9:20 AM PST, 1/20/2012I have heard from a couple of customers recently wondering how to properly fit their new martingale on their dog. Follow these steps, and if you still need help, please email me. 1. Hold the collar so that the Warm Wags tag is facing you. 2. Now you should have "two layers of collar" on each side of the tag to form the loop that will go over their head. 3. Now, the collar might be on the smallest setting. If so, slide the one silver triglide to open the collar more. Keep it so there are still two layers of collar in your right hand. (But as you slide it there will be one part that is only one layer as it gets larger.) 4. Put it over the dogs' heads and readjust the same triglide for a snugger fit. 5. The loop that contains the D-ring should be doubled up and flush against your dog's neck, not hanging down in front in an O shape. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having problems. I am always happy to help!
8:25 AM PST, 1/27/2010
I love Etsy. It is like going to a craft fair, but you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home. There are many crafters and artisans selling unique handmade items. I have a store on Etsy, check it out here (you need to cut and paste into your browser):
I just listed some new quilted greyhound martingale collars that were inspired by my mom, who is a fantastic quilter. She always has many scraps leftover, so I decided to create collars out of some of the combinations to create some one-of-a-kind designs. Please have a look and be sure to contact me if you have any questions!
10:57 AM PST, 1/20/2010
I get a lot of questions from people who are wondering if my fleece coats are water-repellent or water-proof. It made me wonder about fleece in general, so I looked it up. I found a helpful little blurb on www.eHow.com:
"There are a number of significant advantages to using fleece fabric. It is easy to sew and launders well. It is machine washable and dries quickly because of its construction and is therefore also water repellent. For this reason, it also wicks moisture away from the body, making it appealing for outdoor and athletic wear. The fabric itself is lightweight, soft, very comfortable and extremely warm. It is available in many colors, patterns and prints. Fleece is an excellent alternative fabric for anyone allergic to wool. And it may be considered earth friendly since some fleece fabrics are made from recycled plastic bottles."
So, there is your answer. Though not waterproof, I guess all "fleece" is water repellent to a degree. I know that my standard poodle's coat keeps her nice and dry in a drizzle or light snow, and it also dries pretty quickly after we get home. I have not tested it in a downpour because frankly, I don't want to be out walking in a downpour, and neither does she. Anyway, my waterproof nylon raincoats are coming soon, so if you do like to (or need to) walk your dog in a heavy rain, check them out!
1:03 PM PST, 1/10/2010
Back by popular demand... rain coats will be back on the menu. I sold 100% waterproof 200 denier nylon raincoats last year, and since then people have been asking about them, so I am in the process of gathering my materials again, and seeing what colors I still have.
I can of course make these coats to fit, or some customers have asked for them to be a bit bigger to fit over a fleece coat. These raincoats are lined with flannel, so will be nice and soft for short-haired dogs, and a lightweight coat for the warmer Spring temps.
Be sure to email any questions! Here is a fellow from Greece with his Dane in its rain coat from last year:
4:17 PM PST, 11/22/2009
I started to sew coats for dogs several years ago when I was cleaning out the house and looking for things to list on eBay. I found one of my greyhound's coats that he no longer used and I thought- Hey, I think I can make these! I have owned three wonderful greyhounds, starting in 1994 with our Charley.
Since then my coats have evolved. I make coats for dogs of all sizes, and I love all of the different projects. I use anti-pill and blizzard fleece as well as fluffy sherpa for the coats that I make. I have made several insulated raincoats through custom orders out of waterproof nylon as well. I love to pick out fabrics and have lots of fleece, sherpa, and nylon in stock.
** I periodically donate to animals charities as I can with some of the profits from my sales. I am passionate about animal protection and just cannot tolerate cruelty in any way. If you are from a rescue group that is listed on the missionfish website, let me know, I will happily run an auction to benefit your group. I also have sent coats to many greyhound groups seeking donations to their fundraisers or auctions. Contact me and we can discuss this.
7:05 PM PST, 10/1/2009
Welcome to Warm Wags!
As you can see I am not much of a blogger, and haven't updated my blog since last year. Anyway, I am so happy that you are taking a minute to check out my coats and new collars and leashes. Ordering is easy. Once you choose the right size listing for your pet, I just need its three specific measurements (back length, around the deepest part of the chest, and neck) , top two fabric choices, and breed and gender are helpful to know as well.
I ask for your top two fabrics just in case I am running low on a certain one. I try hard to always stock the fabrics that I have in my pictures, but sometimes it is out of my control. If that is the case, I try to replace that one with a new equally appealing fabric.
I consider myself very easy to work with, so please don't hesitate to ask if you have a specific request. I have worked with many people on custom coats, and to be honest, I love a challenge!
4:09 AM PST, 9/15/2008I have made many coats for dogs with team fleece. I have Red Sox, Mets, Indians, and Tigers fleece. I also have Buffalo Bills and Packers for football fleece. If you are interested in a team coat and I am able to get fleece to make it, I would be happy to work with you. Some teams, such as the NY Giants don't make licensed fleece fabric. In that case, I can make a coat that matches the team colors and use a patch with the team logo... they come out looking pretty sharp. I have also made quite a few college team coats. Just email me and we'll talk!
3:00 PM PST, 8/30/2008I am fully stocked with new fabrics, and feel much more ready this year than last year. I sold my first coat on eBay one year ago, a very happy moment for me. I enjoy making coats for all kinds of dogs and I love the fact that every project is a little different. I have been experimenting with collar-making and decorative trim too. I have met great people and heard many inspirational, fascinating and fun stories about their pets. I am looking forward to meeting more people in the upcoming months, and making coats to keep their best friends warmer. Thanks for checking out Warm Wags!