You know - I have a variety of bandanas for Gretl dependent on what we are doing and when we are doing it. For Whippersnapper B's graduation from Boot Camp all I wanted was "camo" bandana, but not like the old style camo that was used in the Vietnam Era -- but like they use now - the so called "Desert ACU's" I went NUTS trying to find one before we went. I couldn't find one.
When we got onto the base, we went into one of the uniform shops, and Whippersnapper B bought the bandana for her. One of my favorite pix that I have is of him standing next to her - him with his ACU's on and Grets with her bandana. But we did that out of respect for Whippersnapper B. It was appropriate without being obnoxious.
Today is July 1 -- today, and every day this week, she will wear her "American Flag" bandana. That bandana has extra special meaning to me because that was Nina's bandana - Nina is my GSD who saved my life the night of the attack. So - since we are celebrating our country's birth this week, Gretl will wear her Flag bandana.
On July 19th she will wear her birthday cake bandana because it is her birthday or her birthday crown. She also has one that is for Yankees games. And she has a couple that match outfits of mine. Our favorite is a pink and coral tie-dye. Her bandana matches my skirt perfectly.
In October, she'll wear Halloween - November, - turkeys -- December - Christmas AND Hanukah for her friends who are Jewish -- February is Valentines Day - March she wears her St. Patricks green sparkly bow.
None of those things is outlandish - gaudy or gauche. And if I were to be going someplace that dictated I shouldn't do that, like I won't be letting her wear the "costume" ones when we have to appear in front of the Legislature or at the Supreme Court building. Those are not the kinds of places I would put something gaudy on the dog because of the location and/or the solemn nature of the event. And that means a graduation too. If the girls wanted to put bandanas on their dogs with the year embroidered on them, that would be fine. Or if they even wanted to just put a little graduation cap on them and decorate it - as many kids in high school and college do - that would be fine too. But to go all gold lame' and Solid-Gold dancers -- too much.