December 16, 2008
December 12, 2008
AfterParis hand-letters each custom tag and they are super-cute. All pet tags are made using shrinkable plastic and hand colored with ink. These tags are waterproof and scratch resistant.
Pure Panache is another Etsy shop that sells really cool, creative pet tags. Their tags are also made using shrinkable plastic but feature a more graphic look.
December 2, 2008
And then they all got a little snack from Grandma later in the day...
November 21, 2008
November 20, 2008
November 19, 2008
But I no longer have to worry after finding Clay Greys. She creates custom ornaments by using pictures of your own pets! So now you can have ornaments that look EXACTLY like your own dog or cat... she'll even incorporate favorite toys, clothing, etc. into the ornament. And these little guys are so cute I can't even stand it. So check out all her offerings and be able to hang your mini-mutt on your tree this year!
November 18, 2008
If you'd like to help donate to her cause, please go here where you can donate online. Thanks for caring!
Vin Dogs isn’t your ordinary wine company. We exist to combine our passions—friendship, wine, art, and our love of dogs and worthy causes—into a wine brand with a purpose. Wine that gives back. Wine that makes a difference.
Our partnership brings together a unique combination of very dedicated people with a keen set of values and a wealth of wine experience, all linked by a strong bond of friendship.
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Finally, we celebrate our appreciation for art and its role in our lives. Our labels feature original, limited-edition illustrations by artist Jay P. Snellgrove. Each honors a real dog that has a special story–a reminder of how empty this world would be without the unconditional love and devotion of “man’s best friend.”
More background on Jim: I found this guy wandering down the side of I-85 a few years ago on my way to work. It took me almost an hour to coax him to me... it was a slow, painful process with me inching along toward him in 3-inch heels and a suit (almost in a squat so that I didn't frighten him into traffic) while I called him to me and tried to make him understand that I had dog food in my hand. Once I reached him he decided I was his new best friend. He stunk to the high heavens and was covered with fleas and ticks. I had to take him to work with me because I had nowhere else to take him. Danielle's office was only two doors down from mine, and I managed to convince her to take him home for the night. Well - he's still there :) and I'm convinced it was fate. Jim's laid-back attitude makes him a perfect fit for his family, and I'm so glad to see that the big man is getting the props he deserves.
Rebekah Girvan Photography: Jim
November 17, 2008
November 10, 2008
She is an adorable, sweet and intelligent dog. She's not very fond of spending her days outside, and she has proven herself to be a little escape artist so she definitely needs a home where she can rule the roost from INSIDE her castle. She doesn't like loud noises and always wants lots of attention. She'd probably be happiest in a quiet home where she could snooze the day away in peace.
She gets along well with other dogs, but she's never been around cats or children, so it's unknown how she would react. She also knows lots of commands and learns very easily and quickly.
If you're interested in meeting Ellie or have questions, please email me. And even if you're not in the market for an adorable dog right now, please send her information around to all your friends!
Me: Ok, first try guys... Penny - what's your deal? Look at me, please. Look at MEEEEEEEE.... Oliver - hey! (insert waving of hands to catch deaf dog's attention)... Look at MOM! (think to one's self - this isn't going to be fun)
Me to my mom (who was my assistant for the photo shoot): Mom, don't wave the hot dog way over there!! There not looking at the camera!... Penny Sue! The camera is over HERE! Why are you looking at the street?? Oliver Dawkins... don't you give me that look - I don't care HOW you feel about all this.
Umm, Mona... wake up. I realize this isn't the most exciting thing you've ever done, but your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, this is GREAT! Everyone looks so nice! Except... you're not looking... at the camera. MOM! WAVE THE HOTDOG OVER HERE!!!!
Ok... ok! Quincy - check. Mona Mae - check. Sully - looking a little sleepy, but... check. Oliver - probably as good as it's going to get... check. Penny - wait, Penny! Stop looking at the wasp! Ohhhh, so close!
I think Sullivan and Mona Mae have given up... guys, please wake up! Ok, now I give up. We're done. I need a drink.
