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Dog Leotards- Laugh or Cry? Product Review of Shed Defender

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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.

Personalized Modern Felt Dog/Cat Bed-Happy Holiday’s to Fluffy

Why not give your fur baby and yourself a lasting holiday goodie? A stylish dog/cat bed is an investment in your dogs comfort and happiness as well as your viewing pleasure.

The PupStyle method of pet home decor is to coordinate your pet’s home furnishing to match your current interior home design taste. No need to settle for dog bone printed dog beds if that’s not your style.

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Naps Design on Easy.com makes these really cool modern yet timeless dog beds from felt. They are handmade and for an additional $20.64 they will build your pets name into the bed. The cushion inserts are come in neutral and contrasting colors and look quite snugly. Dog/Cat beds start at $85.81.

37,000 People Vote to Pick Handicapped Dog Models for Calendar

The Handicapped Pets Foundation is and amazing organization dedicated to extending the life of Handicapped Pets by helping them move; getting the exercise they need to live long, happy, healthy lives!

Coke (Michael Baines)

Handscappedpets.com recently ran a dog model calendar contest with over 37,000 votes! I bet you didn’t know there were so many active special need pet parents out there did ya? We are overjoyed that special needs pets are finally getting the attention they deserve and are being rescued in higher number than ever before.

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This touches a special place in our hearts at PupStyle because PupStyle Sticker Book model “Oscar Madison” and is sister  “Tiki” are winners! CONGRATULATIONS OSCAR!!!

Oscar (Rich Van Banschoten)

Oscar was a death row doggie and saved just in the neck of time. He went from death row to poster dog for wheelchair dogs gaining nationwide attention and fame! Check out his story here on Buzzed.com by his mana, C. Merry Ceres.

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You can sign up to pre-order the beautiful 2016 HandicappedPets.com calendar today which will begin shipping soon! These make a great holiday gifts! Who doesn’t need a new calendar each year anyway?

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Oscar’s parents created a very heartwarming  behind the scenes video of my Sticker Book photo shoot with Oscar. This little guy is so special and faster than a Greyhound on wheels! It was a fun challenge to style him and keep the breaks on so the little dude wouldn’t go flying off the set.

If  you would like to order the PupStyle Sticker Book featuring the inspiring “Oscar Madison” as “Astro Rocket Dog” click here at Amazon.com

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I hope this calendar and story about Oscar will inspire you to help spread the word about how handicapped dog can live fabulous, fulfilling lives! Next time you are thinking about adopting a rescue pet, consider earning your angel wings by giving hope and a bright future to a special need pet.

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Super Model Kathy Ireland Talking Pet Products at Global Pet Expo

It’s that time of year again when pet industry players from around the world gather at the annual Global Pet Expo in Orlando Florida  from March 4-6, 2015 to scope out the latest and greatest products in the pet industry.

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Super business woman and model Kathy Ireland will     be returning to Global Pet Expo again this year as guest speaker at the AAPA’s PWN breakfast March, 6 2015 from 7:30-8:45 AM.

That’s one hour and fifteen minutes of full-on Kathy! Go girl!

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Last year, Kathy launched her own pet product line with a huge emphasis on style and design.

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Her beautiful patterns are modern yet also timeless at the same time.  I especially love her Chevron print bed and pink floral reversible travel mat.
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We are excited to find out what Kathy thinks about being part of the amazing pet world as she embarks on year two of her product launch.

Back-To-School Dog Fashion Trend-Plaids & Checks

While your fur baby may not be riding the bus to kindergarten, it’s always a fun time of year to play around with  Fall back-to-school fashion your pup as the leaves start to change and the smell of #2  pencils are in the air.

One of the hottest fashion trends in both the human and pet fashion world is plaids and checks.  I am trend-spotting plaids and checks on every thing from boy dog shirts, bow ties, dresses and even plaid accents mixed with tweeds.

 

Comfort and safety always come first, so while the weather is still too hot for full fashion, play around with a plaid bow-tie collar or plaid flower collar for the girlie dogs.  Stay tuned for more of my Fall Back-To-School pet fashion trends on PupStyle.com. Keep on PupStyling!!!

Today on PupStyle “Home”- KoolDog Modern Dog House On KickStarter

Today on PupStyle Home we feature KoolDog Modern Dog House on Kickstarter.

KickStarter is quickly becoming a treasure trove of pet product innovation.  You can find passionate entrepreneurs looking to fund everything from high-tech pet fitness gadgets to modern dog houses. The Kool Dog House is one of the most artistic and functional dog dens I’ve seen in a while.   It actually sooooo COOOOL that it was chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick.

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This baby is built to last from sleek design to it’s metal construction and the super fabric by Crypton they use on their washable slip covers.  The designer Ki Park has really given through thought to every design feature of this den.  It’s simply beautiful and is home furnishing accessory for both YOU and your PET.

I look forward to watching this awesome design come to market!  Keep your eye on this brand gang!

Today on PupStyle “Home” – Upcycled TV Pet Bed

We all know upcycling s a hot trend and it’s sweeping across the pet industry.  If you are looking for the ultimate upcycled conversation piece and pet bed all rolled into one, you have arrived to the right destination web travelers.

Recycled T.V. Pet Bed - Teacup Poodle - Micro Mini Chihuahua - Upcycled TV Pet Bed

LuckyLenoreVintage takes old TV’s and turns them into whimsical pet bed.  Ideal for your little fur baby weather it barks or meows.

Each piece is hand-made and only ships in the USA $99.

Refresh Your Home Decor-Modern Dachshund Painting Pillow

Etsy.com is one of our fav go-to sources for unique all things pet related.  The pet theme home Furnishing trend is growing by leaps and bounds.  You can find everything from dog salt & pepper shakers to decorative mod dog throw pillows for your home.

The Artwerks shop on Etsy.com created these super kewl mod, painted dog pillows. If you are looking for bold color look no further. They come in a variety of background colors ranging from Orange, blue, pink, purple and more $39.99.

 

 

Kid’s Summer DIY Project-Duct Tape Dog Collar Bow Tie

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PupStyle team member and children’s editor, Parker Foster Spooner has created this fun summer DIY pet fashion bow tie project for you to try out.

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Step one: Select any duct tape you like but prints are really trendy especially all things with mustaches.

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Step two: Cut a piece of length suitable for the size of your dog. We made ours extra small to fit Mr. Bernard our resident Chihuahua in charge.

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Step 3: Fold the strip you cut in half.

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Step 4: Pinch the piece you folded in half to look like a bow tie or similar to fan folding.

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Step 5: Cut a small strip of tape and fold it in half to create a loop to secure the bow tie to the dog collar.

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