Manhattan Madness – Thug Pugs

Returning to New York City means a return to the unusual, inexplicable and sometimes just insane events that seem to plague (or bless) this town. And thank God for it, because life is just too normal without one’s daily dose of bizarre moments.

So, for this segment of “Manhattan Madness,” we’ll be taking a look at:

hoodie dog
Canine overcoats aren’t exactly a new idea. Even in more “normal” parts of the country (I’m looking at you, Minnesota), people are choosing to dress their dogs in outerwear designed to shield them from the elements. In some cases, it does make sense; while a golden retriever is pretty well insulated against most winter weather, for the average Chihuahua, the winter wind that whips through the concrete canyons is as brutal as it would be for the average streaker.

But in a move that threatens to destroy any tenuous credibility the puppy parka had, more and more dogs are showing up wearing jackets and sweatshirts with hoods attached.

In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, dogs cannot wear hoods.

Even if the hood were stretchy or baggy enough to encircle the dog’s head, it would cover their eyes, ears and nose, leaving them entirely dependent on their owners to guide them. I pray I never see a guide dog wearing one.


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