Dogs Wearing Hats

Whoo hoo, I’ve now finished my first round of the writers' campaign blog trail - I’ve visited/commented/followed/friended/circled/linked everyone in my horror, suspense/thriller, and YA groups.  I’ve seen so many funny/insightful/informative/enjoyable blogs the last few days and met some really great people.  It’s been fun, but it has turned my brain into a whirling, seething mass of goo.  And now I really need to post something new to entertain my new visitors, but of course I’m drawing a blank.  It’s probably stage fright knowing all these new friends are watching.

While reading though all the lovely comments, I saw several people were supportive of my weakness for putting party hats on dogs.  Either that or they were just being kind to avoid chasing the weird girl back into her corner.  So I decided to do what any proud parent does when someone shows the slightest interest in their ‘children’… pull out pictures!

For the record, all five of these dogs are not mine.  Freya is my girl, Lily and Chloe belong to my parents, Bailey is my brother’s handful, and Molly owns my sister.  So the hat obsession is not a Jocelyn thing, but a Rish thing.  Enjoy!

Lily looks so sweet in her party hat that Freya and Chloe are giving her kisses.  It has nothing at all to do with the fact that Lily is a messy eater and the other two are keeping her clean.

Freya and Chloe giving Lily birthday kisses


Bailey does not like to share.

Step away from the birthday cake and no one gets hurt!


Chloe has always been a rebel, so she wears her hat with style.

Chloe always does her own thing


I can read doggie minds.  Molly is clearly thinking about how much fun she’s having.  The phrase “I keel you!” never once passed through her brain.

I keel you!


The reward for all this adorable humiliation?  Delicious cakes made from canned dog food and doggie treats.

See what we'll put up with for some extra delicious food


And it’s not just birthdays….

 Santa's little helpers    Here comes Peter Cotton Tail...


But I promise, putting hats on the dogs is as far as we go . . . or is it?!?

Do you dress up your pets in any way?  Do they like it or do they give you sad face?  Or did you quit reading halfway through to run find the number of the Humane Society to report the crazy hat lady?  


Jo's picture

I love dogs in hats!!!!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Who doesn't love dogs in hats?  :-)

Leah Rhyne's picture

You. Are. Hilarious!!!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Leah!  Although I have to give all the credit to the pups - it's their expressions that make everything so funny.

Clarbojahn's picture

LoL. What a way to welcome Labor Day. So nice to have my cup of coffee and read this. Thanks for a good start to the week. Saying Hi back from the campaign trail.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Hey Clar, the pups always make me laugh, so I'm glad they helped you start your week on the right foot!

jill campbell's picture

Enjoyed your blog. Wow--your movie looks awesome. Can't wait to see it.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Jill!  My brother and I are currently hashing out our strategy for releasing the movie.  So I guess we are still saying "Coming Soon...."

Kathiorampeterson's picture

Just stopped by to say you won the book on my weekly drawing. Please email me at kathiorampeterson(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Wow, that's fun news!  Thanks, Kathi!

F.E. Sewell's picture

Those puppy pics are brilliant. My Labor Day has just been made! (Now I'm going to go take pictures of my dog.) :D

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, I'll tell the girls they're making people happy.  Doggies make the best models.  :-)

Rebekah's picture

LOL, the dogs are awesome! The only thing we've done with our cat is got her a really fancy collar. The cat is pure white, and we got her a cute little black velvet collar with a bow and a diamond (not real, of course!) on it. She hates collars, evidently. I had plans for cute pictures *sigh*, but the collar doesn't even stay on for a minute . . .

Jocelyn Rish's picture

I know what you mean - to get the Christmas photo, we had at least 20 duds where at least one of the dogs was pawing off their hat or running out of frame.

Sandy's picture

Haha, your dogs are so tolerant! We put a hat on our dog, but he didn't like it (or us at that point), so we had to just kind of hold it there while we took a picture. :D Your babies are too cute!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Yeah, these pictures don't really capture the 30 minutes of begging them to sit still and repeatedly replacing the hats just trying to get one good picture.

@kankan929 on twitter's picture

hey lady! thx for your comment on my blog @ You rock. AND looks like we have quite a bit in common, I'm also writing scripts for tv/film, so definitely lets stay connected! Those dogs look TOOO CUTE!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Kandie, I think they're pretty cute too!  That's cool that you're writing in two formats too.

Kelda's picture

These are adorable. We've got a hamster at the moment. I'm just thinking how sweet he would look in some kind of outfit.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Hee!  If you put an outfit on the hamster, you absolutely HAVE to share the pictues!

Sam de la Peña 's picture

I held it together pretty good until Molly's picture. Then I started cracking up. They're all awesome, but Molly's such a badass.

I put a coat on my dog once, in the snow. Otherwise she'd probably rip out my soul and use it to bludgeon me to death.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Molly's the elder stateswoman of the dog posse and less inclined to put up with shenanigans.

Chloe's fur is so short that my parents sometimes put a coat on her on really cold days.  She is not grateful for the extra warmth.

Hannah's picture

funny and cute
hannah 11 years old!

Hannah's picture

i want to try a christmas hat for my 1 year old miniture dachshund/ jack russel for christmas! thank you!
your dogs look so cute is the one with blue eyes a mix of a lab/husky? it looks so adorible!

Hannah 11 years old!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Hey Hannah, I bet your dachshund/ jack russel will look adorable in a Christmas hat.  Thanks, I think they're pretty cute too.  Freya is the one with blue eyes - I rescued her from an animal shelter, so I never knew what she was for sure.  I always thought lab/husky too, but I did one of those doggie DNA tests and it said husky and minature poodle, which was hilarious since she weights 80 pounds!  :-)

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