Furry fashions available all year

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, June 2, 2009

For generations, dog has been man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Through famines and wars, prosperity and depression, the playful pooch has faithfully stood by our side.

It should be no surprise then that we pamper these pets so. In fact, the pleasure of the pampering has becoming more and more common as generation after generation falls more and more in love with their own furry four-legged companions.

The spoiling itself takes many forms, but the most fashionably noted is that of the pets’ fashions themselves.

From statement tees to party dresses, rain jackets to Halloween costumes, man’s best friend has learned a style trick or two from their collar-free owners.

Sisters Christine Sato and Mary Woolbright, the proud owners of Fancy Fur off Highway 280, have seen their fair share of best-dressed pets since they opened their salon in February 2008.

From a 3–pound Yorkie to a 70–pound lab, Fancy Fur’s clientele is diverse.

Although Sato finds fall and winter to be the biggest fashion seasons for dogs, the summer also sends owners looking for protection from the sun for their pet.

As the summer season sees a surge in walking outdoors, leashes and collars (which serve as the fashion accessory for our pooches) become more popular. This is all the more reason to avoid the mundane single–tone collar and opt for a fun, fashionable option like a customized rhinestone collar for that princess of a pooch. For water-friendly pups, life jackets and swimsuits are a must buy for weekend lake trips.

Fancy Fur offers fashion selections ranging from T-shirts priced around $9.99 to smock dresses at $59.99. While your shopping, you can also choose from a wide range of dog-centric items like picture frames, greeting cards, beds, dog jewelry and even dog birthday pies. The salon also offers summer grooming options.

No matter how dog-crazed you may be, you are bound to feel right at home in dog boutiques like Fancy Fur. Surrounded by like-minded owners and pup goodies galore, you can fully indulge your pampered pet.