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Dog Leotards- Laugh or Cry? Product Review of Shed Defender

Doggie DON’T!

I’ve been reviewing dog products and dog fashion at PupStyle for over 16 years and just when I think I’ve seen it all, a new idea creeps up that has me wondering if I should laugh, cry or rejoice? Yes, I’ve styled a pug to look like Olivia Newton on Wendy Willams for a dog fashion show, but this new dog Onesie by  Shed Defender – Putting Dog Hair in its Place – Red – XS takes “Lets Get Physical” to a new level.

This one-piece dog suite was designed to protect your home and car from unwanted dog shedding but the founder, Tyson Walters  also found it useful for protecting surgical site wounds and claims it might be able to replace the cone of shame. The company also markets this for reducing anxiety and protecting your dogs coat from dirt and wet sand at the beach for example.

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In theory this seems like a handy idea, but after putting the product to the test on my 9th month old puppy Norman, I see it as more of a torture device. The cut and colors of the suit are stylish and would look cute styled with a hoodie, for an “active wear look” but my PupStyler became very anxious and started biting and pulling on the legs to get it off.  Norman is very mellow and usually lets me dress him up in anything but he was angry at the Shed Defender!

Norman is also ultra fluffy and I found it impossible to zip up the suite without getting his hair stuck in the zipper. I also had to be VERY careful not to zip up his “jewels” in the process because it’s designed to cover literally everything under the belly. In order for the dog to pee, you must unzip it or else you get a leotard loaded with pee and poo.

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Dog onesies are not anything new in pet fashion but the most successful designs leave an opening for the dog to do it’s business and avoid zippers at all cost on the underbelly. Velcro or buttons  would be a safer design option to consider. I can’t say all dogs will react like Norman and some may actually like it but to test it out you will have to drop $39.00. You be the judge.

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Pet Perfect Home – Discussion With Dara Foster in Pittsburgh Magazine

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!

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“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.”

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“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.”

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See more at: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/October-2016/Pet-Perfect-Homes-Its-All-in-the-De-Tails/#sthash.sasXQws4.dpuf

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Pet Tech Wearable Market Will Soar to 2.5 billion in the Next 10 Years – Hello LINK AKC

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. 

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Features include:

  • 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.

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The LINK AKC smart collar can be reserved for $199, via www.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.

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Stylish Winter Dog Gloves for Unisex Holiday Gift

Nothing barks PupStyle louder than chic winter gloves with dog in the palms of your hands. Walking your dog in style just got warmer thanks to TalkingGloves in Istanbul, Turkey. They hand craft these sassy accessories  from a soft lambswool blend making them soft and toasty.

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Most of the designs are unisex in style and color and both kids and adults love them. They make a great holiday gift and fashion piece. The minimalist dog shapes keep them looking clean and modern.

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Pair these with a plaid or checked scarf and your favorite torn jeans and leather boots for a perfect fall/winter look!  They also offer cat versions for the feline lovers out there so it’s easy one stop gift shopping.

The fingerless gloves are ideal for  the multi tasking dog walker. You can keep a tight grip on the leash, easily pull out pick-up bags from your pocket and answer texts all while flawlessly drinking a latte.

A really special gift at $36 plus shipping and handling.

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Uncap It Corgi! 3D Printed Dog Bottle Opener and Key Chain

Let’s be honest, Corgi’s are famous for their cute butts and I think 3D designer Eric Ho agrees. He’s taken the Corgi butt fetish to a whole new level with his genius bottle opener design. This cool 3D printed Corgi shaped bottle opener is coated in 24K gold and hangs on a key chain for stylish unlocking too.

This is is the ultimate unique gift for a Corgi lover or design junkie. Great price at $29!

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#Inthedoghouse! Help Fund Adopt-A-Pet.com With One Click

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PupStyle parents know spring is ideal for starting the dream “pet home-improvement” project you’ve thinking about all winter long. Whether it’s building space-saving, custom kitchen drawers with pet feeders built in or a dream dog house, HomeAdvisor.com can match you up with the right contractor to make your “pet project” a reality.

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HomeAdvisor.com knows all about dog houses, especially being #inthedoghouse!  Their recent TV commercial is responsible for making dogs bark when they hear a doorbell and owners wishing for ear plugs.

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 HomeAdvisor.com would like to make up for the inconvenience by donating to Adopt-A-Pet.com.  By simply clicking the donate button on their donation page (accessed through link below), you are helping millions of dogs find their forever homes. 

CLICK IT!!!!

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Please pay it forward by sharing this link and sharing a photo of your pup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #inthedoghouse. HomeAdvisor.com will give them another dollar if you doJust think of how much money can be donated to help homeless animals find forever homes just by a click #inthedoghouse!

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PupStyle Home: Stylish Solutions For Organizing Pet Clutter

Living the PupStylish life means that every aspect of your pets world has a style element incorporated.  If you are an interior design junkie or just appreciate a tidy organized home, check out Harry Barker’s line of Sweet Grass dog toys, hemp toy storage bins, food bins and modern leash hooks.

Organize your dogs toys in a durable hemp storage bin with an earth friendly coating on the inside for easy cleaning. The hight is ideal for small and big dogs to reach into to grab a toy and the basket is so pretty it acts as a home furnishing accessory. $36

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It’s a breeze to keep your dog toys stylist too.  One of my pet peeves are ugly dog toys laying around my house. If a toy is going to be out on the floor, I want it to be interesting or attractive for me to look at as well as fun and safe for my pet.

Harry Barker’s Sweet Grass bone toys are so pretty that you won’t mind seeing them all over the house $12.

 

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Dog food bags are not only space hogs, but down right ugly if you don’t have storage to hid the.  If you appreciate a softer, natural look as opposed to the usual metal storage cans, these are ideal for you. The canister is sturdy, recycled steel and the outside is covered in Sweet Grass.

Charity ALERT….Harry Barker will donate a portion of their Sweet Grass Baskets to the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Always a love a “giving” brand!!  $52

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If you are a PupStyler, you own more than one dog leash and have a nice collection of collars to match.  Hang your dog leashes on stylish leash hook to display your collection and keep them organized. $22

 

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PupStyle Home: Style Expert Dara Foster’s Pet Home Decor Tips For A Fresh Start With Romy + Jacob

After all the holiday decor is put aside and I start thinking about Spring, I always the get the itch to redecorate my home or change it up with accessories.  Let’s face it, if you are the typical PupStyle reader you are clearly as dog obsessed as we are. Why not broadcast it in a tasteful way?

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I always advise pet parents, that two of the easiest ways to update old decor are by buying a new dog bed and throw pillows to complement the dog bed. It visually ties in your collar pale and will have the eye moving around the room to follow color.

Romy + Jacob offer fun, colorful “I heart dogs” and breed specific throw pillows ideas for your couch, chairs and even bedroom.

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The fabric is a cotton linen blend and the covers can be zipped off for easy matching washing prices rage from about $43-45. These cheery colors are just what the stylist orders for curing winter decor blues!

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Dara Foster got the EXCLUSIVE look at world’s first AutoDogMug by Highwave

At PupStyle.com we get hundreds of product submissions a week from innovate and some not so innovative pet product companies from around the world.  I am often asked what is our criteria for reviewing a product?  It’s simple, I look for 3 key factors:

1. Stylish, stylish, stylish (must look like time and thought was put into the visual elements of the design).

2. Obsessively innovative (like Thomas Edison innovative)

3. Honest functionality (no gimmicky products-they MUST do what they claim and have high-design elements)

As an avid dog road tripper, I JUMPED at the opportunity when Highwave.com offered to send me 1 of only 10 samples of their newly invented AutoDogMug to put to the test!

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The design alone had me totally giddy  and I was also  impressed with their company back story.  This products is designed by the INVENTOR of the world’s first travel mug!   Check out the quick video demo which really shows how cool this is.

Yes, the same man who changed the way we carry our coffee on the go, has created the most brilliant dog water travel mug I’ve ever seen.

This simple yet extremely handy product deserved a video to demo how it works.  They even included a velcro strap to you can attach the bottle to a back pack, or bicycle $20.

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Dara Foster’s Dog Glamping Getaway & Gear Guide

 

Definition of glamping in English:

glamping

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Pronunciation: /ˈglampɪŋ/
NOUN
  • A form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping:glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries

Glamping is quickly becoming the hottest new summer travel trend and sweeping across the globe. It’s no secret that people have been camping with their dogs for years, but finally you can Glamp with your dog in total luxury.

No more fretting over ruining your dogs grooming or brining ugly camping supplies along that will just kill your Glamp vibe.  Now, there are plenty of pet friendly Glamping destinations and luxury gear for the pampered pup.  This is the PupStyle way after all!

1. Choose your destination:

Visit Yellow Stone National Park and stay at Yellow Stone Under Canvas http://www.mtundercanvas.com/glamping.html  which offers a huge variety of BEAUTIFUL Glamping tents and is pet friendly!  Prices can vary in the hundreds of dollars per night range depending on which accommodations you choose. $25 pet fee.

There are tons pet friendly Glamping spots all across the country and a quick google search can lead the way to more options.

WHAT TO BRING?

4 ESSENTIALS Pieces every dog Glamper must have!!!

1. Dog Carrier:  You are going to need a way safely contain your fur baby at times when traveling and Petote’s Lux Rio Bag in ivory does triple duty as a roller carrier, car seat and back pack!  $250

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2. Travel Bed:  Crypton makes a glam yet sturdy  travel bed IDEAL for Glamping with your pooch.  Beautiful fabrics that are super man strength combined with easy packing design.  Use this in both your car and your Glamping destination.  Travel Bed Of Roses is- stain, moisture and odor resistant with GreenGuard certified fabric.
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3. Travel Throw blanket-Cryton makes a pretty yet outdoorsy throw blanket will be your life saver on a Glamping trip.  Use it as a pick-nick blanket, beach blanket throw to cover up your car seats to keep them clean.  This will come handy in more ways that you can imagine.  Stain, moisture and odor resistant $99.
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4.  Travel Food & Water Bowls: Sleepy Pod recently launched a BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL travel food and bowl set. The Yummy Travel Bowls is a model three-in-one product that that allows a pet owner to store, transport, and serve pet food and water simultaneously, without mixing or spillage of the contents.  All in PupStyle $39.99
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