Favorite Fourth of July Dog Outfits

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I’ve complied a list of my favorite Fourth of July dog outfits! Your dog deserves to get in on the fun this holiday brings!

4thdressThis is an adorable dress that will make your girl the life of any barbecue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This tank top is great! It has some sparkle and comes in a wide arrange of colors.

 

 

 

 

collarcoverFor a bit more subdued look, this collar cover is great to get your dog dressed up for the day’s activities without worrying about your dog getting too hot.

 

 

 

 

61iMtXyUZOL._SL1500_If you’re not a fan of bows, maybe this collar cover will suit your pup for the Fourth of July.

 

 

 

 

 

tieMaybe everyone needs to dress up for your holiday activities, this tie is the perfect accessory for your dog.

 

 

 

 

DogTies-RedWBlue-300You can’t go wrong with a classic bow tie.

 

 

 

 

bandana This reversible bandana is great for any holiday function.

 

 

 

 

funcollarThis Smoochers collar is full of fun and sass.

 

 

 

 

 

pulloverThese pullovers are fun and casual.

 

 

 

 

 

sweaterThis sweater will keep your pup warm throughout the evening.


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Tie Onesie

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My friend is about to have a baby boy and I wanted to make him something special. I saw this DIY Necktie Onesie tutorial from HauteApplePie.com  and thought that would be the perfect gift. I ended up using the pattern from CrapIveMade.com. Both are great tutorials but I did a few things differently for my tie onesie.

What I used:

  • muslin scraps
  • cotton fabric scraps
  • water-soluble fabric glue stick
  • matching or coordinating thread

What I did:

First I cut out the pattern pieces, I angled the knot part to make it look more like a real tie.

I wanted the tie to be a bit sturdier and I didn’t have interfacing on hand so I used muslin. I cut one of each pattern piece. I then trimmed ¼” off of the muslin piece.

Next, glue the muslin pieces to the wrong side of the patterned fabric pieces, positioning them so there’s a ¼” edge around the muslin.

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Iron the ¼” fabric over towards the muslin, being careful of the points. Use the glue to help keep the fabric down. I didn’t iron the top part of the tie because the know will be covering it.

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Position the knot over the un-ironed part of the tie, sew a line across the bottom of the knot, connecting the two pieces.

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I trimmed the thread and ironed again.

I then took out the universal needle and replaced it with a knit needle because the onesie is a nice stretchy knit cotton. I then positioned and pinned the tie onto the onesie. I did it in a way to where I didn’t have to move the needles as I sewed so I could concentrate on the lines of the tie.

I sewed along all edges of the tie and close to the edge of the fabric as possible, pivoting at the points. Be careful as you sew, go slow. It’s very easy to catch some of the onesie as you sew .

Iron and wash.

Enjoy!

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2014 St. Patrick’s Day Dog Outfits

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I have created a list of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day dog outfits.

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This cute t-shirt by Canine Causal that says “Kiss Me I’m Irish!

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This green harness is a cute and functional way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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This adorable bandana says “Lucky Charm” and is a great way to celebrate without your dog having to wear a lot of clothes.

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This dog barrette is a cute addition to any dog’s wardrobe.

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Turn your pup into a leprechaun with this adorable costume.

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This cute headband from Old Navy will be sure to get you and your dog in the spirit.

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For those still having cold weather, this shamrock fleece is just perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day dog outfit!

st patricks dayOr if you aren’t into fleece maybe your pup can wear this cute knit shamrock sweater.


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How to Make a Knit Face Mask

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My husband requested a knit face mask that would cover his nose and mouth while he went snowboarding but the tricky part what that he wanted to be able to push it up when not going down slopes and removing it completely when it’s not necessary. I asked Reddit about how to carry out this and they suggested finding a calorimetry pattern on Raverly. That is exactly what I did.

I decide on the Calorimetry Pattern by Kathryn Schoendorf, Knitty.com directions. I attempted this many times and I found myself being too concerned about the pattern. I didn’t even know if it would even work and it was way too long. I made many changes, and simplified the pattern throughout my attempts. After I figured out my pattern, it only took me a couple of hours to knit.

