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An interview with Happy Dog Clothes :: Sophie’s Choice

Hey there!  Sophie here.  I’m stopping by today with an interview from Happy Dog Clothes Lancaster, PA.  I must say, my human knows good looking dogs!  Meet Vegas, a Boston terrier and model for Happy Dog Clothes,  and her human Jennifer.  You may recognize Vegas in the Valentine’s Day post here.

Sophie: How did you meet Vegas?

Jennifer: The story of how Vegas and I came to be is quite convoluted. I started my search for a dog in 2008, almost a year after my last dog (of 17 years) passed away. I started searching Petfinder and I found Vegas. It was basically a love at first sight type of story. I knew she was the dog for me.

I found out that Vegas was rescued from a puppy mill and had some issues. She was malnourished and dealing with a pretty severe prolapsed rectum. So while I didn’t intend to take on a dog with medical issues I did some research and thought about if I was ready to get a dog with known medical issues. Ultimately the answer was yes. No decisions on Vegas’ adoption were made until the rescue was sure that she would make it through the surgeries to correct the issue with the prolapse. When all was said and done, I was informed that I was NOT the chosen applicant to take Vegas. I was so distressed over the news, I was basically pouting for the next few days. Everyone around me was suggesting I move on and look for another dog. However, I was so convinced Vegas and I were meant to be, I said I wasn’t going to look for another dog until I knew she was home with her new family and there was absolutely no chance I could adopt her.

Needless to say my persistence paid off, the family that originally was going to take her couldn’t and so I was given the opportunity to adopt her. We ended up driving out to Ohio from Pennsylvania to pick her up the weekend I found out we could take her. So the happy ending to Vegas’ story is that she is completely healthy and spoiled. Now she is the face of Happy Dog Clothes, which is named after her because we called her the “happy dog” all the time. I have come to the conclusion that we were fated to be together.

Sophie: Does Vegas have any quirks?

Jennifer: She has a lot of quirks. She hates it when you blow in her face or make fart sounds with your mouth. She also sleeps with a big grin on her face and likes to rub up against your legs like a cat.

Sophie: Tell us why or how you started your business.

Jennifer: Vegas was the catalyst for my business. Many Boston terrier owners will be familiar with this story, but as Vegas got bigger I found it more difficult to find coats for her. Bostons have big chests and many dog clothes don’t accommodate their unique size. Clothes for Bostons are also a necessity, these dogs don’t have the insulating layer of fur that most dogs have and here in the Northeast Vegas has to have a coat in the colder months. I was getting so frustrated with the task of finding her a coat they either didn’t fit, they were ugly or not warm enough and sometimes it was all of the above. Since I had some experience with sewing I figured I would make a fitting coat for Vegas that was warm and cute.

I posted a picture of my coat on the Facebook page of the Northeast Boston Terrier rescue and got a lot of positive feedback. So it was encouragement enough for me to give it a try selling my clothes. I felt that if I had these issues there were certainly other dog owners who had the same issues. I have already done some custom coats for Dachshunds who definitely have a unique shape.

Sophie: What is the best seller item in your shop?

Jennifer: Hands down the best sellers in my shop are the holiday bandanas and bow ties. So far I have tried to make bandanas and bow ties for all the holidays. I am getting ready to start working on patriotic bandanas and bow ties for the summer holidays.

I think these are so popular because many of my customers either just like to share the holidays with their pets or their pets are going to events during the holidays. For example, I had several customers who were taking their dogs to St. Patty’s Day parades and for some their dogs were going to be in the parades.


Sophie: Where can we find Happy Dog Clothes?

Jennifer: You can find Happy Dog Clothes at my Etsy store www.happydogclothes.etsy.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HappyDogClothes.   If you want to know more about Vegas you can read her blog at www.ourdogvegas.com.

Thanks Vegas and Jennifer!

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Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.

Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

On the Move :: Sophie’s Choice

Scout here. Sophie is helping her family get ready to move across the country soon. Everyone is very busy in her household. Getting a home ready to sell is hard work, but look how Sophie helped out at a recent showing:


Why do you need all those fussy pillows when you have a silky, grey Weimie to dress up the bed?

Sophie will be back to find more handmade greatness, but all that moving prep has made her very tired. See you soon, Sophie.




Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans. Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

Swinging Dogs :: Sophie’s Choice

Wheatie and Scottie share a porch swing folk art print by WaterColorQueen
Swinging Corgi print by AfricanGrey
Golden rule photo print by MarkJAsher
J.R. Hunter on his swing limited edition print by JRBaileyDesigns
Original dog oil painting by AdamFonos


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans. Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

An interview with Tascha :: Sophie’s Choice

Today, we are mixing things up a bit.  In my many searches for handmade dog products, I come across artists who may not necessarily sell things for dogs, but use dogs in their art.  Intrigued, I thought I’d ask these artists about their dog inspirations.  One such artist that grabbed my attention is Tascha, a painter and illustrator who lives in Toronto, Canada.  Tascha’s art is so bright, cheerful, and full of passion.  The vibrant colors and lovable characters jump off the page as if daring you not to look…and smile.

Tascha's shop

Sophie: How long have you been painting?
Tascha: I have been painting since I was a little kid actually. My mom is an artist and I used to work on a little table in her art room along side her as she worked on her illustrations. All throughout my childhood I was given art supplies to play with, creating art was just a normal play time for me. As an adult, I did graduate from The Ontario College of Art and Design where my focus was more on sculpture and illustration.

Sophie: Why did you choose this medium?
Tascha: I chose painting to focus on because I love the deep rich hues you can get with acrylic paint. Watercolor or pencil crayons just can’t seem to get the intensity of color that you can achieve with acrylic paint. I love how fast it dries too! I can complete a project in one sitting from start to finish.

Sophie: I love the bright colors and whimsical characters in your paintings. What influenced your style?
Tascha:  I am influenced by all things child-like. Such things as brightly colored candies and toys. I grew up with a lot of colorful storybooks which always stuck with me. I have a real soft spot for Japanese cuteness known as kawaii.

Sophie: You use animals quite a bit in your work. Besides your loving cat, Lily, do you have any other pets?
Tascha:  Currently Lily is my only pet. I grew up with both dogs and cats. As an only child, the pets were always like my brothers and sisters. Now as an adult my pets are like my children. I can’t image never having a pet in my life.

Sophie: Are any of the dogs in your paintings based on real dogs?
Tascha:  Growing up we had Bichon Frise dogs. They were 3 boy Bichon dogs named Basil, Harley and Andy. All very dear to me. My mom just adopted a new little Bichon now that the others have passed away. This puppy is a girl Bichon! Her name is Flossie and she is just the cutest! I am completely influenced by her sweetness and have painted a few little Bichon paintings because of her.

Sophie:   Congratulations on your new line of licensed merchandise! Will we find any of your ornaments in the US?
Tascha: You will find all of them in the USA! It might be harder to find them outside of the USA. Keep up to date on my blog and Facebook to find out where they will be available. I am really looking forward to their release this upcoming Christmas!

Sophie:  Please tell us where else we can find you online (etsy, facebook, twitter, flick, etc).
Tascha: You can find me at:

etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tascha
Facebook fan page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tascha-Parkinson/117199748451?ref=ts
Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tascha/
My blog:
http://www.timewithtascha.blogspot.com/

Thank you, Tascha, for taking the time to share your art with us!

Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans. Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

Snow day :: Sophie’s Choice

giclee print of fine art photo “Buddy 1″ by Scott Clarke
giclee print of original oil painting by Patricia Christensen
print of original pastel “On a clear day you can see forever” by Talchen
fine art photo “Just the two of us” by Larry Nicosia Photos


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.

Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.


Be mine, Valentine :: Sophie’s Choice

Art for dogs – Brilliant Red Happiness (Kong III) by StrayDogArts
Mon Amor print by Marcia724
Dachshund plushy by SweetLittleBirdie
Yogurt rawhide dog treats by MuddyPuppys
Red hood/cape and kisses bow tie by HappyDogClothes

Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.

Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

Winter time blues :: Sophie’s Choice

Pinky Novak postcard by LucySnowePhotography
Good night mister owl print by JAustinRyan
Pointer art print by GoingPlaces2
Spotted puppy dog print by JZRoszell


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.

Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

A silent and peaceful night to all :: Sophie’s Choice


cats and dogs stay up all night print by 3crows
walking the dog print by Best Art Studios 2
black dog canoe ride print by Native Vermont Studio
giant dog bone pillows with personalization by Peppers & Roxy
origami dogs t-shirt by Peticotees

Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.

Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

It’s cold outside – dog sweaters and coats :: Sophie’s Choice


Fleece and Sherpa custom dog coats by Warm Wags
Red tummy warmer by Voyagers K9 Apparel
Snow and rain resistant fleece by Spoiled Bratzwear
Army green ribbed sweater by K9 Knits
Eco dog coat by Annies Sweatshop
Custom sweater vests
by Pug Notes


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans. Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

First Thanksgiving Food Coma (circa 1621)May you eat lots of food and take long naps! 
[photo by Imprav Images]



Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans. Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

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