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Dara Foster’s Top 5 Trends From Global Pet Expo 2013

Global Pet Expo is the largest pet product trade show in the country! It’s that time of year again when I spend countless hours sifting through pet products like a sugar junkie in a candy store. The market is rapidly expanding as we weave pets into our every day lifestyle just like two legged children.

I’ve put my trend spotty glasses on, and narrowed it down to 5 key trends to watch you should watch out for in 2013-14.

Top 5  Pet Product Trends From Global Pet Expo 2013

1. Upcycling-Taking recycled products or vintage materials and turning them into something completely new and unique. We found everything from upcycled dog bowls to dog sweaters. Let your “green” imagination go wild and be creative!

2. Prints-Prints, prints, prints and more graphic prints are taking center stage in the pet market especially in the pet home interior space. We spotted amazing prints on everything from dog beds to treat jars. Add a bold a printed bed or treat jar for added color and texture to your home.

Nicole Miller Pet Printed Food & Treat Jars

3. Green Planet-Designers are experimenting with innovative materials like rice starch to make beautiful eco friendly pet bowls to pet poo-pick up bags that are biodegradable with out any sunlight!

Dog bowls with a handle made from rice starch

4. Silk Screen Toys-Slik screen photo realistic pictures are showing up on plus toys in all sizes and themes. Your pooch play with a New York taxi cab or chew on Snoop Dog (sorry Snoop) like a steak bone.

5. Giving Back-A vast amount of pet product designers and premium pet food companies are making “giving back” to small and local animal rescue groups a priority in their business models. It’s a new movement away from the usual national pet charities most folks know about.

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3D Felted Wool Dog Portraits

Holy cuteness alert!! Amelia Santiago of Amelia Makes Art sculpts animal masterpieces using a technique of needle felting the same way one would sculpt clay. She doesn’t use patterns, thread or sewing just a needle, some felt and her skillful imagination! She specializes in commissioned portraits and works from a photo of your pet. When I found her on Twitter, I was blown away by how true to life her sculptures are. Truly amazing works of art to snuggle with or put on a shelf for display. Makes an awesome birthday gift that will never pee on the floor or chew your shoes! Prices for commissioned pet portraits range from $215-$265 – with each pet taking 20+ hours to create! Check out DogArtPortraits.com for more information.


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Dara Foster on TODAY Holiday show 2009

Holiday Giving to your Pet brought to you from Dara Foster. This December 10th Dara Foster PupStyle’s own pet style expert had a segment on the TODAY show with Hoda Kotb.

With the barking approval of her models – she had most of America’s dog rapt with attention as she listed the top gifts for the season.

The full write up of her gift list is available on the TODAY show MSNBC site.

Here is a quick recap of the Holiday pet gifts and links:

Mr. BoJangles on the TODAY show set
Red Calgary Cashmere Sweater with PomPom Scarf available at Trixie and Peanut $35.00
Scarlet Starlet step-in Harness available at Haute Dog Boutique $58
Emmet on the TODAY show
Evil Elf Society Shirt from Bullyware available at ZoomiesNYC $36
Shabby Dog Cuff and Leash set
Red Patent Leather Cuff, Collar and Leash set from Shabby Dog Cuff: $40; Collar: $36-$56; Leash: $88
Luggage tags
Fluff LA Breed Luggage Tags from Trixie and Peanut $12
Dog Collar Wallet and Purse
Dog Collar Wallet and Purse from Daisy Couture $8.95-$9.95
Frolick Lasso Retractable Leash
Lasso Retractable Leash from Frolick Pet Products $30
Unleashed Life Wood Grain Bowls
Acacia Wood Bowls from Unleashed Life $25-$40
Molly Mutt Duvet Covers
Dog Bed Duvet Covers from Molly Mutt $25-$38
These Creatures Wall Mounted Feeders
Wall Mounted Metal Art Feeders from These Creatures $150- $235
Do You Mind? Dice and Card Game and West Paw Designs Toys
Do You Mind? Card and Dice Game from Darfinc $24.95
West Paw Designs Dodo and Owl Chew Toys $13

Planet Dog Glow for Good Ball
Glow for Good Ball from Planet Dog$11.95

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Dara Foster’s Pupstylish Holiday Gift List

Naughty or Nice your pup needs stylish presents this Holiday season!

