Archive for November, 2014

Our pampered pets will get to go on plenty of fun outings with us. Of course, you want them to look their best, so what do you need to dress your baby up and be on trend? Here are some of the hottest dog fashion trends:

Bright Dog Bows

Just like dressing up a little girl, your pampered princess pooch needs some super cute dog bows for this Spring and Summer. They should be bright and match any outfit that she’s wearing. They should also be adorned with curls or with cute, interlacing ribbons that make a pattern. Most of the hottest bows right now also have a shiny charm in the middle that stands out from the rest of the bow. The great thing is that these are really reasonable, even the designer ones, and you can also recycle children’s bows that you can find anywhere for your sweet furry baby.

Bling Charms

Bling charms for your dog’s collar are all the rage right now and you’ll want to have plenty for each different look. These are pretty inexpensive and can be found online, at your local pet store or at different pet boutiques. You can also easily use different jewelry charms that you can purchase at discount stores for your pet’s collar to make a unique, totally “you” look that stands out.

Rhinestone Collars

Even boy dogs are sporting some bling this year with the wonderful rhinestone collars that are out. You can go as bright and blingy as you want, or as muted as you want – but rhinestones are all the rage right now when it comes to collars. You can either buy your own rhinestone collars at local stores or online, or you can make your own for a completely unique look. Either way, this is one accessory that you cannot do without.

Spaghetti Strap Dresses

Your little princess needs cute, springy spaghetti strap sundresses to be on trend this year. These can be found anywhere you look – online, at pet shops, discount stores. And, you can even make your own out of recycled baby dresses. These are usually pretty reasonable to purchase, even the designer ones, so make sure that you have several to choose from for your next outing with your baby.

Printed T-Shirts

Boys and girls are on trend with dog fashions this year if you have several different printed t-shirts for them to sport when you’re out. The great thing about this is that the more custom or DIY they are, the better! Old baby onsies and t-shirts for newborns make great additions to your dog fashion collection this year and keep you on trend with everyone else.

Remember that no matter what type of fashions you are looking for  for your pup, these different trends are sure to keep you and your dog looking as hot as possible. And, the best part is that you can do it without spending a fortune.

We have all heard of the coveted “Best In Show” title at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show every year, and chances are that you love to see who wins it each year. The breed, the color, the style, the size – no matter what draws you to see who wins the best in show title each year, every dog owner can see a bit of their best furry friend in that show dog. Most dog owners aren’t familiar with all of the work that goes into getting a dog ready for a dog show. Even more owners have no idea what it takes to win the best in show title over the hundreds of other dogs that are at the show. So what does it take for a specific dog to win “Best In Show”? And what does the “Best In Show” title even mean for those who win it at the Westminster Dog Show?

Let’s start with the title itself and what it means at the Westminster Dog Show every year. The “Best In Show” title is given to the overall winner of the show itself. The judges view hundreds of dogs each year at the annual contest and the overall winner of the show is given the “Best In Show” title. The Westminster Dog Show is an all breed show, meaning that every dog there is judged overall together for the best title as well as several other different awards throughout the show. So, this means that Great Danes will go up against Chihuahuas, Rottweilers will go up against Silk Terriers, and so on, no matter what breed you enter into the show, it will be judged against all of the others. To win that coveted “Best In Show” title, means simply that specific dog is the very best one in the whole show according to the judges.

Now, let’s get into what makes up a “Best In Show” dog and how they are chosen. Every dog in the Westminster Dog Show are judged by the overall standards of their breed. For example, each different breed, such as the English Bulldog, have specific standards according to the Westminster Kennel Club and each English Bulldog in the show will be judged by those standards. These will be different for every breed and every dog entered. Once a “Best Of Breed” winner is crowned for each different breed of dog at the show that year, they then go into a competition with all of the other “Best Of Breed” winners for the “Best In Show” title.

The judges will get all of the “Best Of Breed” winners together and they will take their time going over every one and how high they rank on that breed’s standards. From there, they have to decide which of the “Best Of Breed” winners takes the title of “Best In Show”. Once a winner is crowned, they then start their responsibility of becoming “America’s Dog” and traveling all over the US to different events, shows, and fairs. The winner of the “Best In Show” also gains almost immediately popularity, meaning that any offspring of that particular dog will be highly sought after for many years.

What would any posh pooch be without some haute designer accessories? Just like you, won’t your furry pal love a cool new Coach or Juicy Couture item to show off around the town? Of course they would and if you are someone that loves designer accessories of any type, there are always some wonderful designer dog accessories out there to love too. Here are some of our favorites:

GG Collection Personalized Pet Jar

With this gorgeous personalized treat jar, your pooch will never have to really beg for a treat again. You can get this Tuscan style jar, complete with a customized antiqued aluminum base and label to ensure that your dog is simply the best around. Also, you’ll never have to worry about hiding those treat bags when company comes over any longer – you’ll be dying to show off this beauty to anyone that comes into your home.

