You try your hardest to get your pet to sit still long enough to trick them into the specially-knit outfits — evading cat claws, dodging wagging tails, chasing the pitter-patter of paws around the house — until finally, success. What do you get in return?
That one and only euphoric feeling of finally seeing your pet snuggled up in a sweater, of course! So here's to all of you patient and determined pet owners: the color-coordinators, the hand-knitters, the concerned pet-parents and the fashionistas. Here is our tribute to you and the adorable dogs and cats strutting their best winter stuff:
Photo: Kristin Shoemaker/flickr
How precious are those buttons? Meet Professor Penelope Glottis, Penny for short. A hand-knit sweater made by the photographer's mom was supposed to make Penny the Pug look like Jackie O. However, as Flickr user Kristin Shoemaker describes: "From this angle, in this setting, Penny looks less like Jackie O ... and more like a crazy old English teacher." While we're inclined to agree, we think the "crazy old English teacher" look really works for Penny.
Some cats get their sweater on and that's the last you see of them! Free as a bird, they venture into the outdoors and, like the Scottish fold above, get themselves in a spot of trouble. Not so easy to claw your way up an icy tree, is it, cat? Though we must admit, the pink really brings out the rosy colors in her terrified eyes.
Kudos. Not just a sweater for this fine-haired crested Chihuahua, but a pair of jeans as well! This dog is easily more stylish than most middle schoolers. Unlike most dogs that have a thick coat of fur, crested Chihuahuas have only thin, transparent layer of a soft, fine hair. For them, canine clothes are fashionable and functional.
Have you ever seen a cat look more comfortable in a sweater? I mean come on. This cat, snuggled up from his head to his toes, has obviously given up for the day.
Photo: Kevin Stanchfield/flickr
Awww! This tiny pup is the cutest of Santa's little helpers. Flickr user Kevin Stanchfield has fittingly titled this picture "Miette's first (anthropomorphic) Christmas."
Photo: Shannon Badiee/flickr
San Francisco natives Math Cat and Carbon Cat fit the bill in their hip turtleneck sweaters. The furless Sphynx cats can use all the warmth they can get — it looks as though they are even sitting on top of a heating pad!
Photo: Jonathan Willier/flickr
What a gorgeous dog! This blue Great Dane named Villa is a stunner in her red cable-knit sweater. "We got Villa this new sweater for Christmas," Flickr user Jonathan Willier writes. "I tried it on [her] the other day and she automatically posed like she's in a J Crew ad."
Photo: Beck Gusler/flickr
This sweater may have been knit for a baby, but Benny the cat is sure rocking it.
Photo: Kyra Savolainen/flickr
This dog straight up belongs in an REI ad. A warm sweater is perfect for chilly days spent jumping around the snowy Bluffer's Beach and Park in Toronto.
What's better than a Chihuahua in a sweater? Two Chihuahuas in sweaters!
Wally the Basenji rescue looks dapper in his festive threads.
You'd think that putting a Pomeranian in a sweater might tone down the fluffy fur, but not necessarily. Lily's blue sweater perfectly accentuates her glorious mane.
Duke must be the most patient cat on Earth, because his owners managed not only to get him into a thick sweater but also a pair of glasses.
Photo: Howard Young/flickr
We wouldn't have a complete roundup if we didn't include a dachshund in argyle. It just wouldn't be right. So here's Odie the weenie in a sweater that, er, may or may not have been intended for a cat.
Photo: Pete Markham/flickr
As a tribute to his recently passed dog, Flickr user Pete Markham posted this picture with the following heartwarming ode:
"When Belle got to be in 14, we decided she needed to wear a sweater when we walked her on cold winter evenings. She always disliked the sweaters, but I always thought this one was cute on her.
"Belle was our Labrador/Sheltie mix. My wife adopted her from the Animal Humane Society in 1993 when she was just nine weeks old. She lived 16 years and seven months -- an amazingly long time for a dog her size. She died today, October 24, 2009, surrounded by her family and our other animals."
Ella looks like a princess in her pink fuzzy sweater, don't you think?
Photo: Celeste Lindell/flickr
When it comes to fashion, Toby the Italian greyhound prefers to go the alternative route. Here he sports a skull and crossbones sweater, made all the more intimidating by his sleepy tongue flop.
This impossibly cute Yorkshire terrier looks so cozy in his carrier!
Photo: Tony Alter/flickr
One of these dogs is not like the other ... In snowy weather, all of Flickr user Tony Alter's dogs get sweaters. And Link, Jimmy Dean and Frank look all the better for it.
There's no way to be sure, but we're pretty sure Bailey Puggins the pug is totally loving her leopard-striped ensemble.
Photo: Newtown graffiti/flickr
Sweaters let dogs bring the comfort of home with them on city outings!
You've been waiting for this moment, I can tell. And we live to serve. So we present to you: a dog in a Santa outfit. You're welcome.
Last but not least, my cat Snowflake! A big shout-out to Snowfie for being such a good sport and dutifully donning her "Ugly X-Mas Sweater" for an unprecedented 15 minutes.