Puppity Mamas products are made by a disabled wife and wife team of service dog owners and trainers who became frustrated with mass produced dog clothes. (Call us E and H.)
H spent time making costumes in the theater and discovered that the same skills that allowed her to create quick, accurate patterns for human bodies allowed her to make quick and accurate patterns for dog bodies. Who knew? She brings over 30 years of sewing and design experience to the table.
E has the patience H lacks, and loves to add hand sewn and embroidery touches, two projects H avoids with creative and occasionally foolhardy inventiveness. E's creative eye and devotion to details improve everything she touches and ensure H doesn't try to invent a budget embroidery machine again.
Put the skills together, and our dogs have become satisfyingly fashionable, and much easier to pick up by their harnesses or dresses.
To get real for a moment, the idea of selling our products came at the right time in our lives, and all purchases made from us support our household. We appreciate every one. We support charitable endeavors, too, so watch our shop for special edition items which benefit local pet nonprofits.
And now, a little bit about our shop and process:
We make our unique patterns and fabric choices to avoid everything that frustrates us about the dog clothes we've bought for our service dogs.
Our top 10 of all the things Puppity Mamas clothes will not:
1: fall apart on the first wash
2: cause pressure sores when the correct size is worn as intended
3: look ratty after the first few washes
4: curl up at the hem
5: feature accessories attached with hot glue
6: require hand washing or dry cleaning due to poor construction (only for special occasion fabrics with delicate finish)
7: only fit short-bodied dogs
8: overcharge for what you receive or undercharge to below minimum wage
9: claim to be made in USA while major construction happens in a sweatshop
10: expect dogs to be shaped like baby dolls with front legs for arms and invisible shoulders
Bonus 11: slide right down your dog's body and get trapped around their front legs
Each Puppity Mamas garment is made with care for long term wear, and try us on for size. If it's not up to our standards for our service dogs, it's not up to our standards for YOUR dog.
All Puppity Mamas clothing is made with sturdy construction, patterns uniquely tailored to dog anatomy, and comfortable finishes inside and out. We comfort-test each new pattern on three very different dogs with different bodies and preferences before we list them here on Etsy: a Teacup Chinese Crested hairy hairless, a small semi-hairless sleek Rat Terrier mix, and a medium Terrier-Beagle-Heinz 57 mix with thick double coat who will only wear clothes if they're comfortable (and knows how to get them off if they aren't).
Our goal is well-dressed, happy, comfortable dogs and satisfied owners. We're happy to adjust many of our patterns for simple changes like length and width for a minimal fee, and we're always willing to use any of the many cotton and cotton-blend fabrics available from JoAnn Fabrics or fabric.com to make any of our clothing.