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Pet Peeve

December 4th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

I have a friend, not a close friend, but someone I've known for a while and a nice person. Sometimes she grates on my nerves a little, so I do limit my contact. Well, I found out something today that's really been bugging me... and I'm beginning to think I might be overreacting. My friend has no children so her little cockapoo is like her "child." Being a pet lover, I understand this and it is not the problem.

When I ran into my friend while on a walk today, I noticed her pooch had on a cute little jacket. I commented that I had bought my cat TC, a cheap little "tu-tu" for her to wear in the Halloween photos I sent to some friends at my former workplace. These friends were instrumental in me adopting TC last December. The outfit cost $3.99 at Ross.... my friends loved the pix and strangely enough, TC loved wearing the tu-tu. It was all in fun.

Well, my friend proceeded to tell me in no uncertain terms that she would NEVER buy cheap clothes for her little "Fifi" (not the pooch's real name). In fact, all of Fifi's clothes are Louis Dog Products from

Text is Fur My Pet. and Link is
Fur My Pet. Puh-lease! I checked them out online and these dog clothes cost more than I spend on my own clothes. Would you buy your pooch a cashmere outfit that cost $105 and has to be dry-cleaned? Well, Fifi has several, plus a bed that cost over $100 that she "never uses."

My cat sleeps wherever she pleases, as cats are known to do, although she has a little carpet-covered drum I spent $49 on. It saves the furniture because she scratches her nails on it and I also stow all her toys in it. And I thought I had splurged on that. While I will not hesitate to spend on quality food and vet care, I draw the line on designer clothes.

So why is this bugging me? It's not that my friend can't afford it. She is wealthy, although she does not support any charitable causes by her own admission. Once when I was trying to get her to support Kiva, she told me she "doesn't trust" that her donations would actually be used as intended. I just feel that with so many people who are struggling, here is Fifi in her designer duds, living larger than the common man. I could buy 4 or 5 jackets for needy kids with the money spent on one of Fifi's sweaters. IMHO, there is something wrong with this picture. Or am I overreacting?

9 Responses to “Pet Peeve”

  1. fruitbowlk Says:


  2. gamecock43 Says:

    your friend is keeping a person who has the audacity to charge outrageous prices for animal clothes in business. She is keeping food on that persons dinner table. She keeps the economy going. Better her than you.

  3. lizajane Says:

    I am always amazed how much people will spend on stuff that I would NEVER even think of spending that much on. I wish I had the audacity and the customers to do something like that; I just always assume normal people are as cheap as I am!

  4. gruntina Says:

    your friend's priority are different than most. I normally do not look at what others have or doing so I would not let it bug me.

    But is it the fact that is bothering you is that she is rubbing it into your face implying that you were cheap on your cat's tutu? That would bother me too!

  5. Analise Says:

    gruntina - no, it doesn't bother me if someone's thinks I am cheap. I'm pretty thick-skinned in that regard.

    After reflecting, I think what's at the heart of my irritation is that I can think of so many better ways to put money to use... like maybe helping people instead of buying expensive clothes for a pet.

    But, you're right about people having different priorities. This neighbor is not a bad person; she just wants to spoil her little pet and can afford it.

  6. asmom Says:

    I can see why you are annoyed. It's silly and wasteful. I don't have a lot of patience with people who waste their money on garbage either. I have a cat I adore that I would never consider spending that type of money on. However, it is her money and she doesn't have anyone else so I uess wouldn't begrudge her. But I'd probably start avoiding her.

  7. Nika Says:

    I really think dogs don't appreciate at all being dressed up.

    I liked some comedian who said that people who insist on dressing their dogs up as humans should be forced in turn to drink from the toilet. Smile

  8. Fur My Pet Says:

    Hi Analise, my name is Julie Sterk and I am one of the owners of Fur My Pet. I came across your blog this morning and wanted to reply to you on your neighbor's purchase of designer pet clothing. Yes I carry Louis Dog clothing and yes it is expensive. It is also the ONLY clothing line that is that expensive on our site. I think your observation of LD products is correct and I appreciate your honesty, however, we absolutely do not push LD clothing onto our customers. They find us for that particular designer.

    Most of our inventory is reasonably priced and suits all pet's needs. We try not to carry items that are sold in a Pet's Smart, which is what makes our site fun for our customers. We have MANY thing on our site that are $10 and under $20 and under. On our home page alone, 6 of the 8 products shown are all under $13.00. I'd love for you to look around the site (and not the LD products) and then let me know what you think. In the mean time, I'd love to send TC a "peace offering" from Fur My Pet. Please email me directly at

    Thanks Analise!

    Julie Sterk
    Fur My Pet

  9. Michael Says:


    I see this post as addressing two separate issues. One is that your friend spends money in a way that differs from your own personal values. I can see why that would be perceived as wasteful if your feeling was the money would have been more wisely spent had it been donated to a cause.

    The other is the purchase itself. From an economic standpoint, I don't see this product's economic model as being any different from what occurs in say, the purchase of a lawnmower. The store made a profit on the transaction, as did the distributor, the manufacturer, and the raw materials suppliers. Employees for all benefited from the transactions as well via their jobs remaining relevant. Whether they make luxury pet clothing or gardening equipment doesn't really change the profit margins involved.

    (BTW - the post above probably came as a bit of a shock. Most people are not aware that companies can easily search the internet for any references to their company being posted publically, via blogs or otherwise. Post with the assumption of no privacy and all should remain well.)

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