Monday, Monday – So Good to Be Waffles

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Ear Worm Alert: Waffles and Katie are channeling The Mamas & The Papas today. We are not responsible for any uncontrollable humming or singing that may occur as a result of reading our post.  

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss! Don’t you just love Mondays?

KATIE:  Do I really have to answer that?

WAFFLES:  The sun is shining, the leaves are twirling on the patio …

KATIE:  Great. You’re going to sing, aren’t you? How about we just skip to Tuesday?

WAFFLES:  MONDAY, MONDAY!  ♫ la-la, la-la-la-la♩♫♩ Soooo good to be me! 
KATIE:  Waffles, the song goes  “…so good to ME.”  Not ..so good to BE me.  “BE me”  is a little… well, self-absorbed. 

WAFFLES:  That’s what I said! SO good to be me!!!  ♫♩

KATIE:  Monday, Monday. What have you done to me?  ♫♩

About Today’s Post
Today’s post is a fan favorite from Waffles’ 2016 Greatest Hits. While we’re entertaining house guests during Gloman’s visit to Colorado we thought you might enjoy one of Waffles’ ear worms.

We haven’t had a chance to download our latest photos yet what with Glogirly prepping for guests, cooking dinners and baking pies. Yes, pies. Plural. Cherry and strawberry rhubarb to be exact.

The Glow Behind GLOGIRLY

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Gloman is arriving in Colorado this weekend for 10 days and we’re all beyond excited. In honor of his visit, we’re sharing one of our favorite posts about how our blog came to be and dedicating it to Gloman, the best cat daddy a kitty could ever hope for…and the reason we’re all here.
Glogirly & Katie, 2013

Not long ago on Facebook, we were asked about how the name of our blog came to be. Some of our blogging friends name their blogs after a cat, a dog, a place or a funny phrase. The stories behind the names are fascinating. It was such a fun discussion we wanted to share our story with you. Now some of you who’ve known us for awhile have probably heard this story, so we made sure to throw in some VERY handsome photos of Waffles and Gloman for you. And of course, some classic Katie too.

Once upon a time…
It all started with a girl. Well, actually a boy. The girl fell in love with a boy named Gloman. Ok, so here’s a big super secret… the boy’s real name is Tim. But for as long as anyone can remember, long before the girl fell in love with him, he was known as Gloman, a nickname inspired by his last name – Glovatsky. 
So it only made sense that when the boy asked the girl to marry him, she would become Glogirl by default.
Fast forward seven years when Glogirl found herself in the midst of a daunting career change. Never having blogged before, in fact never having followed a blog, she decided the next chapter in her career might involve social media so just maybe it would be smart to start a blog. She thought it would be a nice digital playground to become a better writer, photographer and designer.
Glogirly & Katie Kitten, 2005

So the girl went domain shopping. But to her shock, glogirl.com was taken. What??? How could there possibly be another Glogirl? Suddenly she had to reconsider her whole identity.

Since her BFF calls her Girly, she added a Y onto her nickname. She purchased glogirly.com and GLOGIRLY, as you know her, was born. Truth be told, she really likes Glogirly much more…it definitely suits her personality and combines her love for Gloman with her love of being a girl. Even when she’s 80 years old, she says she’ll still be a girl. Blind optimism or stubborn denial…we’ll let you decide.

That Defining Moment
So the girl had a name for the blog, but she had no idea where to begin or what to write about. While she sat staring at a blank screen, Gloman chimed in with a suggestion that in a single moment changed the course of our lives. He said, “Why don’t you have Katie introduce the blog?” 
And so she did. 
And so it stuck.
Falling in Love
The girl fell in love with writing in Katie’s voice. She found so much inspiration and humor channeling what she was certain Katie would say if she could. It strengthened their bond, connecting them in a way Glogirly would have never thought possible. But that was only the start.

The Orange Invasion
When the orange fur storm known as Waffles blew into the Townhouse a few years later, a whole new voice was born. A silly, innocent and full-of-life counterpoint to Katie’s no-nonsense style of articulate sarcasm. 
The truth is, there’s a little bit of Glogirly in each of them. And nothing brings her greater joy than when friends and readers become so entwined in Katie & Waffles’ personalities and antics that they forget there’s actually a person behind them.

