Dogs test their moves on the catwalk

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It's become more common for dogs to find expression through fashionSometimes pet care can mean keeping a hamster healthy, ensuring a cat is well-fed or housebreaking a puppy. Occasionally, however, the responsibilities of a pet owner entail indulging one’s dog in the latest fashions and waiting beside the dressing rooms as French poodles and German Shepherds sample the latest in European fashions. Canine dress has become a recent fad that’s grabbed the attention of the most upscale boutiques.

For most of the year, Henri Bendel provides chic loungewear, cosmetics, lingerie and fashion accessories to women around the country. For one weekend this summer, the boutique held its second annual luxury shopping event for fashion-forward dogs and their owners.

The Dog Days of Summer event was held at the Henri Bendel location in New York City, and featured more than one dozen vendors displaying dog fashions, toys and accessories. Ranging from urban to couture styles, the selection finally gives dogs a chance on to strut their styles on the catwalk.

Dog fashion designer Guylynn Gia addressed the inherent difficulties of the budding industry, saying "To fit a dog is much more difficult. He understands English to an extent, but he gets impatient and wiggles around."

Other retailers of dog apparel include Wagwear, Ruff Luv, Best Friend NYC and Fatboy USA.

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