Off the Shelf
Dogs and clothes, yes or no? At one point, I would have been a firm and emphatic “no.” But that was before I fostered a slick, three-legged toy fox terrier, Rico, who shivered without his fleece when it was cold. I also found my old-timer, Annie, benefited from an extra layer of warmth in the wintertime, so on went the hoody. And my sister’s Pomeranian, Memphis, did look sooo cute in his Hawaiian shirt poolside and peeking out of his Paddington Bear raincoat while exploring downtown Oakland.
Bauhound recently sent Bay Woof a “Wild Beast” T-shirt ($18) to test—a blue, cotton garment with hand-illustrated pink writing. It was a perfect fit for frequent office visitor and test dog Luna, a young, playful chiweenie whose tail rarely stops wagging fiercely. She good-naturedly tried on the shirt and pranced around the office in it, and her mom, Caitlin, promptly added it to Luna’s permanent wardrobe. Other Bauhound T-shirts say “Feed Me” and “My Mom’s Cool.”
Bauhound is a New York City company whose founders claim their inspiration comes from Nugget the Frenchie, also the Bauhound in-house model. The founders say their goal is to “create clothing and dog goods that fit seamlessly into the lifestyle of today’s contemporary dog.”
The entire Bauhound line ($18-$88) includes bright, colorful scarves (a wool-acrylic mix), T-shirts (100 percent cotton, two styles), bandanas (100 percent cotton, five styles, handmade in Portland), and pompom sweaters (100 percent Bolivian alpaca wool, three styles). Adorbs.
The company donates a portion of sales to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, an all-breed rescue nonprofit that uses a network of fosters and volunteers to find new homes for adoptable dogs they rescue from high-kill rural shelters in the South. Find Bauhound apparel online at Bau Hound.com.
A final word: Bauhound sells clever human T-shirts, too: “I Work Hard So My Dog Can Live” a Better Life,” “I Prefer My Bulldog French,” “I Just Want to Hang With My Dog,” “Dogs Before Dudes,” “Proud Dog Mom,” and “Proud Dog Dad.” So represent.
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Main article photo by: Photo courtesy of Bauhound