Bravo's newest digital series, Furry, Fierce, and Fabulous stars the king of doggie couture Roberto Negrin as he works with everyday dogs to create runway-ready fashions inspired by their unique adoption stories.
Bettie Page the rescue Chihuahua was far and away the tiniest in her litter. She was so small, in fact, that her caretakers worried she might not survive. But that didn’t stop Brandy from adopting her. “I saw the picture and fell in love even though we weren’t looking for a dog at the time,” says Brandy. “She needed extra attention and she needed extra feedings ‘cause she [was so tiny] she couldn’t even get to the food. And she pulled through. She does not lack in personality or tenacity.”
Named after the pin-up girl (“Because she’s saucy and because she’s also an orphan,” quips Brandy), Bettie Page is no shrinking violet. “Bettie comes with me every single day to work [in my store]. People come in just to see her!” Brandy boasts. “She loves being the center of attention and she’s never shy.”
And as such, Roberto is shocked that Bettie’s go-to outfit is nothing more than her fur. “Such a beautiful place and such a beautiful dog with a great personality—and she doesn’t wear anything? I have to stick up for my Chihuahuas. There’s no way such a beautiful Chihuahua should be naked in that beautiful store.” So Roberto sets out to design an outfit full of flair and bright, colorful fabrics. “I want to make sure that everyone who stops into the store knows who Bettie is,” says our fearless doggie couture designer. “This is definitely diva territory.”
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