On Sunday I was relaxing in a cosy pub with friends when our vet joined us, she is a friend of a friend, with her lovely rescue lurcher. Lovely lurcher was wearing a very fetching fleece coat in pink with hearts and vet was clutching a matching blanket. Oh, I thought, there goes someone who likes spending money on dog accessories . Not at all she had made the coat out of a 99p fleece throw and the blanket was the left over. What she did, she says, was sew a sort of tube (snood anyone??) out of a long thin rectangle to go over the head, then partially sew this (perhaps 2/3 round) to a larger dog back sized rectangle, then stitch a very thin 'strap' length to the back again about 2/3 down. You slipped the snood tube over the head and then looped the strap under and over and tied it off. It was sort of like a posh equafleece with matching blanket. I was very impressed so much so I have actually managed to convince OH to let me practice on a brown checked job we have at home unused (there may even be enough left over to try the 'no sew' dog bed posted last week). If I do (and if it is successful) I will post photo's (if not I won't ). He has previously been very against dog coats but when I explained how the ninja was shaking after a walk in the rain then and then an hours session with the behaviorist in the rain, he relented . I am using brown checked as the vets husband was less than pleased we did point out that if they had kids and a girl then he would probably manage but he wasn't convinced.