PupStyle.com Founder, Dara Foster chats with Pittsburg Magazine about the growing nationwide trend of home owners & pet parents custom designing and remodeling their homes to be pet friendly. Check out the article below!
“The Johnsons and their home are part of a larger trend emerging nationwide, says Dara Foster, pet stylist, contributor to NBC’s “Today” and other TV shows and founder of PupStyle.com. The move toward more pet-friendly home design is linked to a cultural shift occurring over the last few years, she says. “We used to call ourselves ‘pet owners.’ Now, it’s ‘pet parents,’” Foster says. “It’s a full-on lifestyle. We treat them like children.”
“As the trend of catering to pets through home design continues to grow, Foster expects even more creative options to emerge.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” she says. “It’s just getting bigger and more lavish by the minute.”
Stylish, tech loving pet parents can finally breath a sigh relief thanks to brilliant fashion designers at LINK AKC™ who combined smart home, wearable and mobile technologies together to create a leather collar even Vogue’s Anna Wintour can’t hate on. A new report released by Transparency Market Research is estimating the pet tech wearable market will be worth 2.5 billion in the next 10 years and overall pet spending is forecasted to increase 50% by 2020.
The LINK AKC™ smart collar and app represents the new movement in the quickly growing pet tech wearables category to capture the fashion conscious consumer who will spare no expense to monitor their dogs lifestyle while looking stylish and classy at the same time. Both the collar and app were designed by Link AKC’s dog-loving team of fashion, tech, mobile and canine experts. What makes PupStyle.com editors giddy, is that it’s the first smart collar we’ve seen made of beautiful, high quality, durable latigo leather.
The LINK AKC smart collar is the only convex-shaped smart device designed to fit the natural shape of a dog’s neck. It’s endorsed by American Kennel Club which will give them a huge leg up in the pet space.
The collar has some neat innovative features including a remote-controlled light that you can turn on to help you see your dog at night. This is extremely handy for tracking down your dog in the dark if you loose track of him/her or just keeping safe while on your night and early morning walks. This collar does just about everything you need including a feature that allows you to post pics from the collar to your dogs personal FaceBook and social media pages.
GPS and location tracking: The LINK AKC smart collar gives dog owners peace of mind with the ability to track the dog’s location with the push of a button and to set custom notification alerts if the dog becomes loose.
Activity monitoring and insights: The LINK AKC smart collar provides insightful activity recommendations to help owners take a more informed role in managing their dogs’ wellness. Owners can monitor and track their dogs’ daily activity levels to help ensure their dogs are getting the right level of activity for the dog’s breed, age, and size.
Remote-controlled light: The LINK AKC smart collar is the only smart collar with a remote- controlled light to help an owner find their dog in the dark.
Adventures: Owners can create a scrapbook with the touch of a button to easily capture special adventures and save precious memories. Owners can easily share these adventures with friends on social media.
Temperature: Dog owners have the option to set up notifications in the LINK AKC app to be alerted when the dog is in an environment that may be too hot or cold.
The LINK AKC smart collar can be reserved for $199, viawww.linkakc.com, and is expected to ship by December 28, 2016. Each LINK AKC smart collar requires the owner to sign up for a monthly membership, which includes the owner’s choice of service plan, in order to activate the device and access the features. That will cost you $6.95 per month with a two-year commitment.
Once upon a time, dressing up your cat or dog in a Halloween costume was considered “wacky” and you were automatically put in the crazy pet lady/guy category by your family. Fast forward to Halloween season 2016 and it’s not only considered normal, but actually acceptable and eagerly anticipated by pet parents and retailers. In 2015, American’s spent $350 million on pet Halloween costumes. That’s $1 for every $3 spent on a kids costume according to the National Retail Federation. So what’s next? A sweater on a fish?
The small pet costume trend has been steadily growing over the past 3 years. Major pet retailer PetSmart has been expanding their small pet costume selection catering to the demands of guinea pig parents who want to put a tutu on their rodent. Etsy.com is a treasure trove of creative small pet costume designers offering everything from hand-made Yoda costumes for your bearded dragon to sweaters for chickens.
As pet travel continues to soar in the United States, Cunard’s luxury cruise liner the Queen Mary 2 doubled it pet kennel size during it’s $132 million remastering. The ship now offers 24 kennels, pet owner’s lounge, pet playground and a pet fashion partnership with British sportswear brand, Barbour.
Of course any pooch cruising in luxury requires constant attention and care. Queen Mary 2’s kennel program is overseen by a full-time Kennel Master who takes care of daily responsibilities including feeding and walking pets and cleaning the ship’s kennels. Before the animals arrive, the Kennel Master compiles a list of likes and needs, which he keeps on hand during the cruise.
