Monday, April 14, 2014

PB Teen Divine Canine Catch-Alls

Pottery Barn Teen is one of those secret sites that we like to occasionally peruse for home storage ideas/knick-knacks. While some of the d├ęcor is more suited to teens (duh), we sometimes stumble upon great finds like these "Divine Canine Catch-Alls."

At $38 apiece, the won't break the bank, but are clearly perfect for dog lovers who are looking for a cute way to store change, jewelry, etc. Though there is no Morkie option, we are partial to all three!


Available online and possibly in stores. 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Henri Bendel Dog Collection

We want EVERYTHING from the new Henri Bendel canine collection. As any New Yorker will tell you, the HB brown and white stripes are iconic-- and now your pup can sport them too! The must-have from their canine department refresh is definitely this sporty canvas tote (perfect for summer!). Not only does it have nice long handles (which if you tote your dog around + a million other things, you'll know are ESSENTIAL), but it's also incredibly reasonably priced at $68.


This chic collar ($68) also caught our eye- love the cute bow!

While we're at it, we may as well also throw in a tin of these delicious looking treats - why not?


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sleepypod Air vs. Atom Review

Can't believe that it's March and our move is seriously in less than four months…. so it shouldn't come as a surprise that we're starting to freak out about how Paddy's going to make the voyage. While the folks at Sleepypod were kind enough to send us one of their Air carriers, we also wanted to check out its smaller sibling, the Atom. The Air is fab (see our review here), but it is on the larger size and not the best for day to day commuting, and we were so impressed by the quality of the Air that we treated Paddy to an Atom. Ahh yes, she is a dog of many bags…

Anyway, we wanted to post this photo review/guide as when we are trying to do a comparison there wasn't much info out there. Hope this is helpful!



Here's the breakdown:

Basic Guidelines:
Air: Dogs up to 15 lbs
Atom: Dogs up to 8 lbs

What's awesome about either option? They both fold flat for storage! The Air and Atom can also both be safely attached to a rolling suitcase or strapped into a car seat for automobile travel. Both bags also comply with most major airlines in-cabin criteria.


As you can see from this photo, height-wise the bags are very similar, but length wise the Air is much longer.


Here they are assembled:


Both of the bags are light-weight and have a super soft bottom lining. Honestly, they both have their pros and cons, it really comes down to what you need the bag for. If it's for air travel, definitely go with the Air, but if it's going to be a combo of travel and day to day transport (and your dog is on the smaller size), the Atom may be the better pick.

You can purchase either bag directly from Sleepypod's website (the Air is $159.99 and the Atom is $99.99).



Disclaimer: We received the Sleepypod Air for review from the manufacturer. For more information about our review policies please visit our disclaimer page. 


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cheese Please Dog Treats: Reviwed


As you may know from our posts, occasionally the snacks inside our monthly BarkBox are a little hit or miss. Such are the trials of having a small, picky, picky dog…. However, we had a HUGE win with February's box, and it's safe to say Paddy now has a new favorite treat- Complete Natural Nutrition's Cheese Please Dog Treats!

We love it because it contains only ONE ingredient: pure Wisconsin cheese.

Paddy loves it because it contains CHEESE.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! 

Photo courtesy of: http://www.completenaturalnutrition.com/

Lactose and MSG free, these nickel-sized treats weigh in at about 3 calories per snack. They're perfectly sized for our little Morkie, and easy to break into pieces (without the whole thing crumbling). Very reasonably priced (a 7oz box of over 300 treats rings up at $15.99!), we are definitely going to be stocking up.

Available to purchase directly from Complete Natural Nutrition's website and other online retailers.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sleepypod Air Review, Part 1

In advance of our exciting upcoming move, we've been doing a lot of research into the best carrier for Paddy's maiden cross-country voyage. Knowing that it's a trip she's going to be doing several times a year, we've been in the market for something that has a good reputation, which is why we immediately zeroed in on Sleepypod and their carriers. We recently received a Sleepypod Air and in an effort to help get Paddy acclimated used it to take her for a car ride out to the family farm.

We were concerned at first after seeing photos online that the Air was not going to be spacious enough, but oh how wrong we were… seriously, this thing is like the Rolls Royce of pet carriers. In addition to a really soft, cuddly lining, Paddy has more than enough room to move around, stand up, etc. The mesh covered openings (both ends and up top) also give her unobstructed vision when it comes to what's going on around her.

Here's an idea of Paddy vs. the bag size 

Getting buckled into the backseat of the car (you are going to want to secure the zippered part of the case before hitting the road!)

