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Dog clothes make great gifts - pets


When it comes to the art of giving, a gift of clothes is filled with peril. We all have stories to tell, and if you don't, you will. Just give it time.

Mine happening early. My grandmother, having survived the Depression, knew how to stretch a dollar. Clothes for her grandkids were at all times purchased 3 or 4 sizes too big so we could "grow into them". And she conceded this charming trait on to my mother. So, we endured our baggy clothes, with the sleeves and pant legs rolled up, until we were as a final point big adequate to wear them with dignity. By which time they were ready for donation.

Then there's my husband. Heaven forbid I be supposed to try to give the man a Polo shirt with an asymmetrical hemline. Most Polos are made longer in the back to help them stay "tucked", but hubby goes un-tucked -- always. He discards any polo that breaks the rule, no be relevant how subtly. For an or else easy-going guy, his actions is about perverse.

If you must give clothes this season, there's one giftee on your list who's sure to look great in any company you buy him. He'll wear your gift with pride and appreciation, head held high and tail wagging.

That's right, your dog. Or your best friend's dog. It's so easy you'll awe why you didn't think of it before.

Dogs love any kind of interest you bestow on them. So, Spike will wear his equip - whether it's cute or ludicrous - as soon as he sees how happy it makes his owner. Spot will eat up all that extra awareness he gets from strangers. And Fifi might even want to Vogue for the camera.

Clothes shopping for dogs is a lot like clothes shopping for babies. But for you're going for practicality, good looks is what counts. And that's easy to accomplish, given that any dog bearing clothes looks cute blasted cute.

Choices in dog clothes range from chill sweaters to football jerseys and summer tees. You can get a set of sweet talk PJ's for bedtime or a terry robe for after bath. There's even an full line of Harley clothes for dogs, absolute with leather cap and studded collar. Dog costumes made for parties and holidays are just too cute for words.

If you especially want your gift to be a hit with admirers, accessorize. Try a designer dog collar and maybe a cool pair of sunglasses--they make them just for dogs. And I a moment ago heard that leg warmers are assembly a come back.

Got a harmful sense of humor? Assembly the baby look silly might be a no-no, but it's good clean fun when it comes to dressing up a dog. There are some exceedingly creative doggie gear out there that are good for a chortle or two.

There's exceedingly only a fasten of rules you'll need to keep in mind when shopping for dog clothes: One is that if the dog in ask is an avid chewer, you ought to avoid export him something tempting. Shiny buttons, fringe, and down are examples that come to mind. An be against that can by far be chewed off and swallowed is a bitter hazard and can get stuck in the dog's digestive tract.

The other rule is that any dog, no affair how tolerant, will be more comfortable bearing clothes that fit. Accurate fit typically requires measuring from the dog's collar to the base of her tail for length. Most garment's girth can be adjusted with velcro tabs, but could still be an issue with a barrel-chested breed such as a bulldog. Measurements are typically in inches.

Remember that a dog will never "diet down" into an furnish that's too small , or -- if you're shopping for a puppy or a pregnant female -- "grow into" an item that's too big. (Sorry, Grandma. )

Oh, and one more thing--if you're handy with a embroidery machine, you can make your own dog clothes creations. Just don't not remember to add in an break for the dog to relieve himself. Don't laugh, it happens a lot!

Now, if you're shopping for your own dog, you're all set. But if you're import clothes for a big cheese else's dog, I've got a few more tips for you.

Surveys conducted on the area under discussion of gift preferences of men and women have shown that men choose gifts that are more full of fun or practical. So, if the dog's owner is male this might decipher into a doggie Harley jacket, a funny costume, or a deep hunting vest (more on convenient clothing in an added article!).

Women, on the other hand, desire gifts that are beautiful, memorable, and personal. It shouldn't be hard to find an item of clothing for a woman's dog that's both charming or memorable or both, and it will of course of action be personal!

Exception: if the woman is a big cheese you don't know well. The more aloof the association amid giver and receiver, the riskier it is to give a not public gift. So, be they man or woman, if you don't know the dog owner very well, you in all probability shouldn't be exchange dog clothes for their pet.

I hope you'll have fun alternative out amazing nice for the canine on your shopping list. If you get a chance, send me a photo!

2004, Carolyn Schweitzer. All-time dog-lover, power-shopper, and ex- breed dentist Carolyn Schweitzer is owner and editor of Great-Dog-Gift. com . If you need inspiration for dog clothes, stop by. The site offers a wide range of choices for dog gift shoppers, plus shopping and gift-giving tips. (Also assistance on dog care and feeding. ) She's constantly looking for new dog gift ideas and dog stories to share with her readers. You can reach her by email at netbrainer@verizon. net.

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