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.”
The National Retail Federation estimates that American’s will spend a whopping $350 million this year on pet Halloween costumes. Finally the days are winding down when the neighbors call you the “crazy dog person” who dresses up their dog.
I am often asked this question “Dara, I can’t decide on what to dress my dog up as for Halloween. What is your advice?”
Tune into the Better Show October 28,2014 for my Halloween dog costume trends fashion show and tips for choosing the right costume. Check local listings for time, but in the mean time you can read my tips below to help you get started.
1. Age–older dogs are less likely to chew on a costume unlike a teething puppy who might turn it chew toy and possibly choke on materials.
2. Size & Shape-think about the size and shape of your dog. A large Yellow Lab or Bulldog might make a better Hamburger than a poodle.
3. Measure your dog carefully-Take careful measurements of your dogs chest, length of his body from base of neck to base of tail, weight, neck and waist. Be sure to compare your dogs measurements to the size chart on the costume. You would be surprised at how being one once off on your measurements and blow your entire costume idea.
4. Brush and groom your dog-Give your dog a through brushing before putting the costume on. It will reduce loose pet hair on the costume and your pooch will look extra spiffy!
QUESTION: Joey is my German Shorthaired Pointer and he loves to play outdoors. I have been trying to find a coat for him. But each time I get one online – when it shows up it is too tight in the chest. I guess German Shorthaired Pointers have big chests? Joey’s is Chest is 30″.
ANSWER: Have no fear Joey, Dara is here! No doubt there is a shortage of clothing choices for big dogs in the market place and finding a proper fitting coat can be frustrating not to mention expensive. My go-to brand for sporty, high-quality BIG dog coats is Idawg.com. Their entire line is designed for large breeds and their coats and hoodies will fit a chest size up to 37″.
Happy shopping! http://www.idawgclothing.com – Dara