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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post is now available.

Dear Manolo

I handle show dogs and, unfortunately, dog handlers are notorious frumps; think no-wrinkle poly-knits and ugly shoes. I am resolutely unfrumpy, so I need a pair of low-heeled shoes that are sporty, great for both indoors and outdoors, and will work with a suit for a formal occasion. And because my dog is a black and white whippet, the shoes can’t be black or white.


Manolo says, it is no secret that the Manolo is the dog person. Indeed, as the tiny impoverished boy he owned the small rat terrier, although, in hindsight, given that “Pepillo” lived in the hole in the baseboard, he may actually have been the largish rat.

This would have accounted for the rude reception the teeny Manolo received when he attempted to register Pepillo as the purebred with the Real Sociedad Canina de España.

Nevertheless, the Manolo and Pepillo were devoted to each other as only the small boy and the small dog and/or rat can be, and many were the times the Manolo was lulled to sleep by the sounds of his gnawing.

Here is the smart, tailored low-heeled shoe from the Marc Jacobs that would make the frumpier dog handlers envious of your style.

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11 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Jean Dahl April 27, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    I don’t know about those shoes, but the column made me laugh out loud, twice!

  2. C* April 27, 2007 at 10:22 am #

    I love those shoes!! I am looking for a pair of flats myself…

  3. Empress April 27, 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    At last! A dog handler with style standards. Jennie, I salute you and hope that more of your colleagues will take notice of your Super Fantastic desire to not be frumpy. (Could you also help do something about the wearing of the dark black hose with the ugly shoes by so many dog handlers? Many Thanks!)

  4. Miss Janey April 27, 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    “…he may actually have been the largish rat.” The Manolo has tickled my funny bone like crazy with this one.

  5. Kimberly April 27, 2007 at 6:43 pm #

    What IS it with dog handlers and their frumpy clothes? I assume they don’t make a whole lot of cash, and certainly dog slobber and treat crumbs would keep you from wearing, say, fine silks. But those polyester suits that are 20 years out of date are just unbelievably ugly, especially for people who know they’re going to be seen by the public! Even all-cotton clothes from Target would look more stylish, and you could throw them in the washer.

    And yes, those flats are darling.

  6. Kay in TN April 27, 2007 at 8:33 pm #

    Most handlers need to jog or run with their dogs in the ring. Those are great looking shoes, but maybe not suitable for the quick pace?

  7. pbird April 27, 2007 at 9:50 pm #

    Yes. The shoes are more than cute. But she needs something she can run in for a bit.

  8. JaneC April 28, 2007 at 12:54 am #

    Some women find it not difficult to jog a little in heels of that height. Besides which, she asked for “low-heeled” and not flats, so surely she knows what sort of thing she needs.

    The shoes are beautiful!

  9. GradualDazzle April 28, 2007 at 1:53 am #

    She is certain to win “Best In Show” on shoes alone if she wears those. They are absolutely adorable!

  10. la petite chou chou April 28, 2007 at 12:33 pm #

    I could totally jog in those…

    As for Manolo’s rat dog….what a beautiful story… :)

  11. Tracy April 29, 2007 at 10:47 pm #

    Manolo, what a touching story… it brought tears to my eyes… from laughter ;-) I like those shoes, but if it were a 3″ skinny heel it would be love.