High Fashion in Santa Fe: Chihuahua Clothes!

You just haven’t lived if you’ve never dressed a Chihuahua.

Tucker, last fall, in his very first outfit -- a practical, reversible plaid number.

Tucker, last fall, in his very first outfit -- a practical, reversible plaid number.

Having had only large-breed dogs for years now, I surprised myself last fall by adopting an adorable 2-year-old Chiweenie (a Chihuahua/Dachscund mix), Tucker,  from the local humane society here in Santa Fe. THEN, I downright shocked myself by taking a precious long-haired, teacup Chihuahua puppy, Frida, last April!

Frida in her t-shirt. She likes it because it says "Wagg-a-Riffic! Woof! Pow! Bam!" And because it shows off her belly button.

Frida in her t-shirt. She likes it because it says "Wagg-a-Riffic! Woof! Pow! Bam!" And because it shows off her belly button.

Both Tucker and Frida fit right in with the rest of my menagerie, and the threesome of big dogs accept them as total equals. I call the little ones my “Chiwees” . . . as in a lap full of Chiwees (which is where they are if I’m sitting down). It’s just easier.

The biggest surprise was how much fun I had when I started dressing these little guys. Chihuahuas and Chiweenies get cold quite easily, and the climate in Santa Fe is always cool nights and cold winters. I quickly found that, besides being one of the most dog-loving and altruistic places I’ve ever been, Santa Fe is also one of the dog fashion meccas of the world. I mean, who could ask for more?

Tucker quickly acquired six outfits last fall, as I soon realized he needed lightweight clothing for cool days, t-shirts for indoors, waterproof vestments for snow and rain, etc.  Frida, coming in at the end of the season last spring, only has two so far, but we are counting the days ’til the new winter inventory of dog clothes arrives.

And believe me, there is no dearth of dog clothing resources in Santa Fe. There are an astounding number of privately owned pet stores here, as well as the requisite PetSmart, PetCo, Walmart, and Target pet departments. The trick is finding an outfit that costs less than my winter coat. I kid you not — the price tags make you “sit” and “stay” until you can catch your breath.

Tucker in his pajamas, ready for bed.

Tucker in his pajamas, ready for bed.

But that is beside the point, and one can always make do and not break the bank if one gets resourceful enough. What’s really important here is more pictures. This is a fashion spread after all, so photos and style is all important. And as you peruse these shots, please keep in mind that, unlike Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua, I can’t afford the jewelry, hat and glove accessories, but we do our best.

Frida in her Italian hand-knit sweater (it was half price, left-over from last season -- for obvious reasons).

Frida in her Italian hand-knit sweater (it was half price, left-over from last season -- for obvious reasons).

Oh, and just one more caveat (thank you for your patience). Please, as you look at these, don’t scoff. At least not until you get yourself a Chihuahua and discover the joys of dressing him or her yourself. You are in for a treat, believe me!

Tucker in his lined, waterproof windbreaker. He does like red.

Tucker in his lined, waterproof windbreaker. He does like red.

We are missing a few outfits in this fashion spread, but you get the idea …

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FOR MORE TUCKER AND FRIDA ADVENTURES, CHECK OUT THE POST    “CHIHUAHUA  VS.  CHIWEENIE” .

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8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Jon Spooner said,

    Wow nice work! Who designed the plaid coat at the top?

    If you are ever look for more inspiration please conider checking out http://www.pupstyle.com.

    thanks
    Jon
    pupstyle.com

    • 2

      Thanks, Jon. I think the little plaid number was something I picked up at PetCo. It was my first find, before I became aware of the plethora of dog clothing available. I checked out your link and love it; may just have to splurge on something special for Frida soon from there, seeing as how she is clothing-deprived at this point! Thanks again for your comment. These little ones are so much fun. Leta

  2. 3

    Alexandria said,

    hello I am Alexandria our dog’s name is Abby your chiwawa look’s just like ours. Unforchinitly our dog was ranover Friday, June 11,2010 of this year.When I showed the photos of your dog to my mother she became varey exsited she thinks your dog is varey beatufl.

    Thank You,
    A fllow dog owner Alexandria

    • 4

      Hello Alexandria,

      I am so, so sorry about your dog Abby. If she was anything like my Frida, she is irreplaceable. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures, and I thank you for sharing this with us on this blog. Blessings, Leta

  3. 5

    the pet store here in our area offers me a great deal of discount when i buy from them ,.`

  4. 6

    :`- I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives useful information `”-

  5. 7

    So cute !! I have chihuahuas and they actually love wearing their clothes ! When people say its animal cruelty, their wrong ! They love clothes because it acutally keeps them warm and makes them look even more cute !


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