This is what I ended up doing:

  • 1 skein of bulky weight yarn, the one shown is acrylic, with lots of yarn left over
  • size US 8 knitting needles
  • 2 stitch markers

Cast On 80 stitches

Row 1: Knit stitch all

Row 2: Knit stitch all until last 2 stitches, turn work

Row 3: Knit stitch 4 stitches, place marker, knit until last 2 stitches, turn work

Row 4: Knit stitch 4 stitches, place marker 2nd marker, work until next marker, turn work

Row 5: Remove marker, knit stitch 4 stitches, replace marker, knit stitch until next marker, turn work

Repeat row 5 nine more times

Row 6: Do not remove marker, knit stitch until next marker (knitting in between the markers, there should be an equal number of stitches on the outside of the markers)

Row 7: Knit stitch until next marker, remove marker, knit stitch 4 more stitches, replace marker, turn work.

Repeat row 7 until there are only 2 stitches on the outside of each marker.

Row 8: Knit stitch until marker, remove marker and knit stitch last 2 stitches, turn work.

Row 9: Knit stitch the entire row removing the last marker

Bind off loosely.

To attach it to the hat:

  • hat
  • thread
  • buttons
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Mark where buttons should go.

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Sew buttons onto the hat.

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Use the holes in the calorimetry, to attach it to the buttons.

 

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Favorite Dog Halloween Costumes 2013

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Didn’t have time to create your pup a costume for Halloween? Or just didn’t want to? No worries.

Here is a list of my favorite dog Halloween costumes for this year.

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1. This wooly mammoth costume by Animal Planet (found on Amazon) is beyond words for how cute it is!

 

 

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2. This Yoshi costume from the Etsy shop PlayfulPup is perfect for the dog owner who also loves Mario Brothers!

 

 

 

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3. “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!” Turn your pup into a super hero with this Underdog costume by Rasta Imposta.

 

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4. Turn your pup into a nurse this year to help you feel better after all of the candy you ate. Costume at Posh Puppy Boutique and Amazon.

 

 

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5. Transform your pup into Waldo’s best friend with this adorable costume by Elope Inc.

 

 

 

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6. Another super hero option, Bat Dog! This great costume by Rubie’s Costume Co. can help your dog fight crime, or just look he’s going to.

 

 

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7. I just love this Snow White costume! A Disney princess is such a good idea!

 

 

 

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8. This cupcake costume found at Target and Amazon is cute enough to eat! Who doesn’t love cupcakes?

 

 

 

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9. This cow costume found at Trixie + Peanut  and Amazon is adorable.

 

 

 

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10. Last costume on the list is this gorgeous blue butterfly costume from the Etsy Shop Hope’s Bonetique. You and your pet will definitely be the center of attention wherever you go this Halloween.

 


10 Adorable Homemade Halloween Dog Costumes

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Here is a list of my 10 favorite homemade dog costumes that will be perfect for Halloween. Click on the links or pictures for instructions on how to make one of these great costumes for your furry baby.

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1. Lion

 

 

Turning your dog into a lion always seems to be a popular and oh so cute choice! This is my dog Rusty, he has two different lions’ manes. Version 1 is a pretty simple a quick mane. Version 2, shown in the picture, is little more complicated but adds some volume to the mane the first version lacked. But I think Rusty looks good in both.

 

 

 

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2. Dracula

 

This adorable Dracula cape comes from Mimi & Tara Dog Clothes Patterns. There are multiple sizes for this costume available. So dogs of all sizes can wear it. Just make sure your dog doesn’t bite. 🙂 There’s also a pumpkin pattern for your pup on this site.

 

 

 

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3. Dinosaur

 

 

This cute little dinosaur tank comes from Martha Stewart. It’s the perfect little costume to make your pup the hit of the party.

 

 

 

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4. Walrus

 

I immediately smiled when I saw this walrus costume on Instructables. It’s the perfect statement dog costume. I would really love to see a video of this cute pup walking in this costume. It makes me happy just thinking about it.

 

 

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5. Hula Dog

 

 

I imagine matching dog parent and dog costumes with this Hula outfit from Celebrating Halloween, it would be cute! The hula outfit is a classic and after Halloween, this too cute costume is the perfect excuse to have a Luau.

 

 

 

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6. Bird

 

This is my Rusty modeling a parrot costume I made him. Lots of feathers meant a lot of the work but it was completely worth it.

 

 

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7. M&M

 

 

This tasty and easy to create M&M costume by Love to Sew Studio is perfect. It’s because you can easily change the color of the candy. If you prefer fruit flavored candy instead of chocolate, put an ‘S’ for a Skittles costume!

 

 

 

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8. Pirate

 

 

This cute pirate costume comes from Make: Craft. This costume is actually two pieces. So it’s a nice bonus having new shirt and pants patterns for your pooch.

 

 

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9. Harry Potter

 

 

Turn your dog into Harry Potter, or should I say Hairy Potter? Okay wow, that was terrible. Sorry I didn’t attempt a pun on the pirate costume. I’ll leave the jokes to the professionals. But this cute costume comes from All Free Holiday Crafts.

