A Few of our Favorite Holiday Things!

Of course, dogs are worth celebrating year-round, but this time of year is a perfect excuse to shower a favorite pup or fellow dog lover with a little extra fun, luxe and utility.  Here are a few of Project Wag’s picks for great canine gifts:  some for dogs, some inspired by dogs; all available online for hassle-free shopping.
Dee-luxe holiday toys and treats that look great and will impress the pickest pup and choosy owners alike.  Harry Barker’s holiday bin comes with toys & tosses, rounded out by Chicken Pot Pie-flavored treats. $78.
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Tartan Jingle Bell Dog Collar — Another gem from Harry Barker — pick your pattern and slip this soft, festive collar on your pet for some extra jingle.  A bargain for $10.  Yes, there’s a temptation to keep these in rotation well after New Years… harry-barker-jingle-bell-collar_3
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 Leave it to the Grand Dame of domesticity to come up with a super well-designed and great looking garment with huge bang for buck — from PetSmart, a steal at only $4.97.
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Cozy Cave Dog Bed — bet. $60 and $90
Wish they made these for humans too!  This dog cave — er, bed — is ready for serious snoozing and burrowing.  Comes in Olive, Navy and Khaki.  Sturdy and great value!  bd-cozy-cave-navy-56032
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Found My Animal Coat — Another fave this year are these seriously cool and street-smart waxed canvas coats, just ready for the polar vortex.  Available in small, medium and large, between $75-$105.

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Personalized Ralph Lauren Cashmere Sweater — This adorable dog sweater is made from luxurious cable-knit cashmere and designed with a buttoned turtleneck.  Wide-ribbed fold-over cuffs and a discreet leash hole at the back.  100% cashmere. Dry clean. Imported.  — $39.00
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Tumi carrier — We’re not sure there’s a better designed travel bag for dogs than this clever, rugged and elegant carry all with amazing hardware.  It’s sold out in a lot of spots, but hey: we know how to get the goods!  $375.8573059_fpx
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Bloomingdales dog bowl — Classic New York style from the big store on Lexington Avenue.  Love, love, love.
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Friendship Collar — A bracelet for owners, a matching collar for canines — a thoughtful, stylish gift for the Person/Dog duo in your life.  — $35
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Body wash for your pampered puss and pug. A mild skin and fur wash to gently cleanse and deodorize pets, made with the same research, development and care the folks at Aesop use for their human product line.  $39
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C-Wonder Puppy Stationary — After all the holiday goodness, what better way to express your gratitude than with these yummy, thick-stock puppy cards — choose

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 from French bulldog, beagle, pug or dachshund.  We did note, however, the absence of a Bassett.  We’ll be writing in with our suggestions, stat.  Sold as a set of 8 for $12
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Stubbs and Wooten Slippers -Poodle alert!  Slip into Palm
Beach mode with some embroidered goodness. Too good to wear walking the dog, but then again, too perfect not to.  — $315

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Single in the City and Want a Dog?
10 Things to Consider Before Taking the Plunge

Very excited to share the following article that was published on Huffington Post’s Blog yesterday!
 

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You’ve been told that dogs can cure all of you’re singleton problems. Like helping you attract that cute blonde you met in the dog park. Or saving you from choking on that doughnut hole so you don’t die alone in your apartment.

However, raising Fido in an urban environment is a lot different than in suburbia. No backyards. Apartment policies. Busy schedules. But you can make it work.

Here’s a few guidelines to consider before you make the big jump to doggieland:

1. The Commitment: The average life of a dog is about 10-15 years (or roughly 90 in dog years). So basically, you’re committing to raising a dog until their old age. That’s a long time. If you’re a commitment-phobe, you may want to get a goldfish instead.

2. The Budget: According to Bloomberg, the cost of raising a dog in places like NYC is more expensive than raising a kid elsewhere. That comes to about $14k to $16k a year as you’ll need to account for food, a dog walker (make sure you vet them out first), overnight stays at the doggie hotel, training classes, grooming, vet visits and of course, all those fun puppy toys/accessories. Can you hack it?

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3. The Time: Do you travel a lot? Do you work from home? Do you regularly come home at 2 a.m.? Whatever the case, make sure you have enough built-in time in your schedule to be in your dog’s life. Otherwise, the nanny will see their first steps, not you.

4. The Rules: Does your apartment building allow dog ownership? If so, what breed do they permit? (Some building managers only allow cats and small dogs.) Definitely check with them first and/or look for an apartment that does. Also, don’t forget to account for that crotchety old neighbor who hates every animal in existence.

5. The Park: Your dog is going to need to run around. A lot. And your apartment is only so big, so that isn’t gonna cut it. I definitely recommend finding a park that’s 10 minutes or less walking/driving distance from your place of residence if possible. The closer the park, the easier it is for you to commit to taking them regularly.

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6. The Overnight: If you need to dash out of town for a last-minute meeting, make sure there’s a pet hotel nearby so you’re able to drop Buddy off before you hit the road. And don’t forget to read legit review sites like Yelp or DogVacay before you leave your BFF with complete strangers.

7. The Kids: You may not have kids now (or maybe you do), but be sure to account for the fact that your dog is going to be a part of whatever lies in the future ahead. If that’s important to you, consider investing in kid-loving breeds like Labs, Retrievers, Beagles, Collies and Terriers.

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8. The Allergies: Some people are allergic to pet dander. Or pet saliva. If you’re the type who mostly sneezes during shedding season, consider getting a dog that’s hypoallergenic like Poodles or Yorkshire Terriers.

9. The Mess: Like it or not, even the most well-behaved pups get into mischief. They also shed, roll around in dirt and eat bugs. Oh and poop (every day). If you have no problem cleaning up after them on a daily/hourly basis, you’ll do just fine.

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10. The Payoff: Owning a dog will enhance your life in so many ways. They get you outside, boost your mood, make you more social and teach you how to to take care of someone other than yourself. Plus, they’ll always be around to save you from choking on that doughnut hole.

‘Nough said.

image-05.jpgMe and my amazing super-hound Lucie Fischer. (Photography by Amanda Jones Photography)

 

 

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