What would Kenny want for Christmas? Holiday Gift Idea #4

As a young child, each school year I would be sequestered to the school gym or auditorium to take my annual school pictures. I understand that it was my parents’ way of documenting those treasured school years and my personal growth, but
buying those ridiculous packages of okay images and then passing them out to family and friends? Even worse? Seeing one of those hands-in-lap 5x7s in our living room? So not cool.

PoochShoot - White Husky

Do we do the same for our doggies? Are we the paparazzi for our pooches? It’s pretty safe to say that we may be a tad bit amateur in our efforts, or just don’t have the time or know how, to get that perfect picture, so wouldn’t it be nice to have a professional shot done? To have a gorgeous and artistic memory that truly embodies the personality of our dog? Enter Lindsey Henon, owner of PoochShoot.

PoochShoot - Tanaka Roar!

Specializing in studio and on location pet photography, Henon’s approach is modern and sophisticated, which is why this is on Kenny’s holiday list. The ultimate gift for any art lover, in studio pricing starts at $125 for 1-2 hours. If your dog is anything like Kenny, curious and overly social (read: not completely trained) Lindsey says no problem. She is comfortable working with all sizes and types of dogs. Finally, with a portion of all proceeds going to various animal charitable organizations in the PA/NJ area, Henon’s gift of giving extends past the holiday season. For more information on appointments and pricing, please visit www.poochshoot.com and be sure to view the gallery, just lovely.

What would Kenny want for Christmas? Holiday Gift Idea #3

Top Tips from Top Trainers

Not exactly your fancy-schmancy type of gift, but this guide is genius! The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Top Tips from Top Trainers: 1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training, with its practical style, A-Z format and comprehensive coverage is a great tool for the development of a strong or better relationship with your dog… and just after a few pages, Top Tips had me saying “a-ha!,” a lot.

If you’re curious as to why your dog may do certain things, in the case of Kenny – who loves to paw at me at night when he wants to be rubbed, Top Tips taught me how to train him on unwanted behavior. Want to know what the experts say about crating and dominance over other canines and possibly you? With over 1000 suggestions, there is something that can be learned by all.

Top Tips’ cover price is $19.95 and can be found at major retail book stores.

What would Kenny want for Christmas? Holiday Gift Idea #2

Celie Leg Warmer

Pet parents… looking for a great stocking stuffer for your little lady? Check out Telicia Bunch’s line of leg warmers for your little girl. Starting at $34.99, this 100% cashmere accessory is trending this season and are such the fashion statement. Telicia’s fascination with style started at a young age. She says “Dolls and a house full of dogs were her constant companions and it was her love of dogs and love for fashion that helped her decide to enter the growing industry of dog fashion and to launch her eponymous collection, Te-leash-a by Telicia.”

Toten Open Carrier

Telicia’s expertise in creating these gorgeous pieces for dogs comes from her strong background in design. What I especially loved about her line was the butter soft leather carrying bags. The Toten is the ultimate purse style carrier and is completely open and allows your pet to see and be seen. It has two large pockets on the outsides and two small pockets on the sides, all with snap closure, as well as a zipper pocket on the interior. The hot pink interior lining provides that fashionable pop of color and of course there is an interior safety strap with harness hook. For those that want a more enclosed style, the Travelin Thru carrier has four large pockets with zip closure on the outside, two smaller pockets on the side, and a zipper pocket on the interior. There is plenty of ventilation on all four sides that provide a comfortable ride for your pet. For more info on these items and more, click HERE.

Remember November 27th is the first-ever Small Business Saturday – a day to come together and champion for the small businesses we love. These are the businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies. Shop and show your support tomorrow!

What would Kenny want for Christmas? Holiday Gift Idea #1

Pendant Diamond Chain

Adorable and durable, Wags & Tags’ custom dog tags are made of precious metals and diamonds that are so irresistible that if you want to spend a few dollars more – a matching pendant is available for YOU!

Browse this site and see for yourself the dog tag style that jumps out at you for your canine companion and then find the matching pendant that is made especially for owners.

Engraved with Impt. Info

Have a special message or pertinent info engraved on the back and this gorgeous piece can now also double as an ID tag.

With prices starting at $199, you can choose from white or yellow gold to sterling silver. Whatever you decide, W&T has a design that fits your fashion sense and budget. For more info, visit www.wagsandtags.com

To know your dog is to know yourself…

For years I thought I wanted a Jack Russell Terrier. I would watch the show Fraiser, and long for my own little Eddie. My first day of work at Entertainment Weekly magazine, back in the ’90s, Eddie was on the cover. He was so adorable and photogenic; he even came to the office. I was sold. Just recently, my new favorite TV show, Damages, had a recurring role for a Jack Russell Terrier. So when my family decided that we wanted to include a dog into the fold, I thought with such a serious decision, I had to do my due diligence. Armed with the internet and access to knowledge at my fingertips, I took the time to research about the Jack Russell and their behavior, in-depth. My findings showed that this breed would not faire well with me, my children or our lifestyle. The Schnoodle, however was just right and the only choice for us.