Like all Cunard passengers, Cunard’s kennel guests cruise in the lap of luxury. Their journey includes freshly baked biscuits at turn-down; a choice of new beds, blankets, and toys; and even a QM2-logoed coat and stainless steel bowl. The QM2 is also equipped with dog and cat life preservers for the ultimate in safety.
If a fancy QM2-logoed coat isn’t enough, guests can purchase luxurious, classic pet beds and waxed Barbour plaid rain coats and collars to match their stylish owners.
Cruising with your pet isn’t new for celebrities. In the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor brought her pampered puppies onboard the original Queen Mary and exercised them regularly on the ship’s sports deck. She even ordered custom meals for them from the fish chef.
Cunard’s pet friendly policy dates back 175 years to the maiden voyage of the Britannia in 1840 when the ship sailed with a cow to provide fresh milk for passengers. Years later, Cunard ocean liners sailed thoroughbred racehorses. Rin-Tin-Tin, star of 36 silent films, also traveled with Cunard on the Berengaria.
It’s back-to-school time and teachers will no doubt be asking kids “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Scholastic Books will be publishing the 5th book in the popular PupStye book series by Dara Foster in fall of 2017. The new book is loaded with 15 freaky cute dogs styled as different career characters to inspire kids about what they can be when they grow up!
Did you ever wonder what a New York City fashion photo shoot looks like for dogs? Check out some of the behind the scenes shots as Dara and her team work to snag the perfect pictures.
“Captain” a one year old Brussels Griffon working the set as the “Author”.
“Snarf” just hanging out while waiting for his clothes to be steamed and styled.
Dara and Assistant Stylist, Parker putting shoes on Betony the “Fashion Designer”.
The ultra famous “Baby Howard” the Bulldog plopped down on set and never moved just like a total pro. The team captured this shot in only 15 mins – way to go super photographer, Mats Rudels!
Clothes, shoes and accessories for the book provided by the amazing Melissa Gampel from her on-line store, DoggieCoutureShop.com. Thanks to her huge selection of everything from red Mary Jane dog shoes to neck ties there were enough size options to make the styling a snap! Thank you Melissa!!
Bee Bee modeling the “tech” look just chilling out waiting to be dressed. He even wore the classic black eye glasses and balanced them on his nose like he wears them every day.
New York City’s most famous wheelchair dog “Oscar Madison” as the Astronaut. This is his second time modeling for PupStyle book. You can see him styled as the “rocket dog” in the PupStyle Sticker book. He’s so fast on his wheels that he might blast off into outer space!
Style conscious pet parents are always on the look out for new ways hide the dog bed or at least turn them into functional furniture pieces. The latest new design trend in pet beds is all about rethinking and reworking furniture that we use every day to create sleeping and den spaces for dogs and cats.
Sauder Home Furniture has taken the concept to mass market selling entryway dog beds equipped with leash hooks and coffee tables with hidden beds.
If you’ve lived with dogs long enough, at some point you have probably bought one of those ugly plastic baby gates to corner your dog off to one area.
It’s so refreshing to see designers finally realizing that even dog gates should be stylish and fit in with your home decor. Fusion Gate has created a collection of gates designed with an interchangeable art screen system that allows you to customize the look and change screens any time.
Think of it as functional art! You can swap out the screens to match holiday decor, or lighter colors for spring and darker for fall.
This innovative safety gate fuses together intuitive design and aesthetic diversity unmatched by any other safety gate brand on the market. Extensions available to accommodate spaces from 32″ to 61.” The door even swings in both directions and a latch that can be opened with one finger-refreshing!
It’s even pressure mounted so you don’t have to stress about patching up holes in the door frame and you can also easily move it from one area to another. The cost is only $299.00 which is very affordable for such high-quality design and functionality.
Freshen up your dogs summer wardrobe with some simple, quick accessory changes that last all season. Swap out the dark leather winter collar for a lighter more breathable fabric or nylon webbing version. You can’t go wrong going with a traditional red, white and blue color pallets but it doesn’t have to be boring.
Think about mixing polka dots, lobsters and anchor prints together with stars and strips for stylish look. Snap-on bow ties and blossoms are an affordable way to jazz up any basic dog color. American designer Trish Hampton hand makes a quality collection of red, white and printed bow ties and blossoms that mix and match with her nylon webbing and ribbon collar and leash collections.
The Trish Hampton snappy bow tie and blossom has a snap strap that can connect to any collar ! The small size fits 3/8″ and 3/4″ wide collars and the large fits 1″ collars.$18.00 .
The understated Americana polka dot or striped collar $28.00 to mix and match with printed or sold stylish leashes $38.00 .
Finish your Americana style update with a personalized name tag. A name tag with your cell number is the quickest way for a safe return of your pet when on the road $16.00 .