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Chloe’s Closet: Dog clothing

Quick giveaway: Chillybuddy Winter Jacket (size Small, blaze orange)

Back in July 2012, I gave away a brand-new Chillybuddy cooling jacket — it was great, but the size Small swam on Chloe. It went in a heartbeat to reader Emily and her pup. At the same time that I ordered the too-big cooling jacket, I also ordered what turned out to be a too-big Chillybuddy winter jacket. I’m a thorough gal.

Why is this picture so blurry? Why???

Like its summer colleague, this winter jacket is about 19″ long from  … Read more

Product review: Rain Collar rain jacket for small dogs

This was an impulse purchase. There was a rack of these folded-up rain jackets near the counter at one of our pet stores, the price was right (about $12), and, frankly, I’m a sucker for gear. Too often, my what-the-heck purchases turn out to be WTF purchases, but not this time.

The Rain Collar folds into its own pouch, which snaps around a leash, or around your dog’s collar. Here it is on Chloe’s leash, just below her snap-on poop bag carrier.

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Keeping your dog cool this summer: Chloe’s Zentek jacket

I’ve met Janice Kajanoff, owner of Zentek, and chatted with her about her company’s products and plans while she fitted Chloe with her new jacket (yes, each is tailored to fit, and since I bought Chloe’s jacket when she was a puppy, we had to have two fittings). I admire Janice’s moxie and I’ve enjoyed our chats — I don’t think that’s affected what I think of her products, but you should know about the connection.

Just over a year ago,  … Read more

Chloe’s Closet: A fab warm-weather rain jacket

Chloe in the Red Skull raincoat

Back in November I described Chloe’s wardrobe, in case you wanted to know what jackets I’d found useful for her. She’s not a particularly fragile flower, but rain jackets are a big help in Seattle, and she also has a couple of coats for really cold weather. In that post, I mentioned that I was still looking for a rain jacket that Chloe could wear in warm weather, and I recently found one that  … Read more

Chloe’s Closet: Useful clothing for small dogs

I recently mentioned that I had culled Chloe’s wardrobe and was mourning over her Wagwear Quilted Vest. I thought it might be helpful to know what clothing Chloe does have, and why, in case you’re trying to figure out what your small dog might need. (I won’t be much help with decorative clothing — I know lots of small dog owners enjoy puppy bling, and I’ve got no problem with it as long as an outfit or costume doesn’t cause  … Read more

Chloe’s Closet: Dog rain jacket that works with an Easy Walk harness

It’s bucketing down rain here in Seattle, so I have water-repellant dog jackets on my mind (Chloe’s a pretty sturdy little dog, but a jacket helps her stay out longer). The trick is to find a jacket that works with Chloe’s Easy Walk harness, which sounded gimmicky when I bought it but turns out to do a good job of keeping her from pulling. It fastens in front, low under her regular collar, and a lot of jackets (and pretty  … Read more

Chloe’s Closet: Down-filled dog jacket

It’s still fall, but winter is coming. I’ve just weeded through Chloe’s modest wardrobe, and discovered that her current harness won’t work with her fabulous new Wagwear quilted, “sheepskin”-lined jacket. Argh! I was counting on that jacket, since it’s perfect for Seattle winter weather. A dog with a thinner or shorter coat, however, might want something warmer, and even Chloe, in a New York City winter storm last year, could have upgraded. During that storm I saw a couple of  … Read more

Dog paw booties

I jeered at dogs wearing booties, until the day we found ourselves stranded in NYC by a winter storm. Chloe frolicked out into the snow, but as soon as she hit the salted sidewalk (and I mean within a second or two) she started crying with pain and tried to lift all four paws off the ground at once. Happily, there was a pet store nearby selling these disposable rubber booties. She was initially dismayed, as you can see, but  … Read more