Mollie, a purebred Yorkie, is sensibly dressed today, wearing a brown Louis Vuitton dress, a black-and-white Up Country collar, and a hair ornament. “It’s her everyday collar,” says her owner, Shauna Williams, who just opened Spoil Me at Scio Town Center on Zeeb. “She has one she dresses up in when she goes to parties.”
The dress, the hair ornament, the Up Country collar, and the party collar of Swarovski crystals are all for sale at Spoil Me. “I’m in a Yorkie club on Facebook,” says Williams. “We meet every so often and bring our dogs. [Mollie] has her own little wardrobe. I’d guess she has about twelve dresses.” Williams has another Yorkie at home, as well as a Shih Tzu and two Himalayan Siamese cats, all of whom are, she says, similarly spoiled.
Williams’ pink, glittery, perfumed store is tiny, but so is most of the merchandise–animal dress-up seems to be played mostly with toy breeds. As hobbies go, dressing animals actually seems pretty affordable, with dresses around $25 to $30. The Swarovski crystal collars, at $75 or $80, are some of the more expensive things in the shop.
The beautifully frosted, vanilla-yogurt dipped “cannolis,” “donuts,” and “cookies” that are so cruelly placed at human-eye rather than dog-eye level, are unfortunately meant for dogs only, though they won’t kill you. “They’re not bad,” Williams says. “I took a bite of one, because I wouldn’t feed my dog anything I wouldn’t eat myself.”
Spoil Me, 283 S. Zeeb Rd., 222-9191. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun. (no website)