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Dogs can be glamorous too!

Not everyone is a fan of this practice, but lots of dog moms and dads think it’s adorable to treat their dog like a little human. People love to dress their dogs in cute shirts and hats, whether it is to represent their alma mater or just to do a cute photo shoot. But have any of you dog lovers heard about a dog beauty competition? Yes, in case you were wondering, those do exist. An event known as the International Cotillion is held every year in order to raise support and awareness for rescue dogs. It is a beauty competition, during which dogs of various shapes and sizes compete for the ultimate crown title: “Miss Cotillion.”

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One would think that this competition is an easy one. After all, wouldn’t judges just have to settle for whatever dog was the cutest? Nope! Even tiny “errors” can cost your dog a loss of points in the competition. For example, if the dog looks uncomfortable in their chosen doggy gown, points will be deducted. Think about how difficult it is to have a dog look both glamorous and comfortable at the same time. Even humans have a hard time feeling comfortable when dressing up for galas and other fancy events. A lot of time and effort goes into choosing the perfect gown, including making sure that it compliments the dogs features and is feasible for the dog to eventually be comfortable in, after proper training of course.

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This may seem a bit unnecessary and silly, as well as mildly cruel for the dogs, but there is a good cause behind the matter! This event, and others like it, have raised over $120,000 for dog rescue groups around the country within the last four years. Many of the participants are rescue dogs themselves, which is both adorable and inspiring.

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So, what do you dog parents and lovers think? Would you let your pet participate in an event such as this one? Or do you think there are better ways to approach raising money for dogs in need. Let us know what you think in the comments below!