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Bling Bone necklace

The Bling Bone Sterling Silver & Diamond “Woof” necklace is a lovely holiday gift for the pet lover in your life. Give a lasting piece of unique jewelry to the dog mom or pet-loving tween in your life. The special edition “woof” necklaces available in 3 enamel colors, Blue, Black and Pink in a range of styles. This is a guaranteed conversation piece and they also make matching dog tags for the family pooch!

Available from: Blingbone.com

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Do you have a Chief Furry Officer?

How did a fine jewelry designer go to the dogs? It’s a question that T.L. Garcia gets asked a lot that has a simple answer. Dogs make her heart smile – ours too!

For over two decades, T.L. Garcia has been designing Chief Furry Officer, and her custom logo jewelry, pet jewelry, photo charms, logo cufflinks and key chains have placed her as the fashionista of the pet world. A new addition to her custom jewelry photo line has arrived! CFO’s shimmering mother of pearl personalized photo jewelry makes a luxurious background for your favorite pet’s photo. Made from natural mother of pearl, they’re pure perfection! Your best photo is permanently imprinted on a CFO charm. Simply select your photo and they do the rest!
Chief Furry Officer - Mother of Pearl Photo necklace

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Military Chic Dogs

A wave of interest in Military dogs cropped up recently with reports of ‘Cairo’ a Belgian Malinois who served bravely as a K9 member of Seal Team Six that took down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Military Working Dogs (MWDs in military parlance) have been part of the US forces for over 100 years with dogs fighting alongside soldiers as far back as the Civil War and WWI. As of 2010 there are over 2900 dogs in active duty around the world – 190 of which are in service in Afganistan and Iraq as bomb-sniffing experts. It took a $19 Billion Pentagon study to realize that we could not build a better bomb sniffer than a dog’s nose. There are even elite sniffer dogs called “Vapor Wake Detectors” who can sense if the smell of explosive materials are moving through an area.

The Army's most decorated dog Stubby a pitbull terrier who captured a German Spy and saved hundreds of soldiers lives during WWII

For these fearless pups there is plenty of cool new gear to help them do their jobs. The Aerial Insertion Vest from K9 Storm is a functional coat that not only harnesses the dog to a parachute but can also administer oxygen for HALO (high altitude low opening) jumps. The rugged coat exterior also serves to protect the dog from ground impact, knife attacks and more.
Mike Forsythe and his working dog Cara made a record HALO drop from over 30,000 feet

On the ground MWDs are outfitted with the super-duper hightech K9 Storm Intruder vest. This totally waterproof coat comes with a night vision camera, flood lights, rappelling lines and a 4 channel transmitter/receiver. Unfortunately K9 Storm does not yet offer the Intruder vest in toy breed sizes but we can dream!
K9 Storm Intruder Vest keeps working dogs connected and safe while working behind enemy lines.

Dogs have proven to be incredible assets to the military for non-combat situations as well. When soldiers return from active combat having a dog on base offers a much needed break and gives them unreserved love that works miracles for morale (in-your-face Bob Hope!). Sargent 1st Class Zack serves as the ultimate morale booster for soldiers who are deployed and in need of a moment of respite.
MWD 1st Class gives his handler a much needed lick of motivation.

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Bling Bone Sterling Silver “Woof” necklace for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, ease up on spoiling your four legged friend and send your Pup shopping for YOU! Dog moms should be appreciated and nothing barks “I Wuv Mommy” louder than one of these bone-shaped necklaces from Bling Bone.

I am always on the look out for high-styled, dog themed human clothing and accessories that’s a break from the cheesy matchy-matchy “Mommy & Me” look. Bling Bone ranks high on the PupStyle fashion-o-meter for creating really beautiful body jewelry that’s high quality and can be worn every day while making a statement about your love of dogs.

Starting at just $56 for a sterling silver bone-shaped “Woof” necklace with semi-precious stones to $3,645.00 for a 18k white gold pave diamond bone, this necklace is guaranteed to be a head turner.

Of course, Bling Bone didn’t leave the dogs out. They offer a matching Sterling Silver “Woof” dog collar tags for your four legged baby starting at $39 or you can really go for it with a personalized silver and semi-precious stone dog collar tag prices range from $340-$510.

