His conquistador? Man’s best friend.
Dog calendars are all the rage – and no wonder. Because dogs will let you glam them up like a 10-year-old girl’s tea party guest of honor and take pictures of them. (And, as far as we know, Obama doesn’t. But of course we haven’t seen footage of his daughters’ tea parties…)
Of course, many of these festooned Fidos are willing to suffer such embarrassment because they’re supporting a cause. Selling calendars is a great way to fundraise for animal rescue (and it’s also a great way to amuse shelter and rescue volunteers and employees). Just ask Chuckles – the fashion victim and calendar star of dooce creator Heather Armstrong, Chuck is fab in drag to raise money for the Humane Society of Utah.
Another cover dog used to the limelight: Hector, one of the dogs confiscated from Michael Vick‘s fighting ring, graces the cover of Bad Rap‘s Bust Dog Survivor calendar. (Hector actually lived at my house for awhile, and I had no doubt that he’d be a supermodel someday.)
Of course, even the smallest of the pack can get involved. This wee guy looks a bit chagrined by his rabbit ears, but he’ll surely perk up when he hears that his embarrassment is raising money for Brussels Griffon rescue.
And if that doesn’t help, we’ll just let him know that all the cool kids dress up in silly outfits in the name of a good cause.
So if you’re looking for the gift that gives back this year, consider a calendar that benefits a local rescue or shelter. Hey, it’s what Lassie would do.