Steve’s observations on dog clothing that he hopes doesn’t tick too many people off:
Quick note to dog owners (and I know that means I’m addressing a large percentage of the US population): I love dogs myself, and your dog loves you, but what your dog doesn’t like, and never will like, is being dressed up in a frilly sweater or other such clothing item. Those are for baby humans, not canines. A dog’s fur is it’s clothing, and to put on an additional layer is like wearing coveralls on top of a 3-piece suit. This is really the same principle as my thoughts on kid leashes, but now the humiliation is reversed. No kid wants to wear a leash and no dog wants to wear a stupid sweater with lace around it. Yes, I’m sure you think it makes your little “Sprinkles,” “Paw-Paws,” or “Doodly-Bug,” the cutest thing since the Olsen Twins (clearly, I’m talking about the Full House version of the Olsen twins, when no one even knew that there were actually two of them), but it also makes them a clear target for canine on canine harassment around the neighborhood. You think those other dogs are just barking to say hello, but they’re actually saying, “Oh man, I can’t wait to bully him and steal his Beggin’ Strips.” (Those are fake strips of bacon for dogs with a funny name. I can’t say Beggin’ Stips without chuckling to myself). There’s no way that a golden retriever in a mocha colored vest that’s encrusted with fake bling will be strong enough to defend his or his owner’s turf.