Artisan Guen Kelly’s business has not gone to the dogs; it actually is all about the dogs, cats and other needy pets of the Sacramento region. Kelly started Couture Canine Creations, offering apparel and gifts for animals and people, in part to help subsidize her donations to charity.
Kelly regularly donates supplies, money, her skills at fostering pets and her other limitless talents to rescue groups including Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode, City of Folsom, City of Sacramento, Happy Tails and Cats about Town Society.
Couture Canine Creations has creative gifts for people and handmade attire and costumes for dogs, generally for pups up to 90 pounds. There are even a few outfits for cats.
Fashion-conscious and frolicsome felines appreciate the stylish and dashing “kitty berets”, as well as the fortune-cookie cat toys that are “heavily laden with kitty crack, also known as catnip,” says Kelly.
Kelly sells custom dog costumes, clothing, booties, home décor, gifts and other products on her Etsy page and at events in the community. To order one of CCC's brand-new “Minion” character hats, email Kelly at email@example.com.
She has donated many costumes to organizations like the City of Sacramento’s Front Street Shelter for use in parades and other events, and makes dog and cat beds for a number of animal rescue groups.
She started making canine clothing as a teenager, when she could not find warm apparel to fit Shadow, her Miniature Dachshund. Kelly has many talents in her repertoire; she can sew, crochet, knit, embroider, cross-stitch and paint, as well as doing leather work and alterations.
While some items, like the costumes, are primarily for fun, certain canine breeds benefit from clothing for the sake of their health and safety. Dogs like Mojo, Kelly’s 7-year-old Chinese Crested, need help regulating their body temperature in Sacramento weather conditions.
Doggie pajamas, jackets, sweaters, booties and other items from CCC are a stylish and fun way to keep the pets comfortable.
Female and male dogs appreciate Kelly’s signature “TinkleBelles”, a discreet and fashion-forward way to cover embarrassing pads and diapers.
Kelly also designs doggy raincoats, custom-made to fit each dog’s length, because many sold in stores are too short. She notes that “like most of us, my dogs don’t like having cold, wet butts!”
For details visit Couture Canine Creations on Etsy, or visit Kelly’s booth at events like this Sunday’s Howl-o-Ween Bash and Dog Costume Contest. The bash, sponsored by the nonprofit group POOCH, will be at C-Bar-C Dog Park, 8275 Oak Avenue in Citrus Heights, on 10/27/13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.