If you live with dogs (and I’m going to assume you do), you know that they’re capable of all kinds of dirty. Hair, dander, every-little-thing-they-bring-in-from-outside… it winds up on your floors, on your furniture, and in the air you breathe. If you or your pup suffer from environmental allergies, breathing in all that particle-laden air isn’t very cool. This month, Mingus and Dottie test out the BreatheSmart air purifier from Alen to see how it handles two dogs’ worth of dirty air.
I carry a little piece of my dogs with me everywhere I go — in the form of little white husky hairs all over my clothes and person. Here’s a cooler way to carry a reminder of your pup with you when you leave home: super-cute dog and bone keychains from Crate & Barrel. They’re made of soft merino wool felt and won’t shed all over your car. Sweet.
I love the new Fetch! canvas toys from Ore Pet. With their Americana-themed photo graphics, they’ve got a wholesome, Norman Rockwell sort of vibe going on. And speaking of wholesome, they’re made from eco-friendly recycled canvas, so they’re easy on the earth (and machine-washable, too!). Check out the whole mess of ‘em over at Ore Pet.
I have great respect for people who commit to things, like really commit to things. (I get excited if I remember to take my vitamins for a week straight.) Stacie Bloomfield is one such person. She’s a super-talented artist and home goods designer who’s illustrating a dog breed a week for a whole year in her 52 Weeks of Dogs project. And, as if commitment and creativity aren’t enough, Stacie’s selling prints of her doggie illustrations in her shop, Gingiber, and donating the proceeds to the humane society. See more after the jump, and head over to Stacie’s shop to pick out your favorite.
Woot, wooooot! Guess what time it is? It’s time for another installment of Mingus & Dottie Try It! This month we had fun trying out the new Wobble Ball dog enrichment toy from aptly named P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You). What did we think? Check out our review below!
Something’s going on over in Germany, you guys, and it has to do with dogs and design. You already know of our love for the gorgeous products from Germany’s Cloud7, and today we bring you MiaCara — yet another German company helping to bring more aesthetic oomph to the world of dog products. MiaCara’s collection is vast and varied, including collars, leads, beds, feeders, mats, toys, and more, with each product clearly designed to meet the company’s goal of creating products that “first and foremost fit the dog” but also “complement the style of its owner.”
I was stoked to see that the featured seller this past week on Etsy was none other than Brooklyn’s Go! Pet Design, whose innovative designs we’ve featured occasionally in the past. (You might remember their awesome ei2 wire crate.) Their shop is full of great new designs I hadn’t seen yet, from bed covers made from reclaimed U.S. Army material, to waxed canvas “pup” tents, to walnut and maple leash hooks — all handmade and designed with both beauty and utility in mind. Be sure to head over to their full collection and check out those gorgeous Hairpin and Spoke steel feeders. They make me shiver with delight.