Posts Tagged ‘dog clothes’

Why Would A Dog Need A Coat?

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

We often hear this remark from first time dog owners in our Pet Shop in Dun Laoghaire.

I can understand why, they have a fur coat already so you may wonder, why would they need one more? It’s simple really – your mammy was right when she told you take your coat off indoors or it’ll be no good to you outside.

The winters have gotten colder and colder in Ireland over the past few years. Smaller, older and thin coated dogs have always come to us to get a new dog coat to keep warm on winter walks, but since we started getting snowy winters, hardier dogs have been shopping for an extra layer (or two!) also.

I do find it amusing to hear remarks such as “that’s cruel!” from people (usually non pet owners) I must say, as if someone who loved their dog and wanted the best for them would be cruel to them! From our many years of experience kitting dogs out for the winter season, I can tell you that there are a few options you may wish to consider before the snow arrives again.

The first one is a simple extra layer for warmth on chilly days. You may notice your dog (particularly if they are smaller, older or thin coated) shivering on a cold day. Do him a favor, get him a nice warm dog fleece or a simple dog jumper – it’s what you would do for yourself on a cold day!

Another important thing to think about is going out for a walk in the winter. A good quality waterproof dog jacket is a great investment for dogs (like Molly!) who insist on being walked regardless of the weather conditions. It also cuts down on bathing and mess in the car – wet jacket comes off, dry dog is happy underneath.

Another great addition for winter walks is something to make your dog more visible, such as a pet reflector vest.

The most important consideration for wintertime is if you have an outdoor dog or your dog usually spends time or sleeps outside. Please, please think about bringing them in on colder nights, even if its just to a garage or utility room. They may have coats and be happy to stay out in warmer weather, but freezing winter nights are different. They’ll be good, I promise :)

Mollys at Pet Expo 2011

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

We’re very excited at Mollys HQ as it’s almost Pet Expo time again! One of the most fun filled weekends in our calendar is taking place this year at the RDS Dublin on the 8th and 9th of October – that’s this weekend!

Mollys will be launching our new Pet Food Subscription Service at Pet Expo (we’re so excited about it – no more running out of food ever again!) with a prize draw for anyone who signs up on the day.

We’ll also have a stand selling a selection of our pet collars, leads, harnesses, beds, bowls, clothes and other treats, not to mention pet costumes which you’ll need if you want to enter our competition on the main stage!

As Molly herself loves the attention she gets when she dresses up, we thought it might be fun to have an owner and dog fancy dress competition at Pet Expo this year. No need to register in advance, just call over to us 10 minutes or so before the show starts. We have a range of pet costumes available or you can get creative and make your own! Bonus points will be given for humans in matching/co-ordinating Halloween costumes but it’s not essential, the most important thing is to enjoy taking part :)

*A note about Pets and Halloween*
As pet owners ourselves, we much prefer keeping our pets safe indoors and included in the celebrations on Halloween. You don’t have to dress your pet up of course but please, please don’t let them outside where they might get harmed or get scared and run away. Halloween can be a very scary time for your pets!

Well behaved dogs are welcome to come along to Pet Expo but must be kept on a maximum of a 6′ lead (no extendables!)

We’ll be at stand F8 in the “Barks and Spenders” shopping mall, please stop by and say hi, we’d love to see you!

Our Warm Winter Fashion Piece on RTE’s Four Live

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

We had some gorgeous dogs (and a cat!) modelling some winter pet fashion on RTE’s Four Live last friday.

Some of our bestselling Dog Clothes were featured including our bestselling Thermal Long Johns and our GORGEOUS Christmas Reindeer Sweater!

As cats prefer snuggling up somewhere toasty rather than putting on an extra layer to head outside, we also featured one of our Cat Radiator Beds, a great idea for cats that love to snooze in a warm place.

Remember that even though they have fur, its so so cold right now that even outdoor dogs and cats can perish in this weather so please, please bring them inside and make sure they are warm enough :)

You can watch the Four Live Piece Here, it starts from 37mins in. On Xpose Last Night!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

We’ve had a fun filled week here in Mollys!

