Dressing Up

Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffie), wearing a red scarf with silver sequins. Caption reads: "Don't I look pretty."

Dressing Up by Fantasia Dog

When my favourite human was very little, I sometimes played dress-ups and tea parties with her.

So when my human made clothes for my favourite small human she’d make matching clothes for the small human’s doll and a matching scarf for me.

A couple of years ago, my human stopped making scarves for me, although she still sometimes makes clothes for my favourite human and her doll. My human said the little human had outgrown dress-ups with me.

I guess little humans do get bigger and want to play different things, but I don’t think I outgrew dress-ups.

I found one of my old scarves the other day, a pretty red one with sparkles on it. I took it to my human, and she put it on me. She even took a picture. Don’t I look pretty all dressed up.

At bed time, the human said I had to take my scarf off, which made me very sad, but now she knows I still like to dress up, she’s promised to find my other old scarves.

Now, I wonder if I can persuade someone to have a tea party with me. Do you think the human would share her coffee?

Photo of Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (Staffie) on a red couch, "smiling" at the camera.

Fantasia Dog

Fanta is a graduate of the Animal Welfare League Qld shelter, where she was known as Fantasia. On arrival at her forever home, her full name was declared too pretentious, and she became known as Fanta. Occasionally, when she emits noxious gases, she is known as Fartica or Fartica the Hellhound. She likes walks, playing, eating, more eating, and cats when they don’t bite her ears. She dislikes baths, cats when they do bite her ears, and dogs who bark at her when she’s out walking. Although she owns approximately a zillion toys, she only likes to play with Bear, Crocodile and Elephant.


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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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