You’ve got Pee-mail! Has your “only child” lost interest in smelling the same old yard? Well you need to mix it up a bit; and a puppy party is the answer! Your pooch will thrill to the cavalcade of new and unique essences wafting about their spot. Higherhound.com offers these funny “Be My Play Date Invitations” for you to pass out to your doggie buddies so they call all come over and take turns passing out their own form of “calling cards”. Set of 8 invitations and envelopes will set you back $14.
Target offers a cute retractable leash! OMFG! Retractable leash makers are finally catching a whiff of the high design trend; you might sell a lot more of these indespensible leashes if they coordinate with Mommy’s spring flip-flops. It’s one of the last areas in the pet market to stop taking itself so seriously and add a little sass to their designs. Target.com is offering a painted, retractable leash with a colorful “Spring” motif and a glossy enamel finish. Since you will be one of the first on your block to rock a retractable leash that doesn’t look like it came from the dollar store, be prepared for the upper east side doginistas to sweat you in full force. The best part is while it’s high on design it’s easy on your wallet too, clocking in at only $34.99!
After a rousing end-of-year trifecta of animal mis-treatment (swapping her dog for a newer smaller model, trading in that dog for a rare rainforest creature, and being unanimously voted in as the worst pet owner of 2005), Paris Hilton’s infamous care of her Chihuahua Tinkerbell has rippled through the fashion industry and resulted in this ‘Ode a Produit’. Wisconsin Designer James Piatt has created a handbag inspired by Tinkerbell’s corpse. Made of leather combined with solid lucite, now you can dispose of your dog at the whims of fashion seasons just like Paris Hilton!
WARNING: Only the truly icy-cool PupStylist can pull-off carrying their Chihuahua in this purse without getting a full force PETA beatdown.
Give your own Cujo a pinch of extra Mojo by complimenting his good looks with the Moto dog collar & leash by Canini.
Perfect for the metropolitan dog and owner, this leather beauty will spark up conversation everywhere you go. The grassy green, perforated leather is eye catching and the reflective piping around the edges will keep rover safe while accompaning you on your late night deli runs . The metal hardware is their own signature design and keeps the collar & leash looking fresh and very modern. Also available in white (we wouldn’t recommend wearing past Labor Day or in the muddy hinterlands of the country) and in a variety of sizes. Prices are very reasonable for such a well thought out design and vary slightly depending on the neck size of the collar you order ( $38-45), matching leashes are 50″ ($60).
A bed worthy of a God! If there were ever a design god in the dog furniture world, Jon Wesley Rahman, founder of Holden Designs, Inc. would be that deity. An architect and furniture designer by trade, he feels the same way we do about designing dog products that are pleasing for both pooch’s and people’s perspectives. This slice of tastiness is a work of art disguised as a dog bed. Made from bent plywood with a Walnut veneer it is ideal for small to medium size dogs. The only down side is that it does not come with a cushion. Their web site states that they offer a Cornflower Blue cushion, but we can’t seem to find it. Don’t sweat it, because it works oh so well with an IKEA sheep skin happy pad (not included but available at IKEA stores for around $20). Thanks to Holden Designs, we can all finally burn our dingy old dog beds and blankets and renew our dog’s sleeping quarters! The bed measures 27.25″ x 22″ W x 11″ H. Available from designpublic.com for $250
A Dog in Sheep’s Clothing dishing out Santa Fe styles for miles. Does your pooch have a penchant for Georgia O’keefe and Turquoise jewlery? Well then this is the perfect outfit for expressing their Southwestern style. A gorgeous hand-made, shearling dog coat with short-pile sheep skin for added comfort. The coat is made entirely by hand with meticulous attention paid to the red or blue yarn stitching and crocheted pompoms. It’s warm enough to wear to your Taos ski lodge and stylish enough to feel at home at navigating the sidewalks at Sundance. The exterior is treated with suede protective spray to keep water stains away. It’s available at www.baileyandwags.com and is sure to please even the most jaded pet snobs. $120
Moby “saves” an abandoned dog – problem is the dog’s owner was just feet away grabbing a donut. Downtown NYC whiner and diner, Moby is presumed to have kidnapped a dog and publicly shamed the dog’s parents in the process. After finding a dog leashed in the street, the Vegan Avenger slacked into action, crudely dashing off a handwritten judgement with his finest soy-based crayon and then took the abandoned beast back to his LES tea shack TEANY for a wheatgrass coolata & some soothing techno poetry. Strike one for the good guys as Moby has metered out some “street justice” in his own inimitable style.
You won’t lose sight of your microscopic Chihuahua in this very hip, down-town reversible daisy sweater available exclusively through G. W. Little. This little number does double duty; festooned with aqua flowers on a cocoa background to match every other trendy Brown object you own or if you’re feeling a little bit “Gidget-ish”, hang ten with the Moondoggie brown flowers on the “Surf’s up” aquamarine background. This sweater even comes equiped with a little fold down collar (all the playa pups keep that collar popped & locked!). We’re not sure what kind of fiber it’s made from, but it’s mad cool and if lil’ Chico gets a bit grimey at the dog run, you can simply reverse it and rock it like it’s fresh from the cleaners. They also offer matching hats and scarves for the dog owner, but we were completely turned off by the low budget models with chipped nail polish (eeek!).
The Reversible Spots and Dots sweater is $70.