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 .
It’s summer and that means BBQ’s, graduations, fireworks and dog weddings!! Yes, dog weddings. Whether your dog is getting remarried or is a first time bride, check out these A-mazing options by Linda Higgins. For dog wedding styling help designing the perfect dog bridesmaid dress or best-dog tux for your wedding contact Dara Foster – Dara@PupStyle.com .
This is nothing new to our loyal PupStyle readers, but the demand for couture, original dog wedding dresses to “one up” your friends is wildly growing.
If you want one of the most original, high-class, couture wedding dresses Linda Higgins Designs has you covered. Linda can look at a picture of your favorite celeb wedding gown or any dress inspiration and re-create it especially for you!
Traditional White For the First Time Bride.
This “Angel” beauty is made of feathers and spear, silk bodice.
For divorced dog getting re-married, Linda designs beautiful wedding gowns in ivory with some unexpected flair!
Ever wonder what you can make out of those cool wooden pallets you see laying behind the dumpster at a commercial building or grocery store? ETSY designer PROJECTrodrigo has the answer. Upcycle a found wooden pallet and build a dog bed out of it-viola!
You can order a pallet bed with a cushion made to order cushion with or without casters for $ 225.00 . This is a great price considering each bed is made-to order and build by hand.
Style Tip: Take this one step further and stencil your dogs name in industrial font on the front or sides of the bed for a personalized look Have fun changing up the cushion for the different seasons. Think light breathable fabrics or jewel tones for holiday.
Celebrity Pet Fashion Stylist and Pet Style Blogger, Dara Foster just signed a new deal with Scholastic Books to continue the popular Now You See It! PupStyle children’s book series. The 5th book title in the series, PupStyle When I Grow Up will be published in the fall of 2017 and available through Scholastic Book Fairs, Clubs and major book retailers
Dara Foster is working her pet fashion styling magic dressing up dogs to show kids what they can be “when they grow up”! From Fashion Designer to Firefighter, this book will inspire kids to think about the endless possible career paths they can follow when they grow up.
Dogs and children’s alike love the PupStyle series! Regular clients at Jo-Mar Grooming on Long Island, NY are hugs fans of the books and love being read to as part of their pampering.