‘Tis the season to stock up on gifts for your favorite furry friend. And Dara Foster has made a list and checked it twice fully of stylish gifts for both naughty and nice. Dara Foster’s Pupstylish Holiday Gift list was originally published in the National Enquirer this week and in the spirit of the season we are sharing it with you for all your holiday gift giving needs. Happy Holidays from the whole team at PupStyle!

Mascot Scarves for Dogs
1. MASCOT SCARF-$24

  • This is a great, affordable holiday gift for all sizes of dogs-especially the big guys!
  • It easily slips on over the head and can be worn all winter long for years to come and layered with coats and sweaters
  • It’s a great alternative for dogs who prefer not to wear clothes.

Izzy YumYum Haus
2. IZZY HAUS-$14

  • This beautiful dog treat looks so delicious you’ll want to eat it yourself!
  • Made of all natural ingredients and does double duty as a x-mas ornament.
  • Perfect for hanging on a tree or by the fireplace then served up as a snack on x-mas

Turkey Drum Stick Toy
3. TURKEY BONE DRUM STICK CHEW TOY $9.95

  • By famed Vermont Artist Stephen Huneck
  • If your dog is prone to hijacking the holiday turkey from the counter, try keeping him busy with this
    chewable work of art by artist Stephen Huneck
  • Stephen Huneck not only famous for his iconic dog art paintings, but is also the founder of the Dog
    Chapel in St. Johnsbury, Vermont
  • This yummy toy has a hole for stuffing snackies to keep him entertained while you dine on the real deal

Molly Mutt Duvet
4. MOLLY MUTT DOG DUVET & STUFF SACK-$38

  • Don’t worry about hiding this dog bed during holiday parties, it’s high-style and affordable
  • This doggie duvet cover can revitalize an old dog bed or you can “stuff it” with old clothes, blankets,
    towels or what ever soft fabrics you have laying around.
  • Friendly to the environment since you can recycle old fabrics that you might otherwise throw away

Pepper & Tanky Perfume
5. PEPPER & TANKY DOG PERFUME-$44

  • When someone says “gosh, you smell like your dog” take it as a compliment!
  • This dog perfume smells like a yummy combo of flowers and fruit and is the ultimate holiday gift for your beloved
  • Perfect for eliminating doggie odor in between baths or spa appointments and smells so good you’ll
    want to give it a try-no joke!

Daisy Couture Collar Wallets

6. DAISY COUTURE DOG COLLAR WALLETS-$8.95

  • Finally, a wallet designed for your dog that they can wear
  • These stylish little wallets attach to any dog collar and are designed to hold your pets I.D tag, house key or cash
  • Great alternative to the tacky fanny packs for treat stashing while on your daily walks

Fou Fou Parkas
7. FOUFOU DOG SKI PARKA-$30

  • Keep your chilly-dog warm and cozy this winter with a quilted and fleece lined winter parka
  • These pupstylish coats are designed to dogs of all sizes from Chihuahuas to Greyhounds

Wet Noz bowls
8. WET NOZ STUDIO BOWLS-$4-9

  • Pet feeders so cool they’ve been known to be used by humans as salad bowls!
  • These hip, plastic bowls have a handle for easy in-the-bag scooping and non-skid feet to prevent dish traveling while your pet chows down
  • Unbeatable style and price

Bullyware Evil Elf
9. BULLYWARE EVIL ELF SOCIETY T-SHIRT-$36

  • Harness your dogs inner “Evil Elf” this holiday by joining the “Evil Elf Society”
  • These tees are guaranteed to turn heads and get a laugh from anyone who sees them
  • All cotton with a flash of silver
  • A fun, unique way to dress up your dog for the holidays without going with the traditional santa hat

Shabby Dog Cuff Collar
10. THE SHABBY DOG HANDS FREE WALKING WRIST CUFF-$40 , COLLAR-$36-56 & LEASH-$88

  • Patent leather wrist cuff designed for hands-free walking for small dogs
  • So sassy you’ll use it as an accessory for yourself
  • Can use with any basic leash
  • Wouldn’t recommend for using on big dogs who might pull hard and take you down to the ground
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