Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bark for Life!

The American Cancer Society is joining forces with dog lovers on May 1st to help raise awareness and support for the fight against cancer. Join them with your pup at Riverside Park at West 108th Street from 9 AM -1 PM for a day of fun, starting off with the walk followed by contests, games and demonstrations. 

To find out more, visit: http://www.relayforlife.org/nycbark

It's not too late to register or start your own team-- and if you can't make it, consider making a donation to this very bark-worthy cause!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Best Friend's World Hundehütten

Each house is handcrafted and built to withstand the test of time on your lawn.
If you've been stopping by Barkzilla for the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed we've been on a little bit of a real estate kick. Though we don't have a yard (or the space), a girl and her super indulged dog can dream, right? During our search for the perfect house, we stumbled upon the German Best Friend's World. Luckily for us, they also have an English version of their website... 

While we were immediately drawn to the little red country-styled Lönneberga, we did love the Hundehütte Cubix's modern take on the traditional dog house. 

Sure, they're expensive (the small versions of each house range from 1900-2700 euros). But if you're going to be shelling out several grand for your doggy mansion, what's a few extra bucks for shipping?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Doggy Turtle Backpack

... Because what dog doesn't need a backpack?
... Because these are so cute they will make you go "aww" out loud?
...Because is it fair for you to have to haul your dog's stuff around all the time?
...Because what is more adorable than a little dog with its own backpack?

Available in pink or green from UpscalePup for $18.99.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sniff Dog Candles

As most people know, doggy noses are a lot more sensitive than human snouts. And while you may love that perfume or scented candle, your pup may not. Based in New York City, the company Sniff has created a line of fragranced candles with your dog in mind. Featuring natural essences to promote a canine's "optimum health and well-being," pick from five different scents including:

  • Day in the Hamptons: This invigorating concoction of rosemary, black pepper vine, finished with the freshness of spearmint and basil essential oils will take you and your pooch to sunny summer days! 
  •  Fart & Away: This Intense fragrance combination was developed not only to deodorize, but to actually ease the cause of your dog’s unpleasant condition. This mix of floral ylang ylang, tuberose, white tea, myrtle & fennel will take care of it all! 
  • Field of Dreams: Based on lavender known to ease stress, this blend is softened by the sweetness of amber mixed with some earthy notes of vetyver anchored with rich sandalwood. A special scent to help your friend relax, drift off and dream. 
  • Splendor in the Grass: Specifically formulated for the city-dweller, or any pet with limited park time. The smell of a fresh-cut lawn, hints of hay, an earthy blend of tomato leaves with undernotes of cedarwood tree is sure to bring the outdoors inside. 
  • Friends to the Rescue: Offensive to your pet’s pests, this mixture of lemongrass, eucalyptus and grapefruit held together by geranium, cyprus and ginger with a finish of mangosteen will keep the little critters at bay.
Available for $28 each directly from Sniff's website or as a set of 5 for $138; a portion of sales are donated to animal rescue groups that work with NYC's Animal Care and Control department. While we can't vouch that your dog will love any of the scents-- you have to admit, they all sound pretty good!

Doggy Dining

 This dog food storage system keeps dinner adorable, and your counter looking chic!

Simply unscrew the head to safely store kibble or treats. The removable base features a tail-adorned serving bowl.

Pick yours up from ModCloth for $34.99.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Louis Dog Lovely Coat

We love Louis Dog's exquisite doggy clothes... in fact, "lovely" is exactly the way we'd describe it. If only they didn't have to screen weird catch-phrases on their clothes.... Sigh.

This beautiful knit and faux-fur coat can be yours for $88 from UpscalePup.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Juicy Bunny Hoodie

When it comes to cuteness, the Barkistas are ALL OVER it. Thanks to Juicy's Bunny Hoodie, we've transformed Paddy into a little spring bunny!

We think the tail that Paddy was born with is pretty darn adorable, but LOOK at that bunny tail! Even better, the hood has a pair of ears on it.

Like all things Juicy, this spring number is constructed from quality materials (cotton terry) and finished well. The front sleeves are three-quarter length and trimmed with ruched pink cotton. Juicy's logo is stitched in gold on the back, but it's not ostentatious at all AND there is an harness opening (yay!). 

Available in small-dog friendly sizes from Juicy's website for $45.

Monday, April 11, 2011

On the Hunt for a Doggy Easter Basket

With Easter around the corner, we've been on the hunt for the perfect treats to spoil our favorite Chef Barkzilla tester with. Easter baskets have long been a tradition in our family, and of course we wouldn't dare forget the Morkie! 

