Haute Under the (Dog) Collar

dog collars
Decisions, decisions! Dog collars for every occasion.


Motherhood can take many forms. The busier my girls get, the more I transfer my smothering to my schnauzer, Oscar.

Not long ago, a friend commented on Oscar’s copious dog collar collection (Hi Gretch!). I was thrilled that someone noticed and explained that we’re all lucky he’s not a girly teacup pup because if he were, he’d most definitely be dressed to the nines. Why I have this compulsion, I’m not entirely sure. But fortunately for Oscar, and everyone else who knows me, he does not like to be weighed down with uncomfortable canine apparel.  The one time I put a t-shirt on him, he froze and wouldn’t move a muscle. It was a Thing 2 t-shirt! It would’ve been so cute for one of my girls to wear Thing 1 with him in Thing 2.

Dressing Oscar?

Alas, I won’t torture my poor boy, but there is something I oddly enjoy about dressing a dog.  They have personalities after all and what better way to express yourself than through your wardrobe.  Luckily, my fashion affinity is not entirely lost on Oscar.  I’ve channeled my desire to adorn him through collars.

Oscar’s Dog Collar Collection

He has sports dog collars, Christmas dog collars, weekend/leisure dog collars and two signature mustache collars.  However, my all-time favorite is what I like to call his “business tie.”


Schnauzer dog collar


His business collar gives him an air of sophistication and professionalism that seems to suit (pun intended) his serious demeanor. I put it on him on Mondays and together we are back to business with focus and determination. Yeah, I know I’m nuts.

Where to Buy Dog Collars

My favorite dog collars can be found at Ciao! Bow Wow in North Andover. Mel LaRocca is the owner and she stocks her specialty pet store with the most adorable assortment of collars, among other great pet foods and items. I’m particularly fond of the Yellow Dog Design line which, in a medium, is just the right size and weight.

All this collar talk has suddenly given me the urge to run down to Ciao! Bow Wow for a new look for my little man…

I’m back and wouldn’t you know I’ve found not one, but two new options. I couldn’t resist the funny face collar for Oscar’s rare, silly days and although he already has a Red Sox collar, I find it a bit cumbersome, so the new version is sure to get much more wear.


Red Sox and silly face dog collars from Ciao! Bow Wow
Today’s new collars courtesy of Ciao! Bow Wow


Ok, I’ve shared my crazy dog lady side, what crazy things do you do for your dog?

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
7 years ago

I have 2 little terrier mutts and their clothes are nice than mine! I swear when Matilda has a dress on, she strutts her stuff and people must think I’m a crazy dog ladty, because I post their pictures on facebook all the time

7 years ago

Bought a “tux” harness complete with a real silk tie for my Australian Terrier. He looks like a little werewolf in formal wear. Hilarious! Cio Bow Wow has an awesome selection of “laugh out loud” apparel, accessories and toys for dogs!

7 years ago

I need to have the matching leash for all of Maude’s dog collars, so I’m scared that it makes me nuttier than anyone!

7 years ago

He needs a bow tie collar for all his formal events!!!

Amy O'Brien
7 years ago