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|The Top 10 Best & Worst Dressed Dogs in America
The first annual Alpha Dog Public Relation’s Top 10 Best & Worst Dressed Dogs in America! Dog lovers across the country were asked cast their vote giving fashion ratings for the 10 dogs identified as fashion leaders in 2008. Which of these icons were the best dressed of all the pooches across the nation and which pups were simply fashion disasters?
In selecting a dog’s Fashion Rating, voters were asked to consider style, originality of dress, and the practical nature of the clothes worn, as well as – just like any beauty contest – the pooch’s character and community service. American Humane dictates that canine clothes should be appropriate for the situation and not restrict the animal’s movement. The guidelines from the organization that ensures “no animals were harmed” on television and movie sets also states that costuming and/or props must not restrict the animal’s breathing or cause overheating with consideration given on how easily it can be removed in case of an emergency. Colors, dyes, makeup or adhesives used on animals should also be toxin free.
Here are the official Doggie Fashion Ratings from 1 to 10, with “1” being best dressed of 2008 and “10” being the worst.
#1 Willow, Labrador Retriever
Paws down, Willow received the most votes for the #1 spot. This savvy senior Search and Rescue Dogs still has it going on, even at 14. Willow the Golden Lab, is one of the last living Search and Rescue dogs who worked to save lives at the World Trade Center in 2001. At her age, Willow doesn’t work missions anymore, but she still helps out teaching new dogs the skills to become future heroes. Her simple jacket from ChillyBuddy was a winner because she was wearing it for a reason. Plus, many thought she looked cool too! Just a little background on these jackets, shortly after hitting the market, Chillybuddy’s unique heat reflecting outer layer combined with its breathable cooling component caught the attention of the nation’s elite canine forces. FEMA certified Search and Rescue Task Force members, as well as military handlers of bomb-sniffing dogs in Iraq, noted the quick cooling effects of the jackets and the ease with which they could be put on and removed. After testing the vests, most Task Force handlers adopted them as standard equipment for their dogs.
#2 Preston Casanova, Pomeranian
Looks like Preston’s fan club got into gear to vote for the Mohawk sensation from CBS’ The Greatest American Dog. Many comments were made about his personal style but even more were made about his spirit of giving back. Preston (and his Momma) is a national spokes dog for In Defense of Dogs Pet Guardian Program. In this photograph by Pam Marks at Pawprince Studios, you can see the distinctive Mohawk that Preston wears, showing off his spunky spirit in different colors. The Mohawk is created by a special non-toxic gel, “lil PUNKnHEAD Fur Frosting,” designed by his owner Laura Nativo. The seaweed based, eco-friendly food-grade temporary-coloring spiking gel will be launching commercially in December of 2008 with a percentage of proceeds going to charity.
#3 Tonka, Jack Russell Terrier
It seems like gentlemen voters did prefer blondes and our 3rd best dressed spot goes to the lovely Tonka in her fashionable wig from Total Diva Pets. Forget about The Girls Next Door; this dog is Hugh Hefner’s #1 girlfriend at the Playboy Mansion (just kidding). She’s pictured here at the Santa Barbara Big Dog Parade posing, Cleopatra-style. Tonka is no pup-cake. Besides modeling, the 4-year old beauty also enjoys chasing squirrels at her avocado ranch and riding Harley’s around town. She’s an expert motorcycle rider and a regular at the Sportsman Lounge where she works as a professional hostess (that’s no joke).
#4 Chloe, Chihuahua
Of course, the movie star made it on the Best Dressed list. With her starring role as Chloe the Chihuahua in Disney’s new movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua, this total doggie hottie is taking the country by storm. Her stylings on the big screen are matched by a big heart off-screen, inspiring people everywhere to give orphaned Chihuahuas good homes. The day after a story, covering Chloe and the movie, ran on KTLA Morning News, a huge line formed in front of the Los Angeles North Central Dog Shelter. Motivated by Chloe’s charm and style, people came from all over the city to become proud Chihuahua owners. Now, that’s a big-screen moment.
#5 Carson, Long Haired Chihuahua
Another best dresser is this classy pooch who has gone green for the environment. He is wearing the Harris sweater from Wool And Kashmir’s 2008 Fall/Winter Collection. The hand knit eco-friendly design has Carson feeling like the leader of the pack in his blue angora and wool pullover while the other dogs are sporting their simple fur coats. He cares about the planet so he’s very green conscious, making sure all his toys are also environmentally friendly. The blue-violet variegated soy and wool yarn makes Carson’s Chocolate brown eyes really stand out and being super preppy, the polo style ribbed collar suits him just fine.
#6 Violet, Yorkshire Terrier
Good things come in small packages and Violet is no exception. It was a close call between Violet and Calle but in the end, this delightful fashionista loves to strike a pose came out ahead by 1 vote! It was the pink faux fur trim and the sparkling with Swarovski crystals and pearls on her Oscar Newman's Bellissima Faux Fur Coat that made the difference. As a true Super Model, Violet travels the world to promote the Oscar Newman line, parading down the cat walk and signing pawtographs in the numerous doggie fashion magazines where she’s appeared. Only one problem, though: keeping her petite figure on the road!
#7 Callie, Maltese
Callie’s exclusive designed lavender dress with matching head adornment by Michele like this lavender dress was cute but a little too much for our judges. They suggested leaving the head bow off, even though Callie looks perfectly happy wearing it. Doggie Design, Inc. lucked out when cute and cuddly Callie came into the picture. This Maltese keeps the gravy train running by modeling all the exclusive designs by Michele like this lavender dress with the matching head adornment. 3-year-old, 7 pound Callie is a natural Couture Pooch! With patience to burn, this pup is ready for her close-up.
#8 Napoleon, Yorkie Poo
A handsome, debonair dog, Napoleon got low marks because our judges felt this get-up was too much for him to do anything but sit and have his photo taken. While he may be sporting some of the finest tailoring on this side of the Atlantic, created by Leticia Olaque and photographed by pro dog-shutterbug Jack Kenner, Napoleon certainly is not having any fun with his dog friends in this get-up. The jacket looks too long and the hat, well...
#9 Bella Starlet, Mix
The judges felt that while Bella Starlet is adorable, her owner goes too far with the clothing on this dog. There is a time and place for outfits but dogs also need to be able to wear their natural fur cots as well. The sleeves of this sweater are too long and the tutu looks like it is too big for her to walk. This stars of CBS’ The Greatest American Dog doesn’t need to wear pajamas to go to bed. Let her be a dog sometimes too! Honor her dogness!
#10 Tinkerbell, Chihuahua
The judges have spoken and the Worst Dressed dog in 2008 is Tinkerbell. Seems like pet owners across the nation say Paris Hilton uses her pet as a fashion accessory. And they don’t like that. Paris often dresses Tinkerbell in a matching outfit, so when they strut down the red carpet together, they’re a fashion dynamic duo. Often spotted in smart wraps of fun colors, Tinkerbell is on the forefront of doggie fashion, if only because her owner is right there with her.
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