Love your dog but are distressed over all the leather products made for him or her? Then take a gander at House of Dog, which offers only 100% cruelty-free pet products made from fine faux materials. Products from all the main dog categories are available: collars, leashes, apparel, beds, carriers, toys, bowls, and even wedding sets, which I presume are special items so your dog can participate in a wedding (while collar, white leash, white carrier). House of Dog's signature creations feature a Luxist favorite -- handset Czech crystals. Click on each category to see the offerings, and take a look at the gallery for a selection of some of the products and the price ranges. The Signature Paw Bag shown, for example, is $320, and comes in seven colors. (Celebs love House of Dog; go here to see.)
Eco-Me: products to keep your dog clean as well as with which to clean up, plus treats; more here
Natural Woof: exercise products, cleaners, toys & treats, beds & bowls, collars & outerwear, travel items, and homeopathic remedies; small-home dwellers, try this
Dress My Pooch: the name says it all -- clothing for dogs plus all kinds of other essentials
Zia & Tia: organics for every member of the family (humans too); pet lovers, go here for toys, beds, and apparel
Urban Leash & Treat: smaller, lower-priced items, but still all the essentials as well as some fun things (cat stuff too)
Metro Dog: all you'd expect for city dogs. Tip: keep them off your one sofa by giving them their own bed. You also can meet some real city dogs, who are allowed on the furniture, in my friend Shira's blog, Saving for Sesame. Follow The Real House Whippets of NYC on all their adventures!
If you need even more info on luxury pet products, some green (let's hope lots green), save the date for the Luxury Pet Pavilion, March 12-13, 2010, Los Angeles.
It's full of cat fur now. It's been obsessively shop-vaced clean, but when something is as comfortable as the Puppy Hugger's pet beds, you're not going to keep sybaritic animals away. Of course, I had to wrest it from the clutches of my children first. They thought it made a fine television-watching lounge pillow. Yes, that's right, the bed is made by The Puppy Hugger, and we used it for cats and kids, not a canine in sight. That doesn't change the fact that it's a super-luxurious pet bed with a great design.
The Two's Company bed that my lounge-tastic kitties are trying out has two hollows in the middle that will hold smaller dogs, and of course cats, in hammock-like comfort. The deeply padded sides of the bed give animals something to snuggle up against, a posture that's comforting to many stripes of beast. Covered in a variety of very soft faux fur, and filled with polyester fiber that's marshmallow soft, the handmade beds cuddle your pets when you can't. Don't be offended if Muffy starts to prefer it over your lap.
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Gallery: Puppy Hugger Luxury Pet Bed
Photos copyright ©2009 Dan Roth / Weblogs, Inc.
Not all Tibetan Mastiffs are this pricey. The American Tibetan Mastiff Association has more information on breeders in the U.S. including pics of dogs given up for rescue.
Gallery: Pet Bling
Fall is coming, and that means pampered pups are going to need a bed to keep them off the cold, hard floor, or the thin, unforgiving carpet. Never fear -- you can get Chien Vivant Couture Beds here! Barron's House of Treasures, which offers all kinds of luxury pet items, was offering 14 styles of Chien Vivant dog beds when I looked today, retailing for $1,496 - $1,748. The beds all have French-ish names, such as Le Bijou and Napolione and Marseilles. I viewed the Marseilles, and discovered it's custom (no returns) and is made all the high-quality materials you would demand for this price. Options, which cost extra, include monogramming and Swarovski bed legs. For more details, click on the bed of your choice from this selection.
Barron's has a full line of luxury items for pets, including jewelry, strollers, clothing, shoes, carriers, toys, accessories, and spa care (coat care). Plus there's a store just for fancy felines, Kitty Kat Boutique. My 17-year-old cats wouldn't tolerate clothing, but they might like something that's more up their alley, such as these comfy and fun items.
See the gallery for a random selection of Chien Vivant dog beds.
[Via Daily Kibble]
Gallery: Chien Vivant Couture Beds
The harsh realities of life in the Middle East has left Israelis with a reputation for no nonsense, but as one of the world's busiest economies, some exceptions were bound to pop up. Take this report, for example, of an Israeli woman who insisted her dog had to fly with her. In business class. And she paid a whopping $32,000 to make it happen.
According to reports, the 60-year-old woman identified as Rivkah (a not uncommon Israeli name) rented out the entire business class section of an El Al jet flying just four hours from Paris to Tel Aviv just for herself, her dog and a veterinarian. The process involved removing several seats to make room for the giant cage, but for Rivkah, who identifies with her dog – a boxer named Orchuk – as a child and not a pet, the cargo hold was not an option, and cost was no object.