Thank you Bling Bone for making you and your pup BLING this Mother’s Day!

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Security Blanket ID – a cute info tag for your Pooch

We have a problem with canine escape artists. Mister Jenkins and Ms. Flo have an incredible ability to escape from our yard at exactly the wrong time. Nothing causes a pit in your stomach like a missing pet.

Over the years we’ve seen the various dog finding systems come and go (GPS, mobile, wifi, bluetooth, etc. etc.) and they always seem to have some kind of glitch. For example a few months ago Flo ran away while wearing a GPS & mobile phone based collar that is supposed to text the owner once the dog goes outside of a defined area. When I realized Flo was missing I grabbed my phone hoping for some txt based info on how to find her. Nothing. Uggggg. Yet another time Flo was at home in New York sitting in my lap and I received a text msg saying “Flo is outside of your “home zone” – she is now located on Route 124 in Sheboygan, Michigan!”

Time to go back to the old school for a better solution! You can always rely on analog printed tags to do their job and when combined with a digital online info source all the better!

[disclosure: BlanketID has advertised on PupStyle and sent us some free tags to try them out – and these are our findings]

Off the bat the BlanketID tags are smaller than normal dog tags. Measuring about 1 inch by 1/2 inch these tiny tags trump the bulkiness of all other dog finding systems. The tags are available in a wide array of happy colors and patterns that will match any pet’s style. One thing that does not translate well with web images is how rounded the tags are – they are more like the shape of a chicklet rather than the typical wafer style tag.

The online component of BlanketID is very straight forward with a simple online interface where you can login and enter your dog’s info, your contact info, vet numbers, etc. If you realize your dog is missing you can login to BlanketID.com and list your dog as missing – the site supplies an easy to print LOST DOG poster with all of the necessary info and then notifies your local SPCA, animal shelters, hospitals as well as other local BlanketID members. Then if someone finds your pooch they just read the BlanketID tag – go to the blanketid.com – enter the ID # and they are given the info to return your pup.
A big advantage to the online info registry is if you take your dog on vacation – you can just update your contact info online to your local location without having to change tags.

The BlanketID tags are North American made and are available from their website for $24.99 (CAD) and come with 1 year of membership. After that membership ranges from $7-$12/year depending on length of commitment.

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Fuzzy Nation’s got it in the Bag!

When I first came upon the Fuzzy Nation website I was instantly hooked! Being obsessed with the cuteness of my two little loves, the idea of having their image embedded on a fashion accessory was beyond exciting! I immediately placed an order and anxiously awaited my delivery.

I chose an ultra-cute pic of Emmett wearing his drag wig and had it applied to a silver cosmetic bag. The end result was spectacular! Even better than I could have hoped for. The bag is couture quality and the image transfer is stunning.

Expect about a 6 week turnaround and some excellent customer service. In addition to custom order bags Fuzzy Nation also makes the most adorable plush handbags in a variety of breeds!

I happen to love the Limited Edition Chinese Crested with a cream colored poly/cotton blend body and tattoo print. With Pink fur on it’s feet, tail and face and a fabric flower in her hair “Betsey” is more than bitchin’!

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Kartell Wall Clothes Hooks-SALE ALERT!!

Every interior designer will tell you that luxury can always be found in the subtle details of a room. Dog clothing/leash hooks are no exception

As a caretaker of 3 dogs and pet fashion stylist, I have an abundance of leashes, coats, hoodies and sweaters that always need a place for quick stashing. These classic Kartell hooks are like little hanging sculptures perfect for displaying your leash/collar collection or catching your dogs coat before it hits the floor. Originally designed by Ferruccio Laviani back in the 1970’s and now available in a rainbow of colors. You can score a set of two on sale for $43.20 at Design Public.

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Etsy Wednesday: Rear Gear

With a little bit of imagination, paper, string and an etsy account the world is your oyster! And in this case Lauren Shumaker the creator “behind” RearGear has set herself up with a great little side business while in school finishing her engineering degree. The etsy page heralds the product claim of “No more Mr. Brown Eye” and it delivers!

A simple design that hangs from your dog’s tail like a rear view air freshener while covering up their butt. The Rear Gear is offered in a wide range of design choices Continue reading

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