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Laura Yu of Lacey walks her Chihuahua/corgi mix dog, Sneakers, as he models a popcorn-knit sweater during the doggy fashion show at Canvas Works on Saturday in downtown Olympia. Dogs at the event modeled fashions from author Kristi Porterâ€™s book, â€œKnitting For Dogs.â€ Porter, formerly of Olympia, later autographed copies of her book.
By Katherine Tam
OLYMPIA â€” Residents stepped aside Saturday to make way for the models who had come downtown to sport the latest in fashion â€” fashion for dogs, that is.
While passers-by chuckled and dog lovers snapped pictures, the canines sauntered by on Columbia Street in colorful knit sweaters, turtlenecks, flea collars and even a pair of purple leg warmers.
â€œTheyâ€™re bound to bring warmth and a lot of laughs to a cold damp day,â€ Kristi Porter said through a microphone as Bert, a 4-year-old dog, walked by in the leg warmers.
The dog fashion show was the first at Canvas Works, a downtown shop that sells all things yarn. And it was a venue to showcase the more than 20 ideas in Porterâ€™s new book, â€œKnitting for Dogs.â€
It wasnâ€™t the first time wearing clothes for most of the canines in the show. Bert often wears a reflective orange poncho on dark rainy nights while Barb Bergholzâ€™s dog, Katie, 14, usually has a scarf around her neck.
But items in the show were a bit more stylish than the dogsâ€™ usual attire. They included a sequined sweater and a reddish-purple capelet.
Getting the pets to wear the garments proved to be an easy task for some owners, a bit more challenging for others. Bergholz, who had three dogs in the show, said one of her pets â€œnever lets me put anything on her but she sat still and let me put this on. I was shocked.â€
Jo Hovancsekâ€™s 7-month-old cockapoo, Diogee, had never worn clothes before. So the night before the show, she performed a trial run with an old T-shirt.
â€œThat didnâ€™t go so well, but she did OK this morning,â€ Hovancsek said.
Katherine Tam covers the city of Olympia for The Olympian. She can be reached at 360-704-6869 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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