Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

No holds barred! It seems that pet parents (me included) will spare no expense to ensure that their pooch is adorned with the prettiest attire, the brightest baubles and munches on the tastiest treat. This past week, I spent a gorgeous day indoors at the Metropolitan Pavilion for Pet Fashion Week New York (www.petfashionweek.com) to check out the Fall and Winter offerings for pets. There were plenty of well-coiffed lapdogs underfoot, sporting the latest styles in coats and collars. As I negotiated the minefield of furry fashionistas and the maze of exhibitors, I was besieged with an ocean of color, design and snobbery that made this a veritable New York fashion event. Here are some of the trends you can look forward to in the next few months –

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Pretty In Pink
Pink continues to be in and by leaps and bounds. From stripes to dots, it’s everywhere and on everything, appearing with every kind of fabric especially in knits. Trim is in, with lacy embellishments on dog dresses and faux fur edgings on jackets. Get your pink fix from Pooch Outfitters (www.poochoutfitters.com) available at – Downtown Doghouse, 259 West 18th Street, New York, NY
Ritzy Canine Carriage House, 148 East 40th Street, New York, NY
Doggy Styles, 9467 Charleville Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA

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Bad To The Bone
Camouflage and bone motifs are seen on urban designs, with the skulls & cross bones especially popular. Sweaters and hoodies also echo boarding school attire with the appearance of argyle and Harry Potter-ish icons. Get these rock and rough wear from Ruffluv (www.ruffluvnyc.com) whose motto says it best “Because your dog is cooler than you”! Available at –
Zoomies, 434 Hudson Street, New York, NY
NYC Unleashed, 162 West 84th Street, New York, NY
Pets Of Bel Air, 2924 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles, CA

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Big Dawg On Campus
Finally, it’s not just the little dogs that get to strut their style. The not-so-petite pooches are getting fashionable too. After all, just because they’re big and tough, doesn’t mean they don’t get cold or appreciate a well-turned collar. Let your dog become a Dawg with Idawg (www.idawgclothing.com). Swagger on over to their online store to order.

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Good Enough To Eat
Organic dog treats have been around for awhile and the trend is quickly overtaking the pet food market. But just because it’s good for your dog, doesn’t necessarily mean it tastes good. I hear it all the time, organic dog treats that are human grade and good enough for us to eat. So I tried one of the dog biscuits from Wagatha’s (www.wagathas.com). It was a little dry but did taste good. What’s the hook to this organic treat? It’s kosher too! Pick up a canister at their online store or call Ph 802-367-1010.

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Pet Diamonds Are Forever
Bling-bling is still in and will always be. Charms abound on every pet accessory, from collars and leashes, to bandanas and pet carriers. The sparkle craze is moving enthusiastically towards diamonds and pearls, so gild your pet with one of the pretty trinkets from Silver Bones (www.silver-bones.com). You can get a name or message stamped by hand on tags, which means that your contact info will not rub off. Custom order at Silver Bones online store or at –
Trixie & Peanut, 23 East 20th Street, New York, NY
The Barking Zoo, 172 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY
Tailwaggers, 1929 North Bronson Avenue, Hollywood, CA

Pet Fashion Week New York was an amazing showcase of products. It was Pawsibly Terrific!

Originally published September 2007
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