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Doggie Dress

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Remember my previous doggie sweater based on the pattern from “Seamless Knits for Posh Pups“? This time I decided to knit something “elegant”, contrary to the casual hoodie from the old project 🙂 Let me introduce to you the Tiffany dress, knitted with the leftovers of Malabrigo Rios yarn (Purpuras and Piedras colourways). My version doesn’t have any pearls on the collar, but I still think it’s really cute. I love the frill and the ribbed belly part.

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Both cats refused to be models this time 😦

As you may know if you read my blog, I sometimes knit small items for the animal rescue charity auctions. This dress is a gift for one of the dogs in the rescue’s care: a small, fragile chihuahua and Pomeranian cross (at least judging by her size and fur). This little girl had had some very rough life before she was adopted by the lady who runs the rescue. She has been nursed back to health but she is really timid around other animals and feels a little more secure to play with them if she’s wearing something: a t-shirt in the summer or sweaters when it’s colder. It doesn’t really surprise me, I think it’s for similar  reasons as many pets that hate to wear anything: they feel restrained. Nellie however likes this restrain and she feels safer with a cocoon of clothes around her tiny body, so she has quite a collection of hand made jumpers. But I don’t think she has a dress! I think it’s a good kind of outfit for a dog who wears sweaters at home: it’s short, sleeveless, so it won’t overwhelm her, while giving her the sense of security.

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All of the items I made for the auction and the dress for Nellie were posted today, so I’m really looking forward to seeing her photos in the new outfit!

12 thoughts on “Doggie Dress

  1. Ohhhhh! I don’t know what I love more, the precious dress or the fact that you knit for the animal rescue. It’s wonderful!! ❤️

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  2. It’s not so much about the restraint as it is the warmth. Small dogs, especially short haired ones like Chihuahuas lose body heat rapidly. (Chihuahuas were bred in Mexico, where this doesn’t matter.) But in colder climates, they really suffer. They spend so much energy keeping warm that they don’t have much left over to be Chihuahuas! (This is true of any “toy” breeds that have short hair.) The dresses and other clothing help her conserve body heat, Sphinx cats have the same problem because of not having fur. What would make wonderful clothing for her and other such little dogs (and Sphinx cats) would be fuzzy yarn with a lot of “loft” and patterns with ribbing which are body hugging and give good insulation. I’m so glad Nellie has found a loving home.

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    1. She’s a long haired chihuahua mix, that looks like a tiny furry teddy bear so I think she doesn’t freeze that much. According to her owner she is scared of other pets in the house without an outfit and only interacts with them when she’s dressed. She thinks it’s due to her mistreatment in the past, Nellie used to be a breeding bitch on a puppy farm and when she was rescued she had a very severe eczema and wounds on her skin, so her owner thinks that may be the reason why she needs to be covered. I don’t really know but as long the clothes help I’m glad there’s a way to make her feel better ☺

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    1. Thank you, I just hope she’ll like her new dress 🙂 From what I’m told by her current “Mum” she just refuses to interact with other dogs (and there are 4 living with her plus a number of cats, plus all the foster pets that stay for a while) without at least a T-shirt. She becomes much more social when she’s dressed – most likely due to her past painful skin condition. And if it makes her feel warmer too, then even better 🙂
      Thanks again for letting me know about this book!

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