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Halloween Pet Spending Reaches Almost 1/2 Billion $

PupStyle CEO and Author, Dara Foster was a guest on Fox Business News on Halloween to chat about the impact of social media on pet halloween costume spending and what you can do with all of those Amazon boxes laying around. Dara can be reached for further interviews and comments at Press@PupStyle.com

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She’s Back! Dara Foster Join’s Fox 5 Good Day NY for Halloween Fashion Show

Americans will spend nearly 1/2 BILLION on pet Halloween costumes this year according to MarketWatch. That’s almost double what we were spending just 10 years ago. Dog Halloween costume events and parades are rivaling stroller grid lock in Brooklyn this year.

Check out some of the hot costume trends Dara Foster styled on Fox 5 Good Day New York as examples of what you can expect to see at The Boneyard Bash at Brooklyn’s Domino Park from 12-8 on Halloween. Anchor Rosanna Scotto volunteered her dog Lulu to model a fun DIY Boxtume idea from recycled Amazon boxes. Warning, this segment may cause a cuteattack.

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Halloween Dog Party! Amazon’s Treasure Truck is Throwing a Boneyard Bash

The Amazon Treasure Truck is coming to Domino Park in Brooklyn on Halloween  in collaboration with Blue Buffalo & SmartBones to throw a boneyard bash! Domino Park Dog Run will Transform into a Boneyard Bash for Dogs and Dog Parents on Halloween * Thursday, October 31 . #BlueBuffalo #SmartBones #TreasureTruck #boxtumes

WHAT:         Amazon’s Treasure Tuck Boneyard Bash experience in collaboration with Blue Buffalo and SmartBones will welcome all pups and dog lovers alike to the Domino Park on Thursday, October 31.  It will be a fun-filled day jam-packed with dog-friendly activities, interactive photo opportunities, and so much more. Pups and guests can experience the following activities throughout the day:

  • Lick or Treat:  Owners can take their dog “lick or treating!” Ring a doorbell and Brand Ambassadors will have Blue Buffalo treats for the dogs and candy lollipops for kids.
  • Monster-fy Your Pup: Owners can bring their dogs to be drawn as classic movie monsters by caricature artists in a mysterious parlour drawing room set up.
  • Box-Tume Photo Opp: Strike a spooky pose with your pup with the ultimate boneyard photo opp set up.
  • Giveaways: Samples, treats, and more from Blue Buffalo & SmartBones.
  • Get social:  #BlueBuffalo #SmartBones #TreasureTruck #boxtumes

 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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).


 

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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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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.

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