Though we normally go low-budget (check out our under $10 spring picks from Petco), while tinkering around online, we stumbled upon Bubba Rose's Easter Treat Basket. Each wicker basket comes filled with a plush toy (bunny or sheep), 2 plastic eggs filled with 12 assorted cookie jar treats each, 1 decorated carrot cookie, 1 decorated large Easter egg cookie, 1 box of their decorated Eggstravaganza treats,and 1 lamb's ear long lasting chew. Larger baskets suitable for bigger dogs (or sharing amongst multiple pups) are also available.

Based out of NJ (yay, our home state), Bubba Rose's treats are made with organic and natural ingredients and are free of wheat, corn and soy. Handmade in small batches, they use locally sourced human-grade ingredients from the U.S., and are free of chemicals, sugar, salt, artificial flavors, colors and fillers

If the Bubba Rose Easter Basket isn't in your budget, check out their other baked Easter treats here! What Easter traditions do you and your pup share?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bocce's Biscuit Hotline!

Our pals over at the fabulous Bocce's Bakery have cooked up a super spring treat for all of you discerning doggy diners in New York City-- that's right, NEXT DAY BISCUIT DELIVERY

Can we take a moment to talk about how cute Bocce looks on that bike?!
Attention doggies, here's how to get treats delivered to your door:
  1. Select which bag of delicious biscuits you would like (our favorite is the Grandma's Apple Pie!), OR if you've been an extra good pup lately, the Bocce's Bakery Sampler or Gift Box.
  2. Tell your owner to fork over the cash (if they're reluctant, we do NOT recommend threatening destruction of any possessions that are not yours-- try the big sad puppy eyes instead).
  3. Contact the Biscuit Hotline. Have your owner send an email (info@boccesbakery.com), or call them at 917-725-0586.
  4. Wait patiently for the sound of the doorbell....
All deliveries placed before 5 PM will arrive the next day! Delivery area is in Manhattan below 125th street, and yes-- a human must be present to accept delivery. For more information, click here.

Tell them the Barkistas sent you! Bone appetite

Frontgate Doggy Cottage

Even though we don't have any outdoor space, that doesn't mean Paddy (or we) can't dream.

This little cozy cottage is perfect for lounging on a hot summer day. Fashioned from solid wood, it features a shingled roof, wire window for ventilation and an over-hanging porch to protect from the hot sun. The raised floor also ensures your pet stays dry when seeking shelter during any April shower.

Available from Frontgate for $420.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ooboo Pet Haven

The dog den gets an upgrade courtesy of Ooboo Designs

Crafted out of faux leather (for easy wipe downs), and featuring a memory foam bed, this little indoor doggy house also features innovative "attic" storage in the roof for all of Fido's personal belongings. Better yet, for those city-dwellers, the house folds down to a very manageable size. 

Available in 3 different sizes from Ooboo Design's website starting at $129.99. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Petco Spring Picks Under $10

Well, even though spring hasn't quite sprung, Petco's Spring Collection is available online. Here are our budget-friendly picks for Fido-- note, if you shop on Petco's website, all of the below items are additionally discounted a dollar or two!

1. Carrot Water Bottle Toy ($6.99 each) 2. Tennis Ball Pea Pod ($6.99) 3. Pink Bunny Ears -- poodle not included ($6.99) 4. Bunny with Rope Tail ($7.99) 5. Bunny and Chick Egg Toy ($6.99 each) 6. Bunny Plush ($6.99 each)

Friday, April 1, 2011

IKEA Hundstol

You see, the funny thing is: we'd actually totally buy this product.

Cloud Star 100% For Japan

 Fact: we’re pretty sure that doing stuff for others in need is good for your health. 

On April 4th, give your health (or at least karma) a one-two-boost by making a purchase from purveyor of delicious doggy yum-yums Cloud Star. Between the hours of 5-9 pm PST (that’s 2-6 EST, right?)—100% of your purchase will be donated to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support  (a collaboration of 3 Japanese no-kill animal welfare organizations), and the Japan Organization for International Cooperation on Family Planning, which helps support mothers and newborns affected by the recent disaster.*

So, mark your calendar now and stock up on Cloud Star’s delicious Soft & Chewy Buddy Biscuits (see our review here), help the relief effort in Japan, AND make your pup happy all with just a few clicks!

* Total proceeds will be divided evenly between the two groups.

WoofWoof: Pet-to-Pet Networking

"Harnessing technology developed by linguistic entrepreneur Dr. Graham Mowbray, TalkTalk is proud to launch WoofWoof: the world's first Pet-to-Pet (P2P) network. Dogs have one of the most complex linguistic structures in the animal kingdom. Using a sophisticated matrix of audio and analytical tools, WoofWoof is able to translate these audible signals and enable it to be shared it on a social media platform." - WoofWoof Website

So how does it work?

Oh yeah, Happy April Fools Day. 


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