Ch-ch-ch-chia Pets have been beguiling us for forty-odd years but these REAL Chia Pets beat those iconic zoomorphic terra cotta mini-gardens at their own game.

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

 

1) Brush Puppy

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

The concept of growing Chia seeds on a porous base dates back to 1977, though the first official Chia Pet – a ram – debuted several years later. Kids who grew up with Chia Pets and real pets are now revisiting the good old days by making their pets walk the walk, talk the talk, and... sprout the sprouts. (real Chia Pet images via Edmund White        

 

2) HedgeDog

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

Most Real Chia Pets are dogs because most pets are cats or dogs, and cats aren't exactly amenable to wearing body-hugging suits of vegetation. Dogs, on the other hand, are fairly easygoing and will peacefully put up with whatever wacky ideas their owners come up with. That said, one can only imagine what they say about us to their canine chums. (real Chia Pet image via www.PlanetDog.com)                   

 

3) Feat Of Clay

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

Now here's a Real Chia Pet who rocks the concept to the max! Botanical business up front, faux-earthenware undercarriage beneath. It's the mullet of pet costumes, recalling the best/worst of the Eighties in an eccentric yet pet-centric fashion. (real Chia Pet image via Lisa's Point of View)                    

 

4) Chia-huahua

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

Making a run for the southern border, hoping to slip right under the long arm of the CBP? The jokes on you, my green-go amigo, since that bright green disguise might work better when evading Ireland's ICE. (real Chia Pet image via Pup Fan)  

 

5) Save The Chia Leader

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

This shaggy-shelled swimmer looks more like a Tribble than a Tortoise... dude, try cleaning the tank every once in a while! We do have to admit this is kind of a good look for turtles (and certain Senate Majority Leaders) who have gone a little thin up top. (real Chia Pet image via Pandiyan V)                  

 

6) Old Dog, New Tricks

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

“Mallow is deaf and somewhat elderly and yet a fabulous costume-wearer,” states the photographer. We have to agree: fabulous Real Chia Dog looks fabulous with those sunshine-shade sleeves! She appears to be taking it all in stride as well, leading us to call her Mallow Yallow... quite rightly. (real Chia Pet image via kizzzbeth)                  

 

7) Keepin' It Real

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

“This Chia Dog costume was made with REAL chia!,” according to the photographer, and the model would appear to be a REAL dog. Wonder how the subdued Schnauzer feels when it's watering time... kinda damp and dewy, is our guess. (real Chia Pet image via Drew Mokris)                     

 

8) Guardin' Dog

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

If poor old Jordy Verrill (from the 1982 fright flick Creepshow) had a dog, it would probably look a lot like this. Not at first, mind you, but you can't deny this kind of costume tends to grow on you. (real Chia Pet image via Julie Feinstein)               
      

 

9) Resting Birch Face

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

All hail the hypno-topiary! Can the lush greenery of the Chia Pet costume survive the blazing intensity of her vision? Those eyes say no... and those fangs provide some biting backup. (real Chia Pet image via C.A. Hawk)                      

 

10) Your Heart, My Sleeve

The Top 10 Real Chia Pet Pets

At last, a Real Chia Cat! Never mind the fact that this kitteh's coat is as red as an apple and... wait, what's up with that, anyway? Our guess is the costume was originally green but the owner unintentionally “dyed” it during the no-holds-barred struggle to put it on their ungrateful, uncooperative and un-declawed pet. As the late Grumpy Cat might have said, “Good”. (real Chia Pet image via vonkrankipantzen)

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