Thursday, January 14, 2016

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

This day is fun day (at least for pet owners!) that also helps promote pet adoption.  It's founder, Colleen Paige, has founded a number of pet-focused holidays and is a Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert.

It's become very popular to dress up your pets for the holidays as well as everyday life.  Ugly Christmas Dog Sweaters, elaborate Halloween pet costumes, fashion accessories of all types, and sporty sweaters and shoes are just a few of the ways pet owners may dress up their pet.

I wasn't really aware of all of this until I adopted Archie, my shih tzu mix, about 1 1/2 years ago from PAWS Chicago.  When fall came around, I decided that he needed at least one sweater for the cold winter.  After a week of knitting, I had a variety of dog sweaters for him and an idea for an addition to my Etsy store, Occasions by sonjabegonia.  

Archie is happy in sweaters and bandannas, but draws the line at leg warmers and shoes.  Here are some of hits stylish duds, all of which can be custom-made for your pet!  Check out the entire gallery on Flickr

The classic monogram sweater.  This is the sweater that started it all and is a best-selling sweater because it can be made in any color and with any monogram.  Archie's monogram really pops on the dark red sweater and looks great against the snow.

Archie is happy hanging out on the couch or napping on his pillow in his blue hooded sweeter.  The pointy top makes him look a bit like an old gnome.  

Archie's tough guy look is this skull and cross-bones sweater.  He also wears it in celebration of Halloween because he doesn't have any costumes (yet).

Archie in quiet contemplation in his maple leaf sweater.  The colors match a lot of my fall wardrobe, so we're a matcher set on autumn walks.  

Archie ready to deliver a Valentine in his heart sweater.  As you have seen, he looks great in any sweater.   

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