Let me begin this by saying that I am not one to dress my dog for the sheer point of dressing my dog. Inara wears a coat and possibly booties when the weather/ground conditions outside warrant it. I do not subject her to t-shirts in the summer to be fashionable. She doesn’t like it, I don’t want to torture her. It kind of creeps me out when people spend more money on their dog’s wardrobe than their own. Or when they have matching outfits with their dog. Or if the dog can’t leave the house without a dress or something on. Just not my style. That being said, I wanted to take you through Inara’s winter wardrobe. Red is my favorite color, and since Inara is white, red looks smashing against her coat.
So we have to begin this ensemble with the most critical part of her “going outside” attire – her collar with tags. As Inara has the strength of a Mack truck, I get her collars custom-made from Collarmania. Lisa caters to those of us with bully breeds or other ridiculously strong dogs that would snap a little 1/2″ collar with a plastic snap in about 2 milliseconds. Her work is outstanding and if you can think of it, she can design it. Inara has 5 Collarmania collars, all 1 1/2″ thick: a no-buckle slide collar, 2 leather buckle collars, a martingale and a plain nylon buckle collar. Excellent quality, highly recommend her work.
Next is the leash. Again, this needs to be a well-made piece of equipment to keep Inara where she belongs. I prefer a 6′ leather leash in black. Simple and classic, but most importantly, strong.
Inara is currently being worked on a Halti while we work through her dog-reactivity issues. Originally the only Halti I could find in stores was black, so I had to use that for a while. Everybody always thought she was a boy though, and quite frankly, I wasn’t happy with black on her face. So a fantastic person sent me a red Halti that she no longer used (thanks, Erin!!!). Whew – I could finally relax as Inara could continue with her red theme.
Next up is the coat. It gets a tit bit nipply *giggle* here in NE Ohio and Inara has no body fat and a short coat. Another fantastic person (I know lots of them!) sent Inara a beautiful red quilted coat, lined with black fleece (thanks Diana!!!). It looks fabulous on her and, well, it’s red!
Finally are the booties. Mock me if you will, but the ice here seems to freeze not flat, but in sharp little ridges that quickly cause Inara to limp. So I ordered her some fleece booties that keep her feet warm and dry even when playing in the snow. These are actual sled dog booties so they even stay on in deeper snow. And they were cheap, always a plus.
So there we have it – red collar, Halti, coat and booties with a black leash. She does get compliments when we go out, but most importantly she can stay warm.