Before I got a pug, one of the things I said I would never do is dress them up in clothes. I didn’t want to be one of those of people who did that. I thought it was completely ridiculous that people were dressing pugs up. Boy did that change….
I got Ref in the middle of Spring. I never bought him any clothes. He just had his collars and plain harnesses. Just the essentials. Then Winter came. And it changed everything. I noticed that Ref didn’t like the cold at all. So off to the shops I went. I still wasn’t going to be one of those people. I got him one of the plainest coats you could find. Just to keep him warm. That was the entire purpose of it.
I think Ref wore the plainest coats for 2 or 3 winters. Then I joined Instagram. And I really got into photography. I saw how many dogs got dressed up and how much character it added to the photos. He was totally adorable already but I thought about how cute he would look in a little hoodie jumper or a bow tie. So I bought some. The hoodie was to keep him warm but look cool at the same time. And the bow ties… OMG the bow ties. Don’t get me started on the bow ties. They were sooo cheap and super adorable. They made for great props in my photos.
With every photo I took of Ref dressed up in bow ties or hoodies that I posted to Instagram, I saw how popular he started to become. So it got me thinking. What else could I do. eBay is such a bad place. I found super cheap costumes and other types of clothes. I bought t-shirts, collared shirts, jumpers, jackets, pyjamas and other costumes like animals and characters. It was no longer just about keeping Ref warm. It was about taking photos that people would like.
I kept buying outfits. I kept dressing Ref up. I kept taking photos. I kept sharing them on Instagram. I enjoyed it. And Ref was totally fine with it. He would let me know if he didn’t want to do or wear something. He knew he would always get rewarded with treats too. There were now so many outfits that I bought Ref his own wardrobe. Plus there are so many outfits that are boxed away for events like Christmas.
I still buy Ref outfits. And Serina too. But not as many as I used to. It has become more for warmth again. Plus some for fun photos. I became one of those people. I admit it. I’m not ashamed of it, well not anymore. Dressing up pugs, it’s my thing now.