By: Carol Bryant | Pet360.com
Bark is the new black, and some dogs truly have a better wardrobe than most of us, present company included. Dog fashion is all the rage and this is no passing fad. Canines are copying their human counterparts, and what was once considered a fad has emerged as a trend and has now entered mainstream.
Here are seven pets who rock the couture and have a fashion for canine passion. How many of these dogs are wearing cooler clothes that you've ever donned?
Bob Shaughnessy and Dave Lyon are proud parents to Cuba, who has been wearing canine fashions for six years. As the spokes-dog for Pawvogue, an exclusive pet fashion site, Cuba's folks report the Havanese gets excited when the clothes appear.
"The biggest misconception about pet fashion is that they don't like it," Shaugnessy says. " All of Cuba's friends like wearing fashion as they associate it with very positive things."
Image: Sophia LorenSophia Loren Can Move Mountains
Sophia Loren was a rescue from the mountains of New Mexico, and since she entered Anne Maria Tafoya's life, she is a changed pup. At first, her mom reports Sophia would shake and tremble until the vet recommended swaddling her in an anxiety-type wrap for dogs. From there, Sophia fell in puppy love with posh apparel.
"My all-time favorite will always be Sophia Loren as Poison Ivy," Tafoya shares. "It was that outfit that garnered so much attention and got Sophia invited to participate in Fashion Week."
Image: Bogie and Kimba
Canine Fashion Career: Bogie and Kimba
One of the stars of dog fashion's spotlight is Anthony Rubio. With his canine Chihuahua twins, Bogie and Kimba, are Rubio's muses and models. From Liberace-inspired outfits to suits and costumes, these two fashion divos are trained to wear sunglasses, too.
"On the other hand I won't force my dogs to wear shoes or boots because they feel unnatural to the dog," Rubio says. Since some breeds, like the Chihuahua, tremble and get cold, the garments serve more than an aesthetic appeal:They feel like a hug or a security blanket.
Image: French Fry
Not Your Ordinary Spuds: French Fry & Tater Tot
French Fry & Tater Tot are Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, and together they have raised over $150,000 for no-kill animals shelters with their runway appearances. Dog mom, Sandy Thompson, reports they each have well over 100 outfits.
This dynamic duo proves that fashion is not reserved just for the smaller canine set. "I was a leader in getting designers to start sewing for plus size dogs," Thompson shares. "Even though mine are not plus size in the traditional sense of the word, they are to dog designers who are used to making clothes for two to eight pound dogs."
Diamond in the Rough: Sophia
"Small canines have delicate tracheas, consequentially, this is what my motivation was in the beginning of finding a comfortable, easy application design," Gena Arrington Oddo muses.
Her dog, Sophia, is a media maven who has been on the runway in California, New York, Miami, along with her travels to many other cities. She has her own walk-in closet, which is filled with carriers, harness dresses, and elaborate leashes. Even the toughest critics can't look into her deep brown eyes without a smile, her dog mom says.
Image: Tasha Bella Godwin
Reigning Cats and Dogs: Tasha Bella Godwin
When your first piece of clothing is a pink raincoat at 10 weeks of age, is it any wonder Tasha Bella Godwin is canine couturier's dream come true?
Having won the highly coveted title of "Most Photogenic" at the Barking Beauty Pageant in 2011, dog mom Susan Godwin says her pooch is more playful when all glammed up in her apparel. Tasha's favorite clothes are anything from sweaters to sundresses to long feather dresses to swimsuits and she even sits still for hats!
Oh Solo Mia
Bella Mia is a fashionista, but also a therapy dog, service dog, and a Pup Scout! Bella Mia volunteers for charitable causes, loves "catwalking" a runway, and is near and dear to her mom, Rose Ann Bolasny's, heart.
At the weekly visits to the Ronald McDonald House, Bolasny says all children love to carry Bella Mia around and play house with her. Her vintage couture and high fashion apparel turns heads and calls attention to the difference a dog makes in someone's day.
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