August 28

Love This – Amy’s Faves 4.0

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Amy, Miura (green coat) & Zonda (red coat) at the Reindog Parade 

For my “Love This” posts in August, my friend, Amy, has been sharing some of her favorite things.  Thank you, Amy, for sharing a few of your best finds.  I certainly want to try several of them.  Without further ado, here is the final installment of “Amy’s Faves”…four of her favorite Greyhound/pet faves.

Nite Ize S-Biners

Amy loves these Nite Ize S-Biners to attach tags to dog collars. They are inexpensive (six for less than $5 on Amazon), sturdy, and you can color coordinate to seasonally changing collars. 

LuckyPet Classic Jewelry Tags

These beautiful tags come in different sizes and fun colors! red, pink, purple, blue, black, yellow, white and sky blue.  Amy’s hounds wear the small size (the flower measures 1-1/8″ H x 1-1/8″ W).  She loves them because they’re pretty, and each dog has their own special symbol.  Miura has the red heart, Zonda has the blue flower, and Eva has the green clover.  An extra bonus, you can add Owner Alert for a $9.95 one-time-fee per household.  Along with your phone number, the tag also has a 1-800 number where several additional phone numbers are kept on file.  If your pet is reported to the 1-800 number and you don’t answer when they call, the service calls all your numbers, in rotation, until they reach someone, 24-hours a day.  You can call and change your listed numbers at any time, which is great if you’re traveling or change vets.  Before Amy ordered the tags, she called the 1-800 number at 2 am to make sure someone answered.  They did.  As I mentioned, Amy checks things out.

Eva modeling both the Nite Ize clip and her LuckyPet tag

Camco Drinking Water Hose

I did not know this…If you fill a kiddie pool or ever let your dogs drink out of a hose, you could expose them to things they’d be better off not to drink. The water that comes out of a regular garden hose often has lead and other chemicals that seep into the water from the materials the hose is made of, especially if the hose sets in the sun.  You can help keep your dogs (and kids) safe by using a BPA and lead-free garden hose.  The Camco Drinking Water Hose (50′) is a great pick and available for under $35 on Amazon.

Zonda & Miura…Santa’s Helpers

Gini’s  Greyhound Fashions Santa’s Helper Coats

For the last two years, our houndies have walked in the Reindog Holiday Parade with Amy’s houndies who always wear their Santa’s Helper coats.  For the last two years, I’ve been jealous because Miura and Zonda look ADORABLE.  Amy loves these coats.  In her words, “Great rear coverage and a snuggly turtleneck make them winners.” AND the girls always get stopped for compliments when they’re wearing them on walks.  I have witnessed this first-hand.   

Last year, Amy and her husband met their sweet Eva at the Reindog Parade when she was brought by Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan (our Greyhound group) as a possible foster.  Well, they took Eva as a foster and promptly failed fostering…Eva had her forever home!  Eva needed a Santa coat and Gini of Gini’s Greyhound Fashions, came through with a beautiful blue one. 

Amy was a little concerned over featuring a winter item when it’s still warm, but as she pointed out “people who make dog coats to your specific measurements get really busy as soon as it gets cold, so if you need something, order now!”  I agree, and I’m working with Gini to get our Santa’s Helper coats ordered.  The Lohmeyer hounds will be turning up in style for this year’s Reindog Parade!

Daily Inspiration

A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.

Grace Pulpit

About the photo (taken on August 26)…I took this photo on the grounds of the Oliver Mansion where I volunteer as a docent.  There’s such a calming beauty to huge old trees.  I like to ponder all the years they have seen.

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16 Responses to " Love This – Amy’s Faves 4.0"

  • Wonder if those clips would make the tag hang too low on the Doxies
    Nola’s Mom

    • Amy Cross says:

      Nola’s Mom – The s-biners are a little less than 1″ long if that helps. With 3 dogs and fosters too, I just can’t spend $5+ each on other options 🙂 That buys lots of cookies!

      Houndstooth (sorry don’t know your name) please please share the stocking info and a pic if you have one!
      I need to get a stained glass ornament for Eva at Dewey too. Lori showed those last year. Oh these spoiled pups!

  • houndstooth says:

    I’ve dealt with Gini before, and her coats are fabulous! She does a very good job, just measure carefully, because she is very precise. Those Santa’s helper coats are adorable! I have a couple of Christmas coats for the girls for visiting that I love, but those are very tempting. I agree about ordering things early for Christmas. That reminds me that I need to order Kuster’s Greystocking so he’ll have one that matches the girls’.

    We have a similar collar tag clip called a Rubit. It’s a little more expensive than the S-biners, but not too bad. I haven’t seen the S-biners around here, but they’re very cute.

    What a great list of faves! 🙂

  • genjiscorner says:

    The kids love walking in our local Christmas parade.

  • Well I’m very jealous! I particularly like the shamrock tag. The girl has taste! Deccy x

  • Michelle says:

    I love seeing the hounds all dressed up! The coats are fabulous!! Those are some great items and tips. 🙂 I did not realize that about water hoses. We will be making that switch ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sue says:

    Love the clips and tags.

    Fab photo of the hounds in their winter coats.

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Gosh, how cute is that reindog parade! 🙂

  • Ohh, look at all those adorable Greys with their coats on!
    Love the dog tags and the colours.
    Lynne x

  • Great timing. I was just reminding Cushion that he needs o get some of those clips since Georgia now has many more collars than tags. Now I can tell him where to find them too.

    Re: your question. Yes unfortunately, it’s complicated because the Australian laws for importing dogs are very tough, even for dogs that were born here and especially where we’d like to go. That means unless we’re 100% sure, we can’t really move outside of the country with her or we’ll have to stay out until she goes. I was actually going to do a post about this LOL. Lots to think about. Thanks for asking! X

  • Pip says:

    Wonder if any of this comes in m size?

    Your pal, Pip

    • Amy Cross says:

      Pip the coats are made to each dogs measurements. Gini is an amazing seamstress!
      The tags come in even smaller sizes too.

  • Thanks for the link to the tags! My little Captain Jack had a square black crossed bones tag, and I loved it, but I was never able to find the site again where I bought it!

    Love the Santa’s Helper coats, but when I went to the seller’s page, there’s no product listing for them. 🙁

    • Amy Cross says:

      You just need to email her though her contact info. They sell too fast to list 🙂 She will provide any details you need. I only found out about them because I saw a friend’s dog wearing them the first winter we had our dogs.

  • Patty says:

    I love the coats!

  • Wow, those are some neat things! We have to check out the Nite Ize S hooks – and those coats! We need those coats!!


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