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.
With the weather all warmed up (and leaning towards “hot and toasty”, quite frankly), we’re busting out our hiking boots and hitting the local trails. Wrigley is an adventurer at heart, so he accompanies us on most of our excursions. Carrying our own water bottles and a bowl for him is awkward at best, so when I spied this all-in-one water bottle and detachable bowl from OllyDog, I ordered one immediately! We sprung for one in Lime, but the OllyBottle is also available in Blueberry and Orange. Needless to say, I think this design is downright brilliant! (We’ve already used it a few times and Wrigley loves it, too.)
What do you guys think of this design?
I was wandering through Target yesterday (you know, having gone in for, like, two things and instead filling up a whole basket with unnecessary but completely awesome finds) when I stumbled on the display for Polka Dog Bakery, part of Target’s new project The Shops at Target, which features items from specialty boutiques throughout the country. Polka Dog Bakery is a pet shop and bakery in Boston, and their “shop” at Target is full of cute, colorful toys, bowls, mats, collars and, of course, yummy and wholesome baked treats. The Polka Dog for Target collection is available both in stores and online, and if the already-half-empty shelves at my local store are any indication, it’s selling out fast. What’s your favorite? Pretty sure I need one of those bowls. And a coordinating mat. And a tossin’ stick.
Neroko is a Finnish design studio that was born out of “a great love for dogs and a passion for sustainable Finnish design”, which is to say that Neroko and Dog Milk are two peas in a pod. Their modern pet line includes solid birch beds and “habitats”, stackable ceramic bowls and birch food containers, and even natural jute dog toys! (And how cute is that little dog sculpture?)
Much as we tend to anthropomorphize our dogs and endow them with complex thoughts and even speech, I’m pretty sure my little Dottie’s average thought process is somewhat akin to one of those old Dick and Jane books: “I am hungry. There is no food. Oh, look. There is food in my bowl. Food is good. Crunch, crunch, crunch.” Thus, this line of tongue-in-cheek, retro-inspired dog dining accessories from Oré Pet might be right up her (extremely simple) alley.
Even though they can’t read, and may or may not appreciate good design, something tells me even dogs are powerless against the sheer brilliance and beauty of Helvetica, that most glorious of typefaces. You can show your love for all things sans serif (or maybe just make your kitchen feel more like an NYC subway station) with Helvetica treat tins, bowls, and food storage bins, new at Harry Barker.