Gloman & Waffles, 2015
Somewhere along the way, Glogirly added a tagline to our blog name. ‘Tails of Two Funny Cats & Their Girl.’ Mostly as something to help first time visitors know what we’re all about. Experts have suggested we add ‘Cats’ to our URL. And one of these days when you come visit, you may see that little change in our web address. But not until we catch up on all our catnaps and playtime. Priorities, you know. 

Gloman & Waffles, 2015

Digging Up Some Dirt #WafflesWednesday

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WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, why is Glogirly playing in her litterbox? 
KATIE:  Waffles, that’s not a litter box. She’s working on landscaping the front of the house. 
WAFFLES:  I don’t know, Boss. That’s a LOT of dirt. And she’s digging around in it like she has to go or something. 

KATIE: Seriously, Waffles. I sincerely doubt Glogirly is going to use her new flower bed as a, well… you know.

WAFFLES:  She’s squatting, Boss! She’s squatting! 
KATIE:  Pretty sure she’s planting, Waffles. 
WAFFLES:  Now she’s covering up something!

WAFFLES:  This landscaping stuff looks pretty suspicious if you ask me.
KATIE:  Well, it’s a good thing I didn’t ask you.
Digging Up Some Dirt
Now that the summer weather has moved in, Glogirly has apparently caught a landscaping bug. When we moved into our new mountain house, the front was a little lacking in terms of curb appeal. Ok, so there are no curbs out here. But there was plenty of room for improvement. Glogirly drew up some ideas then consulted a local expert in native plants and high elevation gardening. Enter her new friend, Tom, from Native Nursery in Golden, CO. Tom stepped in to help Glogirly select beautiful and colorful plantings that will thrive at 8,300′. He even made a trip up the canyon road to deliver everything and help position the plants. All 85 of them. (!)

And he loves cats. So we love Tom.

Glogirly is putting the finishing touches on everything and will share photos soon! She’s pretty excited because this is her first-ever project like this. She’s lived in condos and townhomes for as many years as she can remember, so her landscaping adventures didn’t stray far from a potted geranium.

Now she’s got cool sounding plants with names like Little Trudy Catmint, First Love Dianthus and Little Devil Ninebark. Don’t worry, it doesn’t really bark.



Cute cats come out to play as traditional Japanese geta sandals

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Three gorgeous kittens are waiting to dress up your summer outfits.

There’s nothing quite like looking at the pleasing shape of a relaxed cat to help lower your blood pressure, calm your nerves and make you feel all sorts of warm, fuzzy feelings.

Now you can enjoy the experience everywhere you go, with a new range of cat-shaped sandals to slip onto your feet.

Called the “Nyarageta”, which is a play on the words “Nya” (meow), Nara (the Japanese city where they’re made) and geta (traditional wooden Japanese sandals), these adorable new designs are a purr-fect alternative to the more ordinary-looking geta usually worn by women in yukata summer kimono.

Made in Japan by Narageta, a footwear maker with a huge range of traditional designs for men, women and children, the cat-shaped collection currently contains three different kittens.

▼ Toraneko/Tabby cat

▼ Mikeneko/Tortoiseshell cat

▼ Kuroneko/Black cat

Despite being released only recently, the unusual footwear has already become popular with feline-loving fashionistas, who show that the sandals don’t have to be worn with yukata; they look just as great when paired with jeans or skirts too.

▼ The Nyarageta are also a great way to top off a Kemono Friends cosplay outfit!

Rather than using traditional wood, which can be a hard ride on the feet, Narageta uses EVA, a lightweight, shock-absorbing material, in their soles to provide comfort for the wearer.

The cat-shaped sandals look set to become even more popular now that they’re being made available by novelty goods manufacturer Village Vanguard. The shoes can be purchased from their online store, where they retail for 3,780 yen (US$34) each, with deliveries scheduled for the end of June.

And if you’re looking for the perfect summer kimono to match your cat-shaped sandals, this cat yukata might be just what you’ve been searching for.

