Siriusly Stylin’

We admit this post is a little late, as you’ve probably seen Johnnie’s new threads pop up in our pictures the last few days – but we needed to officially share: our pretty pup is now donning some fabulous new accessories! Before we even brought J home we went straight to the Sirius Republic website in search of the perfect collar for her. After lots of back-and-forth, we finally chose this Billie one because it was feminine enough to stick up for her tomboy name, but not too over the top girly. It was perfect for our little Johnnie.

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And of course we had to get her a snood as well. We chose this red roses one to continue with her girly yet not obnoxious color scheme. I LOVE this snood on her. . . it’s the perfect compromise for chilly days where both of us are too lazy to put her in a coat! Or when it’s so cold we need the snood AND the coat.

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Thanks, Sirius Republic, for another awesome addition to our foster dog wardrobe!

To adopt your very own snood wearing, fashion forward Johnnie Cash, email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


SNOOD Life

There is a trend sweeping the doggy nation, and it comes in the form of tubular neck scarf – for dogs. Known as a snood, these scarves make the perfect cold weather accessory for your pooch. Don’t believe me that folks everywhere are dressing their dogs in these neck warmers? Check out Our Waldo Bungie’s post about it from just a few days ago (one that I didn’t see until after I started writing this!) or any of Two Pitties in the City’s recent posts!

We all know that the key to staying warm during the winter is to cover up your extremities, mostly importantly your head. Since many dogs won’t put up with wearing a hat, a snood to cover their neck is the perfect compromise to for those cold-sensitive areas not sheltered by a coat or jacket. What I also like about snoods is the fact that they’re (I think) more comfortable and free for dogs to just wear around the house.

When Charlie came to stay with me, his mom sent him with his Sirius Republic snood. While I’d seen so, so many of my online doggy friends rocking their snoods, I’d never had one for a dog myself. On that first chilly afternoon together, I stuck Charlie’s on him and didn’t take if off the entire time he was with me.  He’s still got thin hair and he’s a tiny little thing, so I’m always worried he’s too cold in my house (considering I always am), and the snood was the perfect solution. . . not to mention it was ADORABLE!

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Whether we were inside on the couch watching a football game (see Monday’s post) or braving the cold outside, Charlie had on his snood. As you can see, it did not restrict his playfulness or range of motion one bit!

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If you live somewhere cold, I highly recommend you invest in such a versatile piece of doggy clothing!  It’s pretty much a guarantee that your pup will look irresistibly cute in it!


Combat the Cold with Charlie

It’s getting crispy cold outside, and you know what that means at the Peace, Love & Fostering household: jacket weather!  My pups rarely head out the door now without their BaxterBoo or Dover Saddlery hoodies on. Refer to my post on Baxter’s winter wardrobe for my thoughts on each jacket’s design and use.

Charlie Bear got full use of our Fall weather hoodies when he hung out with us. Because of his pemphigus foliaceus he’s got pretty thin hair, so I sometimes even put the hoody on him inside the house in addition to when we went outside. He snuggled right up!

We also went on a fun adventure by the water that definitely required the jacket. Tune in on Monday to find out what historical landmark we visited!

Stay warm this weekend!

If you want to make Charlie your very own adventure buddy or snuggle partner, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com or fill out an application on the Jasmine’s House website.


Braving the elements

I know I posted last week about the gross rainy weather we’ve been having, but I can’t help but now highlight the miserably cold temps we reached this weekend. I put a few pictures on our Facebook page of our indoor activities (aka snoozing), but, just like with the rain, we couldn’t entirely avoid going outside.

I’m not sure how A & A Friese do it up in Alaska, because down here as soon as it dips below 45 degrees, our tails tuck between our legs and we head straight for the Under Armour cold gear. I heard somewhere that dogs with short hair, like pit bull type dogs, need to have a jacket any time humans need a jacket because they’re just as sensitive to the cold. I think Baxter is EXTRA sensitive of the cold. So between him being a total weenie about it, and how much my mom & I enjoy spoiling him, Baxter has acquired quite the wardrobe.

For cooler but not freezing temps, he has his hoodies. As you may remember, he has one in blue…

… and he also has one in red.

For cool weather he also has a green & blue fleece sweatshirt. This one is adorable because it has a little pocket on the back, but it is definitely meant for a little dog. Even though it is an XL I had to cut the armpits because his chest is so broad and I didn’t want it giving him rubs.

Then of course you all remember the rain coat – for wet but not very cold weather. This actually does a great job of keeping him dry in the rain so that he stays warm upon our arrival back inside.

For the cold cold days, we got him a really great coat from Dover Saddlery. This coat covers his whole body – including his big booty – to ensure full cold protection. It velcros in the front and under the stomach for easy assembly. It was also a lot cheaper than the ones from Petsmart – only about $20!

While the Dover Saddlery one is great, it isn’t good for rain or snow so he has an elements-proof one that has a similarly easy velcro set up to the Dover blanket. It also comes with a bright reflective strip across the back so Baxter is visible on our walks – safety first!!! The only way we could get one big enough to cover his whole body, like my mom insists, was to buy an XXL and sew our own velcro higher up on the straps. Worked like a charm! With the fleece inside and weather proof outside, this is his coziest outfit yet.

So yes, I know we have entirely too many clothing options for Mr. Baxter. But with both my mother and me being the worrywart type, there was no way he was going to step foot outside in the arctic tundra that is MD right now without the proper clothing. My mother just wouldn’t allow it (and that is why I love her : -)). We ended up with a lot of them because we were trial & error-ing what worked and what didn’t, but then just kept them all anyway.

All of these coats are great, but when it gets ear-numbingly chilly, an alternative form of cold gear needs to be thought up. It seems Baxter found just the trick…

For more information on adopting Comeback Kid Baxter, click here or email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.