By Sunday, December 2, 2018 12 No tags Permalink

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…



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…

FESTIVE HOLIDAY CANINE ACCESSORIESJax is very food motivated – peanut butter and cheese snacks did the trick. However, I will probably never put one on his head again. #respectthedoodle



Whenever you’re dressing your pet for festive occasions, costume safety is a must – 

  • Don’t force your pet into clotheslike 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…

FESTIVE HOLIDAY CANINE ACCESSORIESHe 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…



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 ❤️

  • My GBGV Life
    December 3, 2018

    With those fluffy heads, it would be hard to find the right headpiece! We are loving our Advent calendars. Mom never in a million years thought I would like the treats, but I am mowing them right down! Enjoy the holidays! We went to the MOA last night and visited Santa Sid. Long, long, did I say long, wait, but it was a fun experience. Madiaon

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2018

      Madison you’re enjoying them as much as Harley & Jaxson are. They are the pawfect size too! It’s their favorite part of every evening. Jax and Harley sat with Santa Paws the other day – let’s just say Jaxson was a little large for Santa’s lap LOL

  • Jan K
    December 3, 2018

    The boys look great in their scarves!! We have to settle for festive collars and bandannas around here. I’d love to try a scarf like that but Luke will chew on anything that hangs loose. He didn’t go for anything on his head. It didn’t freak him out but he just wanted to play with them. There was never time to get photos before he’d shake it off and run with it!
    He does enjoy wearing coats and sweaters though so one of these days I’m going to look for a Christmas sweater for him. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2018

      Jan, we have a friend who owns an Ugly Christmas sweater store and he took one of the smaller ones that light up and cut it to fit his Mountain dog – brilliant idea, and the dog looks adorable.

  • jan
    December 3, 2018

    My Poodles love holiday clothes but hate cameras. My dogs love cameras but hate clothes.

    Go figure.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2018

      That’s one for the books!!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 2, 2019

      Mine love and like the camera – but don’t care for any type of headgear. Sweaters and coats are fine…

  • Monika & Sam
    December 4, 2018

    I’d call the end result a total win! Some dogs aren’t interested in fashion accessories. Both of mine have about a 2 minute limit of toleration. Well done, think your Christmas cards will be quite pawsome!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 15, 2018

      Each year I continue to wish for one photo with the Santa hat and all, but it’s never gonna happen with my crew. I’ve come to that conclusion. LOL

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 2, 2019

      Jaxson always makes photo shoots challenging. I guess I was spoiled because Harley has been such a poser, it just comes natural to him.

  • Panimi | Anypetcare
    December 12, 2018

    Hey there,
    I found that site very useful and this survey is very curious, I ‘ ‘ve never seen a blog that demands a survey for this actions, very curious.
    Thanks for sharing…

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 3, 2019

      You’re very welcome!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *