Let’s be honest, if I were a dog and found myself lost I might utter the words “Oh Sh*t I am lost!” then hope some human finds me and brings me safely home.

Michigan artist Sprout1world at Etsy.com hand-makes these unique tung and cheek, personalized dog tags for only $22.

I can’t say I recommend this for families with children, but for grown-ups with a good sense of humor, have a good laugh. Life is too short not to mention they have a trendy, vintage vibe we love.

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So what to do with that old wine barrel you picked up at a flea market years ago and it’s been collecting dust in the basement?

Keep using it as an end table or flower pot? Nah,  Rock Creek Furniture Company at Etsy.com came up with a really smart idea. Turn them into dog beds and feeders.  Instead of gifting your beloved wino friend with beautifully aged vino, present them with this wine gift instead…it’s last longer!

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The reversible cushion with fleece on one side is ideas for winter and a fresh look with little effort.

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Beautifully , aged reclaimed wine barrels are turned into stylish dog beds and feeders that you won’t find at a mass retailer or anywhere else.  This Colorado based company uses barrels from reclaimed American or French oak which are carefully reinforced, sanded and and sprayed with a high-quality clear finish for a lasting product $250 plus shipping.

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The wine barrel feeders can be custom made with your pets name on it at no extra charge. Personalization is still a VERY hot trend in the pet space and growing $199 plus shipping.  If you are feeling crafty this summer, this is a very inspiring DIY project to try out!

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If you are a long-time PupStyle reader, you know by now we have a soft spot for those cool works of art featuring a dogs head on a human body called anthropomorphic art.

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A start-up called Bark Meow is creating amazing photorealistic paintings of dogs and cats. However, they don’t just put your pets head men’s suite or the Mona Lisa, but even the wise Yoda from Star Wars! They launched crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to jump- start the biz. Show them some love by sharing and funding if you are feeling the vibe!

 

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“Judge me by my size, do you?”

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HomeAdvisor.com knows all about dog houses, especially being #inthedoghouse!  Their recent TV commercial is responsible for making dogs bark when they hear a doorbell and owners wishing for ear plugs.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo PupStylers! If you drink too much today, be careful our you’ll be looking like this Bulldog tomorrow morning. Ole!

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Scholastic Book Author & TV Personality, Dara Foster will be signing copies of her latest book at the Lord & Taylor store in Twelve Oaks Mall for Charity Day this Saturday, May 2nd from 1-3PM.

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Come on over to Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi Michigan  and meet Dara for a signed copy of your PupStyle Sticker Book. Charity Day proceeds benefiting women’s health organizations at every Lord & Taylor store nationwide.

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Last month, Samsung unveiled the ultimate, high-tech dog house of the future to high-light their sponsorship at Crufts 2015 for $30,000.  Buckle up for this one PupStylers!

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The Samsung Dream Dog House canine capsule comes complete with it’s own hot tub—yes, hot tub for so your dog can soak it’s overly stressed muscles.

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A Samsung tablet for keeping up with all of Rover’s TV shows and updating social media.

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Automated one-touch dog feeder so Rover can eat on command simply with the press of a paw.

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Custom printed wall paper complete with dog imagery to keep him company.

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Samsung surveyed 1500 dog owners and a quarter of them admitted they wanted their dog to have a treadmill and TV or tablet.  %64 of the survey felt their dog would benefit from  more technology. WOW!

It’s no surprise that Samsung is pushing full steam ahead expanding into he pet market. I love my Samsung Scout Pet Cam for spying on my dog from my smart phone. Keep up the good work Samsung!

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If you’ve red my book, PupStyle Red Carpet Pups  you know I LOVE styling dogs to look like celebs. Photographer Mackenzie Berle snapped this awesome shot of a dog moonlighting as Howard Stern. You can find more of her work at www.theroadphotography.com  I only wonder where Beth is? Maybe that will be here next project…Dog moonlighting as Beth Stern?

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PupStyle readers know a dog bed is meant to be a home furnishings accessory, not just a eye sore in the corner of a room.

Vintage White Elephant is a new New Jersey based business making one of a kind handcrafted dog beds out of mostly vintage fabrics found from from elegant and exotic locations from Paris to Nepal.

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These are investment pieces meant to be an elegant conversation piece to accent your home interior.  Think about one design for your bedroom and another for your family and dining rooms.

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The unique fringe used in these designs really caught my eye.  I also appreciate the shabby-chic meets international vibe.  The use of various prints and colors keeps the eye moving and the design interesting.

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The bed covers have already been pre-washed so no worries about any shrinking next time you toss it in the wash and it also has a protective vinyl inside cover to protect the down or alternative insert from and liquid messes. sweet!

Given these are one-of-a-kind pieces, and each is made by hand (no factory line for these beauties) and the time it takes to select the fabrics, these are really special designed to be admired.  Great Job Vintage White Elephant! The “Cherry’s On Top” design above is $275. Not bad for so much TLC put into a dog bed.

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It’s that time of year again when pet industry players from around the world gather at the annual Global Pet Expo in Orlando Florida  from March 4-6, 2015 to scope out the latest and greatest products in the pet industry.

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Super business woman and model Kathy Ireland will     be returning to Global Pet Expo again this year as guest speaker at the AAPA’s PWN breakfast March, 6 2015 from 7:30-8:45 AM.

That’s one hour and fifteen minutes of full-on Kathy! Go girl!

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Last year, Kathy launched her own pet product line with a huge emphasis on style and design.

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Her beautiful patterns are modern yet also timeless at the same time.  I especially love her Chevron print bed and pink floral reversible travel mat.
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We are excited to find out what Kathy thinks about being part of the amazing pet world as she embarks on year two of her product launch.

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For total dog worship, check out the Goddess Collar by Kane and Couture.

This a collar for the ultimate pampered fur-baby who wears couture clothes, adorned by it’s pet-parent (s), has a calendar full of dog social events to attend or fashion shows. You get the picture!

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The golden colored beads hang from a faux leather, animal friendly collar and it priced right at only $39 so think of it as an accessory to complement a full look or a stand alone conversation piece.

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Style tip: Consider how long your dogs coat is with a collar like this. If your dog is ultra fluffy, the beads will get lost in the hair.

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Living the PupStylish life means that every aspect of your pets world has a style element incorporated.  If you are an interior design junkie or just appreciate a tidy organized home, check out Harry Barker’s line of Sweet Grass dog toys, hemp toy storage bins, food bins and modern leash hooks.

Organize your dogs toys in a durable hemp storage bin with an earth friendly coating on the inside for easy cleaning. The hight is ideal for small and big dogs to reach into to grab a toy and the basket is so pretty it acts as a home furnishing accessory. $36

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It’s a breeze to keep your dog toys stylist too.  One of my pet peeves are ugly dog toys laying around my house. If a toy is going to be out on the floor, I want it to be interesting or attractive for me to look at as well as fun and safe for my pet.

Harry Barker’s Sweet Grass bone toys are so pretty that you won’t mind seeing them all over the house $12.

 

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Dog food bags are not only space hogs, but down right ugly if you don’t have storage to hid the.  If you appreciate a softer, natural look as opposed to the usual metal storage cans, these are ideal for you. The canister is sturdy, recycled steel and the outside is covered in Sweet Grass.

Charity ALERT….Harry Barker will donate a portion of their Sweet Grass Baskets to the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Always a love a “giving” brand!!  $52

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If you are a PupStyler, you own more than one dog leash and have a nice collection of collars to match.  Hang your dog leashes on stylish leash hook to display your collection and keep them organized. $22

 

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Etsy.com is one of my go-to treasure troves of new talent in all things design and dog.  CollageOrama store on Easy.com offers

a really cool selection of dog illustration art printed on upcycled dictionary pages. All things art on old book pages are a hot interior home design trend, but I almost had a cute-attack when I saw this Admiral Wheels the Steampunk Corgi dog print.

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Special needs dogs are beginning to get the attention they deserve and this is just another example of who the awareness trend continues to grow. YAY!!

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If you want the ULTIMATE conversation piece, pick this print up for your punk rock loving rat friends. These prints will only set you back $6.99!! The price is a bargain!

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After all the holiday decor is put aside and I start thinking about Spring, I always the get the itch to redecorate my home or change it up with accessories.  Let’s face it, if you are the typical PupStyle reader you are clearly as dog obsessed as we are. Why not broadcast it in a tasteful way?

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I always advise pet parents, that two of the easiest ways to update old decor are by buying a new dog bed and throw pillows to complement the dog bed. It visually ties in your collar pale and will have the eye moving around the room to follow color.

Romy + Jacob offer fun, colorful “I heart dogs” and breed specific throw pillows ideas for your couch, chairs and even bedroom.

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The fabric is a cotton linen blend and the covers can be zipped off for easy matching washing prices rage from about $43-45. These cheery colors are just what the stylist orders for curing winter decor blues!

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