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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.

Product review of the Shed Defender

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.

The New Etsy Market Place for Dog Products Only

Watch out Etsy.com, a new market place just for small businesspeople and craftspeople who make products for dogs and dog lovers has arrived.

Introducing Hound & Co, a recently launched website where pet product designers can open their own store for free inside a market place dedicated to selling all things hound. Think Etsy.com but just for dog product crafters and designers. Sellers can easily upload photos and open up a shop and start selling within minutes.Similar to Etsy.com, they charge a fee but only 4% when your item sells and do not charge a fee for posting items which Etsy.com does.Hound & Co also gets bonus points for donating a portion of all sales to rescue organizations and building a platform where rescue groups can sign-up and post pics of adoptable pets for free. If you have a rescue organization this is just one more free area to get the word out in a space already attracting dog lovers.

Check them out!

PupStyling Bad Breath Remedy-Product Review

Bad dog breath isn’t PupStylish and needs to be tackled with both stilettos on! Let’s admit it,  dogs have bad breath and most pet parents we just tend to put up with it instead of fighting the good fight to fix it. If you have a puppy like I do, you might be handing out more treats as positive training reward than you usually do. Many store bought brands are actually really stinky and leave that smell behind in your dogs breath. YUCK!

After reviewing pet products for over 15 years, we often get the 411 on a new product before the masses gain access. When I saw a fellow Marketing and PR CZAR was offering up a new product to test out for dog bad breath I had to jump at the opportunity. I haven’t tested this out on any adult dogs, but I can testify that it totally worked on Norman at 7 months old. His breath used to smell like roses and now it resembles something rank in my fridge.

TEST SUBJECT: NORMAN OLIVER, FAMOUS FROM INSTAGRAM @NORMADO.

Dog Gone Breath isn’t a breath mint but instead of goes to the tummy to balance out gut flora which is often the culprit. After two days of usage, it has worked for Norman. He seems to love the taste I notice a difference quickly. 

It’s made from all natural ingredients that will make any vegan jump for joy. All of the ingredients have been known for centuries to help stomach issues so it makes sense that they would help dogs too and cure the bacteria causing stinky kisses. This cost is $19.99 and worth every penny!

Now You See It! PupStyle When I Grow Up His Shelves

As a follow up to my successful book series Now You See It! PupStyle and Now You See It! t PupStyle: Red Carpet Pups the dogs are back and dressed to impressed as various career professionals you can be when you grow up. Learn about what it means to be a fashion designer, doctor, soft wear developer and other important jobs.

Watch our for my latest  book, Now You See It! PupStyle When I Grow Up at your Scholastic Book Fairs and Club order forms (the nostalgic old school order form kids get from school).


 

Dara Foster’s 2016 Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Dog

Did you know that 63% of American house holds have pets? Dog gifts this holiday season are all about personalization, customization and keeping them safe and healthy.

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From human-grade dog food tailored for your specific dog delivered right to your door, to dog DNA test kits that not only give you the fluffy breed reveal, but teach you about potential genetic diseases for your dog. It’s all about caring for your dog as an unique individual not just as generic breed or dog.

Check out my latest TV appearance on the Morning Blend and holiday gift pet gift ideas below. Happy shopping PupStylers!

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PupStyle Rules!

Nature’s Art Turned Into Elegant Personalized Dog Chews

I doubt most of us look at animal bones or Elk antler as as chewable art for dogs, but Heather Crowe the Founder of Charlie Bax does! She walks through the woods and stumbles upon a naturally shed Elk Antler found on the ground and sees a canvas for engraving.

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PupStyle CEO Oliver is excited dig into his personalized antler, but it’s almost to pretty to destroy. I am choosing to keep mine on a decorative shelf as an art pice and memorial for my dog that I can keep forever.

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Most deer and elk shed their antlers during March and April, a time when their testosterone levels are generally at the lowest. The shedding process takes about 2-3 weeks leaving sculptural antlers for artists to turn into personalized dog chews and candles.

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Charlie Bax is a artisan collection of bone ware for the home and family dog that makes for an elegant holiday gift for both pets and parents.

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Choose your own size and one of of their available fonts (custom fonts available for additional cost – and your chewable art will be shipped directly to your doorstep.

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The antlers are very good for dental hygiene and are great at removing plaque from your dogs teeth too! A truly unique gift that will make your loved one go “woof” or “WOW”.

Prices range from $32.00 for a small to $48 for an X-Large.

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.

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. 

Behind the Scenes At PupStyle When I Grow Up Book Photo Shoot

It’s back-to-school time and teachers will no doubt be asking kids “what do you want to be when you grow up?”.  Scholastic Books will be publishing the 5th book in the popular PupStye book series by Dara Foster in fall of 2017. The new book is loaded with 15 freaky cute dogs styled as different career characters to inspire kids about what they can be when they grow up!

Did you ever wonder what a New York City fashion photo shoot looks like for dogs? Check out some of the behind the scenes shots as Dara and her team work to snag the perfect pictures.

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“Captain” a one year old Brussels Griffon working the set as the “Author”.

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“Snarf” just hanging out while waiting for his clothes to be steamed and styled.

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Dara and Assistant Stylist, Parker putting shoes on Betony the “Fashion Designer”.

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The ultra famous “Baby Howard” the Bulldog plopped down on set and never moved just like a total pro. The team captured this shot in only 15 mins – way to go super photographer, Mats Rudels!

Doggie Couture Shop

Clothes, shoes and accessories for the book provided by the amazing Melissa Gampel from her on-line store, DoggieCoutureShop.com. Thanks to her huge selection of everything from red Mary Jane dog shoes to neck ties there were enough size options to make the styling a snap! Thank you Melissa!!

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Bee Bee modeling the “tech” look just chilling out waiting to be dressed. He even wore the classic black eye glasses and balanced them on his nose like he wears them every day.

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New York City’s most famous wheelchair dog “Oscar Madison” as the Astronaut. This is his second time modeling for PupStyle book. You can see him styled as the “rocket dog” in the PupStyle Sticker book. He’s so fast on his wheels that he might blast off into outer space!

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