Pros:
  • Lots of space: definitely don't have to worry about Paddy feeling cramped in here. 
  • Ventilation: a mesh panel that zips into the bag allows your pet plenty of fresh air.
  • Weight: This thing is seriously as light as a feather! 
  • Storage: The Sleepypod folds flat which is an apartment dweller's dream! 
  • Good for both the plane and the car -- it was super easy to get the carrier strapped in. 
  • Instructions: We adore the cute little safety card that was included with the bag that explains just how to safely secure it in a car/on a plane.


Cons: 
  • Size: While there probably isn't a thing such as too much space… we wonder if Paddy is going to not feel as secure since she does have so much room. The bag is a little bit on the larger size, so a solo traveler with a rolling suitcase and a handbag may find it a little unwieldy unless they strap it onto the roll on or use the shoulder strap. 
  • The way the bag is setup, it's probably not going to be ideal for car trips-- Paddy has to look out to the side instead of facing forward. However it's definitely safer than the other doggy car seat we've been using. 
  • The Sleepypod Air's design does not allow you to easily reach into your dog's carrier. The carrier is either zipped closed, or open, there is no in-between. While good because technically your dog should be safely enclosed while in the airport and on the plane, it is going to prevent sneaking the occasional pats. 


The Air is also probably too big to use on the days when I commute to work with Paddy, which is why we also just ordered the Sleepypod Atom off of Amazon to test out as well. We had previously been worried that it was going to be too small, but after using the Air think it might also be a good option for shorter trips. 

The Sleepypod Air is available for purchase directly from Sleepypod's website ($159) or from Amazon.com.

What is your experience with airline friendly carriers? 



Disclaimer: We received a Sleepypod Air from the manufacturer for review purposes. For more information about our review policy, please visit our disclaimer page. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cloud 7 X TUMI Pet Accessory Collection

I forwarded the press release we got this AM from Cloud 7 and TUMI to Mike and immediately got the following response, "THE DOG DOES NOT NEED ANOTHER BAG."

 
We can't help it Paddy likes to ride in style... but he does have a point as we recently added a SleepyPod Air to our collection. Not to mention, we are trying to be fiscally responsible pre-move... Anyway, a gal and her dog can dream!

This limited-edition collection, which will be available at all TUMI flagship stores/online and from cloud7.de, includes an airline-friendly carrier, travel bed and travel bowl. Featuring water-resistant linings, leather accents and shearling wool interiors, the line is the embodiment of functional, understated luxury.

While the Cloud 7 / TUMI collection starts at a hefty $95 for the water bowl, if our experience with TUMI in the past rings true, it's always worth the investment. We've been hauling around one of their rolling in-cabin bags for 10+ years and wouldn't settle for anything less.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Travel Tails: Our New Sleepypod Air!

As you can see from the photo on the left, Paddy is SO over this Polar Vortex business. Currently, she is dreaming of palm trees, sunshine and counting down the days until our move. While we have yet to figure out all of the logistics, we DO know how she's going to be getting from coast to coast-- enter the awesome folks at Sleepypod and their awesome Sleepypod Air, Warmer and Yummy Bowl. Can we talk about how gorgeous the packaging is? AND- we are SO into the fact that the Sleepypod stores flat.


Even though our move isn't until later this year, it's looking like Paddy might be taking her 2nd plane trip a little bit sooner… stay tuned! In the meantime, we can't wait to get Paddy acclimated to her Sleepypod and test out the new gear- keep your eyes here for more detailed reviews!



Disclaimer: Sleepypod provided the above mentioned products for the purpose of review. For more information on our review policies, please click here

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 2014 Barkbox Review


As you may know, we are long-time Barkbox subscribers. Don't ask, but I swear somehow Paddy knows when that box arrives that it's for her. We thought it might be helpful for those that are on the fence about signing up, some of the things we got in our January box.

Why do we Barkbox? While we live in NYC and there are a plethora of doggie products at our disposal, Barkbox brings all of this cool stuff to our door. Though it has been a little treat heavy for small dogs (and we've passed this feedback back to the powers that be), it's been nice to have a few new toys and goodies to change things up. ESPECIALLY since it has been freezing this winter, and Paddy has had a LOT of indoor time. (Yep, I am -that- pet parent.)


In the span of time since we got the box (aka yesterday), Paddy had already consumed the bullystick and we had lost the insert card, so we apologize that our picture isn't complete nor do we have the "official names" for one or two items. This month our small dog box contained a Harry Barker rope toy, a rubbery chew bone, Louisiana Alligator Jerky treats, and Barksters Sweet Potato & Beef Krisps (which may look so tasty that my husband may have asked to try them…).