November 6, 2008
November 4, 2008
Sweet Sullivan after his surgery to remove his toe
Oh, and the tartan collars above are all handcrafted using Carolina Tartan - the official tartan of North and South Carolina. It was recorded by both the General Assemblies of both states as the official state tartan. The Carolina Tartan was designed to emphasize the historical connection between the Carolinas and the Stuart kings, Charles I and II. The design is based on a fragment of Royal Stewart Tartan worn by Charles II at his wedding in 1661. So there's your history lesson for today!
November 3, 2008
October 29, 2008
Mint Mojito treats for nice breath!
October 28, 2008
* Don’t leave your dog outside. Even if you have a fenced yard, bring your dog inside where it is safe. If your dog is usually kept outside, bring him in a few times before the big night to get him used to being indoors. Your dog may be used to strangers, but so many little ghouls and goblins running about may be too much. Remember also that it is a natural instinct for dogs to protect the family from strangers, and on Halloween there will be no shortage of strangers.
* Keep your dog restrained. If your dog is timid or scared, or if he tends to love people a little too much, it is best to put him in a separate room away from the front door to limit his excitability, aggression, and chance of running outside and becoming lost.
* Reassure your dog. The best thing you can do for your dog when he is feeling unsettled by Halloween activities is to act as you normally would. By over-reassuring your dog or giving him an unusual amount of attention, you inadvertently can communicate to him that because you are acting differently, there must be something to worry about.
* Have your dog get used to costumes. Your dog may see his family members as strangers once they don their Halloween costumes. Before the kids put them on, allow your dog to scent the costumes. If your costume has a mask, keep the mask off when you are with your dog because dogs can become confused when they can’t see our faces.
* Check your dog’s ID tag. Be sure identification tags are secure on your dog’s collar-just in case.
* Keep candy away from your dog. Many candies-especially chocolate-are toxic to dogs. The severity of the toxicity depends greatly on factors such as breed, age, size, and how much candy was ingested. Problems may range from a mild upset tummy to vomiting and diarrhea, or even death. If you have any concerns at all, consult with a veterinarian immediately. If you want to keep your dog safe, make certain that sweets, including their wrappers, are kept well away from your dog.
* Protect dogs from candles and pumpkins. Excited or agitated dogs can easily knock over a lit candle or pumpkin. Be sure those items are away from your dog’s reach, or consider a battery-powered candle that does not burn.
* Think twice about dressing your dog in a costume. While some dogs might enjoy being dressed up, many don’t. Experiment first to see if your dog likes being in a costume. If so, fine-he’ll most likely enjoy himself and the extra attention it brings. However, if he shows any resistance, don’t do it. Dogs feel enough stress around Halloween without also having to endure the discomfort and peculiarity of wearing a strange costume.
* Be prepared. If you take your dog with you while trick-or-treating, be prepared at all times. Do not let your dog approach the door of a house, and stay clear of possible gags or gangs of goblins who will gather at the door. Dogs do not understand that the person jumping out at you will not hurt you; they often think they can only help you by acting aggressively. Neither children nor adults in costumes should approach a dog without the owner’s consent.
* Have fun but think of your dog’s safety. Finally, if you want your dog to be included in Halloween festivities, think about his safety much as you would the safety of a small child. Your dog does not understand Halloween, so he needs you to provide the guidance and safety that you always do.
October 27, 2008
October 26, 2008
October 24, 2008
Heather LaHaise was another local artist participating in the show. I had seen her work before and was totally impressed, but after being surrounded by it last night, I was seriously in love. She is truly able to capture that special something about each dog that makes them unique. You can learn more about her here. And check out some of her work below:
The piece above was my absolute favorite!
October 17, 2008
October 16, 2008
October 15, 2008
Forget kids... These sheets are so cute - I want them for MY bed.
And all the J. Crew items below are just a small sampling of what's available through their store. Just go to Crewcuts online and search for "dog" and you'll find all kinds of cute "doggie-inspired" clothing.