Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Dog Fashion Story

No, I don't dress my dogs. In fact, I've never seen a German shepherd with a wardrobe. Accessories, of course, but not clothes. And, we all know where real fashion finesse is expressed, n'est-ce pas?

In fact, this tale (honestly, I couldn't believe it when I wrote "tale" just now -- and yes I know it would be a misspelling. . .) is about one of my accessories and my dogs.

Years ago, my best childhood friend, Karen, gave me a long, long silver fox boa. I never wore it. One day when straightening my closet I put it on the bed. I became involved in some other activity and when I returned several hours later I found the dogs had attacked and killed it. The two of them were lying in a mountain of fur. When I entered the bedroom they looked up at me, tails wagging, proud. Not receiving the  reaction they anticipated they thought there was something wrong with me.

Why do I bring this up now you're asking? Because detachable fur collars will be an important fall accessory -- if you care. I'm not advocating, I'm transmitting information.

Eté has finally returned with enthusiasm today. Lunch and dinner in the gazebo, warm tomatoes off the vine, other green vegetables (if I can find them), maybe a summer cocktail.

 I keep thinking one day I will go out to the potager and return with a green plant, chisel it up, toss it into my vinaigrette and it will be a weed. I'm assuming most weeds are not poisonous?

A demain. Do have a lovely, lovely weekend.


déjà pseu said...

Oh how funny (about the dogs and the fur collar)! I'm thinking about a nice faux fur vest for autumn. Would Cherie be horrified?

Enjoy the return of your lovely summer weather.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

I used to have vintage leather gloves with fur lining. One of my cats must have thought the lining was an old rival, because those gloves are no more.

LuxeBytes said...

My cats love anything that comes from another animal: wool, fur, feathers. Glad to know our animals haven't gone completely soft with their lives of luxury and still have that killer instinct.

I have two detachable fur collars, and I love them. One is black sheared beaver and belongs to my black leather jacket. The jacket is lambskin (butteriest ever) and has French cuffs. Cost a breathtaking amount of money 11 years ago, but it's one of the best things in my wardrobe.

My other fur collar is a more recent acquisition from MaiTai in the South of France: black fox, and it has loops on the back to slide a scarf or a rope of pearls through. It's the only way I'll wear Hermes (except as a belt) because it doesn't look mumsy.

Bon week-end, Tish!


deborah said...

Your dogs were so proud of themselves... so funny. I totally get that. We have dogs too and a cat etc. Love your blog!
xo deborah

California Girl said...

not a fur fan. why kill something when faux fur looks great and is certainly more PETA friendly?

Charlotte Holmes said...

Like C.G. above, I think fur looks best on the animal and would not wear anything made of fur. That said, I've made my dogs faux-fur cuddlers which they adore, though since it has no dead animal smell, I'm sure it's just for the softness & warmth. Which is why people like fur, why not go faux?

BigLittleWolf said...

Fur collars? Really? (Curieux.)

I did see plenty of fur vests recently in one of my favorite department stores. And leopard leopard leopard... ah, the shoes!

(I'll go with a nice foulard.)

Carolyn C. said...

Dear Tish,

I have searched your blog for a private email address, I am unable to find one. So I will just place my THANKS to you in this comment box.

I take care of my 80 year old mother, a task that has its rewards for sure and I must say its sacrifies. Each night, after tidying up after dinner I sit down and read my "fav" blogs.

I have a regiment I follow. I leave yours till last... anxiously waiting, curious, excited when that blue diamond encrusted brouche appears on my screen.

So I ramble.... I just want to thank you for your daily blog posts. For little ole me your commitment to your joyous blog posts are a welcome part of my day.

Thanks so much!

Karena said...

Too funny Tish at least they didn't bring in a recent "kill" to joyously present you with!


Art by Karena

Splenderosa said...

OMG, how I can relate. Thankfully, my precious puppies ate a piece of remnant fur I had just brought home. I guess the taste and smell of the wild never goes away. My real furs seems so far away from reality now they, too, may become dog togs. :)'s
Or do you & Cherie think I could manage a fox fling in Alaska?

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I love fur, faux of course anything with a trim always takes my fancy!

Tish Jett said...

Dear Carolyn,

I too have no other way to reach you than by this public forum. My e-mail address is: btw

Thank you for the lovely, lovely note. I was incredibly touched by your kindness and the sentiment. You sound like a wonderful woman and I'm most flattered that you visit.

Warmest regards,

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