Thursday, March 10, 2011

Our Favorite Things: Dog Fashion

One of my friends called me out the other day after I wrote this post about our pooches' collars. My friend couldn't understand why we are so willing to dress our pooches in tutus, angel wings, and even frog costumes, while we could much more easily just change their collars around, like normal people.
Especially since American Dog Shopper alerted us to The Rubit which is an easy way to switch out their numerous dog tags so they can easily change collars.
So, I started paying more attention to collars. And I realized, a lot of the collar companies just so happen to donate a portion of their proceeds to support animal rescues. I had first learned about Sirius Republic dog collars when worn by the fashionable Darwin; the colors on this collar are just so striking.
Besides offering an array of beautiful, well-crafted collars, Sirius Republic also donates 20% of their collar proceeds to various Rescue Partners. I like how they have fashionable martingale colors, which are often so hard to find.
We also happened upon Silly Buddy, local to Chicago, who uses their beyond adorable pooch Buddy as a collar model:
We were particularly smitten with their bowties, and we're loving their tartan collars --even available in hot pink! They also work to donate a portion of proceeds to the local shelter.
And as we've been hoping for spring weather, we have also been drawn to Pecan Pie Puppies array of  custom flower collars.
The sales of collars help support their animal rescue work. They foster while also having 4 dogs of their own. We also love that one of their pooches is a Mr. B look-alike.
So we might be switching the pooches' collars out as the occasion calls for it, but we're still keeping true to their original collars.

28 comments:

houndstooth said...

We got to review some of the Sirius Republic collars and I agree, they are very nice! I saw the Pecan Puppy ones somewhere, too, but I don't recall them having martingales -- not that I need to look at any more collars! lol I have to check out a site that has tartan collars in pink, though!

Two Crazy Coaches said...

Webuy our collars and leashes at our daycare so the money goes right back to them. They always have adorable ones and I like that the leash matches the collar.

Sam said...

I've been making our dog collars for years, and I look at it as another way to show the boys I love them. I didn't know so many companies donated money though! That's great!

Sam

Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said...

I just got into collars! I got the pups collars from collarmania.com. Really cool stuff there. I think we've got the mania!

Mack and Mia said...

I haven't gotten super into changing collars to be honest, but after seeing those awesome websites I might have to! The pups have 2 sets of collars. The regular kind for playing, running, and so on. and another leather set with their names on a gold label for when we have partays and visitors! SHMANCY, huh?!

Wags and woofs,
Mack and Mia

kateohkatie said...

LOVE the Pecan Pie Puppies collar! So sweet - and also really handy for those people who automatically think pittie = male. Roxie may not be ladylike, but she's a girly-girl! :-D

We buy new collars for our pups (Roxie and my parents' two dogs) every year for Christmas, and every year I search for juuuuust the perfect ones. This year I ordered from Funky Mutt ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyMutt ) and I love them! They're strong nylon under pretty fabrics (lots that are vintage-y!), and super well-made. I haven't tried washing Roxie's yet, but I'm sure it will hold up well then, too.

loveandaleash said...

we have one of those broad collars like darwin, and it looks so handsome on our chickster. now whenever we try on a regular slim collar, it feels like it looks really silly and wimpy on him!

Kari in WeHo said...

I would love a flower collar, but that would cause the pups to eat each others collars...

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

*shoot!* I think Mom may have seen this post before I could dash to the comment page. She desperately wants to dress us up, but other than the occasional coat (I'll tolerate it - Abby, not so much), she hasn't had any luck. But collars? Great. Now she's got an entirely new way to spend money and attempt to beautify us.... *sigh*

Heehee.

Note from Mom: Cool collars!!!!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Beth said...

I love Pecan Pie Puppies! I discovered them a few weeks ago and their collars are too adorable! They live in my state too! (SC)

www.truthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

Lilo has an assortment of collars and more than a few dresses. Her dresses mostly get used for Rescue events or in-store information days and the collars came about because she couldn't wear her harness with her dresses. I get a LOT of flack for dressing her up, but my theory is if it gets one persons attention and it allows me to tell them about the rescue and what we do, then it was worth it!

