Imagine her surprise when my co-worker asked about my weekend plans and I told her my Saturday involved shopping for festive holiday canine accessories…
She shook her head and walked away! #shedoesnthavepets
The first weekend in December the Boys take Holiday photos because Doodle Dad is serious about his Christmas Card tradition.
Each year I search for a new accessory – but for larger dogs, items are still quite limited. #andIdontsew
I can NEVER find a Santa hat big enough to fit either of their heads…
When I saw what this one looked like on Harley I dared not try to jam Jaxson’s head in there.
Maybe it’s all his fluff, but when I look at the reindeer headband on Harley, I see images of the Easter Bunny…
DRESSING YOUR DOG –
Harley’s always been that “nothing phases me” kind of Dood. I sometimes take that for granted.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think #daredevildoodle Jax would freak out with a headband…
…but he did!
Jaxson’s never worn a headband before. I failed to take that into consideration. My assumption caused quite a ruckus – initially. He shot straight up in the air. #rocketdoodle
Jax wears raincoats and he has worn sweaters before. I’ve even placed an old cap of Doodle Dad’s on his head to snap a photo – he’s never fussed at all.
Obviously the elastic which holds the headband in place should have been introduced before I pushed it over his head and under his chin. Apparently there is a process when you want to put a new article of clothing on your dog –
If he sniffs it, mark the moment with a “good” and reward. Next, reward your dog for standing in place as you gently touch his side with the clothes. Drape the clothing over his back for a couple of seconds and reward him. Finally, fasten the stomach and chest straps and reward your dog for staying calm. Vetstreet
Even though the experience was “less than” enjoyable, I didn’t want it embedded to memory as a terrifying one.
He took it off immediately and I re-introduced it after we played for a few minutes…
Jax is very food motivated – peanut butter and cheese snacks did the trick. However, I will probably never put one on his head again. #respectthedoodle
COSTUME SAFETY –
Whenever you’re dressing your pet for festive occasions, costume safety is a must –
- Don’t force your pet into clothes – like me!
- Choose clothes that won’t cause harm
- Make sure your pet’s clothes fit properly
- Don’t leave your pet alone in clothes
I did find a larger hat and tried it on Harley…
He looked more like a French artist to me, I just didn’t get that “holiday feeling.”
Whenever I’m taking photo’s of them, as soon as they give me that “I’ve had enough” look, we stop.
This would be one of those looks…
IT IS WHAT IT IS –
On December 8th, we will more than likely choose holiday scarves #again and I will placate them to pose differently with Santa Paws.
Hats, headbands, sweaters and such are just not part of our wardrobe.
But I’m okay with that…
Follow the Boys with their Advent Calendar for Dogs as they count down to Christmas!
Daily photos can be found on –
Kindness is free, sprinkle that stuff everywhere today ❤️