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.
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.
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 .
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.
Luxury watch maker Shinola Detroit is known for its strong passion for community and the human spirit. Their zelus commitment to community and quality is common cocktail party chatter around Detroit suburbs and metro cities nationwide. Shinola is bringing the glory of manufacturing back to D-town with new hope, jobs, pride and extremely high-quality luxury pet products designed in collaboration with famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber.
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Bruce Weber famous for his All-American sexy Abercrombie and Fitch ads incorporating pets with American lifestyles, collaborated with Shinola Pet to create a new line of high quality, luxury dog beds and collars. The overall feel of the collection is timeless luxury with clean, contemporary lines, neutral colors and soft textures. Their pet collection is a fun brand extension so you can now add a little Shinola luxury to the whole family including the dog.
The Large Dog Bed in Briquette is classic, sturdy, soft and luxurious. A water resistant cotton cover (great for any accidents or puppies in training) is filled with goose feathers for a soft, cozy slumber. They were smart to design this with a water-resistant, breathable and bacteria resistant inner liner that protects the feathers and down at a retail price of $230.00.
Shinola’s Signature Foot Ball Collar screams Detroit with classy quality you expect from a luxury brand. The design has a unisex feeling yet leans a little more on masculine side. The brown color is ideal for every day wear and can easily be paired with any color of clothing for easy fashion styling. It’s made from Wickett & Craig’s vegetable-tanned bridle leather and topped off with solid brass hardware for longevity and style. It features a leather keeper and includes a stylish Shinola branded dog tag on the collar. Available in sizes from XS-XL and retails for $80.00.
The Signature Foot Ball Leash is almost mandatory to pair up with the Signature Foot Ball Collar. It’s made from the same Wickett & Craig’s vegetable-tanned bridle leather and brass hardware as the leash to create a cohesive and timeless look. Like all of Shinola’s products they are designed with intelligence and timeless creativity. The leash also includes an elegant “When Nature Calls Pouch” to carry your pick-up bags while on a walk with your dog and retails for $130.00.
PupStyle parents demand the best for their dog from premium food to fashion and rarely do I stumble upon a luxury brand like TruPet that serves up both!!!
TruePet was founded by the passionate social media maven, Lauri R. Taylor after losing a Great Dane named Truman from cancer at too young of an age. On a quest to develop the most natural, healthiest dog food possible, she created TruDog made from freeze dried real meat. No veggies or fillers, just solid meat and manufactured in the USA (mega bonus!). TruDog brand has been so successful making dogs healthy they’ve expanded into pet fashion and even oral care for fresh kisses!
Check out some of their cool products below and use promo code DARA 15 to for %15 off the entire store.
Doggy Lux dog collars by TruDog are true pet luxury. The leather is imported from Milan and crafted into dog collars dawned with 18k gold hardware and Swarvoski Crystals. They have a great selection of colors ranging from jewel tones beautiful blues to complement any dogs coat $149.00-209.00.
Orapup Starter Kit is a fun way to care for your dogs breath and oral care over all. The Starter kit also comes with a 2oz bottle of Lickies which is loaded with natural enzymes with anti-plaque benefits to keep teeth white and shiny for the camera $19.99.
TruDog Boost Me meal enhancer is a great way to introduce the raw meat diet to your dog by sprinkling it on just about anything as a meal enhancer or training treat. I love the idea of using this a healthy reward for teaching your dog to wear clothes or pose for the camera $12.99.
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.
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.
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.
The holiday’s are quickly approaching and I am always on the look out for unique, gifty ideas that also give back to animal charities. I tracked down the ideal adult holiday gift just about any dog dog lover would appreciate. Hand over a bottle of Chateau La Paws Chardonnay to a dog rescue advocate/party hostess and the conversation will start flowing like wine!
This brand is dedicated to funding no-kill shelters and spreading the adoption message through their cash donations and packaging. The labels feature a rotating cast of 28 different shelter dogs with stories of a few also on their web site.
“In 2015 Chateau La Paws™ & Diageo Chateau & Estates are donating $100,000 to North Shore Animal League America to help fund the great work that they do to rescue, nurture, and adopt as many dogs as possible.” says their “Our Cause” page.
North Shore Animal League is extra special to the PupStyle crew because our current CEO, Mr. Oliver was for former resident. North Shore Animal League rescued Oliver from a puppy mill down south and gave him amazing medical care until I adopted him.
Of course, I can’t fully recommend a fine wine without sampling it myself, so I paired a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc with brie, sough dough crusty bread and red organic grapes. It was delicious! It has gentle fruit flavors of pineapple, kumquat and peach blossom creating a nice balance between sweet and savory.
A 750 ML bottle will only set you back $12.99 and you’ll feel extra good as you toast to the new year while helping shelter pets. Cheers PupStylers!!