Last season J.C. Penney built one of their major ad campaigns on exhorting men to do what they could to stay out of the dog house. But if you are one of Paris Hilton's many pets the dog house is the place to be. Hilton recently shared photos of her new designer doghouse on Twitter. Paris's pinkified pet playhouse has two floors. Downstairs there is a living room and upstairs there is a bedroom and a closet to stash the many outfits she has purchased for her small pets. Hilton's dogs, which bear names like Tinkerbell, Marilyn Monroe, Prince Baby Bear, Harajuku, Dolce and Prada, will feel right at home because the mini-mansion, outfitted by interior decorator Faye Resnick was designed to resemble Hilton's own home in all its pink majesty and includes miniature Philippe Starck furniture, heat, air conditioning and even a black crystal chandelier and black ceiling moldings. At a price of $325,000, as Perez Hilton points out, such extavagance might not sit well with the many people in the U.S. struggling to hold on to their homes. But then again, would we expect anything less of Paris Hilton?
Gallery: Pet Bling
The feeders are available in 45 breed-specific images for dogs, and in 3 picture designs for cats (not breed-specific, but more generic: cat w/bird, cat sitting, and squirrel). There are five color choices: limesicle, coral, pearl, parakeet, and charcoal. The feeders come in two sizes for cats, XS ($155) and S ($175). For dogs, the the size offered corresponds to the breed's size, so, a miniature Daschund style would be small, for $155, while the German Shepherd style would be larger, for $175, the Whippet style is $195, and the Labrador style is $235. You get the idea.
N.B. to the the company, however: I'm happy you have a style for the German Shepherd, but note the spelling: It's not Shepard.
Check out a few styles I selected at random in the gallery below.
Gallery: Designer Hanging Pet Feeders
You may need to do just a bit extra, though -- the airline flies out of smaller, regional airports right now, so an extra trip may be in order for you to drop off your pet, and the Pet Airways flight takes longer than a standard flight due to stops along the way. MSN did a good piece that offers more details.
As a pet owner, I offer my thought that traveling sans the pet and then picking him or her at the airport makes for a happier trip for all.
Nobody likes a smelly dog in the summertime (or anytime for that matter). For your pooch freshening needs, Pepper & Tanky offers relief. This new brand of dog perfume uses natural oils and less alcohol so as not to irritate sensitive skin. The brand creators recommend that you spray Pepper & Tanky eau du parfum onto your hand or washcloth and gently massage or pet your dog. The scent should be applied after bath and can last several days. Today we are giving away a two-ounce bottle of Vanilla Woof, a chypre floral fragrance, with fruity hints and sweet vanilla. To enter the contest leave a note telling us about your dog.
Some other important details:
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* The comment must be left and confirmed before Friday, June 12, 2009 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
* You may only enter once.
* One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
* One winner will receive the Pepper & Tanky Vanilla Woof dog perfume valued at $44.
* Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
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Expensive and opulent pet accessories abound for those who wish to spoil their furry friends including where they rest their fluffy heads at night. The Dog Pod by designer Glenn Ross is no exception offering contemporary design with a comfort and utility. Constructed from bent ply wood which curves in a "C" shape holding a removable and washable faux fur pad, the Pod surrounds your pooch and comforts it into sweet slumber. Size wise I'm not sure if they only accommodate lap dogs or big beasts but I appreciate the sleek design which will easily blend into any home's surroundings. Choose from a variety of finishes including maple, cherry, wenge, and bamboo or aluminum for an extra $100 on top of the $730 price tag.
A dog perfume you might want to spray on yourself? Pepper & Tanky is a collection of fine French, animal cruelty-free eau du parfum for dogs that use natural oils and less alcohol so as not to irritate sensitive skin. It comes in a couple of sweet scents Vanilla Woof and Peaches n' Cream as well as a pair that are more complex. Puppy Love is a bergamot-amber-jasmine blend and Big Dawg is a less floral combination of bergamot, neroli, lavender and musk. Pepper & Tanky is at upscale boutiques, pet-friendly hotels and pet spas and sells online for $44 for a two-ounce bottle.
Your dog doesn't have to go to a dog hotel like Chateau Poochie (shown above) to get the luxury treatment. Knowing how attached many of us are to our pets, these days many hotels are luring customers by offering treats for your furry friends. Dog massages, special dog menus and even a pet psychic are just some of the amenities on offer. Check out the complete gallery at Lemondrop.