Man's Best Friend: Dog Onesies

They might chew your shoes or steal your food. So why is it that we consider dogs our best friend? New research proves that the bond between humans and our canine companions stretches back 20,000 years, maybe even longer. The way in which dogs and humans first became best friends goes something like this: packs of wolves moved ever closer to the fringes of early human hunter-gatherer encampments to scavenge for food (in the form of leftovers). The wolves that showed less aggressive tendencies towards human were obviously more successful at getting fed by humans, a relationship that lasts until this very day. And so began the greatest friendship story of all time. Today, the close companionship between humans and dogs is celebrated in book and song, as well as in film and television and even dog onesies. In this article we’ll take a look at how humans have paid homage to their four-legged best friends both on the screen and by dressing up as them!

Pluto the Pup: Mickey Mouse’s best friend Pluto first appeared on cinema screens in Walt Disney’s 1930 film short The Chain Gang. A bloodhound with a happy-go-lucky temperament, Pluto is both intelligent and clumsy. He can easily finds himself in sticky situations, such as the time when he is forced to wear a shocking pink sweater knitted for him by Minnie Mouse in the 1949 film short Pluto’s Sweater. Aghast at how the sweater makes him look, Pluto tries everything he can to get out of wearing it, including chewing it. However, after he falls in a pond and hilariously resurfaces looking like a pink whale, the sweater shrinks. Seeing how upset this makes Minnie, quick-thinking Pluto indicates, with the use of one of his floppy ears, that sweater is now the perfect size to fit the mocking little cat, Figaro.

Pluto kigurumi

Show your affection for the lovable Pluto and assume his likeness by donning his dog kigurumi. You’ll certainly set tongues wagging at your next fancy dress or cosplay event!

Cerberus: According to ancient Greek mythology, Cerberus is the three-headed Hound of Hades who guards the gates of Hell. In fact, his job is to prevent the dead from leaving! Cerberus famously appears in one heck of a scary scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Hold on a second, I know what you’re going to say: this doesn’t sound like a tribute to man’s best friend. Well, that is another reason we love dogs. They remind us of the wild, untamed nature we humans and dogs alike both once possessed. Within Greek mythology, Cerberus’ three heads are also symbolic of the past, the present, and the future. Yet, the most significant trait of this malevolent mutt is his ability to turn anyone foolish or brave enough to look at him into stone. Scary stuff!

You too can become like the scary-as-heck hell hound by wearing the Cerberus dog onesie from Assume his terrible form for such fell purposes as curling up on the couch, socializing with friends, or being the top dog at your next costume party.

Rex: Everyone’s favourite little corgi, Rex, stars in the 2019 animated comedy romp The Queen’s Corgi. The film spoofs the Queen’s retinue of royal corgis and imagines what would happen if the Queen’s most beloved pet became lost. In the movie Rex is forced out of his life of luxury in Buckingham Palace by one of the Queen’s other corgis, the jealous Charlie. Luckily (?) for Rex he is found and taken to an animal shelter which also functions as an illegal dog fight club. Rex’s posh mannerisms initially see him socially isolated from the other dogs. However, he soon ingratiates himself and soon develops a love interest in Wanda, a saluki and fellow inmate at the shelter. Wanda gets over her hesitancy toward Rex, and soon she too develops feelings for him. Rex and Wanda’s burgeoning relationship angers the alpha-dog Tyson, a pitbull who also loves Wanda. Spoiler alert: Rex manages to convince the other dogs at the shelter to combine forces and overthrow Tyson.

corgi kigurumi

Show your love of the little, sweet corgi dog by rugging up in a comfortable corgi dog kigurumi. Everything will think you’re just as cute as can be as you bounce around in a hyperactive mood or toddle about doing nothing much.

Chanta: Originating in Japan, the Shiba dog breed makes its way to the big screen via the 2009 film adaptation of the popular manga series Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs by Yukiya Sakuragi. The comedy film Inubaka is directed by Kazutaka and stars Suzanne as Suguri, a young girl who leaves the countryside to journey to the big city in search of a new beginning. Both the film and manga series follow the adventures of Suguri as she meets a whole cast of interesting customers at the pet store works at, Woofles. Suguri is a girl who possesses a very strong connection with all canines. Indeed, in the manga series, when she first enters Woofles Pet Shop, all of the puppies in the store simultaneously begin to "happy pee" in pure excitement! Lupin, a mixed breed Shiba dog, is the main dog Siguri is crazy for. He has a unique set of talents, including: showing a keen affection for all females (both human and canine), being able to understand commands that he's been never shown, and being able to detect if someone is a good person or not.

Be more like Chanta by wearing a Shiba dog kigurumi. Everyone will think you are just the cutest thing on four legs! And you might even be able to amaze people and yourself by doing tricks you didn’t even know you could do.

Patrick: “The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humour.” So says Margot Kaufman. And even if you don’t have a sense of humour, the 2018 family comedy movie Patrick the Pug will have you howling with laughter! The film follows the travails of a young teacher named Sarah (Beattie Edmondson) who has her life turned upside when she gets dumped by her boyfriend and inherits her deceased grandmother’s pet pug, Patrick, in quick succession. Unfortunately for Patrick, Sarah is not so keen on being a dog owner. In fact, the apartment she rents strictly forbids it. Turns out, Patrick is not the easiest doggy housemate either. He steals food and generally causes destruction at Sarah's work. She even winds up becoming homeless once the landlord learns of Patrick. Although, Patrick’s presence in her life proves not to be a total a disaster for Sarah. She discovers the joy of regular exercise when she is forced to take him walking outside in the park. And the park is where she strikes up a connection with the ever so dashing Ben (Tom Bennett). If you would like to know what happens next, you’ll just have to watch the film!

Pugs are known to be happy and affectionate as well as a little mischievous. If this sounds like you, well then, the pug dog onesie should be a perfect fit. Wear it getting some exercise or wreaking havoc: it’s your call.

Togo: The 2019 adventure film Togo retells the epic journey of a team of sled dogs led by the titular Togo. The team of Siberian huskies were tasked with pulling a sled across hundreds of snow-covered miles to deliver diphtheria medicine to save the sick children in the town of Nome, Alaska, in 1925. This based-on-true-events movie charts the story of Togo as he goes from being the runt of the litter to proving that he is a true leader. The movie shows Togo as a very naughty puppy who is constantly breaking out of his confines. The young Togo escapes whenever he gets a chance as he just wants to join up with the older dog sled team. His owner, Leonhard Seppala (Willem Defoe) eventually allows the puppy to join his dog team and is immediately impressed at not only his speed pulling the sled but also his strength of character. He soon promotes Togo to the lead position. In the film, like in real life, Togo proves his worth when he leads the other dogs on an epic journey to save the town of Nome.

According to “Siberian huskies are friendly and intelligent but somewhat independent and stubborn.” Does this sound like you or someone you know? A Siberian dog kigurumi makes the perfect gift. Unlike the actual dog that requires a lot of daily exercise, this onesie is the perfect companion for a day spent curled up on the sofa watching your favourite dog-themed movies!

So, there you have it. Dogs have been a part of human history for a very long time and will continue to be right up until after we humans are gone, if you believe science fiction. Nevertheless, dogs make our lives better in the here and the now. They are the faithful companion always ready to listen to our woes without judging. They are the excited, tail-wagging reception we get whenever we return home, even if we have been gone only 5 minutes. They are the constant reminder of our responsibility to something other than ourselves that help us to be better people. They are always in the mood for a walk, or a hug or simply a snuggle on the couch. Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Indeed.