Monday, December 21, 2015

Thinking ahead as the new year approaches.

Thinking ahead.
Christmas retail is over.
I'm always kinda relieved the few days before Christmas when the frenzy dies down. Happy to have had that frenzy though, many are suffering poor sales. 
Anyway, the next phase of my business begins for the new year. 
I'm constantly trying new things. 
This time a very very different thing for me.
But for now, we have this.
More detailed, time consuming, tedious. 
I must be crazy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Puppies!

Remember all you new puppy parents,
the best thing you can do for your pup is make an appointment with your Vet to spay/neuter.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Adventures in Fostering #10

Lily found her forever home!
Yay for having a home for the holidays!

Even though it's been a pretty mild winter for some, we've been chilly here!
I'm stocking up on harness coats for those who walk their dogs at night!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Miascloset has had the best November since 2012!
2012 was the standard for me.
Whoo Hoooooo!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Adventures In Fostering

We now have Lily with us. She's Rose's sister.
Lily is a wonderful little dog that attaches to one person quickly. She will need extra time to trust others but once she does, she steals your heart!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The benefits of a harness vs the collar

I used to advocate the harness for small dogs rather than a regular collar. 
I still do.
I've now seen the advantage with larger dogs too.
With a tiny dog, a collar is like a noose. As the dog pulls, pressure is placed on the delicate trachea. 
When the dog pulls back, the collar tends to shift and you could possibly end up with NO dog on the end of the leash. 
The same thing happens with big dogs.
The harness gives the owner a lot more control and spreads the pressure throughout the body of the dog.
I've witnessed embedded collars and permanent indents in a dog's neck from the daily wear of a collar.
Please consider using a decorative collar along with a harness for pictures and events. 
Your dog may not be able to thank you but will be safe and comfortable.

Monday, November 9, 2015

As we move into the holiday season, I'm just going to wish all the retailers a good one!
It's important for every industry to do well in order for us to maintain our lifestyles.
Each business matters in the whole scheme of things and as we all profit this season, it keeps people employed and able to live and work happily.

Handmade items made by people who work at home from their kitchen table require sales to be able to continue to do so.
I think by purchasing these items, we also contribute to a small segment of the business population.
I simply hope for prosperity for the future.
Happy Early Christmas!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Adventures in Fostering

Well, we only had Rose for a week before she found her forever home.
Rose is a Doxie/Terrier mix who was found wandering in the desert with litter-mates, we think. One was hit by a car and killed before rescuing but the rescue managed to get Rose and Lily.
I believe this is foster #11. Rose

Monday, October 19, 2015


Home again and back to work.
My mom is stable and home too.
She is such a lovely lady.

Friday, October 9, 2015

There are times when you need to step back from business and take care of family. 
Another hospitalization for my mom is another  2000 mile trip to where I was born to be with my family.
COPD is a chronic incurable disease that's affected my mom for the past decade. 
The ups and downs of respiratory complications has us in a constant state of alert.
So for the second time in the last 3 months we trek to Michigan to get her strong again.
She is an amazing woman.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Adventures in Fostering

Mimi, our present little house guest, has delighted me to no end! Here's a second outfit, this time a functional harness.
Earl has even picked out some fabric for her for me to create another outfit!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Foster #9 revisited Adventures in Fostering

We now have Mimi back in our home while waiting on the next surgery.
Mimi has been shaved to even out the surgery site length and she just needs some cover up!

She's quite a model!
This is going to be quite fun!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Stevie was adopted yesterday, August 8!
A wonderful couple just fell in love with her and she's going to have the best of the best! Hooray for Stevie and her new family.
Meanwhile, I've just spent two weeks with my mom nursing her back to health after colon surgery.
Spending nights at her bedside in the hospital has proved to be enlightening. 
I've neglected my customers i'm afraid but am now ready to get back to work.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Foster # 9 Stevie!

Stevie has improved a whole lot!
She's been coming up to me to be scratched.
She's learning how fun it is to belong to a pack!
Here she is with our Penelope waiting for lights out!
Meanwhile, fall wedding season seems to be starting up!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Foster #9 Adventures in Fostering

While Mimi recovers and rehabs her knees, we have the pleasure of keeping Stevie Nicks!
She's up for adoption with

It's going to take someone very special to adopt this little girl.
Found wandering out in the desert not wanting to be touched.
She's learning that humans aren't all bad.
Very slowly. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Adventures in Fostering #8

Home less than a week and all ready for the next one!
Meet Mimi!
A beautiful little Lhasa Apso girl who needs 
knee surgery for luxating patellas.
We'll be keeping her until her surgery next week, then she'll go into recovery/rehab.

