Archive for February, 2011

Riding in Cars with Dogs

Kenny loves to ride shotgun. If he isn’t able to sit in the passenger seat, then he is standing, on the middle armrest – as if he is steering a ship, but is that safe? Definitely not.

Lookout SUV Seat

One stop too short could send my precious pooch flying through the windshield and that is not an exaggeration, so I’ve been looking into a car harness or a car seat, for him to enjoy his rides in the car safely. Here are my top choices, take a look and be sure to give me your feedback on these brands…

Brookstoneoffers a console seat, perfect for small dogs under 5lbs, that fits between the front driver’s bucket seat and the passenger seat. Ideal for those smaller pups that need to be close to their owner. Pricing starts at $36

For those that have a SUV, they say this will fit nicely between the front (or rear) seat and your canine cutie will love the comfy security of this new hi-back car seat. Pricing for the Microsuede Console SUV High-Back starts at $99.99

Lookout Perch Car Seat

Lookout Perch Car Seat-Full Bench
Finally someone thinking of the larger dog, this lookout perch bench allows your dog his personal space to relax while riding in the car. Machine washable, making this a keeper for road trips and beyond. Pricing starts at $139.99

Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat


A window seat please!
TheKurgobrand makes great car seats, for dogs up to 30lbs. I’ve seen this one in person and it allows your dog the opportunity to see outside, from their own window, safely. Pricing starts at $60

Pre-Westminster Fashion Show was all that and more!

We're at Westminster!

Last Friday, Kenny and I attended our first Pre-Westminster Fashion Show and Awards at the New York Pennsylvania Hotel. Always a fan of a “party with a purpose,” this event also benefited the Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn.

For a donation of $25, I was treated to an impressive gift bag, hot buffet, a runway show, a dog wedding and cash bar, not complaining, it was after all a charity event. And although it seemed as if there were several parties going on simultaneously, the scheduled runway show did feature such fabulousness as a $5k Swarovski crystaled dress and the stars of the upcoming tv reality show: Doggie Moms, a six-part series, which kicks off today, Feb. 16th at 9:30 p.m. on NYC Life.

Doggie Moms actors

Dogs, large and small dressed in their Sunday best, were in attendance to celebrate and congratulate those people who have made some significant animal rescue contributions. For me, that was fantastic to see – but of course my focus was on the “fashions” (said like Dwight from RHOA) that were being displayed in the back of the ballroom.

I was impressed with many of the designer lines that were present, albeit many do cater to the smaller and female dog. What about our boys and the full bodied? Still on the hunt for those kinds of items. The beautiful crocheted sweaters by See Spot Knit and custom coats by PoochKiss were simply adorable and even better would not require a trip to the cleaners. Cozy Puff Dog Beds are said to be available in a myriad of colors/sizes and the souvenir equivalent to the “I love NY t-shirt,” Les Pets en Voyage! were also some of my faves.

Attendee of Westminster Pre-Show

Aside from the apparel and accessories, I met loads of folks who have made the awesome choice to adopt a rescue dog. It made my heart smile to see that so many lovable animals with broken spirits were given a second chance.

To round out the evening, Kenny and I ran into Sookie, who looks as if she could be kin, so we had to take a picture with her and her mom, who is a strong supporter of Sean Casey.

All in all, a nice evening out meeting new friends and reconnecting with old contacts.

Coming soon… meet the Crown Heights Dog Whisperer, Dexter. He and his African Mastiff, Zobo, stole the back-room show and Zobo, my heart with his docile demeanor and silent strength. Until next time…

Last Minute Valentine Day Gifts

Time does fly and with less than a week away until Valentine’s Day, I found a few last minute gift ideas that are super cute and most importantly, affordable.

Hearts PJs

A little chilly in the house or you just want your pup to sleep in style? These heart print pajamas are so darn cute, in a lightweight cotton and has an underbelly opening, for easy access. Pricing starts about $18.

Cookies for a Cause? K9 Confections Candy Hearts healthy treats are being offered in a gift set available for Valentine’s Day. In addition to selling treats/bones/biscotti in a variety of yummy flavors all year round, K9 Confections also donates to local shelters nationwide with support by customers’ purchases. Pricing for treats starts at $8.95

Candy Hearts

Next week’s blog topic? A re-cap of my and Kenny’s debut and attendance of the Pre-Westminster Dog Fashion and Awards event on Friday.

As always, support your local Pet Shop! While the larger chains who will have an assorted variety of toys, treats and clothing – it is the small business owner who really needs your cash to be of service to you and the community.

Desirable Dog Items? We are intrigued.

In my travels I’ve seen a lot of unique dog items, some great, others made me go – huh? Since this will be a recurring monthly blog topic, because I simply cannot include them all now, below are just a few that I thought were whimsical, adorable and necessary, lol! Take a look and tell me what you think. And if you have one to share, please do!

What's Your Woof Sign?

So this year we were told that our zodiac sign may not actually be our zodiac sign anymore. Luckily for our precious pooches – they do not have that issue, making DogOscopes, pet id tags featuring each of the 12 zodiac signs in an artsy-dog style, a cute addition to your canine’s collar. Now we don’t want our doggies to look like our key chains with multiple charms hanging around their necks, but DogOscopes are too cute and with signs like Caninecer and Tauruffus, just simply irresistible. Pricing for DogOscopes start at $15 and allows for two lines of engraving.

Buying someone a present for their new puppy or maybe a gift for your own canine kid is half the battle, but finding appropriate gift wrapping paper is another story. I came across this wonderful site petpartyprintz.com and what a fabulous selection they have! Looking for holiday and birthday paper, the obvious – to general gift wrap – the styles and designs of the paper are gorgeous and comes with its own tape, to ensure easy unwrapping. Gift wrap paper pricing starts at $4.95

Everyday Stripes with Paws

Sleeping in Style

Hosting a slumber party or just a multi-mutt owner? Check out this sexy and contemporary bunk bed by Lazybonezz. Info from the site says that the Metropolitan bed is great for the city life, but also very functional and fun for any home. If you’re wondering about who will sleep on the top bunk and how they will get there? A set of three stairs, with a textured surface on each, makes this a source of entertainment as well as one of the most unique and beautiful products on the pet market. Pricing for the Metropolitan bed starts at $399.

From knowing your dog’s zodiac sign, to making sure his/her present is wrapped appropriately to finding the perfect piece of bed furniture, there are products out here that cater to the four-legged loves of our lives. Until next time…