By Sharon Gomes Thomas
I can’t believe that Summer is officially over. I am still trying to hang on to last vestiges of seaside fun by going on two Caribbean trips and one Cannes trip this September! My refusal to face reality won’t last very long, because the dogs in neighborhood will soon be sporting cute little sweaters to stave off the chill, and remind me that Fall is almost here.
Fall fashion is already appearing in the stores but my favorite venue to shop for one-of-a kind dog sweaters is not a brick-and-mortar location at all. In fact, it’s Etsy.com that has the best stuff, lovingly made by someone specifically for your dog.
Let your laptop do the walking and wander over to Charmaine Louise NY http://www.etsy.com/shop/charmainelouiseny. She considers herself a Hand-Crochet Atelier featuring unique crochet and knit pieces for dogs handmade from the finest imported cashmere, cotton, and wool yarns.
The hand-crochet dog t-shirt is perfect for keeping your puppy buddy warm when it’s cool. Crocheted in the softest 100-percent organic cotton yarn imported from Uruguay, the color is a rich pink. The design is fitted and features a rosette and neck and tummy bands. Should your dog need a different size, Charmaine will crochet a sweater to your dog’s measurements. What’s nice is that you can machine wash the t-shirt on the gentle cycle and dry flat, after your dog decides to roll around in muddy leaves in the park.
“Saving The Planet One Stitch At A Time”, is the philosophy of Diane Designs NY http://www.etsy.com/shop/DianaDesignsNY. Her first sweater in her new Go Green line is made from a new eco-friendly yarn that includes a processed fiber produced from recycled plastic bottles. On average every 2 sweaters will save approx 1 plastic bottle from reaching our landfills. Diane says that the yarn is super soft and feels exactly the same as her other sweaters.
A beautiful sweater called Crown Princess in a dusty rose with a sparkly felt crown sewn to the back is one of the fashion-forward items from this line. The jewels are sparkly pink, crystal clear and peach. Each bead is sewn on individually, so they will not come off when washed. There is also a Crown Prince version in a beautiful dark teal, with a rounded King style crown.
My neighbor has a rescue greyhound Highway who is the sweetest dog, but she doesn’t seem to like the cold at all. She even shivers during her morning walks in the summer. My neighbor might have to pick up a hooded Jungle Jamz from Spoiled Bratzwear http://www.etsy.com/shop/hatz4brats so Highway can walk on the wild side! This is a fun animal print dog costume that is not only adorable, but functional too. Great for snuggling anytime, getting warm after baths and the perfect weight for a cool evening walk. The four-legged design is in a super stretchy fleece that fits a variety of sizes and shapes. Open underneath for potty breaks, the jammies won’t constrict movement…even running.