Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day

The creator of NDUYPD stresses January 14 is not a day for humans to force pets to suffer humiliation or discomfort. (Photo: Costume Works)

Oh, come on — we’ve all done it. Whether it’s a sharp sweater, a warm jacket, or yes, an adorable turtle costume, the majority of pet parents have played dress up with their four-legged friends.

Well, today — National Dress Up Your Pet Day — is the perfect day to celebrate your pet’s impeccable fashion sense.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day has been celebrated every January 14 since 2009, when the “howl-iday” was first created by leading pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige. Paige encourages pet owners to take time today to have fun with their dogs, cats, and critters by dressing them up in cute, safe outfits and pet costumes.

But dressing up should always be about bonding, she says, and should never be a miserable experience for the pet. National Dress Up Your Pet Day is a light-hearted, novelty day of celebration, and should stay that way; it’s not about forcing a dog or cat to suffer humiliation or discomfort for human amusement.

“It’s important to remember though, that it’s not, however, a day to disrespect our pets with uncomfortable, vulgar and/or seasonally inappropriate costumes for the sake of a laugh or photo shoot,” Paige writes on the event’s website.

Garments should allow pets to see, hear, breathe, eat, and relieve themselves comfortably, and should be made of breathable material that prevents pets from overheating. Clothing should fit properly and be rid of any parts and small pieces that can be chewed off and swallowed by the pet.

So will you adorn your Affenpinscher in an argyle vest, bedazzle your Beagle in a sparkly tutu? How about clothing your cat in couture? Visit DogTime and CatTime on Facebook today to share your National Dress Up Your Pet Day photos.