A life with books, dogs, & thread … meet Carolyn of Carolyn’s Originals

Posted by Raja on December 13th, 2010 — Posted in Agility, interview, Pet Fashion

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Carolyn gets lots of help when she sews.

Some of us work all day and come home at night and sit. Our very talented friend, Carolyn Linsday works all day setting type for books and, when she goes home, she exercises two of her three Shih Tzu dogs. Cy and CT will compete to earn their C-ATCH Championships in Summer 2011. And finally, when Cy and CT are tired, Carolyn herself “relaxes” by sewing beautifully cut pet clothes. Running all aspects of her pet fashion company is her third full time activity as designer and technician for Carolyn’s originals.

We are not sure where she gets her energy, but Carolyn seems to keep all three balls in the air every day. Raja and I plan to be in the stands waving our pom poms when Cy and CT take the ring in June and we’ll blog all about it here so you’ll be in the know.
Agility is a rapidly rising field of small dog competition in which we see more and more Shih Tzu dogs competing. In previous decades, the Shih Tzu, the hardy dog from the Himalayas, had been stereotyped into the role of companion couch potato, while also being pigeon holed as stubbornly aristocratic. A revoltingly hopeless combination.

While the aristocracy remains, the couch companion myth is rapidly fading, thanks to people like Carolyn who believe in the athleticism of these small and powerful dogs. Maybe Shih Tzu dogs are still stubborn, but bring them aboard respectfully and they will excel admirably. Right, Raja?
If you are still looking for an artisenal gift for your pet for Christmas, you can view Carolyn’s fashions here http://carolynsoriginals.weebly.com (Yes this is a plug, but there is no hidden commercialism. Raja uses many of Carolyn’s creations, especially the flannel shirts, the visors and the snuggle bag. Our blog isn’t about product and we don’t plug for things or money. We just like to share what we think is really good.)
What our blog IS about is living an energetic, self styled life in which your dog is a constant, happy companion. Maybe Carolyn’s dogs can’t help with the typesetting, but they can compete fiercely and they love helping her sew.

7 Comments »

Comment by Sheryl

WOW… What a busy lady and the pups get the benefit. LOVE the picture of the Furball jumping through the ring.

- Sheryl
(Veronica & Piccadilly)

Posted on December 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Comment by Pat & Buttercup

WOW CY & CT … Look at you ! Your mom is amazing.. we are lucky enough to have many of her fashionable creations and they fit perfect and are so comfy to wear !Good luck in your competition this summer ! we can’t wait to read all about it from Raja !

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 3:12 am

Comment by Alice and Tonka

Tonka tried agility and he said “it is very hard”. You 2 must be very smart and in great shape to compete. He can do the weave poles but only if they are spaced really far apart. Hats off to you guys and your awesome mom. I guess that should be “visors off” since your mom made us the only visor that really fits a big dog. We will be cheering for you!

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 4:04 am

Comment by Donna Stansberry

Demon Flash Bandit told me he knows how it feels to be put into a category. As a working breed, he said the humans expect him to work, and he prefers to nap. I’m sure shih tzus are just as agile as the bigger dogs, and they just need the chance to prove it.

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

Comment by Judi

carolyn and her tzus are simply incredible! Have seen them on video and am filled with pride when I see the tzus perform. and her doggie clothes are fantastic and just plain beautiful!! My tzus and tzu wannabe’s are never disappointed when they wear her clothes. thank you, Carolyn, for showing the world what our tzus can do….be they prince or princess.

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Comment by Mollie & Sophie Tzu

How exciting!!

We can’t wait to see Cy and CT take the ring in June! Aand we look forward to hearing all about how they do in their agility contests!!

~~Gayle, Mollie and Sophie

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

Comment by Sheryll & Critters.

Oh how adorable, smart and athletic those babies are. Way to go Cy & CT. Well, I am trying to leave to go to the city pound to check on a little tan Peke, but I can not find my reading glasses. Sheeh, nothing like getting stressed. I always thought that I would have some Carolyn’s Originals for The Rufus, but for right now, I have to find him.

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 7:43 am

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