Creating the Perfect Canine Carnival CollarPosted: February 14, 2014 Filed under: Things I Like | Tags: Animal Rescue, Animal Welfare, Baton Rouge, CAAWS, Capital Area Animal Welfare Society, Dogs, Golden Retriever, Harper Lee, Haute Dog Couture, Mardi Gras, Mystic Krewe of Mutts, Pets, South Louisiana, Thek9harperlee 39 Comments
While most of the world is deep into Valentine’s Day festivities, my thoughts have turned to carnival season. About this time last year, I wrote about South Louisiana’s obsession with Mardi Gras. (You can click here to refresh your memory.) The season begins on the evening of Epiphany (January 6) and runs right up until midnight on Mardi Gras, which isn’t until March 4 this year. For almost two solid months, humans will enjoy king cakes, balls (not the kind you chase and catch, but the kind where you dance), and parades. Fortunately, dogs get to have a little carnival fun, too. In Baton Rouge, we have our very own parade just for us this weekend. It’s called the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS) Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade, and attending this one has been on my bucket list for quite some time. But oh, the horror, I didn’t have anything to wear.
Never fear. My human mommy had an idea. Several years ago, she saw a little tutu for sale and thought, “That sure would make a cute dog collar.” And then she thought, “I can make that.” Uh oh. That usually means that Mommy is going to spend way too much money and way too much time making something that she just should have bought in the first place. But in this case, the fancy children’s-tutu-turned-canine-collar project has worked out well. She made my pretty Christmas collar and a jeweled collar for me to wear to the occasional black-tie event. (True, I’ve only worn that one once, but I’m sure another special event will come along at some point.) So Mommy and I decided to make a fancy tulle collar for me to wear to the Mardi Gras parade. I sent Mommy to the store to buy fabric in the Mardi Gras colors–a half yard each in purple, gold, and green. Then I watched (well, I might have napped just a bit) while she cut the fabric into strips that measured about two inches wide and 12 inches long. (Honestly, I would have loved to help with cutting the fabric, but I won’t be five years old until next month, and so I’m not allowed to use sharp scissors.)
Next, Mommy figured out how much three-quarter-inch elastic she would need to go around my neck slightly loosely with about an inch overlap. She says that this step is much easier if the dog actually wakes up and lifts his or her head off of the ground. Whatever.
Then she sewed the elastic together at the overlap with a zig-zag stitch. You could easily do this step by hand or even safety pin the two ends of the elastic, but Mommy feels super creative when she gets the sewing machine out, so it’s best just to humor her.
And then you start tying all those tulle strips in knots around the elastic. Trust me, this part is super boring, so you really should just let your human do this step. Mommy says this part only takes a little less than an hour, and the time just flies by if you have something like Olympic figure skating on the television. I’ll just have to take her word for that, because I found this to be the perfect time to nap. After all, I needed to look lovely and refreshed when it was time to model the finished product.
And voila . . . the perfect canine carnival collar. I cannot wait to wear this to the Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade this weekend. I’m sure to collect gobs and gobs of beads to add to my collection. Throw me somethin’, Mister!
It’s PERFECT, Miss HL! You will be the star of the parade. Mom agrees that neck measuring is easier if the subject can stay awake long enough to lift her head off the floor. I can’t wait to see pictures of the parade.
Love and licks,
I think you would look divine in a fancy collar, Cupcake. You must speak with your mom about that!
very pretty all my mom lets me wear is my back pack and a scarf that says Therapy dog.. Yours is prettier
I think a therapy dog scarf is the very most beautiful thing you could ever, ever wear! 🙂
That is the most gorgemous collar I’ve ever seen, MHL! You will certainly be the belle of the parade.
Awwww, thank you Sage. How do you think it would look with the addition of a little mud? 😉
That is beautiful. Good job mom. I wish I could join you.
Wish you could be here, too! We’re going to have sunshine and temps in the 70s, and I know you could use that right about now. 🙂
Loverly Miss Lee! Happy Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxoxoxo, Ku
Thank you, Ku, and a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too, handsome!
oh you just look lovely! Mummy is very clever!
Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x
Thank you so much! I’ve decided that I will keep my mommy. She’s ok. 😉
Good choice! You’ve got a good ‘un 😉 x
Miss Harper Lee you look wonderful! I make tutus for various races I run but never thought of a collar tutu. I have to make one for Pepper for the Krewe of Barkus parade this year!
We love seeing all the pictures from Krewe of Barkus. Wish we could be there. Pepper is sure to be a hit!
you look amazing. you can have a carnival of one and it will be great.
Thank you. We may just have to have a little backyard parade with me as Queen of Carnival. 🙂
Your mommy is very creative & original Miss Harper Lee. You look beautiful. I know you’ll be receiving MANY beads. Hope they won’t weigh you down!
Thank you so much, and as for being weighed down by beads, I’ll just hand those off to my human assistants to carry for me. 😉
That is a cool idea. I better think of what I will wear even though it isn’t really celebrated up here in Minnesota.
I say you start your very own parade. You can call it the Krewe of Emma. But I might suggest holding your parade in the house because marching in snow might be a bit difficult!
That came out great. You and your mom are very talented! But I will still say Happy Valentine’s Day!
Oh Miss Harper Lee…what a doll you look…and how clever your mummy is 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx
Thank you so much. Every once in a while, Mommy comes up with a pretty good idea. 😉
I think mum has come up with a few I imagine 🙂
We can’t wait to see photos of your big day!
Monty and Harlow
Hopefully Mommy can handle me and all the excitement and the camera. I have a feeling the photos might be a bit blurry!
I’m sure you’ll get many more beads wearing that lovely frufru around your neck. You look very lovely.
Thank you! Mommy is unusually excited about the beads this year, as if anyone needs more Mardi Gras beads. 🙂
Ms. Harper, have you been flashing again?
Well, every once in a while I do show my ticks . . . that’s TICKS. 😉
You look stunning, Miss Lee. I hope you are going to share some photos from the parade!
Mommy has the best intention of taking photos, but she might be a little overwhelmed with all the excitement. 🙂
OMP ! That is just fabulous !!! Your Mom is so talented – and you of course the perfect super model! RosyPoodleKisses!
Oh, thank you so much Rosy! I’m still waiting for my invitation to New York Fashion Week. 😉
Happy Mardi Gras! We are doing a similar collar on Thursday’s blog for our Barkus & Meoux this Sunday! Sometimes Louisiana can be so much fun!! I wanted to tell you that I am presenting you an award on my blog tomorrow, Tuesday. Please drop by http://wwwmkclinton.com/ Barking from the Bayou!
Happy Mardi Gras to you, too! It is such a fun time of year, even for kitty cats, puppy dogs, and other assorted animals. Thank you so much for the award. Can’t wait to click over to see what it is. 🙂
Go for it girl!!!! Miss Harper Lee, you make the tulle fabulous!!!! Work it!!!! Love a and hugs to you sand your mum!!!!