To sign up, or gift, a Barkbox subscription, head to their website. It's also worthwhile noting that last year we spotted Barkbox subscriptions on sites like Fab.com, so keep your eyes peeled throughout the year for some additional saving opportunities! If you're already a subscriber, it's a good way to extend your subscription at a slight discount.

Friday, January 17, 2014

WOOF New York - Luxe Collars & Leashes

New year, new collar. Why not?

Especially when there are beautiful bespoke collars available from WOOF New York



Designed in NYC and made in the USA, WOOF offers hand-crafted Italian leather collars and leashes in a variety of colors and finishes for the discerning canine. Elegant enough for Park Avenue, but durable enough to survive the dog park, each accessory is fitted with solid brass hardware. In addition to being very reasonably priced considering the quality and craftsmanship of each piece, a portion of each sale is donated to the Best Friends Animal Society. Yay! 

Our favorite set? The Central Park Collar (from $59) and Leash (from $89) of course which come in a beautiful emerald green! And if green isn't your thing, there are seven other options to select from, all named after different NYC neighborhoods. Collars and leashes also are available in a variety of sizes for big and small dogs alike. 



Head over to their website to take a look and treat your pooch to a little New Year present. Why not? 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bring Your Dog to Work 101


One of the perks of our "other" job is that our office is super pet friendly! So, when we're not on the road, we often bring Paddy in for the day. While bringing your dog to work can be a lot of fun, there's also an art to it, especially if you're doing it on a regular basis and thus need to be productive. Recently, a new dog has joined our office "pack"- and while he is ever-so cute and cuddly, his owners are still figuring out all the kinks on the days he comes to work. Here are some tips and tricks that we've picked up over the years.


Bed/Blanket: We work in an fairly open office space, and thus the only area that is really "ours" is a desk and the area underneath which we've converted into a little den area for Paddy (and our legs). All of her stuff goes under there when she's in the office so it's not infringing on anyone else's area. It also gives her a fair amount of privacy (don't forget, lots of new people and sounds can be overwhelming), and somewhere to go when she wants to nap.

Toys: Bring 'em. Or if you regularly bring your dog in, keep a stash in your desk. Pro Tip: Squeaker free is the way to go. We also try to stay stuffing-free. The key here is to find something that will quietly amuse your dog without disturbing your coworkers.

Leash: If your dog is well-behaved and "office trained," you may be okay with letting them roam free. That said, depending on how busy your workplace is, how easily distracted your dog is, etc. you may want to leash your desk to prevent unauthorized wanderings and lower the risk of accidents. (No joke, the new office dog may have left a surprise for the finance team yesterday…)

Food/Treats/Water: We leave a set of clean takeout containers at work that we use for food, water, and treats. All of them are air-tight which is nice and lets us keep extra snacks at our desk vs. bringing them with us for each visit. While we keep Paddy hydrated, we give her water every hour so we have a regular bathroom break schedule.

Hopefully the above tips are helpful. It's also important to note that while some offices may be dog friendly, not all dogs are office friendly. Dogs who don't do well with new experiences, suffer from anxiety (we once had a boss whose dog would FREAK OUT any time she wasn't visible…), and are not friendly should probably phone it in from home. Sad but true, and in the long run probably the best for both you, your coworkers, and your dog.

Is your office dog friendly?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Oscar de la Renta Goes to the Dogs!

Um. Oh my dog. Oscar de la Renta has launched two gooorrrgeeeouss pieces of pooch apparel. Swoooon. 

via OscarPRGirl on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/itnwIBDuUq/

While these two plaid numbers are going to set you back a hefty sum ($250 for the black and ivory, $300 for the navy and black), we have a feeling they will be flying off shelves. A blend of wool and cashmere, the coats appear to be in limited sizes so if your dog is a medium or XXL, head there now!




Available now from OscardelaRenta.com.

California, Here We Come!


Soooo... in big 2014 news, the Barkistas are going to be relocating. Yes, it's sad but true-- we are going to be bidding farewell to NYC and headed to the West Coast! While it's been an amazing almost-seven years, we're looking forward to some sunshine and warm weather.

That said, when it's comes to our cross-country move, the first thing that came to mind was how Paddy was going to make the journey. While we've taken her on train and car trips, this is going to be the first time she's been on a plane since she arrived from the midwest. Though we have no doubts that she'll be an expert flyer, and we're probably more anxious about it than she will be, we are in the process of looking for airline friendly in-cabin carriers so we can start getting her acclimated and familiar with the bag. We've heard good things about the Sleepypod and Sherpa Bags, but aren't sure if there are other candidates we should be keeping in the mix.

