One of my co-workers just pointed me at the photoblog from New York City's annual Tompkins Square Halloween costume contest for dogs. Thankfully, there are no "sexy dogs" costumes in this roundup, but there are a lot of them that look as though the dog cannot move, and is either carrying an uncomfortable burden, or is essentially just decor inside a costume, a little centerpiece inside a still-life-with-dog decoration. I am reminded overly of the idea of "a shambles" in Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books — an elaborate scrying device that witches build out of whatever bits and bobs they find in their pockets, plus one living element, whether it's an egg or a bug or a random cooperative supporting character. These costumes are like that, in that you're allowed to build whatever you want out of whatever you want, you just have to stick a dog into the middle of it at some point for it to work.
This picture takes the cake for me; it looks like the dog died a couple days back, but the owners had invested so much time in the costume that they decided to just go for it anyway.
All that said, some of the outfits are quite cute or entertaining. I'm not against dog costumes or dog-costume parades or anything. I just find this one image hilarious. This poor pug is essentially the bud in an elaborate bud-vase. With matching hat, natch. I wonder what happens when you put a pug in a bud vase such that it can't run around sniffing, and then take it to an area where it is completely surrounded with other dogs? Doesn't that sound like a dog's idea of hell?
In my experience, many pugs have had most of the inspiration to motion entirely bred out of them. In NYC, it's much more common to see a pug tugging at its leash because it no longer wants to move than because it has found something to investigate. Gracie here certainly takes the cake, though.
I received your postcard! Thank you! That was a fascinating idea and now I want to look for odd and strange postcards of my own. Perhaps it will start a trend bring back the Post Office back to life. (Unlike "Obamacare"! I kid, I kid!)