Friday fashion AND dog blogging!

Response was good for my fashion blogging debut on Monday, so I think I may keep this as an occasional feature. Thanks for your kind responses, everyone!

Today I thought I’d mix up two great internet traditions and do street-fashion blogging AND dog blogging at the same time. My Monday post was about the power of dressing against the season, with glamorous blacks in summer and springy pastels in winter. Well, peep this little lady who totally gets the concept:


This is Penny. Penny is owned by a good friend of mine in New York, who got her as a rescue from a puppy mill. When she first came to my friend, Penny was sick, underweight, terrified of humans, and her back legs were so weak from living in a tiny cage with her own filth that she could barely walk. She was too afraid of life to even stand up — when you stand up is when they do the Bad Things to you. Penny is also blind, which means one of three things: 1) she was blinded by someone, 2) she went blind because she didn’t receive veterinary care when she needed it, or 3) she was born that way, and a puppy mill used her for breeding anyway, despite her genetic defect.

Well, look at her now, owning the mean streets of New York! (All right, the gentrified streets of Park Slope, but don’t mess with my narrative.) Penny’s all right. My friend says that springtime green just somehow is Penny’s color, and I can see why. Penny’s like those shoots of grass that come up through the sidewalk in April. Fragile, vulnerable, delicate, but with enough hope and strength and spirit to bust through concrete.

If Penny’s story upsets you, don’t ever buy a dog from a pet store or a “backyard breeder.” Get a reputable breeder, or better yet, get a rescue dog.

And get some clothes that make you feel as good as Penny does in this picture:


Penny says, “I don’t have to see to know I’m lookin’ fly!”

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6 Responses to Friday fashion AND dog blogging!

  1. EA Week says:

    Aw! Adorable. And a sad, sad story with such a happy ending. Bless your friend for giving Penny a loving home.

    A world of yes to the reputable breeder/ rescue organization thing. I always cringe when I see Mini Schnauzers that are plainly the product of disreputable/ inhumane breeding–if you know what you’re looking for, you can spot the signs from a mile away.

    The green jacket is just precious. Our Mini has one just like it, in red, with her name monogrammed on the back. (Yeah, we went a little crazy… it’s one of the joys of being dog-owned! All her pooch accessories are in red).

  2. emr110 says:

    Sad story with such a great ending. Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures. That green is definitely her color!

  3. WES says:

    I love seeing dogs dressed up in appropriate outfits. Before my beloved Silky Terrier passed away she had sweaters in stripes that went around her body. They always reminded me of piglet from Winnie the Pooh, she didn’t mind the sweaters, and as she got older she never wanted out of them. I miss that dog.

  4. Shulamuth says:

    Very cute. I wish I could convince my (rescue) kitties to wear sweaters, for the fun of shopping for them but cats figure they have fashion down just by being there.

  5. Alyson says:

    awh, she’s definitely looking fly.

  6. Jon says:

    Penny is adorable in her winter-wear! i miss seeing her around Cambridge, where she once romped.

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