Love them in their costumes by the way!!!

~hugs~

Jess & Lilo

Married with Dawgs said...

Mr B's frog costume is hands-down the most adorable dog-in-a-costume I have seen. Can't wait to see him styling some snazzy new collars!

Jess the Dog Shopper said...

Hey guys, thanks for the shout out! I hope you're liking the Rubit...I know we do! Such pretty collars you've found, I think I'll have to start taking some shopping tips from you!

brooke said...

Darwin has a TON of collars but Im loving these Pecan Pie Puppy collars! Eek! So cute!
Another company we like on Etsy is Rescue Me Tugs. http://www.etsy.com/shop/RescueMeTugz?ref=pr_shop_more
They do collars, fleece toys and other stuff and they donate a portion of their sales to Dane rescues!

Tucker said...

This is totally feeding my collar obsession, which I didn't need WHATSOEVER! But, I am still glad to have been introduced to these companies, and to know that I am supporting dog rescue if I buy from them is just that much more incentive. Got a feeling Tucker & Phoebe will soon be sporting one or more collars from these wonderful companies.

Lindsay said...

My pittie has more collars than I have shoes. And that says alot.

All I needed was introduced to a new place to get cute collars!! (I just placed an order for one)

;-)

Benny and Lily said...

They do have some cool looking collars
Benny & Lily

Ashley Dewey said...

Great pictures!

Heather Cherry said...

I love dressing my dogs in outfits because it makes them more approachable in public, which is always a plus when trying to improve the image of the pit bull. Also, since pit bulls are a short-coated breed, they can get cold very quickly, so mine have various sweaters and coats for the cooler weather. And as long as your dogs like being dressed up (believe me, mine are all wiggles when I pull something out for them to wear) and it's not a source of stress for them, then I don't see a problem with it.

Stella Louise said...

Pecan Pie Puppie collars are the best. We have a few styles and our girls look so cute in them. They are great collars.

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Those are really cool looking collars. I don't change my dogs collars out either- Mickey's wrecked and I ended up getting him a replacement that looked exactly like his old collar. Kayloo's collar makes everyone think she is a boy because it's blue... and I still don't change it!

One of these days though- it's for a good cause & all :)

rescuedinsanity.com said...

We never change our dog's collar either. Too lazy and she doesn't seem to care. But there sure are a lot of gorgeous ones! If they are in support of a good cause... Too bad these awesome designers don't make things for humans.

A Couple of Misfits said...

Honestly, you're probably better off sticking with fun costumes- collecting collars is an addiction. I'm a sucker for bright and fun martingales. Skye even knows which collar means we're going to agility practice. After reading your blog, though, I've been considering investing in a costume or two of my own. Even a little tiny pit like Skye scares plenty of people off!

http://parkerskye.blogspot.com/

kissa-bull said...

we loved all the collars featured here in you bloggy butt we must admit that we absolutely love the pooches in their costumes.no one can pull off those tutus and froggies like mr b and miss m.

pibble sugars
the pittie pack

Meeka said...

Thanks for sharing the makers of the collars. Mom has been wanting me to switch from nylon to cotton collars and can't find any cute designs in the stores.

Brenda said...

I've never been one for dressing up big dogs (actually, I'm not sure I could even dress up a little dog, unless it was Halloween or something) - but I can totally see how it could work well for the pit bull breed. I mean, somehow a dog doesn't seem quite as threatening when dressed like a frog. Love that Pecan Pie Puppies site. What a great blog name.

Gofer said...

Here is another great collar website that hand makes all their own collars and was started by members of SRPBL (Sacramento Responsible Pit Bull Lovers).
http://www.karmacollars.com/about-us.aspx

ForPetsSake said...

Thanks for introducing these companies - it's always great when you can support a company with good ethics! I've been thinking of making something similar to what that last Etsy seller makes, but somewhat different. Stay tuned...

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