Saturday, December 7, 2013

Your Dog and Cold Weather

small dog at the oregon coast wearing dog clothesIt is so very important to keep your pets and dogs warm and comfortable during winter months. Much of the United States right now is experiencing extreme cold conditions and we suggest whenever possible it is best just to keep your pets indoors. If it is necessary to take your pet outside, consider keeping it brief and having them wear protective dog clothes or pet apparel if they will tolerate it. Many short haired dogs and dogs that don't have an undercoat, such as Maltese will chill easily. A warm fleece dog jacket, dog sweaters, or dog hoodies and/or some comfortable soft cotton flannel dog pajamas can aid in adding a bit more warmth to a freezing cold day.


Whirly Dog Supplies
is located in Portland Oregon USA. This morning it is 19 °F degrees, we have a tiny bit of snow on the ground left from yesterday, and there is a bone chilling wind. We have the "Columbia Gorge" located near the city. The Columbia river, a large river separating Oregon and Washington and reaching to Idaho, has over thousands of years eroded through the Cascade Mountains leaving a large Gorge which is incredibly beautiful yet very powerful - When weather systems off the Pacific Ocean come inland, it kind of creates a vacuum that draws cold air from the east side of the state. The Cascade Mountains run north and south keeping the western half of the state warm from the ocean waters, the east side (protected from the mountain range) gets bitterly cold. So now... we have cold air coming from Alaska giving us cold temperatures, plus the wind from the gorge - they say "wind chill factor" or what the temperature actually feels like, is 20-30 °F below zero.

maltese wearing dog jacket dog hoodie made by Whirly Dog SuppliesI wanted to give you an example of were we are and how the weather is... No human or animal should be subject to this kind of extreme cold, and as humans and pet owners we have the responsibility of giving proper care for the sweet dogs we love and care for. Consider keeping them indoors where it is warm, and if they do need to go outside, protect them by dressing them in dog clothing to keep them safe and warm.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fashion from a Shadow

image of a woman, shadow cast from a treeMany things inspire me in everyday life. Sometimes we see things such as a mountain, an animal, or even the shadow of a tree...

This morning I captured this image with my cell phone as immediately I notice that the shadow of an old tree, on the side of a building near the site of Whirly Dog Supplies, reminded me of a fashionable woman with one hand in the air and the other on her hip.

When creating our dog clothing and pet apparel, many things inspire me as a designer. Art and beauty come in many forms and this is something I will be working with when creating my next garment for the product line.

Let us know what you think of the image and feel free to share what inspires you in everyday life.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Pet Apparel for Dogs

maltese dog wearing holiday pet apparel from whirly dog suppliesWhirly Dog Supplies has been working hard this year to bring their customers fun and festive pet apparel to ring in the holidays. Find these quality, stylish, and affordable holiday dog clothes and holiday pet apparel in Whirly Dog Supplies' Christmas Department.

maltese dog wearing christmas themed dog hoodie, dog jacket sweaterYou will find our traditional dog pajamas and dog hoodies/coats with a holiday or Christmas related theme, but you will also find new items this year such as really cute red Santa Jackets and green Elf Coats made of soft comfortable fleece.

maltese dog wearing holiday themed dog jacketLastly, you will find our products at the lowest prices available. To keep up to date with the latest news and information, bookmark Whirly Dog Supplies' Site page for the latest headlines related to the company.

Happy Holidays from All of Us at,
Whirly Dog Supplies
Blessings to you, your family, and all your beloved pets.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Where Does Your Dog Sleep at Night?

small dog sleeping in his bedA year ago, I purchased a black wrought iron four poster bed for Whirly. I took the simple mattress pad that was with it and added memory foam and a new cover. I also added a long body pillow on the back, added a sleeping pillow, and threw in his favorite blanket. Whirly has loved sleeping in the bed every night, partly because it is so soft and comfortable but also because it's in the bedroom with me. He usually never leaves my side throughout the day, whether I'm in the work room making pet apparel and dog clothes for Whirly Dog Supplies, or doing simple house work... he is always right at me feet.

I have noticed in the past week, he has been sleeping in the living room at night rather then in the bedroom with me. He has another bed out there which is a pillow type bed which he enjoys lounging in during evenings while watching television (that is, if he's not snuggled down in my lap).

whirly (maltese) sleeping in his dog bed located in living roomThis is totally unusual for him. Now, the past three weeks I have been battling a sinus infection and go to bed early. My partner comes in an hour or two later then me in the evenings and Whirly usually stays out there with him. However, in the past he would always come in to the bedroom to sleep when my partner came in, but not the past week. The only thing I can think of is possibly the fact that he's getting older (almost 11 years in four months) and he is just too darn comfortable to move and come in the bedroom, so he stays in his bed in the living room. Or... now that it is getting colder and winter is fast approaching, he would rather stay in the other room because the temperature is slightly warmer. But this is all new, we rescued him a few years ago and now this sudden change. I just find it a bit odd.

Where does your dog sleep at night?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dog Toys With and Without Polyfill

dog toy, plushAlthough Whirly Dog Supplies makes and sells the best dog clothes and pet apparel at Whirly Dog Supplies, we also sell dog toys. Playtime provides your dog not only entertainment, but it is also a great way to provide exercise through interactive play. Your dog's health and happiness are most important.

Lately, people are looking for non-polyfill dog toys. Through research and testing we believe your dog may benefit from toys made without polyfill. Moving forward the dog toys that Whirly Dog Supplies makes will not contain this material. Many people do not realize that polyfill materials today are made from petroleum based material. So not only can it cause possible health problems for your pet, it may also help our environment by choosing alternatives for filling material. Furthermore, we can also "Go Green" by using left over scraps of material, thread, etc to fill our toys.