Source: PR Times
Featured image: PR Times (edited by SoraNews24)
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Cat Daddy Time

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WAFFLES:  Us men have to stick together. 
You know, to do man stuff like online shopping for, well… man stuff.
KATIE:  Yeah well don’t blow your allowance all one website, Waffles.
WAFFLES:  Allowance? You get an allowance, Boss?

KATIE:  What do you think, Gloman? Should I tell him I get an allowance or not?

WAFFLES:  Gloman? Does the Boss really get an allowance?  Because I could really use an allowance too. I could– Wait. What’s an allowance?
KATIE:  What’s that? The less he knows the better? 
WAFFLES:  What about my nose?
Happy Cat Daddy’s Day
Today’s photos are from Father’s Day last year because our Gloman was 900 miles away in Minneapolis yesterday. But come Friday, our favorite Cat Daddy will be jetting to Colorado for a 4th of July visit. We’ll all be doing our happy dance.

Waffles will be curling up on his lap every time he sits down for more than 60 seconds and Katie will be tipping over on her side for a tummy scratch a dozen times a day.

For all of you lucky cats with Cat Daddies in your life, we hope you enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day. And to all those Cat Daddies out there – thank you so much for sharing your hearts and homes with your furry family members.

Japanese mom comes up with ingenious way to help preschool daughter keep shoes on the right feet

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Keeping right and left straight is tough when you’re little, but this kid now has a kitty helper.

It’s pretty well known that in Japan, you’re supposed to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home. What not everyone is aware of, though, is that a similar rule applies to schools, at least until you reach the university level.

This doesn’t mean that students are running around in their socks all day, however. Instead, upon arriving at school they change into uwabaki, slippers made of a thin material and only to be worn indoors, so as not to bring in dust and grime from walking on the street.

The practice of wearing uwabaki starts in preschool, but this can present a bit of a problem for such young tykes. See, while Mom and Dad might help them get dressed at home, once the kids are dropped off at school they’re on their own as for changing into their uwabaki, and at such a young age, some kids still get right and left mixed up. So to make sure her daughter gets the right uwabaki on the right foot (and the left uwabaki on the correct foot as well), Japanese Twitter user @ayahime02 came up with a cute and clever solution.

Noticing that the white insoles of her daughter’s uwabaki were perfectly blank canvases, @ayahime02 grabbed a marker and drew an adorable kitty, divided into two separate illustrations. If her daughter can see the complete picture of the cat, she’ll know she’s got her uwabaki lined up the same way as they should be on her feet, and if the feline fails to appear properly, it’ll serve as a gentle warning that she’s about to put them on backwards.

Other Twitter users were quick to applaud the idea.

“So cute!”
“I’m gonna try this too!”
“I wish my mom had done this for me when I was a kid.”
Iyasaremashita.”

@ayahime02 ran the idea by her daughter before she started drawing, since she was a little worried that the child might feel like she’d be stepping on the cat. Her daughter, though, simply saw it as a cute illustration and had no such qualms, which is a good thing because her preschool doesn’t actually allow the children’s uwabaki to be decorated. Because of where the cat is drawn, however, no one will be any the wiser while @ayahime02’s daughter is wearing them, and she’ll get to start every day with an artistic reminder of just how much her mom cares about her.

Source: Togech
Top image: Twitter/@ayahime02
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My Visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

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Exactly one year ago, Glogirly was given an opportunity of a lifetime. She and a small group of other writers and bloggers were invited to visit the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in a magical place called Angel Canyon in Kanab, Utah. We’re thrilled to share her story again with new friends and readers, as well as those that followed her travels last year. This is the first of a three-part series originally published in June, 2016. We hope it touches your heart as much as it has left a forever footprint on hers.

Kindness.

Kindness for all living things. It’s what brought a group of 31 idealistic people with a dream together a little over three decades ago. It’s what created the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue organization in the world. It’s 3,700 majestic acres of the Utah landscape Best Friends has appropriately named Angel Canyon. It’s what connects a family of over 1,500 Best Friends Network Partner organizations across the country. And it’s about a common goal. Save Them All.

