As often as time allows, we walk Jack with a group of his four-legged peers on Sunday mornings. We’re part of the dog walking club, SociaBulls, a weekly meet up focused on dog socialization without physical interaction (you can find out more right here). We’ve mentioned our Sunday treks in the past, and since joining the pack last summer, our little man has learned proper dog-to-dog etiquette, patience, leash manners and most importantly, a sense of canine fashion.
You can see here that his wet nosed buddies are quite the trendsetters – with their pink plaid capes, furry hats and wooly scarves – but poor Jack only had one outfit. Always the concerned parents, we knew we had to remedy this situation and spruce up his lacking wardrobe. We wanted Jack to fit in, naturally.
We decided on a Zack & Zooey hoodie, and after a ridiculous amount of measurements (rewarded with chicken liver treats and belly rubs), we went with an XL in black. But since we’d never actually purchased doggie clothing before (his aviator coat was a hand me down), we were off in the sizing and had to wait another (excruciating!) three days for the large. Don’t let his bobble head fool you – he’s a lean machine.
But we weren’t done yet. I also scooped an iron-on Penguin transfer, figuring the extra cool points could only help his lady chances while sporting our favorite team.
After cutting it down to size (we ordered the 5×7), I simply followed the instructions that were emailed to me from the seller. With my parchment paper buffer, I held the steam-free iron down for 45 seconds on each section of the logo using the hottest setting.
But when I lifted the iron off, my penguin had burned! In place of his clean, white chest was a browned gut, and the yellow background was tarnished and speckled. I panicked, called Scott, and I texted him a photo as proof of my lacking transfer skills. As my calmer, level-headed half, he convinced me that it wasn’t so bad. Rather, I had created a vintage hoodie.
Meh, we can call it that. And vintage is much cooler anyway.
Of course we’re deciding on his next color (blue? red?) and other transfer options. Jack’s vote was indifferent, suggesting he’d rather walk in his birthday suit, but we’ve since convinced him that the ladies much prefer a little mystery.
In other news, I’ll be leaving solo this weekend for Los Angeles to spend one whole glorious week with my lady, Kalli! She moved west after college, and as my pre-Scott roommate, I’m truly looking forward to a close quarters reunion. I imagine the days will involve beach frolicking, photo hunting, desert dwelling and girl gabbing. (Lots and lots of that.)
And while doing said frolicking, hunting and gabbing, I have this idea that Scott’ll catch up on God of War (or something), eat pizza every evening and talk man stuff with his dudes. Most importantly, he’ll likely be enjoying a welcome break from studio-ing.
Although I’ll be away, I’ll still be here, sharing those hunted snaps of my trip with Scott (and you!) as often as possible. It’ll be photos mostly, as I’ll be saving the gabbing for my lady.
Any LA natives with must-dos?
Gallery photos taken during our two year anniversary trip down the California coast. More on that right here.