Doggy Styling

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Brian and Sookie with their Dad

My husband and I recently dramatically changed our lives, we got two gorgeous Shitzu/Maltese puppies. So this post is inspired by these cute, fluffy creatures. As soon as you own a dog, you enter this interesting doggy dog world of potty training, chew toys, barking, fleas, worms, the list goes on...

Dogs are no longer just pets but more a part of the family so its important to integrate them into your lifestyle so they enhance your life and don't add extra stress. One of the biggest challenges is to keep our home tidy and stylish, not overrun with doggy stuff and most importantly not smell! So I thought I'd share some ideas on how to incorporate dogs into your life in a stylish way.

Re-purpose an old suitcase(big or small) for a dog bed. Looks so sweet and also has pockets to keep their toys. It's so important to give them lots of toys to ensure they have plenty of options to distract them from your shoes. Image courtesy of

Dogs need toys for entertainment and teething, they like to mix it up and have different toys every day. Keep them tidily put away in a purpose made toy box. Image courtesy of

Incorporate a dog bed into an island bench. Multipurpose and chic. Image courtesy of 

The luxurious Sofa O' Luxury Dog Egg, a glamorous accessory for the posh pup - image courtesy of

One of the best ways to keep your house clean and smelling fresh (apart from regular bathing) is to keep your pup outside most of the time. So you need a warm and comfortable kennel so your dog can have a haven in their outdoor environment. You don't have to get something aesthetically displeasing as there are some fabulous options out there. 

No longer do you need a very traditional A-frame doghouse, try modern and contemporary! Image courtesy of Image
I love this sleek and simple Danish design for a dog house - image courtesy of

Don't want a real dog? Try these cute cushions from Mondegreen cats and rabbits too! I want the pug.

Again if you don't want a real dog, check out these stools. Designed by Masakazu Hori, "Osanpo" is a stool inspired by four different dog breeds: Labrador Retriever, Bulldog, Dachshund, and Chihuahua.  Image courtesy of The Bulldog stool makes me laugh.

So not just around the home but you can also show your love for our canine creatures via fashion choices.

I'm loving the Pooch Clutch by by Philadelphia artist Colleen Rudolf. Her purses are "a locally-sourced, eco-conscious, handcrafted, animal-free, made-in-America dream accessory". A portion of her profits goes to help prevent cruelty to animals. You can purchase at Etsy

The Pooch Clutch by Colleen Rudolf available at Etsy
The Pooch Clutch by Colleen Rudolf available at Etsy

Dog print dress from ASOS
Dog print dress from ASOS
Dog print snood from ASOS

Dog print sweater from ASOS

Crazy regal dog necklace from ASOS
Scotty Dog Handbag from ASOS

Check out this dapper dog taking the fashion world by storm, he has some serious swag. My favorite pics below, but see his full and diverse portfolio at Menswear Dog.

He is so complicated - image courtesy of Menswear Dog
My favorite -  his Ryan Gosling look, its uncanny

Dogs are so amazing, here in NZ we actually have the worlds first driving dogs! See the video here. Dogs this smart certainly deserve a home, adopt at your local animal rescue centre

Check out the world first, driving dogs

Finally a couple more pics of my fur babies...


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