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Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship Doubles Kennel Size – $132 Million Remastering

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

glamp|ing

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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Dog Glamping Gear-High Tech Dog Suits

If you plan on Glamping with your fur-baby this summer, you need me!

I protect against fleas and ticks so your dog won’t itch. I’m fashionable and functional at the same time. I also protect against seasonal outdoor environments like wind, rain, dirt, sand, snow and harsh UV rays.  But what am I?

I am a line of uniquely designed and durable full body coats for dogs from Zippy Dynamics! The line consists of five different stylish weather and bug resistant dog body suits ideal for protection your pup during this summer’s Glamping trip. Each suit features a main zipper that extends along the entire back and zippers on each pant leg of the suite.

The suit also has adjustable cords which make it easy to put on and provide a custom fit for the dog. Also they have elastic inserts to make it comfortable and give your dog free range of motion. So whether your pooch is swimming in a lake or digging in the dirt, they can be easily protected from ticks and getting all muddy. Think about it do you really enjoy giving you dirty dog a bath….I know I don’t!

So no matter what you and your canine are doing, they can be stylish, comfortable and protected when they are wearing Zippy Dynamics dog suits $99.99!  We love!

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I Like Big Mutts Tote by Dog Is Good

Dog is good sent me this amazing, high quality tote “I like Big Mutts” canvas bag!!

I attention every time I walk out of the house with it. It has a cool screen printed front and embroidered back. It’s a nice size for carrying a spring blanket and lunch to the park in with your mutt  DogIsGood.com $23.99. It’s a great gift for yourself or any self respecting dog lover–with a sense if humor.

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Design Junkie Alert! Expandable Travel Dog Bowl

Bowldog had created a VERY stylish, wicked affordable and intelligent dog travel water or food bowl. Retail price xsonly $6.50

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In a nut shell, it’s similar to a Ziplock bag but that when you open it up it’s the shape of a dog bowl then folds up back up when not in use. It’s so light weight you can easily take it on regular walks with you by attaching a hook to a hole designed into the product and also stuff it in your car’s glove box.

I’ve personally tested them out and am obsessed and have not had any issues with leakage or breaking. They hold a lot of water and are great for big and small dogs.

We also love the ULTRA mod prints and graphic designs on the bowl. I got the inside scoop and sneak peek of a new collection being released soon that will send other design junkies flipping out. Really an ideal combo of design and function. BRAVO bowldog! Retail price only $6.50.

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Urban Cycling With Your Best Friend!

Another trend spotted at SuperZoo? Cycling with your best friend! We got an EXCLUSIVE look at Sidekick by Sleepypod.

We are BIG fans of Sleepypod and could not survive airline travel without our Sleepypod ATOM.

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So we were really excited to see the Sidekick.   Sidekick is designed as a stable frame to hold a Sleepypod pet carrier with your pet inside. The front loading bike rack uses the center of gravity right above the front tire for maximum stability rather than the handlebars that can sway and therefore be unstable.

The Sidekick will be available soon so keep your eyes peeled for the launch!

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If you have multiples or if  your pet is a tad too big to ride in an Atom  AND  you are a fan of relentless Italian Design the Petego Comfort Wagon is for you.

Smartly designed suspension, with a marked emphasis on safety, this wagon will open up a whole new world of activities for you and your pets!

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Safety first!  Especially when you have precious cargo onboard. Whether you’re taking a trip down the block or headed toward a faraway place, your riding companion is sure to appreciate a custom made helmet from Rock Star Puppy.

You can choose from a wide selection of airbrush designs OR create one of your own!  Our favorite? The BadAss Mohawk helmet!

Give 'em a Mohawk!

And when you are out and about don’t forget to HYDRATE! The Troff  Pouch Hydration bottle was one of the smartest products we saw at Superzoo! Troff is  State of the Art Hydration for Dogs. The twist off top, non-spill valve, and fold to go anywhere approach creates a ‘no excuse’ policy for maintaining proper hydration and preventing dehydration. AND it’s eco friendly! The Tröff™ pouch reduces landfill waste by over 90% compared to water bottles of the same volume. It is reusable until damaged.

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Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!
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EBD Carry All from PupCentric holds everything but the Dog!

The Swiss Army Knife of Dog Bags. If you are looking to get out there and roam with rover – you must be prepared to offer mobile creature comforts. And nothing cramps your style like having to lug all of the stuff whenever you go out for an afternoon with the dog.

In response to this problem Jamye Hickman PhD Ergonomic Design designed and developed the EBD Carry-All dog travel bag. It comes equipped with absolutely everything you could possibly need to keep even the most finicky pup happy, healthy, clean and well-fed. From the sneaky side hatch poo bag dispenser along with matching poo bags to the to the gigantic roll-up blanket all of the details to this bag have been refined to an incredible degree of quality.

Recently the EBD Carry-All has been gathering some big name admirers like Rachel Ray and Oprah. And just in time for the holidays PupCentric is offering PupStyle readers an exclusive deal! Use the coupon code pupstyle (all lowercase) and enjoy 15% off your orders!

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