 

 

 

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10. Chia Pet

 

 

This Chia Pet costume from The Flirty Blog is just hilarious. If you want to make sure you and your dog are the center of attention this would be the perfect costume. This blog also has other dog costume ideas.


Favorite Patriotic Dog Outfits

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Fourth of July is another fun holiday to dress up your furry baby and take them to parades and barbecues. But if your dog is anything like my Rusty, you have to take them home before the fireworks because fireworks are scary. I’ve picked a few of my favorite patriotic dog outfits for the occasion.

fourthofjulydog This adorable outfit is the perfect for your pup! It can be found on Amazon or Rubies Costume Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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pat2aThese matching his and her dog outfits from The Pet Boutique are just perfect for your little lady and gentleman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

patriotic dog This bow is oh so cute even a person could wear it! It from the Yuppy Puppy Boutique and is the perfect accessory for your lady.

 

 

 

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Like the bow, this is a great way to dress up your pup without putting on a lot of extra material if it tends to get too hot where you live. Also, it attaches with a clip! So you don’t have to tie it. It can be found on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

patriotic dogAnother way to keep them cool but still dress up are these cute stars and stripes collars by Bloomingtails Dog Boutique.

 

 

 

 

patriotic dogYour handsome little gentleman will never be turned away from a party in this collar and bow tie found at Muttropolis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

patriotic dogThis is a great simple and chic dress for your little lady. It can be found at Cassie’s Closet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have never seen a dog in a swimsuit before but when I saw this when I was online shopping I knew I had to include it! It’s just too cute for your little lady! Found on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is for the more practical. It’s a great backpack for your dog. Now you don’t need to carry a purse around! Just don’t lose your dog. Perfect for a day out. This backpack can be found at PupRwear Dog Boutique.


Top Picks for Easter Outfits for Dogs

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I can’t believe it is almost Easter already! Where has the time gone this year? Here are my favorite outfits and costumes for your pup for this holiday.

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If you can’t find anyone to dress up and the Easter bunny, make your pup be the adorable bunny with this cute bunny costume by Zack and Zoey and found on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a beautiful Easter dress that also doubles as a harness! It’s by Bella Lucca Collection and is just too cute!millefleurcol

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This bunny ears can be found at Petco and Amazon. They come in blue, pink or yellow with a clip under the chin to help your pup keep them on!

 

 

 

 

 

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If your dog would like a little more sparkle to her look for Easter this t-shirt from Bitch New York would be perfect.

 

 

 

 

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If your pup is looking to be warm and cozy try these cute fleece flowered pajamas complete with bunny ears. They are by KLIPPO and can be found at Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

SpringChecksbowtieThis bow tie by PupRwear is perfect for your pup this Easter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This cute Easter egg bandana is the perfect accessory for the dog who doesn’t like to wear clothes. It just slips over the collar, he won’t even realize he’s wearing it. Made by Miracles on Earth and sold on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

blueplaidThis adorable vest and bow tie from Ruff Ruff Couture and found on DoggieVogue is perfect for any Easter event your pup will attend.

 

 

 

 

 

greenbandanaThis reversible bandana by Designer Duds for Dogs and sold on Amazon is so adorable you pup is sure to get tons of compliments.

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t love a tutu? This is the perfect Easter dress by Talia Dog Boutique for the pup that wants to make a statement. pinktutu


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How to Make a Bird Costume for a Dog

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I wanted to make a fun bird costume for Rusty for a while now. I just had no clue how. I decided to make it up as I went a long.

First I scribbled all over a few pieces of paper trying to work out in my head how to do this. I went with a red dyed body, which turned out pink, made of muslin with paint, and fabric pastels to color the face and glued the feathers to the muslin.

Here’s the Pattern for the body. It’s my very first time creating a pattern!  Well all I did was draw  half of the pattern on the fold of the muslin. I didn’t think I could make it exact on both sides. Then I went over it in a dark marker and traced it onto paper. Hopefully it can be easily followed.

Rusty’s measurements for this were:

  • top of the head to base of the tail: 29 inches
  • middle top of head down to mid neck (for head of parrot): 7 inches
  • middle of back down to top of front paw: 17½ inches
  • length I wanted tail feathers that would start as base of tail: 7 inches

I made the head of the bird to sit more on Rusty’s neck instead of on top of his head because he hates wearing clothes but hates it even more to have things on his head, so I decided to be nice.