There are just so many words to describe my experience visiting the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah for the first time. So many, I find myself almost speechless. How do you describe something so beautiful, so inspiring, so moving, you physically feel it in your heart? How do you describe something that for reasons you can’t explain, brings you to tears yet fills you with joy?

If I had to choose just one word, it would be Kindness.

The Best Friends Experience: Part One
Welcome to the first of three chapters of my Best Friends experience. Katie and Waffles are taking the day off and turning the blog reins over to me (Glogirly) for the first time in the eight year history of our little cat blog. Don’t worry, they’ll be back to their usual antics in no time, that is once they forgive me for taking almost a thousand photos of something or someone other than them. I hope you enjoy this as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing. And I hope Best Friends touches you as they’ve touched me.

It Gets Inside You
I can’t believe it was only a week ago that I was returning home from my visit to Best Friends. As much as I love to travel, often the best part of a trip is coming home. Please don’t tell Katie & Waffles, but this trip was very different. I didn’t want it to end. One of the new friends I made, Barb, who has what many would call a dream job working for Best Friends and living just steps away from Angel Canyon told me that the coral sand gets in your veins. Those that visit Best Friends find it nudges it’s way inside of you. It stays with you and draws you back. I believe her. And I know I’ll be back.

Horses and Rabbits and Cats, Oh My!
The sanctuary is home to all kinds of animals. Horses, pigs, goats and birds. Cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs. They’ve been abandoned, abused or surrendered. Some just cast away. Even wild animals in need of rehabilitaion. If we knew every detail of each animal’s history our hearts would be forever broken.

Best Friends appreciates and celebrates the individuality and potential of every single animal. Their ultimate goal is to prepare each animal to be successfully adopted into a loving home. And to stay in that loving home, forever.

Learning How to Be
Some animals need to learn how to just ‘be’… and Best Friends totally gets that. A dog that has been abused, or known nothing but fear, may not even know how to be a dog. An orphan foal without a mother to show him the way, needs a mentor horse to teach him how to be a horse. Allowing each animal to learn, at their own pace, that humans are not to be feared but rather are safe, fun and loving is at the core of their mission.

This is one of the things that inspired and impressed me the most. It’s not just about saving a life, it’s about preparing an animal for a lifetime of happiness and love in a real home. It’s about doing what’s right for that animal.

Named for a Prince
Just minutes after we arrived at Best Friends we were witness to something truly remarkable. This little orphan foal was taking his first steps outside in the sunshine. He was surrendered to Best Friends after his mother had rejected him. He needed to be bottle fed and had not been in the presence of another horse. The only humans he’d seen were his care givers. Born on the day the world lost Prince the musician, it was clear what this miracle foal’s name would be.

What a sight to see. He was introduced to Feather, an adult mini horse, so he could begin to learn how to be a horse. Feather flipped onto her back and rolled around in the dirt. Moments later, Prince copied her and did the same thing. As he gained more and more control of his gangly legs he began to run around the corral. It was pure joy and a rare moment I’m grateful to have been a part of.

A Potbelly Paradise 
Just down the path from Horse Haven sits Marshall’s Piggy Paradise and a sweet spot for some handsome and inquisitive goats.

The potbelly pigs were hilarious and full of personality. They purred like cats when we rubbed their tummies and Roxy, the big flirt above, had a LOT to say. Sadly, many people unknowingly adopt these cute pigs from dishonest breeders that mislead them into thinking they’ll never get to be much larger than a small dog. 400, 500, even 700 pounds later, they’re abandoned or surrendered. Best Friends works incredibly hard to find new forever homes for these delightful creatures and despite the challenges, they do indeed get adopted. Meanwhile, they live a very happy pig life of mud baths, healthy food, exercise and lots of love.

While most of the goats were more interested in soaking up the sunshine, there was the cutest of ‘kids’  that thought he’d make a great tour guide and followed our every step. The beautiful and natural environments the animals live in provide them the highest quality of life possible. Clean, spacious with plenty of enrichment and loving care that lets them be the animals nature intended them to be.

