Amy's note: This month's guest post comes courtesy of the rather lovely Laurel at Blind Goth, a very prolific blogger with a unique, often thought-provoking take on all things Goth. If you enjoy this post or would like to read more about the adventures of Laurel and her gorgeous guide dog Miss Patricia, don't forget to pay her a visit.
|Patricia and Laurel|
- It might be a good idea to avoid finger armor if you spend a lot of time around an animal, like I do. I know it looks awesome, but your dog or cat might not agree; and while I don't think most pointy looking jewelry is really that sharp, you never know. So, when in doubt, it's best to take precautions.
- You also might want to consider saying no to spikes. Again, these aren't usually that sharp, but they could still do damage with enough force (and no, I'm not advocating using physical force with animals - but I realize all sorts of accidents can happen just in friendly games of tug or wrestling, or even fetch). And if they're not attached tightly enough, they can fall off - possibly to be eaten. And no one wants to take their precious baby to the vet to remove a piece of missing jewelry, right?
- When it comes to make-up, keep in mind that Fluffy or Spike (or Patricia, if you want a real example) will most likely try to lick it off. This may have bearing in what products you use or even the brands that you buy. You don't have to wear every product at the dark make-up counter to look Goth - nor does your dog or cat need to eat them all. So, choose wisely, and I strongly recommend keeping the licking of your face to a minimum.
- Licking can also smear your make-up - so if you can afford it and find it, you might also want to consider sealant.
- Whatever you do when it comes to clothing or make-up, make sure it's secured well, fairly easy to clean and care for, and can withstand whatever your pet throws at it.