Louis Vuitton Dog Leash

Hey Louis Vuitton fans, here is exactly what your dog needs when you’re out for a stroll. This beautiful Louis Vuitton dog leash matches all of the luxury accessories that you own and everyone will know that you only buy the best for your furry friend – even if it’s just for your daily walk.

 

Coach Collar

Oh Coach, we couldn’t have a list of designer dog accessories without you! We all love Coach purses and why should your dog suffer without something cool to match? Well, Coach offers a wonderful line of dog collars that come with different little charms and designs to match any style that you might own. And with a pretty decent price for a Coach accessory, you may end up buying several to match all of your Coach items.

Paul Frank Julius Dog Bed

We have all see that funky monkey from Paul Frank Julius around in designer stores, discount stores, and the mall and chances are that if you have kids (or are simply a kid at heart), you have something with this monkey on it. Well, don’t leave your pet out. Here is your chance to get your dog their own cute bed that offers something colorful, yet still posh and designer for your pet. Plus, they are completely eco friendly and made from recycled plastic bottles – meaning that now you’re stylish and eco friendly!

Juicy Couture Dog Trench Coat

While all of the other dogs shiver in the cold, why not let your dog stand out in a gorgeous herringbone trench coat from Juicy Couture? You can find it to match your favorite Juicy Couture trench and the two of you will look adorable as you stroll around town. Of course, this designer accessory is only for dogs from 2 up to 15 pounds, so if you own a bigger dog, then you are out of luck for this cute luxury item.

No matter what designer you are in love with at the moment, you will easily find some great designer dog accessories online and through some of the larger designer stores in your area. The best part is that the vast majority of them are priced so reasonably that you have no excuse not to get a few of them for your favorite fur ball.

Every dog owner wants great dog accessories for their furry friend, but sometimes we just don’t want to pay a massive amount for them. Shopping online, shopping clearance sales at the local pet shops, and even finding cute hand made items can still end up costing more than you really want to spend. Well, instead of spending a ton of money on little accessories for your favorite pooch, why not learn how to make some cute ones at home without spending any money? Here are three easy do-it-yourself ideas for cute dog accessories that you can easily pull off at home:

 

  1. Onesie T-Shirts: For those with smaller dogs or toy breeds, you love seeing them in cute little shirts and other dress up fun but those outfist can be expensive. So why not make your own out of some cute little onesies? You can easily take old or new onesies for babies and turn them into super cute dog shirts. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 onesie, needle and thread (or sewing machine), scissors, pencil or pen, and a ruler. Rule of thumb for these cute DIY shirts, if your dog weighs less than 15 pounds you will need a newborn size if they are 15 and above you will need the 0-3 months size, and if you have a 6 pound or under pooch, look for preemie sizes. Now, put the onesie on your dog with the graphic up on their back. Mark off where the bottom should be cut right about where their hips start, so nothing is in the way of them walking. Cut along that line, then sew a simple hem in that area of the onesie. Once your hem is done, so is your new dog shirt! It really is that easy!
  2. Snazzy Dog Collars: Oh don’t fall for those cute little blinged up collars at the pet store that cost $20 or more. You can easily make your own at home with just a few things and you’ll be able to totally customize it however you want! Here’s what you’ll need: a plain dog collar of your choice, different sized and colored rhinestones, hot glue gun, and tweezers. Now, you simply warm up the hot glue gun (which can be found at most larger discount stores for less than $10) and use the tweezers to hold the rhinestones as you put a small dot of hot glue on them. Place them on the collar where you want them to go with the tweezers and let dry. You can use strong craft glue for this, but hot glue will give and bend a bit more when the collar is bent around your dog’s neck. With this easy idea, you can make different collars for different times of the year or as your dog gets older.
  3. Costumes: Halloween and other holidays mean fun dress up times for your tiny dog but expensive items for you. Thank goodness there are thousands of different dog costume patterns out there that you can easily make at home! It is a bit harder to show you exactly how to do these all in one article, because there are so many different costumes out there. The great thing is that there are hundreds of free patterns that you can find all over the place for costumes like hot dogs, a shark eating your dog, a cowboy, and so on. Or with just a little bit of imagination at a thrift shop in the kid’s section, you can find some great ideas for the perfect dog costume for your little baby.

 

With just these three little ideas, you can easily cut out some of the biggest costs that come with dog accessories. Making your own collars, your own clothing, and your own costumes for your dog will not only help you save money, but it will help keep you up on the latest trends in dog accessories as well as your pooch looking as cute as possible.

