Walk into any clothing or department store as early as May and you'll see everything from T-shirts to tablecloths decked out with stars and stripes, gearing up for the Independence Day holiday on July 4th. There will be no shortage of items to show your patriotism, but what about for your dog?
Here are a few ideas to let your patriotic pooch show his or her true colors -- in red, white, and blue, of course!
Dressed for the occasion
PetSmart offers a dress fit for your canine star from Martha Stewart Pets, available in sizes XS-Med. The cotton sundress features a Navy blue background bedecked with white stars, and topped off with red ribbon at the neck. Without annoying buckles or straps, this outfits slips easily over the head. Regularly $21.99, it's currently on sale for $15.39.
If your dog is more of the manly type, he might appreciate this red and white polo to show off his physique. Stars abound on this shirt that is also an easy pull-on style. Priced from $15.39 to $16.79, it is available in sizes XS-Large.
Scarf it up
Too hot for a full outfit? Make your dog's patriotism stand out with a stylish bandana.
Offering a variety of clothes for your four-legged friend, doggieclothesline.com has neckwear that is perfect for the 4th of July and Memorial Day holidays. This white scarf with red tie is emblazoned with the words "Patriotic Pooch" in blue lettering and comes in two sizes for smaller breeds at a price of $11.95.
Petbandanas.com has cute doggie neckwear for all occasions, and three that would show your dog's patriotism with style. Choose from stars and stripes, paws and stars, or I love the USA to outfit your pup this Independence Day. Prices range from only $2.72 to $12.99, depending on which style you choose.
Step out in style
Sylvan and Sons has a number of leashes, collars, harnesses and hair bows that carry a patriotic theme. Leashes come in various sizes and widths, with prices from $19.45 to $22.45.
If, like me, you prefer a retractable leash, this flashy red, white, and blue model bedecked with stars should fill the bill. Available from Martha Stewart Pets in 10 and 16-foot lengths, the leashes are priced at $34.99 and $39.99 respectively.
Whether you and your pet stick to your regular neighborhood walk or head off to the beach for the summer holidays, show off your patriotism and step out in style.
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