This one is a heartbreaker for sure!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Christmas IS NOT in July

Every year my customers refuse to save money by purchasing these darn stockings in July. They prefer to pay full price in Nov. and Dec.

I don't get it. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Traveling with Pets Continued.

After our fourth trip across the country with a pet, we've come up with a couple tips.
Since we're not campers, it helps to call hotels in your target area in advance. 
This way you won't get stuck scrambling for a place to stay that is pet friendly.
Google has been great for finding hotels and motels that are pet friendly but pet friendly doesn't always mean pet accommodating.
A few hotels we found will accept pets grudgingly and will charge up to $40 for each pet.
These we try to avoid.
The last hotel had no area designated as a relief area. 
I had to walk around the building to find a small patch of grass. There was no garbage to dispose of waste either.
This was quite unacceptable and I'll be sure not to stay there again. 
We sure enjoy having our dog's company while traveling and hope to continue doing so in the future!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Adventures In Fostering

May 16 Bryce is Adopted!
He's going to have a wonderful life after such a rough start!
So happy for him!
For us, we're taking another break while we visit family and plan to travel to see our new grandson!
Traveling with pets again. This trip means a new harness for mia!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Baby Day!

Today is baby day!
We're expecting our second grandchild any minute.
In honor of this...I, of course, have a couple shirts.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Adventures in fostering dogs

 Bryce is going to a Pet Paloooza in St George Utah Saturday April 25!
Wish him luck on finding his forever home!
He really is the best foster pup we've ever had, such a gentleman! 
Crossing my paws!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Yep...#7 still with us!

It's ok though, we really like having him around. 
Mia's been teaching him how to play too.
He loves his daily walks and loves to go for rides in the car.
I made him a matching harness, like Mia, for the summer holidays.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Foster #7 He's still here!

Bryce has been suffering from allergies.
On medication and ear drops for a week and he's now improved. on to finding his forever home!
Mia and Bryce
Walking every day!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bryce is coming along well. He's a great dog. He's housebroken, quiet,calm, likes to go on walks and in the car, doesn't shed and he's adorable.
He's learning how to play!
We're going to an adoption event Friday March 20.
Wish him luck in finding his forever home!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fostering Dogs Foster #7

March 2. We invited Bryce to stay with us for a short time.
He is from a high kill shelter and we're excited to have him.
After checking out his disposition, his coloring, coat and body shape and size, we conclude that he's a double dapple dachshund. He doesn't seem to have any defects so we think he's a lucky little guy.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Adventures in Fostering Dogs

Our 6th foster, Bella, has been adopted!
She turned out to be a sweetheart. 
On to our next cutie!
Meanwhile, I've been transitioning from winter to spring in the shop.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Foster #6 might be with us for a while longer

Bella, our foster #6 will be going to a PetSmart adoption on Saturday so we'll see. She's turned out to be a wonderful model!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Little Model

Mia's been really a good sport with my shenanigans!
She works for treats so it's just a breeze.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Finding a Groomer...

It's difficult sometimes finding a groomer willing to work with a rescue dog that's not been trained to behave. 
We did find one for our Bella so now we'll see.
Appt. for the 15th with our favorite groomer, Fran.
Bella, foster # 6

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Dress
The Dress on the Dog
Mia makes the perfect model for this sailor dress.
#sailordress #nauticalharness #patrioticdogclothes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Foster # 6 January 12, 2015

We finally got home and settled and welcomed Bella to our pack for foster #6.
Bella is a Pom and she's scared and skittish.
We've managed to calm her and are now beginning to train her.
She's a beauty!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

#4 The Dress and the Dog in the dress

The Dress

This beautiful Whippet in the dress.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

OK. Back To Dogs #3 The Dress and the Dress on the Dog

The dress #3
The Dress on the Dog

This is Bella who owns Alycia
#dressonthedog #dogclothes #dogclothing #dogdress