The Problem With Spending a Fortune on Dog Costumes

I’m pretty sure dogs just want to be dogs, not Instagram props

Kristi Keller
3 min readFeb 18, 2023
Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

First of all, I get it at Halloween time. It’s fun and usually hilarious to drop a sheet over your dog with some eye holes cut out. Or to put them in a dinosaur or Elvis costume.

I also get it if you want your dog to sport a Santa hat and beard for Instagram at Christmas. After all, ’tis the season when it’s the season.

The problem — or rather, MY problem begins with dog owners who go overboard. The ones who spend a fortune building out a walk-in closet and wardrobe for their dog like it’s a Hollywood set. The ones who do this to their dogs.

Take all the time you need to scroll through each image at that link because there are many. And they’re all ridiculous.

So, what’s the problem, you’re asking?

For every Chanel and Tiffany accessory, every pair of sunglasses, and every gaudy piece of jewellery those dogs wear, all I see are desperately needed dollars that COULD be used to support actual dog causes.

Starving dogs, neglected dogs, and unloved dogs who NEED the aid of rescue and shelter organizations in order to survive.



Kristi Keller

Write like no one is reading, because it might be true. Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.