Making cold, dirty, wet dogs a thing of the past
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Onesie maker kits out Dulux pooch
Aslan will soon be dressed in a onesie like this
BY ROBERT McAULAY
Published: 19th November 2014
THE inventor of the canine onesie has been asked to kit out one of the iconic Dulux dogs.
Seamstress Aileen Perry, of Elgin, Moray, gets up to 30 orders a day from around the world for her dog outfits just a year after setting up.
Her bisiness is going so well she has had to hire a kiltmaker to help her keep pace.
But the 50-year-old’s biggest breakthrough came recently when she was asked to make a onesie for a Dulux dog.
The Old English Sheepdogs have, for decades, fronted one of the most successful advertising campaigns in history.
Aileen’s tartan onesie now keeps Aslan the Old English Sheepdog clean and dry between photoshoots.
The onesies, which are sold for up to £50, stop pooches getting too wet or muddy on walks. Fans from as far afield as the US and Australia have been bombarding Elaine with orders.
She has now applied to patent the design, which is a full body suit with a hood and elasticated cuffs. She first came up with the idea after becoming frustrated with her own dog coming back from walks covered in mud.
Aileen made the first of two coats for Aslan last month after a special request from his owner, who was taking him to a photo shoot in Dublin.
She said: “It was very exciting. I had to drop everything and rush this coat to Dublin. He had to look all fluffy and fabulous for the shoot — he needed the coat to keep him beautiful when he went out for a pee. He’s a very coiffeured dog.
She added: “It’s like with an actress — you can’t go getting all wet in the rain when you go out for a pee. You can’t afford to get a dog’s fur wet and wait hours to get it dry.
“It is so exciting. I’m running on adrenalin. When I was growing up wanting to be a vet I never thought I’d be sewing up coats for the Dulux dog.”
Aslan’s owner, Fiona Mullen, from Dublin, said: “He’s the Dulux dog for Ireland. He’s been working for Dulux for 6 years — he does photos,interviews and he’s been on TV here.
“He wears the coats for going to shows and promotions. They’re ideal — You can imagine it’s a nightmare having a big hairy dog and trying to keep him clean."
Dalmatians modelling what are known as "K9 CleanCoats".
THE DOG WORLD, Friday, 14th November, 2014
K9 Cleancoat by Geraldine Cove-Print
One of the joys of the colder weather is walking your dog or dogs on a bright, frosty morning. I love watching them run and play and then comes that moment when they find a thin layer of ice over a muddy puddle and in seconds you know that not only will the inside of your car smell like a wet dog for a week but you have to spend at least 15 minutes washing and drying time, per dog, on your return home before you can get on with the rest of your day! Coats are all very well for downpours but they rarely stay in place if your dog is off lead running and could actually be dangerous if they slipped and became snagged while your dog was out of sight.
Back in the 1920s a new phrase entered our vocabulary when a particular form of sleeping attire had a resurgence in popularity and the ‘cat’s pyjamas’ became an expression of great approval. This week my test crew have the dog’s pyjamas to consider, will the K9 Cleacoat be the onesie they want?
I chose Cyril my Irish Setter and Binky, my Italian Spinone to be my testers.
Cyril is a submariner when it comes to puddles and Binky has started her HPR training, so there will be plenty of opportunity to see just how rugged the K9 Cleancoat is. The first stage was getting to grips with the measurements that Aileen Perry would need to construct the bespoke suit. She told me, "It makes sense to me that a one piece garment like this simply won’t fit unless it is made to measure, it’s been fascinating to see the differences within a breed for sizing.” I followed the instructions for measuring and sent the figures off by email. Aileen phoned me straight back, "Are you quite sure about this measurement? " she said. I re-measured. Aileen was absolutely right, I had made an error. She told me, "When I get the measurements I then have a picture in my head of that dog, it jumps right out at me if something doesn’t sound quite right. I want the coat to be comfortable and allow the dog freedom of movement so I put a video on YouTube to explain how to measure twice so I only need to cut once!”
I loved making a choice from the fabrics Aileen has on her website (www.K9cleancoats.co.uk), for Binky who would be wearing hers after a day in the field I felt that Dartmouth Green would be less likely to give cause for mirth than perhaps the multi coloured frogs among my trialling friends and for Cyril a beautiful cobalt blue with a jaunty tartan hood would suit him well. The gallery of pictures on Aileen’s website is glorious; I suspect that Cyril was relieved that I passed on the pink leopard skin pattern that looked so eye-catching on the vivacious Chinese Crested. I love the stars and stripes that Aileen’s own American Cocker sports, Toto is a successful show dog but he loves to run with the working Springers and all of that luxuriant coat was the inspiration for the suit.