How does your dog travel in style?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Beckky Board Review - Walk On Nail Filing Mat

Hi Barkistas!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014-- from what we can tell already, this is going to be a good one!

One of our New Year resolutions is to be better about getting Paddy's nails to a reasonable length. (Such an exciting resolution, right?) Since she's a mostly indoor dog (though this is soon to change, spoilers!), she doesn't get the usual wear and tear that helps to keep nails to a healthy length. While we are absolutely petrified about trimming them ourselves, we recently stumbled upon the Beckky Board.


A walk-over nail-filing mat for dogs, its abrasive surface helps to wear down your dog's nails every time they walk on it. Think of it as a giant sand-paper mat. Gentle enough that you can walk over it in bare feet, Paddy barely noticed it when we put it down for the first time. In fact, she actually enjoys playing with her toys on it since she doesn't slip around as much as on our wooden floors.

Since we're in a small apartment, finding the ideal spot for the Beckky Board has been a little tricky, but if you were in a "normal" home there are definitely lots of spots where it would get ideal traffic (ex. front door, between kitchen and living room). There are two sizes, and we've included a picture below of Paddy (who is currently 6lbs and 2oz) on her Beckky Board. We've currently got ours between our "living" and "dining" space, so she has to cross over it in its full length several times a day. We also play fetch in this area, which helps to get her running over it a few times.


According to the website, we should hope to see results in about two weeks or so. While ideally using the Beckky Board will help the quicks of her nails to recede, we'd settle for less trims. Paws crossed!

Available directly from their website, we received our board about a week after ordering it. And even better, it's made in the USA. Yay :)

How do you keep your dog's nails in check?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hello Canine Einstein! Introducting Dognition!

Stuck looking for a last-minute gift for the dog-genius in your life?


We recently stumbled across Dognition, which is like a Myers-Briggs test for your dog! How does it work?


The tests are designed to measure skills like: empathy, communication, cunning, memory and reasoning, and will assign your pup one of nine different profiles. Once you've got your breakdown, based on the package you sign up for, Dognition then provides monthly tailored tips and activities to help you continue to take utilize your new understanding of your dog's decision making process.

The coolest part, besides obviously have an intellectual profile of your dog, is that by participating you are contributing as a "citizen scientist" to a pool of data that is being used by researchers globally to advance canine cognitive knowledge. We also checked out the data part of the website and can't wait to dig in once we've got our results!

Pricing is super reasonable, with the basic toolkit and one time assessment starting at $19 for one dog (special holiday price!), making it a really fun gift idea for the intellectual dog lover in your life. You also don't need to be an Einstein to use Dognition's gift/redemption process, which is really nice.

While the husband is dubious about Paddy's powers of analytical reasoning, we can't wait to prove him wrong. Stay tuned for the results!



Disclaimer: A complimentary trial of Dognition was extended to us by the company. For more information about our review policy, please visit our disclaimer page.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gifts for the Dog Loving Host/Hostess

With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to start stocking up on hostess presents! It shouldn't surprise you that most of our friends have one or two canine companions, so with that in mind we always like to bring a "thank you for having us" gift that's doggy-inspired. (After all, what are you really going to do with another bottle of mediocre white wine or some floral cocktail napkins?) Here are our budget-friendly suggestions that are worth tucking away into your present closet:




One can never have enough cheese or enough cheese knives to cut them with. We picked up this set last time we were at Anthropologie, and at $12 each, the trio makes for a lovely gift. The quality is absolutely amazing and they definitely look and feel more expensive than they are.

Available from Anthropologie.com or in stores.



What could be more appropriate than a set of leopard print tennis balls for your next Upper East Side cocktail soiree? The perfect balance of posh and playful, this set makes the perfect "add on" item; we're definitely going to snag some of these!

Available from HarryBarker.com, from $8.



 This porcelain dog treat jar is stylish enough to live on your kitchen counter. While you could use it to stash treats/chews, we'd fill it with Paddington's knick knacks (how does she have so many random things?!), like business cards, tennis balls, backup squeakers and clickers, etc.

Available from C.Wonder for $40.


 How cute would these handmade ornaments look tied onto your hostess gift? Though a little on the pricey side ($28/each), they come from Peru and are crafted by fair-trade artisans who use traditional needle felting techniques.

Available in a variety of breeds from UncommonGoods for $28 each. 

And finally, a bag of delicious dog treats is never NOT going to go over well. A tin of luxury treats from a canine bakeshop, like Bocce's Bakery, is always going to be well-received-- especially in a gourmet flavor like Chicken Cordon Blue or limited-edition Holiday Feast!

What are you go to hostess gifts?


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