Posts by Katherine:
I’m daily enamored with the exciting stuff featured on Fab, and this past week I almost bought one of these awesome leather desk caddies from Argentinian company Vacavaliente (which my grade-school Spanish tells me means “brave cow.” Heh.). The caddy — which can hold pens, pencils, stamps, paperclips, whatever — is made from reclaimed, reconstituted leather. Check it out in action over at Dogster, and contact Vacavaliente for retailers.
I’m always harping on my dogs for spending all day sitting around (actually, more like snoozing) and not doing anything productive. Well, here are some cute pups that sit around all day yet totally earn their keep: dog doorstops from Wish. Original. Each pup is handmade in soft fabric and is weighted with gravel-filled feet to keep your doors right where you want them. They come in two sizes (“dog” and “puppy”), a variety of fun fabrics (look at all the fabrics!), and with cute collars around their necks. Check them out at Wish and order at Amara.
A running joke in my family has to do with my mother and her obsession with water bottles. As far as my mom is concerned, anyone leaving the house for more than thirty minutes without a water bottle is flirting with danger. It’s no joke when it comes to keeping dogs hydrated in the summertime, though — we know how important it is to have fresh water on hand for hot dogs. Popware for Pets makes it easy with their convenient travel cup with handy rubber bottle holder. The bottle holder fits most standard water bottles, and the carabiner clips easily to your belt, bag, or leash. It’s just the thing to keep your pup — and my mom — happy.
Erin Flett is a graphic and textile designer from Maine. She designed and silkscreens these awesome dog pillows, and I want one in every color (brown, blue, and orange). Erin hand-silkscreens the pillows on 100% natural cotton bark cloth (pretty funny, right? Bark cloth?), and they feature a sweet portrait of Bruiser, the beloved dog of a family friend. My birthday was yesterday, so… HINT.
If you’ve been around dogs for long enough you probably know all about the Hol-ee Roller as well as two of my very favorite dog toys, Good Cuz and Bad Cuz (all from JW Pet). Well, have you ever wondered what happens when Hol-ee Roller and Cuz love each other very, very much? Why, you get a Hol-ee Cuz, of course! A ball, chewy, and squeaky toy all in one, it’s made of tough, flexible, 100% natural nontoxic rubber with a soft, squeaky ball inside… and those fun Cuz feet, of course. Brilliant.
The other day I ran across the series “Dogs & Cars” by London illustrator, animator, and visual developer Emmanuelle Walker (originally from Montreal), and I think it’s awesome. I love how in each illustration the human driver’s head and/or face is obscured, making the story all about the dogs and the cars. It’s almost as if the dogs are the ones actually controlling the vehicles. I don’t know, but for a dog, riding down the open road with your head hanging out the car window probably makes you feel like a superhero.