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Clothing for my tripaw
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3 October 2010 - 5:04 pm
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I just recently move to Delaware from Florida and now that it is getting colder I was wondering if anyone knew of somewhere to get warm clothing made specifically for tripaws.  He is a rhodesian ridgeback and boxer mix and gets cold very easily so any suggestions are welcomed.

3 October 2010 - 6:32 pm
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I've not heard of clothing made just for Tripawds- except custom stuff made by members here.  Looks like your boy is a front amp.  I would think most coats and shirts would do just fine, you could just pin or sew up the extra arm hole.

You can check out some jackets and sweaters in the Tripawds Gear Blog.  Here is a LINK to a discussion thread on winter coats and blankets (the link is also in the gear blog).


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3 October 2010 - 6:51 pm
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Spirit Cherry's Dad posted in December 2008:

Recall that I posted regarding a sweater that I made for Cherry.  Your comments are not only true for Winter or the time before the fur grows back, but it is well known that humans have a very hard time staying warm during and after chemotherapy.  This was the primary reason I wanted a sweater for Cherry.  At first, I just sewed up the leg hole on a sweater for one of my two previous Standard Poodles.  This really never fit well, so I knit one specifically for TriPawds.  (Actually, it was made, ripped out, remade, ripped out many times before the final version.)  Of course, Cherry has more than one so that I can swap for washing.


It is wonderful that Karen can recall and link these discussion threads so quickly. It would have taken me hours to find that link. However, as I said in that post, while you can pin or sew up the extra arm hole, it often does not fit quite as well. Follow the links and you will get to the instructions for the last two of three sweaters I made for Miss Cherry. If the coat, sweater or other clothing you are trying to modify has a sleeve, then you probably will have more success because you can close it without actually making it smaller. Don't just sew the hole shut, but rather come down the sleeve and sew it shut. If you were working only with an arm hole, I would just tack a piece of similar material over the hole or just let it be open. That way it will fit on the chest better.

Hope I am making sense.

Sprit Cherry's Dad

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