I am SO not a dog person. Sorry. Not sure where this went askew. I grew up with dogs and loved them, but something changed as an adult, in my Type A brain, that can't fathom adding another layer of slobber, hair, wet paws, and poop to my life. Maybe I'm just lazy. Because I do realize, that for many people a pet can open up your heart and change your life.
Local resident Fay Andersson's dog came into her world at exactly the right time. In 2011, she was in a life-changing accident that left her in excruciating pain and depressed. To cheer up, she got a white fluffy Maltese puppy and named him Louie de Coton or "Louie" for short. Louie went everywhere with her. He healed her pain, alleviated her sadness, and even became designated as an emotional 'service dog' by her doctor so she could bring him everywhere with her. Even pilates! Louie changed her life.
But little Louie got cold easily. So Faye began designing technical dog clothes for him. She has searched everywhere to find the finest high-quality, high-performance materials to create fashionable clothes for small dogs. She was looking for things that weren't bulky but provided warmth in a light-weight fabric. You are North-westerners...think Gore-Tex/Northface/Patagonia styles. Her other priority was finding safe/environmental free/made in the USA materials and doing her manufacturing locally. There are rain jackets, fleeces, and even lined messenger bags for your little pooches. Why should humans be the only ones spoiled by awesome weather-proof clothing when your dogs are chilly too?
Louie de Coton products can be found online or at BooBoo Barkery in Kirkland. Prices range from $27-75. Louie has since passed on, but his legacy lives through Faye and her passion for designing high-end clothes for little dogs. ~j