DIY Doggie Pjs

One of the cutest trends  is doggie pjs. While they can get a little pricey if you’re looking at designer ones, others are pretty reasonable. Of course, if you can’t find ones that you totally love on your dog, then what do you do? You can make your own doggie pjs and still be on trend this year for cheap. Here is what you’ll need to do:

Find some cute baby onesies with legs at your local discount store, online, or even at garage sales. You can always find ones that match your pjs, or that compliment them. Finding a few that are really cheap at a discount store or garage sale can be great to practice on until you get everything down just the way you want. Not sure what size to get? It’s pretty easy, for dogs under 6 pounds, look for preemie clothes. For dogs from 6 to 15 pounds, look for newborn clothes. For dogs over 15 pounds, look for 0-3 month old baby clothes. If you have a larger dog, you will have to look for child sizes. Buying cheap child pjs at garage sales gives you an easy way to determine what size will fit your dog without spending a lot of time, energy, and money buying the wrong one and having to take them all back.

Once you have a few to practice on, start by putting them on your dog, but be careful with their tail for right now as you’ll make an area just for this later. You want the cute design to be up on the back, even if the zipper or buttons are there. Now, take a pen and mark along the behind (for the tail) as well as the stomach. You basically want to leave an area open for your dog to use the bathroom without getting it all over their pjs as well as a opening for their tail to move and wag. Once you have these areas marked, take the pjs off your pooch and cut along the line.

After you’ve got everything cut out, take a needle and thread or your sewing machine, and sew simple hems along every area that you’ve cut. This can be a bit time consuming until you get the hang of it, and you can also find hem tape as well as seam glue at local craft and sewing stores, or online. Once you get a little better with hemming up your dog’s pjs, you can get more fancy with different types of ribbon around the hem and other cute bric-a-brac as well.

Now that everything is sewn up, you are ready for your furry baby to sport their new pjs. It might take a bit for them to get used to the new clothes, but once they do and realize that they are snuggly and comfy, you’ll have a pj fan for life

We all know that our dogs have to have food and water and love, but there is more to caring for a dog than just those three things. There are many other areas, such as exercise, bathing, brushing, and so on that help ensure a dog is happy and healthy. If you are new to owning a dog or you simply want to make sure that you’ve got everything covered, here are five dog accessories that you simply cannot live without:

  1. Collar – This might seem like a given but you need to make sure that you have the right collar for your dog. Smaller dogs won’t need a big, sturdy collar, a thinner one will do just fine, but larger breeds will need a sturdy collar that won’t break when you’re out for a walk on a leash. You also want to make sure that you have the right fit on your dog’s collar, if it’s too small, you can choke your dog, and too big means they can slip out of it, losing any ID tags they have.
  2. Brush – You may think that you don’t have to brush your particular dog breed, but every dog needs to be brushed. There are several reasons for this, the main one being that it helps to curb shedding any time of the year. Every dog breed sheds, some just more than others, by brushing your dog, you can stop most of the shed hair from sticking to your furniture, clothing, car, and carpets. Plus brushing is a great way to inspect your dog for any bites, bumps, or other problems that you may not notice by simply patting them on the back. Talk with your groomer about what brush is right for your particular dog breed.
  3. Leash – Sure this one goes hand in hand with the dog’s collar, but do you have the right size leash for your dog? You want to make sure that you give your dog enough room to run without being so far away that you cannot control them. Also, you need a strong leash with a good clasp that isn’t going to break if your dog tugs on it. The last thing you want is for your dog to go chasing after a squirrel on a walk and get away from you and get hurt. Make sure that your dog’s leash is good quality that won’t break, yet still gives them enough room to run and exercise.
  4. Bedding – Some of us are guilty of letting our dogs sleep on our beds with us, but they still need their own bed, their own space. You can find all different sizes of pet beds that will fit your dog perfectly. These are pretty inexpensive, usually less than $20 (except for the very large ones) unless you want something very specific or designer, which will cost more. Pet beds offer your pet their own space in your house. You should set up their bed along with some of their toys in a corner or spot where they know that is their own space. It will give them a place to feel safe in when they are scared or lonely.
  5. Treats – We all love to reward our dogs with treats, but are you giving the right ones? Some treats can be bad for your dog, packing on extra weight they may not need or just being overall junk food for your pet. There are plenty of great treats out there that help with cleaning their teeth, bad doggie breath, and so much more. And if you are wary of all the different ingredients in your dog’s treats, you can easily make some of your own for your furry kiddo.

 

Of course, you may decide that you need other dog accessories for your pampered pooch, but these are the main five – aside from food, water, and love – to keep your dog happy and healthy for a long time to come.