Pets. We love them, and sometimes when we're traveling, we don't want to leave them. Whether it's because your boarding situation isn't ideal, or you just can't imagine going on a vacation without them, you want to make sure you and your dog (or cat!) are prepared for a pleasant and non-stressful road trip. I've hit the road a few times with this furry lady pictured here, and after a few hundred hours in the car together, we've learned a thing or two. Here are some tips for traveling with dogs (and cats!) as you head out on your vacation this summer.
Have you ever seen the movie The Secret Life of Pets? The plot is pretty much spelled out in the title, but the premise is this: Pets, when left to their own devices, lead very different lives than their owners think. They have different identities, different interests, and get into all sorts of dramatic situations. The movie is basically Toy Story, but with cats and dogs instead of toys. Like any pet owner does, I too have pondered on what sort of secret life my own pets have. Do they go ballistic the moment I turn the lock? Do they secretly cuddle all day, only to shun each other the moment I step foot through the front door? I had no idea what they did all day while I'm gone at work, but I was nosy enough to want to figure it out.
Who doesn't want their fur-children's furniture to match their design aesthetic? Daniel and Valeria, for one...or two, rather. They decided to make their kitty, Lambi, a bed/cubby that would blend seamlessly with their flooring. The outcome is
We love it when a small idea idea takes off and becomes a full fledged business. That's what happened after Alice Nichols started Up Country with just six original collar designs twenty six years ago. The Rhode Island company designs and hand sews
Wouldn't Rover love a pumpkin carved in his image this Halloween? Of course he would!! And it's easy too with free stencils from BHG. Choose from these favorite dog breeds: Beagle, Boxer Bulldog, Chihuahua, Dachshund, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Jack Russell Terrier,
The dremel has to be one of the most adorable power tools ever. Why then is it so difficult to figure out where to use it? All those cool attachments have to be useful for something. While I'm experimenting, check out this YouTube
Because of some behavioral problems, my very neurotic cat sleeps in a very large dog crate at night. It breaks my heart, as I’d much rather have her sleeping in our bed and specifically on my feet, which seems to be her preferred human body part/pillow. For any pet-parent that has to employ a crate, you know what an eyesore they can be. Crate Covers and More sells very pretty ‘slip covers’ (starting at $130) in various styles that you can pop...
Hey all you dog-people! Take a moment to check out House and Hound, a blog written by two interior designers who are canine-obsessed (one of them happens to be my sister). They post all kinds of neat stuff you can get/make for your (and your puppy's) house:
... doggy pillows...
Design Public equates the Hepper Pod Pet Bed to a stylish mountaintop cave. And really, what kitty wouldn't love to hunker down for a snooze in such a lofty space? For cats and dogs up to 50 pounds, the Sherpa fleece-lined bed, which is available in six fabulous colors, will set you back $155 bucks.
NEL has created these charming dog-shaped benches. Or are they shelves? Oh, who cares...they’re as cute as hell and completely DIY-able. It looks like they’re made of chunks of 2" x 4" and/or 2" x 6". Whatever wood used, you can bet when it’s done, it’ll be your new best friend. Woof.