Posts Tagged ‘Dog Fashion’

Travel Bags for Small Pets: Choose Wisely

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Tim and Raja

For small pets who travel, a comfortable and familiar travel bag becomes a den, a nest, a refuge and a home away from home.  For a pet like Raja who flies frequently and goes to many appointments as a spokes-dog and pup reporter, down time is everything.  If your small pet has a peripatetic lifestyle, please invest in a ventilated, padded, reinforced, safety engineered travel bag where he feels happy and safe and can nap between photo ops, customs checks, meetings and sightseeing.  Wash the liner frequently and change the travel toy often.

When I got Raja I decided that, whatever he was inclined to do, he would love to travel since I could not bear to leave him behind.  Raja’s favorite traveling bags are made by the Sherpa Pet Group.  He owns both the Tote About Town and the Airline Bag.  Here he is with CEO Tim Ford.  Raja got to meet Tim recently and, to a dog like Raja who needs to be comfortable during his airplane trips, Tim is a celebrity.

We never plug product for profit. There are no kickbacks or freebies.  It’s not what this blog is about.  (We say this for the benefit of new readers.)  There is nothing up our sleeves.  Our bag post is travel advice, accompanied by our back story.

BUT, if you are traveling with your pet, on planes, trains, subways, busses or boats, do check out the Sherpa Pet products… they’re beautifully made, comfortable to carry, well priced, durable and stylish.  Most importantly, they are comfortable for pets who ride in them.   A traveling pet is not a trinket but a companion, and a well crafted bag respects and protects your furry friend.

I’ll leave you to google my brand, or find your own- your choice.  Frequent travelers know that the joy of travel is enhanced by a cheerful furry companion, and furry companions know that the joy of travel is enhanced by a familiar, cozy, safe den (with a mesh panel, a fluffy pad and sturdy shoulder strap).

Raja and I are going to be on the airways again this week.  I can’t put his bag out tonight or he’ll insist in sleeping in it by the front door.  Hope your traveling pet has the same happy attitude.

A life with books, dogs, & thread … meet Carolyn of Carolyn’s Originals

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Carolyn gets lots of help when she sews.

Some of us work all day and come home at night and sit. Our very talented friend, Carolyn Linsday works all day setting type for books and, when she goes home, she exercises two of her three Shih Tzu dogs. Cy and CT will compete to earn their C-ATCH Championships in Summer 2011. And finally, when Cy and CT are tired, Carolyn herself “relaxes” by sewing beautifully cut pet clothes. Running all aspects of her pet fashion company is her third full time activity as designer and technician for Carolyn’s originals.

We are not sure where she gets her energy, but Carolyn seems to keep all three balls in the air every day. Raja and I plan to be in the stands waving our pom poms when Cy and CT take the ring in June and we’ll blog all about it here so you’ll be in the know.
Agility is a rapidly rising field of small dog competition in which we see more and more Shih Tzu dogs competing. In previous decades, the Shih Tzu, the hardy dog from the Himalayas, had been stereotyped into the role of companion couch potato, while also being pigeon holed as stubbornly aristocratic. A revoltingly hopeless combination.

While the aristocracy remains, the couch companion myth is rapidly fading, thanks to people like Carolyn who believe in the athleticism of these small and powerful dogs. Maybe Shih Tzu dogs are still stubborn, but bring them aboard respectfully and they will excel admirably. Right, Raja?
If you are still looking for an artisenal gift for your pet for Christmas, you can view Carolyn’s fashions here (Yes this is a plug, but there is no hidden commercialism. Raja uses many of Carolyn’s creations, especially the flannel shirts, the visors and the snuggle bag. Our blog isn’t about product and we don’t plug for things or money. We just like to share what we think is really good.)
What our blog IS about is living an energetic, self styled life in which your dog is a constant, happy companion. Maybe Carolyn’s dogs can’t help with the typesetting, but they can compete fiercely and they love helping her sew.

New York Fashion Week: Dogs & the Luxe Laboratory

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

New York Fashion Week’s festivities began with a flurry of chichi parties.  As Raja and I see it, the best party happened this past Sunday when The Shabby Dog- a California based company- launched its new Rodeo Drive Collection at Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory in New York’s Fashion District.  Founder and celebrity trainer, Sandy Duvall, her sister Gwen, her staff and their adorable Maltese and Maltipoo pet models were on hand to explain the line and discuss what it means to design from the West Coast. 

As Sandy says, in California the weather is generally warm, so pet clothing is a minimal consideration.  Even though The Shabby Dog has a cuter than cute line of tees and tee dresses, the focus of the new collection is blinged-out leashes, collars and hands free wrist cuffs.  The cuffs (not for the dogs) are wide leather, variously studded, jeweled or adorned with a glam watch.  The leash attaches to the cuff, creating a hands-free, safety- assured link to the leash.  Small purses or shopping satchels also can link to the leash. This could be very helpful when you are shopping on, say, Rodeo Drive and you have so many bags and totes and your phone in one hand and you need your other hand to hold your double yerba mate latte … no worries, Fifi’s still attached.  Or maybe you’re just walking home from the green market and you have lots of stuff and your pet is with you.  Sure makes it easier to search for your house keys. 

Readers, don’t think for one minute that Raja and I are pushing product.  Oh no, we’re talking about the DOG asserting itself in NY Fashion Week.  And it is not the DOG as accessory, but the DOG as fashionista / o.  It’s dressing the dog in ways appropriate to your lifestyle and activities.  So you might say, “Why does a dog need to dress up to shop?”  OK, maybe.  (Look, I never dress up to shop and Raja doesn’t either, but at least we match.) But how lame and mean spirited is it if you dress yourself to the nines and drag Fifi out, grubby and scraggly and badly appointed?  And “NY Fashion Week” might sound awfully superficial, until you consider the close connection between retail sales and New York City’s fiscal health.  The Mid Atlantic region needs New York to thrive big time. 

Back to the Luxe Laboratory, where Raja and I wish we lived now and then.  The venue, styled like a fashion forward apartment, is a party suite for industry events and promotions.  Robert Verdi is a celebrity stylist, party planner, animal lover who welcomed dogs to the Laboratory during Fashion Week (probably he always does).  He is assisted by Winky, his adopted Havanese who, in 18 short months, has learned how to convey the warmth, restraint, modesty and confidence of a true host. 

Check out the Shabby Dog: 

Check out the Luxe Laboratory: