In the 1950s people were much more sensible than we are today. They didn't go around wasting their money on frivolous and unnecessary items. This type of "smart living" explains why they made their own canine winter coats and doggy rain gear. Today we are much more careless with our resources, filling our dogs' closets with overpriced, low quality store bought canine couture. Gone are the days when Mommy would make that special Christmas coat for Sparky, sewing each button on with love and pride. We are distracted by our busy lives and are no longer willing to invest the time to knit those special beagle booties or that terrier toboggan to keep tiny ears warm. When will we get our priorities in order? Our furry friends deserve better.