When the K9CCs arrived I was delighted that Aileen had added Binky’s name onto the shoulder of the suit, I can see this being very popular as I have a feeling that affix holders will choose ‘team colours’ and then identify the individual dog. The fabric of the suit is a soft fleece, each leg is covered and finished with a snug cuff, underneath a broad Velcro strip means you can tuck long coat away safely. A hood comes up over the ears and fits across the brow, this can be pushed back leaving head and ears exposed so your dog doesn’t have any excuse for not hearing you! Binky and Cyril reacted with great excitement on the first fitting, I’ve never really been one to dress my dogs but this garment is practical as well as having a certain sartorial elegance. The rest of my crew were most intrigued and my garden path rivalled the Milan haute couture runway as they swanked and strutted their stuff!
I was surprised at how quickly Cyril and Binky became used to the suits, perhaps because there is no restriction on their movement.
Most of my favourite walks this time of year involve mud, some of my crew daintily pick their delicate way around the puddles while others delight in a full on mud bath, on this first walk I had another Setter and Spinone with me as well as the two fashion icons so I could compare the results on returning home. Cyril and Binky showed no concern for the coats at all, and the mud was generously applied. It was the work of a few moments to get the coats off before the dogs were loaded back into my car and while Cyril and Binky were smug without mud, the other two dripped.
It’s not just mud that these coats will protect against; don’t you find the icy snowball effect on long coated dogs is a real pain to deal with? My oldies will certainly keep toastie on their slower walks when the blood can’t race as well as in their youth. Dog show car parks are so often churned up so the suit will be a god send in keeping the efforts of the night before bathing and grooming in fine fettle so only paws will need drying before being ring ready. For a working dog, a full day’s shooting often means a quick wash down with a hose at the venue and a cold journey home, even with a rug type coat but the body suit will maintain the body warmth while still allowing the skin to breathe and the coat to dry. What better way to thank your dog for a good day’s work? For dogs who suffer from seasonal allergies the suit will provide relief and with pesticides so widely used the coat provides a healthy barrier to irritant particles.
Aileen suggests just hanging the coat to dry or if it’s truly caked a quick machine wash does the trick without the need to tumble as it takes a very short time to dry, I found the suit kept good shape and was ready for use quickly. Are there any negative features? Well, the obvious one of not allowing your dog to swim in one has to be considered, there’s a good reason why knitted swimming costumes never really took off. The price for a bespoke garment is, I think, very reasonable. Between £35 and £50 for a quality item like this with tremendous back up from Aileen is, in my opinion, a bargain. Now, where did I put that tape measure and this time it’s going to be the psychedelic frogs.
THE NORTHERN SCOT, Friday 14th November, 2014
Dog coat business is 'tail' of success
Aileen Perry with four-year-old Toto.
AN ELGIN seamstress who began a business selling dog coats has experienced a phenomenal first year in trade.
Aileen Perry made her first coat after getting fed up with continually having to wash Toto, her American Cocker Spaniel.
Friends at dog shows soon began asking her to make one to keep their pets warm and dry.
She received so many requests that she decided to set up K9 Clean Coats. Now the orders are coming in from as far afield as New Zealand and Canada.
Aileen (50) said: “It’s been incredible. I had absolutely no experience in business when I started.
“At first I was almost embarrassed to tell people I was selling the coats. But owners quickly began seeking me out.
“In fact, it’s all getting slightly out of hand now. I’m up at all hours dealing with the orders.
“I finally go to bed at night and in the morning there are another 30 new emails waiting for me.” Aileen has had to drastically scale back her hours as an administration secretary at Moray College. She’s also recently hired a seamstress – Fiona Purcell from Elgin – to help cope with the huge demand.
The coats cost, on average, £45 each. On Aileen’s website are details for owners on how to measure their dogs. Each coat is then made to fit each individual pet.
Speaking from the living-room of her home in Kyd Drive, which is crammed full of rolls of colourful materials, Aileen said: “Anyone who owns a hairy dog knows the problems involved.
“Toto would come back from a walk dripping wet and muddy.
“He’d also be shivering and I’d have to leave the heating on in the house while I went out to work.
“I only decided to make a coat for him myself after searching online and not being able to find anything suitable.
“The past 12 months have been amazing. I absolutely love what I’m doing. People love their pets and are so pleased when you can help them.
“I’ve never had a job where you get so much positive feedback.”
Scottish Daily Mail, Friday 5th September, 2014
Press & Journal
Dogs in onesies...
By Nicky MacBeath
An Elgin woman has become a worldwide hit selling onesies for dogs.
Aileen Perry, 50, started K9 Clean Coats from her home in Elgin while she was working full-time at Moray College.
She came up with the idea for her American cocker spaniel Toto, to keep him warm and dry over winter.
Her colourful designs have proved popular with dog lovers as far afield as Canada and Australia.
Since then sales of her handmade bodysuits have taken off. Each of the outfits is made from supersoft fleece material, and costs from £35 to £50.
Prepare yourself for loads of photos of dogs in onesies…
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