As if someone met him personally, the description of a Kenny’s temperament found on www.dogbreedinfo.com was right on! Kenny is very loyal to his family, affectionate, extremely intelligent, easy to train, clever, friendly, fun-loving, and has plenty of personality! He is good with children, especially toddlers, and gets along fine with other dogs, so far lol! He is a great watchdog as he lets us know when someone is near, but he isn’t aggressive. To him a good game of fetch played in the house or a long walk, is perfectly fine with him. Ken is not a yappy dog in the sense of making noise for the sake of barking. He love car rides and has shown that he is a great companion dog who shows potential in obedience, agility and fly ball. He really is first and foremost a loyal and loving companion! Another reason I chose a Schnoodle was because my sister is very allergic to dogs and because both the Poodle and Schnauzer breeds do not shed, they are a perfect choice for allergy sufferers.

So I say all of this to say, do you really know your dog? I mean really. Did you take the time to find out if the breed you like is prone to illness, nice to kids, sheds, requires a lot of attention or were you only thinking about if it will look good in a Louis Vuitton carrier? Start here at www.dogbreedinfo.com and let me know what you find and then remember to also check to see if your chosen breed has a rescue shelter. Many times folks get the “jewelry” pet and then get bored with them or the training period got overwhelming. These dogs need you and deserve a loving home.

Until next time…

Kenny Walks for a Cause!

Last month Kenny and I supported the Best Friends Animal Society’s NYC Strut Your Mutt event to end pet homelessness and hunger in NYC.

Kenny's all set for the walk.

Getting up bright and early is our routine, but getting dressed for a day in the City, for a great cause, was icing on the cake. What an amazing time we had meeting other dogs and owners who also care about this very important issue facing dogs and pets all over the City.

The Strut Start

Our two-mile walk was along the West Side Highway, offering great views of NJ across the Hudson River. Along the way we took a look inside Paws to Doors, a petmobile service for dog owners who travel with their canine companions. A cool concept, however, I couldn’t help but wonder what such a service would cost. Prices start as low as $20, and given that they are offering comfort, safety and cleanliness for your little one. Might be worth a try – one day. As we crossed the finish line, I couldn’t help but notice all of the vendors on site offering adorable bonding activities like yoga with your dog to kids participating in the paw-to-hand print painting activity. We took a breather and met several owners who had rescue dogs. One in particular, we fell in love with was Bear and he fell in love with my daughter, Nia.

Nia and Bear

Petmobile Service: Paws to Doors

While we had a wonderful time, we were mindful that the very core of all the work of Best Friends Animal Society is to keep their dream alive that one day kindness will replace cruelty, and animals will no longer be destroyed because they are unwanted or imperfect. That spaying and neutering will become commonplace, and adoption will be the first choice for everyone. With our support, shelters will have the knowledge and resources to help rehabilitate special-needs animals and find the right family for every animal. Making this dream a reality is the mission Best Friends Animal Society calls No More Homeless Pets®.

A perfect view of NJ.

Thanks to all who generously sent us a few bucks! We happily made our contribution and funds raised by Strut Your Mutt participants went directly to participating local rescue groups (Best Friends Network Charities) and to Best Friends local programs in New York (and Los Angeles) that support their mission.

I was so inspired that Kenny and I will keep you posted about this and any other upcoming causes that need our voices. It was our pleasure to be a part of this campaign.

Until next time…

Make Space for These New Fashion Finds!

This past summer I attended PET FASHION WEEK NY and just like last year, I continue to be amazed (not surprised) by all of the incredible brands and owners who have really dedicated themselves to the industry. As I made my way through, I came across some great new lines who were offering us outfits that are reminiscent of our toddler years, retro gear that will remind you of your rebel years and those who really want to make a high-end fashion statement. Here are some of my faves:

From the Gloire Collection

First up is Mochi & Jolie (www.mochiandjolie.com). Their knitwear collection is unique because it is made with Bamboo, a renewable resource. This makes it an environmentally friendly choice. Another great mention? When the bamboo yarn is not mixed with unnatural fibers, it is biodegradable. I love their sweaters and the price points are perfect.

Next is Bling Bone (www.blingbone.com). With Beth Ostrosky-Stern (radio legend, Howard Stern’s wife) as their celebrity spokesperson, this high-end fine jeweler makes incredible necklaces for both dog and owner. I also fell in love with their one-of-a kind recycled and hand-painted dog carriers from Brazil. Definitely a splurge purchase, but absolutely beautiful and perfect for those that take their little ones out all the time (Rumor: you could possibly use the carrier on the airplane.

Bling Bone Carrier

For the rocker doggie or nostalgic owner, Black Baron kingdom apparel (www.blackbaronkingdom.com) is just what you’re looking for in terms of one-of-a-kind items. From high school varsity jackets, to London Fog raincoats and 1970 concert memorabilia Ts, your pooch will be front and center with one of these originals.

Upper West Side Collection Autumn Collar

Finally for some stand-out collars and leash combos, check out Kane & Couture (www.kaneandcouture.com). What are their specialties? For once, great pieces made for the boys and for our larger breeds. As their bio says “…lets doggies have style too! For teacup and tyrannosaurus, fly boys and stylish bitches.” Nuff said.

For those that are new to my blog, welcome! Each week I will offer up style-based suggestions and new findings, as well as things Kenny and I have run into and participate in and around the tri-State of NY/NJ/CT. Be sure to visit our site: http://www.kennyscloset.com, follow us on Twitter and friend / like our page on Facebook. All keyword: kennyscloset.

Until next time…