovers will join together to celebrate their best buddies and also to meet new friends along the way.

It is important to note that National Dress Up Your Pet Day was started to promote wellbeing and encourage bonding between pets and their owners. While some dogs are happy to don a snazzy jumper or a winter coat, not every creature will be content to trot around the park in a tutu or go for a walk dressed as Yoda or Captain Hook. But for those easygoing pets who don’t mind, this is a great day to bond with them!

How to Celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day

For those who have ever fancied themselves as an aspiring designer, now is the time to unlock all of that potential and feature that feline friend or pampered pup star in your very first catwalk show.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day is a fun, light-hearted celebration of the wonderful, precious pets that enhance our lives and brighten up our homes on a daily basis. This day is designed to bring pets and their owners together and to show off purrrrfect homemade or store-bought costume creations.

Join a National Dress Up Your Pet Day Meetup

For those owners who have a pet that likes to strut their stuff, why not meet up with other owners for a party in the park or organize a get-together with friends and their four-legged sidekicks at home? This is a great opportunity to exercise those artistic talents and make your own outfits, or browse the many online pet clothing stores to ensure your pet looks like the bee’s knees.

Practice Pet Safety and Kindness

It is important to remember that pet costumes should be safe, they should be comfortable, and owners should never force an animal into an outfit if they refuse. Some models are much more willing than others, so take care to read each pet’s particular reactions and then proceed accordingly.

For safety reasons, be sure to double-check every outfit for loose attachments that could cause a choking hazard (for example, buttons), and make sure there’s no risk of a pet overheating, struggling to breathe or having a hard time moving.

Have a National Dress Up Your Pet Day Photo Shoot

For those owners whose pets aren’t so keen on being social with other animals, this would be a fun day to stage a photoshoot with a pet. Dress them up in their costumes, create some “scenery” in the house or the backyard, and let the hilarity ensue! Animals can do the darndest things, and catching them in pictures or video can be a whole lot of fun.

Don’t forget to share those hilarious photos online or with pet-loving friends to let them know about National Dress Up Your Pet Day as well.

Get Matching Outfits with Your Pet

One of the funniest ways to get on board with this day is to arrange to have matching outfits or “couple costumes” with a pet. Try out these ideas for making the most of National Dress Up Your Pet Day:

  • Dynamic Duo. In this case, the human can dress up as Batman and the cat or dog would make a great Robin. This can be easy with the use of a tiny little cape and perhaps a mask. The caped crusaders will be at it again!
  • Flower and Bumblebee. Into gardening? Then this is the perfect costume! The owner can dress up as a flower, wearing green for the stem and a colorful hat filled with “petals”. Then a pet (or many pets) can be dressed in a little bumblebee costume, donning yellow and black stripes with little wings, and possibly a hat that contains antennae.
  • S’mores Family. Two owners and one pet makes a perfect combination for a girl scout’s favorite snack! Dress up one human as a graham cracker (using a cardboard box), then another human can be a Hershey’s chocolate bar. The pet makes the perfect marshmallow, simply by wrapping a puffy white pillow or blanket around their middle.
  • Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two. One owner with two matching dogs? This is the perfect opportunity to channel that inner Dr. Seuss character from the children’s book, The Cat in the Hat. The human just needs a very tall, striped hat (white makeup with whiskers is optional). The two dogs or cats can wear little red t-shirts stating “Thing 1” and “Thing 2”.

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