The Loudest Bird in the World
Best Friends’ Parrot Garden is home to some of the most exotic and vocal  birds in the world. I had no idea the Cockatoo was the loudest bird in the world! Based on my meeting with this spirited guy in the photo, I would have to agree! I’ve never been up close and personal with these incredibly intelligent birds before and it was fascinating. I met a parrot with a vocabulary of 370 words who could laugh like a human. I met bonded pairs that love and rely on each other so much they can never be separated. They are smart, full of personality and absolutely beautiful.

But they are also in peril. Many can live up to 100 years of age! That means many of them have been through a number of homes over the course of their lives. They need a lot of attention and mental stimulation. Many come to Best Friends with special needs and Parrot Garden provides a beautiful light-filled tropical environment with plenty of social stimulation, healthy food and veterinary care to help them rest, heal and thrive.

Welcome to Puppy Preschool 
It’s impossible to have a litter of puppies crawling all over you and not giggle yourself silly. One of the most fun three hours of the trip was Puppy School. This adorable litter of puppies had never experienced any people outside of their care givers before. We were their first! Our job was to simply have fun, socialize with them, let them explore our cameras and us… all in order to teach them than humans (and humans with big cameras) are safe and fun.

It’s all a part of Best Friends goal of preparing each puppy for the most successful, happy and healthy life possible with their new forever family.

And if all that wasn’t enough fun already… we took the whole litter on their very first walk outside. This was the first time they’d even had a collar on. It was puppy-chaos at 100mph! And so much fun my cheeks are still sore from smiling and laughing.

Care Giving & Compassion
From Horse Haven to Dog Town, Parrot Garden to Bunny House, the love and compassion the care givers show the animals is unending. They know each one by name. They know what makes then tick. They speak their language. Nowhere was this more clear than with the bunnies. The sweet young woman caring for them understood their unique needs and was passionate about their predicament. Some were abandoned to fend for themselves, which is impossible for domesticated rabbits. Others were victims of excessive breeding or hoarding. They’re so adorable, many people think they’re a perfect pet for a child, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Did you know that a bunny can get pregnant at only two weeks of age? And when they give birth, it’s often to as many as 15 bunnies at a time. Repeat, repeat, repeat. It’s an overpopulation epidemic.

Bunny House was peaceful, calm and quiet. For the most part the bunnies make no noise at all. They’re some of the most gentlest creatures on earth and the same could be said for their care givers.

Next Up… 
Part 2 –  CAT WORLD
Please join us for an inside look at the beautiful cats of Best Friends and what it’s like for them as they prepare and wait for forever homes:  CATS of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
Part 3 – Where Angels Rest
Easily the most moving part of my experience was a visit to Angels Rest, the final resting place for those Best Friends who now fly with the angels: Where Angels Rest

See the Entire Gallery of Photos
There’s SO much more to see! I’d like to invite you to view my entire gallery of Best Friends photos.
Here’s how:

  1. Visit Glogirly on SmugMug
  2. Select Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
  3. Enter password: SaveThemAll

The best way to view them is to click on Slideshow. Enjoy!

A Destination Vacation With Purpose
Many people and families visit the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary as a vacation. I had the pleasure of meeting a number of people volunteering while I was there that did just that. It’s an inspiring and meaningful way to experience the sanctuary, help the animals and enjoy the gorgeous landscape. For more information on how to turn your bucket list wish into reality, visit HERE.

Special thanks to Melissa, Hannah, Barb and the entire Best Friends family for hosting my trip to the sanctuary. You’ve each touched my heart and have inspired me by the kindness you show each other and the animals in your care.

Japanese company creates scratch and sniff cards that smell like the bellies of cats and dogs

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Hours of testing went into replicating the unusual scent.

For years, Japanese retailer Felissimo has been giving us weird and wonderful cat-themed products we could never even dream of, including hand cream that smells like a cat’s paw, lip gloss that makes you feel like you’ve just kissed a cat’s nose, and fabric water filled with the fragrance of fluffy cat foreheads.

Now the creative team at Felissimo is continuing on their plight to capture the scent of an animal with a brand new item from their humorous You+More brand, which features the smell of a pet’s belly.

▼ Hours of testing went into creating the unique fragrance.

The two animals appearing in the range are cats and Shiba Inu, a breed of dog the company is known for having a soft spot for. The smell of the popular pets will be delighting the olfactory senses of animal lovers by way of scratch and sniff technology, with the special fragrance embedded in small sheets of note paper.

