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.
ORE’ Pet‘s Rustic Words Pet Series is a placemat and a bowl (large or small) with old school lettering featuring the words eat, sleep run, sit, bark, play and YUM!
Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who mentioned she didn’t like to shop at certain pet boutiques because of the high prices and snooty retailers. She mentioned that, while she is incredibly attracted to the beautiful merchandise, she is often intimidated by the atmosphere. Personally, you can’t drag me out of a pet boutique, but I completely understand the issue this friend of mine was having. It’s a critique I’ve often heard from others. After this conversation I was inspired to dig around the web to see if I could find merchandise that had the “boutique look” without the intimidation factor. I was beyond surprised to find a collection of great items from an unexpected source, Bed Bath and Beyond!
Clockwise, from top left: Animal Planet Portable Pet Kennel, Skinneez Stuffing-Free Dog Toys, Pet Can Cover, Pooch Treat Bomb Pet Toy, “Woof!” Bone Square Placemat, Pet Supply Organizer
This Dog Bowl Tray from A La Mode Dog includes built-in dog bowls and two 1-quart stainless steel bowls. It has a non-skid so your pet eats in place without sliding all over the floor. It also features an outer rim that keeps water from spilling onto the floor, plus it’s easy to clean. Also available for cats.
Hooray! Crate & Barrel has finally jumped on the pet accessories bandwagon, and it’s lovely.