Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

Furry Fashion Forward

Are dogs a fashion statement? There are many that would say yes. And as a dog – I can’t exactly argue that. Fashion is often considered an outer reflection of the inner person and often times you truly can judge a person by their dog. And I don’t mean in a critical way but rather in a way that helps you to understand or connect to a person. Think about how you react to seeing a large man with a small dog vs when you see a large man with a large dog – it is human nature (thus not necessarily proper or accurate) to form such opinions.

So naturally the fashion world turns to dogs to help make a splash or a statement. This can be a positive relationship as it helps to promote that dogs are part of a lifestyle and it is a lifestyle that you miss out on if you don’t have a dog. It also promotes that people simply look better with a dog at their side!

But I want to make it clear that pets are not to be mistaken as fashion accessories. Getting a pet because it will make you look good is simply a bad idea. Not only does it fuel puppy mills (and as a puppy mill survivor I will say that puppy mills are simply an abomination) but also leads to many discarded pets after they have outgrown their cute puppy faces.

Fans of fashion forward celebrity glamourites placed a high demand on “Handbag Dogs” but the owners of the wee dogs soon discovered that a dog makes a problematic accessory – they don’t, as a rule, like being zipped up in bags. Or it could be that the celebrities have moved on to bigger dogs. So the helpless little critters are being abandoned and discarded at the same time that the puppy mills are still cranking out more.

So let’s remember: it is better to feel good on the inside than look good on the outside – pets are for life and not for catching someone’s eye.

While on the topic of fashion this would be a great time to mention that next week is the 10th Annual Wine & Whiskers Weekend (March 9 & 11 - visit the website below for details) here in Ridgway. Wine & Whiskers is where fashion and fun are mixed to raise money for the region’s homeless pets like me! If you have never attended this event you simply need to give it a go…

My name is Annika, a beautiful, young German Shephard who believes that love makes the best fashion statement of all. Because of my rough history (mentioned above) and lack of socialization as a puppy I am very unsure of people and new situations and have not learned to fully trust humans. I have been making tremendous progress since being rescued by Second Chance but will need a family with lots of patience and kindness to help me continue to flourish. I look forward to meeting my first family…

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 970-626-2273 to report a lost pet or to learn about adopting a homeless pet and the SCHS spay/neuter, volunteer, feral cat or other programs. View our shelter pets and services at adoptmountainpets.org.

Second Chance Humane Society


(970) 626-2273 | phone
(970) 626-3233 | Ridgway thrift
(970) 728-1100 | Telluride thrift


PO Box 2096 [mailing]
177 County Road 10
Ridgway, CO 81432

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Cat Castle 11 am - 6 pm
Dog Den 11 am - 5:45 pm