Materials:

  • 1 1/3 yards of dyed muslin, 45″ wide or red cotton fabric
  • matching thread
  • fabric dye sticks
  • fabric paint
  • feathers
  • fabric glue, such as Scotch Maximum Strength Adhesive or E-6000
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • velcro
  • sewing machine
  • iron and board

Directions:

1. Wash and press fabric

2.  Cut out pattern, Pin to fabric and cut

3. Cut out 4 ~ 14″L x 2″W strips, length may very depending on size of your dog, these are for the velcro straps to go on their belly.

4.  On 2 of the 4 pieces, plan out and attach velcro according the package directions, I used Fabric Fusion velcro, I ended up using 4 pieces of velcro because my first measurements were a bit off. Guess the saying is true, “measure twice, cut once” or something like that

5. Pin right sides together and sew three sides of the pieces together, (2 long sides and 1 short side). Turn inside out, so velcro is on the outside.

6. Sew the velcro pieces onto the body piece and then try it on your puppy to make sure it fits.

7. Next do a zig zag stitch around the edge of the body piece.

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Velcro and Elastic

8. Cut 2, 1 3/4 inch long pieces of elastic. With a tight zig zag stitch, attach to wing/arms parts of the body piece. You want to place them so they are above where the legs bend so it doesn’t affect how they walk.

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trying it on

9. With Dye Sticks, draw on eyes and follow package directions to set it. Sewing on felt eyes would also be a cute idea, giving the costume more texture.

10.Lay the bird on some cardboard or newspaper and carefully paint on beak.

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eyes and beak

11. While the paint is drying, lay out the feathers on the pattern piece before you attach them to make sure you have enough and to allow you to figure out how you’d like your feathers to be arranged. Take a picture so you remember your pattern.

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12. Next thing I did was put a tiny piece of cardboard between the elastic straps and the fabric just in case my glue bled through the fabric. I then started gluing my feathers onto the fabric starting with the bottom and working my way up. I started a new row by lining up the end of the feathers to the end of the quills so the quills wouldn’t show. I also let the feathers hang over the edge of the fabric. At the top row, I cut off the quill and applied the glue to the base of the feather. Then I let the glue sit over night before trying it on Rusty to make sure adhesion to the fabric.

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starting to glue

– Alternatively, you can sew the feathers on by pinning the rows, starting with the bottom row first like if you were gluing, to the fabric with a piece of tissue paper between the fabric and feathers and tearing away the tissue after they have been sewed on. This is probably the best choice to make sure the feathers don’t fall off but I decided to re-watch Glee season 1 and my sewing machine is not in my living room. 🙂

13. After the glue has dried, try it on and enjoy your adorable bird dog!

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Top Ten Valentine’s Day Dog Clothes

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Even though Rusty isn’t a fan of clothes, I find dog clothes to be adorable and themed ones are even better. Normally I say “make your own, be creative” but that can’t happen all the time. So if you don’t have time to make a bandana, tutu, or stamp a heart onto a doggy shirt, no big deal!

Here is my ten favorite Valentine’s Day Dog Clothes:

valentine's day clothes Love Letter Collar

The perfect accessory, found on Amazon, for either gender and is for the pup who wants to celebrate Valentine’s Day without being loud about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

valentine's day dog clothesThe Monkey Daze Heart and Arrow Dog Hoodie.

This adorable hoodie, complete with heart shaped ears, can be found at doggievogue.com and can be worn by both sexes and keep your puppy warm on the cold February mornings.

 

 

 

 

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Couture Velour Pajamas- Pink/Yellow Hearts

Who doesn’t love comfy PJs? These can be found at poshpuppyboutique.com

 

 

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Be Mine Dog Tee

 

This tee is cute enough to eat! Can be found at Amazon and Jake’s Dog House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Pink Tie Tee Shirt by Olivetini 

This is perfect for the doggy man in your life! Simple tee with a hot pink tie and he’s ready for Valentine’s Day. It can be found at yuppypuppyboutique.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Tux Bib with Satin Bow Tie

 

This adorable tux bib and bow tie will keep your perfect gentleman all night. It can be found at  doggyduds.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Sweet Heart Festive Dog Collar

 

This collar is perfect for your pup to make a grand entrance wherever she goes.

 

 

 

 

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Full of Heart Tutu Dress

 

This tutu dress by East Side Collection and can be found on Amazon is adorable! Every girl should where a tutu at least once in their life.

 

 

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Two Hearts Antenna 

This is for your pup with a goofy and heartwarming personality. It’s probably my favorite of the outfits, it can be found at LovADog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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