Each palm-sized note card comes with an image of a cute cat or dog happily exposing their bellies for a good belly rub. Rubbing their stomachs will release the special “belly scent”, which gradually decreases in intensity over time.

In order to help create the perfect scent, the company surveyed pet owners on social media, asking them what they thought the bellies smelled like. For cats, responses included “burnt caramel popcorn”, “freshly made pancakes covered in maple syrup” and “burnt milk”. Taking these responses into account, the company president then worked in collaboration with a fragrance manufacturer to fine-tune the scent, resulting in the final aroma, which resembles a mix of pancakes and burnt butter.

The survey for the Shiba Inu aroma received a more poetic response from those surveyed, with responses likening the dog’s belly to the scent of “broad beans and grass growing in the sun”, “a sweet smell that can’t be put into words”, and “slightly overdone toast”. The final fragrance is said to be similar to the moreish aroma of roasted beans.

Each variety comes in a pack of seven sheets for 432 yen (US$3.90). While they’re perfect to play with on your own, you can also write small notes on the papers, to create a unique gift for friends.

The papers can currently be ordered from the Felissimo website, with local deliveries scheduled for mid-August to mid-September. The scratch and sniff sheets will also be appearing on the company’s international website shortly, so you can enjoy the smell of an animal’s belly wherever you are in the world.

To sweeten the deal, and send an actual belly rub to cats and dogs in need, a portion of the sales price goes to the Felissimo cat fund, which works to care for animals without owners and provide assistance to foster pet programs.

Source, images: PR Times

Serving Up Handsome #WafflesWednesday

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WAFFLES:  It’s about time we have a true #WafflesWednesday around here. The ladies need a full serving of handsome. 

WAFFLES: And the Boss says I’m full of handsome. 
Or…full of something.  
Pretty sure it’s handsome though.
Definitely handsome.
About Today’s Photos
Glogirly is a sucker for Waffles and his endless expressions. He’s a cat who loves life with every whisker, every nose freckle, every furry inch of his being. And when she’s able to capture that in a photo, she can’t stop smiling.

Waffles, we love you.

And though she seldom admits it, Katie has fond-ish feelings for you too.

When you’re not hovering over her shoulder, eyeing her dinner or sleeping in her pod.

Samurai armor for pets turns your animal companions into adorable dogs and cats of war【Photos】

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Awwwww, who’s a good little bushido boy?

Based in Fukuoka City, the company Samurai Age produces a variety of fashion items and lifestyle goods that borrow their aesthetic from Japan’s legendary warrior class. Given the recent surge in enthusiasm for both history and cosplay among people in Japan, the company’s designs attract plenty of attention, and some of Samurai Age’s newest products combine those two areas of interest with something else Japan has a definite soft spot for: cute pets.

Samurai’s Pet Armor (or “Pet Yoroi,” as it’s called in Japanese) line provides your pet with a sense of samurai stoicism…or an atmosphere of adorable silliness, depending on how long you stare at them in their feudal period-style outfits.

▼ Ready for battle!

▼ Ready for a nap!

However, in modern, peaceful Japanese society, the odds of being attacked by rival samurai from a hostile fief or shadowy shinobi assassins are slim. Because of that, Samurai Age’s Pet Armor is more about looking cute/cool than protecting your pet from melee attacks. The outfits are made out of lightweight foam resin to allow the animals to maintain their mobility, and instead of having to be tied on by armor-assisting servants, the pieces attach to one another with snaps, making it, well, a snap to put the costume on or take it off.

In addition to the red, gold, and silver versions seen above, Pet Armor is also available in black, for more formal samurai occasions.

Orders can be placed here through Samurai Age’s website, which offers small to large sizes which should fit most cats and small dogs. For larger animals, the company can also produce custom sets, so if you’ve got a great big love for a great big pooch, you can still get him suited up. The standard sizes can be ordered here direct from Samurai Age. Prices start at 14,040 yen (US$127) regardless of color.

Related: Samurai Age website, Facebook
Top image provided by Samurai Age
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