Karen Koster and the Xpose crew called into us to film a piece about including your dog in your wedding. Robbie Williams recently married Ida Fields and had their eight dogs as bridesmaids. When the Xpose team heard this, they wondered if there were many items available for dog wedding guests or indeed including your dog in the ceremony itself. They were delighted to see that we had an array of dog bridal wear to show them and Molly and Lemar were only too happy to model it for them :)

In case you missed the piece on TV3 last night, here it is.

Mollys on Xpose

If you have any enquiries about collars, hairbows or dog clothing to include your pet in your wedding, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Dogs health in the Cold Conditions

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Some pets are better suited than others for these weather conditions were having at the moment, there is a common misconception that dogs will be fine outside. Just like us humans dogs can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. A below zero temperature is too cold for any house pet.

Puppies and the senior pets are especially at risk. At this time of year many new christmas puppies are being house trained and a common mistake is to assume that they need to be brought outside, during the icy conditions paper training is best and once the extreme cold period passes you can later move the paper outside.

Dog Clothes

Get a Warm Dog Jacket and ensure that they wear it when going out for walks.When out walking in snow, dogs may get large ice balls between their pads, causing the dog to limp and be uncomfortable. Be sure to keep ice clear from this area. For dogs that have a lot of hair between the pads, keeping it clipped shorter will help with ice ball formation. Dog boots offer protection to those dogs that will tolerate wearing them.
Pets walked on paths that have been de-iced with salts are prone to dry, chapped, and potentially painful paws. This will encourage the pet to lick their paws, and ingestion may cause gastrointestinal irritation and upset. Wash off your pet’s feet after an outing with a warm wet rag.

Lastly remember that water bowls too freeze in the cold weather. Its essential that your pets have access to water at all times.

New winter dog clothes are here!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009



We’ve been busy all this week at Mollys unwrapping our new winter stock – exciting!

In Ireland there are a few staple items for your dogs winter wardrobe that we recommend.

Regardless of your opinion of dogs wearing clothing as fashion items… it rains here. A lot. I know I’d much rather spend a couple of seconds hanging up wet rainjackets than chasing wet dogs around the house with a towel after lets face it, almost every winter walk. Washing your dog less frequently is better for their coats (and your bathroom!) too. So unless you like spending a lot of time cleaning up after wet dog, we recommend investing in good quality, practical dog rainjacket for winter.


Our new Rainy Day Saver in pink, red or blue with reflective strips is perfect for dark winter walks. At just €26.95, it’s a total bark-ain too!

Older, thin coated, convalescing, or just certain breeds of single coated dogs really feel the cold during our Irish winter. For these dogs we have plenty of warm winter coats to choose from. For a simple, practical but chic BIG dog coat this fleece lined and reflective number ticks all the boxes. There is plenty of adjustment for the larger chested dogs too. For the little guys (up to cocker spaniel size) this funky parka in green army or desert camo are just adorable. For the ultimate girlie coat, this officially licensed Barbie Parka is a girlie dream – it even has applique hearts and cupcakes on the back awww….


For keeping warm indoors we have these practical but really chic Snuggle Stripes knitted dog jumpers. Or for serious cuteness you can’t go wrong with its love hearts sweets themed Valentine Hoodie – adorable!


We have new stock arriving daily over the next couple of weeks so be sure to check back soon!

Happy Shopping!

Claire & Molly

Wedding Ideas …

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

…Don’t forget to invite the dog!

Meet Chunky, the very handsome Boxer boy.

He was the guest of honor at his owner’s wedding last year.

We love how dapper he looks in his Big Day Tux that was ordered specially for him from Mollys, not to mention the special Chunky themed mini wedding cake!

Many thanks to Nuala and Damien for the gorgeous pictures, we hope you had a fabulous day! :)

Pete the Vet

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Pete the Vet was on Ireland AM yesterday morning with Bobby the Bichon Frise, talking about how to look after your animals in this cold weather we’ve been having.

Bobby was wearing one of our Colour Stripes Reversible Parkas and a set of our Pawz Boots.

You can watch the video of the full interview here:

TV3 Cold Weather

Pete has some interesting things to say about the benefits of dog clothing in cold weather 😉

Happy Shopping,

Claire & Molly.