What we’re talking about here is ESSENTIAL clothing for warmth, protection, and professional engagements of all kinds. Raja and I want to make a disclaimer: We do not sell clothing or accessories; we take no kickbacks; we are not on salary. If we suggest any item or clothing line, it’s because we like the product and nothing more. You can’t buy any of this stuff through us. We promote for the love of passing the word.
Rainwear: When it rains, long furred dogs get wet and dirty and musky and matted. Every dog should have a raincoat. They pack flat and make life so much easier. Here’s Buttercup the Maltese in her pretty and functional spring raincoat. Boots help in the mucky puddles. I like the Pawz boots. They last a long time and keep the feet dry. I’d really like to buy Raja a pair of the durable snow boots the dogs wear in the Iditarod Race, but seems nobody makes them for small feet. (Hint to sled dog cobblers: If you make them, they will come.)
Coats and Sweaters: Dogs get cold too. For really cold weather, or for sustained periods outside, fur is not always enough. Sled dogs have fur that insulates in winter. Non-sled dogs and dogs that are not massive do not. Here’s Chloe the Bichon Frise in one of her many hand knitted sweaters. A furry girl can get cold, like Raja, a skinny boy who needs a down coat when he’s sledding with his neighbors. When buying or knitting a sweater for a boy dog, make sure the belly is cut up far enough to make lifting that leg comfortable. Girl dogs can wear longer cuts. When making a down coat for your dog, use the filling from an old down vest and tightly-woven water resistant fabric.
Hats, Doggles and Visors: Just as for people, dogs lose a great deal of heat through their heads. For really cold winter days, a stylish hat keeps the heat in and the ears organized. Here, Chloe models her new pom pom hand knit hat and dreams of snow. Sun affects canine eyes as much as it does human eyes. Morgan the Shih Tzu spends a lot of time in her customized bike basket. Morgan always wears her Doggles to protect her eyes from wind, dust and sun while touring on the handlebars. (If you have a long haired dog, make sure you brush the fur away from the eyes before fixing the Doggles in place.) For dogs who are at little league games, on the sand, on boats and boardwalks and traversing the desert, visors protect the eyes the way the bills of baseball caps help players see in bright sun. Here are Tasha, Cy and CT all wearing their visors, custom made by Carolyn’s Originals ( http://carolynsoriginals.weebly.com/index.html ).
Carolyn herself began to make doggie clothes when she began to take her 3 doggies on therapy visits. The patients loved the outfits and the nurses would line up to see what the dogs were wearing each week. Plus, Carolyn says her dogs come running when she gets the outfits out. They know they’re going to go meet people and they love the praise, attention and extra pizzazz the outfits give them. Comfort is always a factor. Just as we people don’t like wearing uncomfortable clothes, dogs need comfort, especially because style means very little to them. Whereas some of us human beings would suffer to feel beautiful, dogs need comfort. Functional and comfortable garments that provide warmth, protection and professional costuming should be options for all modern dogs today, whether they travel to the hospital for therapy work or to the marina to take the yacht to Catalina.