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Dog Clothes

Out on a stroll with Ernesto, we stopped into a dog clothing shop to get him a tiny faux leather jacket. The proprietress, busy at her sewing machine, smiled in greeting.

The inventory was primarily novelty outfits–a circus or halloween supply shop. But on one wall hung the kind of chocolate-brown, shiny vinyl jackets that Shaft once sported, and that a dog could wear with dignity.

“They’re too small,” I said.

“No they’re not,” said Cate.

She squeezed one of Ernie’s legs through a sleeve, then stretched and pulled to force the other leg home. She put him down. He sat like a statue, immobilized by the fabric’s tension, his forelegs splayed and rigid. He looked like an ottoman.

“Why?” his eyes seemed to say. “Why?”

“See?,” said Cate. “Fits.”

“He can’t move.”

“Yes he can.”

“He looks miserable.”

“He always looks like that.” She clapped her hands to her knees. “C’mon, Ernie! C’mon!”

Ernie tried to wobble forward, pivoting from one paralyzed forelimb to the other.

“It doesn’t fit,” said Cate.

We pried the jacket off.

All the while this was happening, the dog-jacket maker watched benignly, wordlessly, reams of dog-jacket fabric spread across her lap, tape measure hanging around her neck.

In an alternate reality, she scurried over to take our dog’s measurements. We discussed and eventually agreed upon a payment method and price,  just so much for a deposit, such-and-such day to pick up the product. In this alternate reality, Ernie would one day scamper toasty-warm though New Jersey’s bitter winter, stylishly clad in a Shaft costume. In this alternate reality, the lady’s business thrived, expanding to take over the space next door now occupied by the podiatrist whose entryway is adorned with poster-sized photographs of the most nightmare-worthy things that can happen to Mexican feet.

But in real reality, the dog-jacket lady just smiled with that helpless expression we’ve come to know so well here. The resigned look that says there is absolutely, positively NOTHING than can be done to make this work. And isn’t that just too bad? Isn’t life hard?

“Esa es la mas grande,” I asked?

“Si”, she replied. And we left.

27 Responses to “Dog Clothes”

  1. September 10th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Resumes says:

    I totally appreciate your efforts for Ernesto. But what opened my eyes more with this tale of yours is the fact that there are always people working in fields that we never knew existed – like the dog-jacket maker, which is a rarity here in our country. Though the work fazed me at first, I would always look up to them with pride from now on. :)

  2. September 12th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    1800PetMeds Blog says:

    That is very true! We seldom ignore the hardships of the makers of such simple things. But that is reality, sad to say, it happens everyday – not just in the marketplace, but in the society as a whole.

  3. September 16th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Drug Rehab says:

    I am a bit cautious when I at the local market and do no make any comments on the item being sold that may offend the seller. I always try to be tactful as I have witnessed in some documentaries how laborious it was to handmade a simple bag.

  4. September 22nd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    KarlPMartim says:

    This is the complete hooded jacket for him switzerland clothing and a must bargain from Alphabet, and may be exactly what you are seeing for.

  5. October 1st, 2009 at 4:58 am

    CS6000I says:

    Enjoy making dog cloth with sewing machine by yourself.

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  8. October 16th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    abdulsamizi says:

    I guess the whole idea is to promote your website using social tools like hi5 or twitter. I happen to have a website with cheap designer clothes and I could use the benefits of getting in touch with my potential clients of course using Hi5, Twitter, Facebook etc. I guess traditional Marketing didn't foresaw the immense benefits of web 2.0 hehe

  9. November 3rd, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Dogs says:

    Great story, I hope Ernesto gets his dog jacket soon !

  10. November 8th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    naipom says:

    Great story

  11. November 12th, 2009 at 6:59 am

    SnoopDoggieDog says:

    Dog clothes aren't a problem nowadays because the business has developed a lot since it first surprised the market:)) I mean that now, buying clothes for your doggie is something normal and people have grown acustomed to it.

  12. December 9th, 2009 at 7:49 am

    lilianhutan says:

    Poor dog! That's too bad he can't talk and say everything that's on his mind. I bet he would enjoy some fashion too, some manicure, some pedicure, a nice spa treatment, tee shirt printing that says 'PimP' and things like that. We should definitely think more about our dog's needs.

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  15. December 17th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Dogs says:

    I also hopes so,

    he is in need of that!

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  17. December 30th, 2009 at 5:26 am

    gifts says:

    By reading this article i am inspired by having a dog in my apartment as well. I will have this gift for my nephew this christmas.

  18. January 1st, 2010 at 2:34 am

    lowryder2 says:

    I am shocked that such a thing as a dog clothing store actually exists. Now I know it does – I need a dog to dress up!

  19. January 15th, 2010 at 9:51 am

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  20. January 16th, 2010 at 7:28 am

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  21. January 20th, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Spiritual Awakening says:

    That's too bad he can't talk and say everything that's on his mind. I bet he would enjoy some fashion too, some manicure, some pedicure, a nice spa treatment..

  22. January 21st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Tom Ford Sunglasses says:

    I think some efforts required on our part in this regard, thanks for sharing with us.

  23. January 29th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Dog Breeders says:

    My pet dog also need some dresses. But it is not available here. Where do I get those?

  24. February 20th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Life in USA says:

    In an alternate reality, she scurried over to take our dog’s measurements. We discussed and eventually agreed upon a payment method and price, just so much for a deposit, such-and-such day to pick up the product. In this alternate reality,

  25. February 23rd, 2010 at 3:45 am

    lavishing says:

    These days dogs also do the fashion. Their care takers make new and fashionable clothes for their pets. This is a good thing.

  26. March 8th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Cotton Yarn says:

    We discussed and eventually agreed upon a payment method and price, just so much for a deposit, such-and-such day to pick up the product. In this alternate reality,

  27. March 8th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Cotton Yarn says:

    We discussed and eventually agreed upon a payment method and price, just so much for a deposit, such-and-such day to pick up the product. In this alternate reality,

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