Let's consider what we are giving our pets when buying dog toys and supplies. You love your dog and they are a part of your family. Keeping our pets and our environment healthy should be most important.

Lastly, ALWAYS supervise your pet when they are playing with dog toys. If any toy becomes damage, please discard it.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Purchase Only Handcrafted Dog Clothes

maltese, small dog wearing dog pajamasWhirly Dog Supplies, who handcraft dog clothes and pet apparel made in the United States of America is often asked, by their customers, what makes our dog clothes and pet apparel better then what they can purchase in a large chain pet store at a lower price. Our answer is two fold: Quality and Uniqueness/Style.

Every dog owner and dog lover adores their pet. Pets are our friends. Their unique personality and their love drive us to give them the best we can. Many people actually spend more on their pets grooming, toys, clothing, and accessories then they do on themselves or their family member. Yet they still shop at large corporate driven stores for the best value when it comes to clothes for their pet.

Considerate these two factors before making your next purchase of pet apparel:

dog wearing dog shirtQuality
When you purchase a dog jacket, dog dress, or some cute dog pajamas you may not necessarily consider how long they will last. Dogs will be dogs - they run, jump, roll around, chew, and play... causing wear and tear on their dog clothing. Whirly Dog Supplies searches for fabrics and notions with durability and quality in mind. Also, when they are made, time is taken to insure every seam and every hem is perfect.

Dog clothes and pet apparel made in other countries lose quality control because workers are made to work long days for very little pay or a cup of rice. Factories, also known as "sweat shops" require workers to produce hundreds of pieces of dog garments each day, conditions in these factories are horrible, and the physical and mental abuse these poor people have to endure surely effects their work. When you take home a dog jacket you purchased for cheap price of $5.00 at a large "mega pet store" you can expect the seams to come apart, fabric to tear, or defects to show within a few days or weeks.

reinforced velcro straps on dog clothesYou can rely on strength and durability when you purchase dog clothes and pet apparel from Whirly Dog Supplies. We have dogs in our family, we understand the need for quality. We make dog garments to last a lifetime.

Unique
When you purchase clothing for your pet that are handmade you are getting apparel that is truly as unique as you and your pet are. When taking our dog to the dog park one day, we actually saw two dogs wearing the same dog wrap/jacket by two different owners. After approaching the dog owners, we found that they seemed annoyed that the other person had the exact same color and style outfit as the other dog. We found they had shopped at the same pet store here in Portland, Oregon.

small dog wearing whirly dog supplies brand dog dressWhirly Dog Supplies often buys fabrics that are clearance or remnants, because we believe in keeping our environment clean and not filling our landfills. "Going Green" not only helps the world we live in, but it also provides pet owners with fun and fashionable dog clothes that are unique and have their own look, pattern, and/or print. Although we may obtain several yards on one style of fabric and make 10 dog pajamas of that one pair of dog pajamas (for example) you will have peace of mind that 1,000 of them weren't made in a factory. So if you take your dog out in public, or have guests come to your home, your pet will be noticed because no one will have ever seen the pet apparel before. Your dog will truly get noticed and stand out in a crowd! Furthermore, much of our clothing is "One of a Kind", if the fabrics have been discontinued or no longer available, making them truly unique.

So next time you consider buying dog clothes, consider Whirly Dog Supplies quality and unique pet apparel.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Meet Tiny Tim aka Timmy

Please meet Tiny Tim aka Timmy.

Timmy is a 15 year old Maltese that was picked up on the streets of Louisville KY, as a stray two years ago, at the age of 13.  As you can see in the first picture, he did not look happy, he was very under weight and was extremely matted and flea infested.  He was kept at the animal shelter on the cat side because he was so small he could get out of the cages on the dog side. He weighed in at a whopping 4 pounds.

After several weeks at the shelter he was pulled by Kentucky Animal Relief Fund (KARF) http://www.kyanimalrelief.org/, a rescue group in Louisville.  He was placed with the most wonderful Foster Mama in the world, my friend Jeanie.  Four years prior I adopted another little rescue from Jeanie.  When she told me about this little fellow we both knew that he was meant to be my furever baby.  Jeanie named him Timmy and  what a perfect name for a perfect gentleman.

rescue, maltese dogTwo years ago I drove from North Carolina to Jeanie's home in the snow right before Christmas to adopt Timmy.  I took my other little rescue with me so that Jeanie could see how far that little dog had come since I adopted her.  Freckles is another miracle story for another day.  Timmy fell instantly in love with Freckles and they were inseparable until Freckles passed away several weeks ago. Timmy's greatest accomplishment was teaching my little mill dog survivor how to play. The third picture is Mr and Mrs Timmy and Freckles.

dog after being cared for and lovedThe Timmy today photo shows what a little love can do for an old fellow.  His favorite place is my lap.  He guards it fiercely even though he has no teeth.  He had severe mouth infection from lack of dental care when he was picked up.  The vet commented on how he did not understand why the little guy was not crying in constant pain it was so severe.

Today Timmy's hair has come back in abundance, he is a rolly polly little guy at 6 pounds and does the happy dance every day when I come home.  Freckles, the mill dog taught him to do that.  He is a little old man that never complains about his arthritic hips and knees. Timmy has an amazing spirit that someone threw away in Kentucky. 

two small dogs, friends, loveHe owns my heart and soul.  Thank you to KARF for pulling him from the shelter and thank you to Jeanie, the most wonderful foster ever. Thank you to Whirly Dog for getting the message out and doing all you do.

 

 




Whirly Dog Supplies - Makers of quality, stylish, and unique dog clothes and pet apparel would like to send out a BIG Thank You to Tracy J, for this letter and for bringing this beautiful little dog into her home, loving him, and giving him a wonderful life after being neglected.