Get your pets into the spirit of Day of the Dead, or honor the memory of an old furry friend. More than just Mexico's answer to Halloween, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is essentially partying with the dead. A national holiday in Mexico, and observed in other regions in Latin America and Europe, the two-day holiday on Nov. 1 and 2 honors the departed in a celebratory manner, remembering loved ones through funny anecdotes and happy memories. Family members come together to remember the deceased by building altars and "welcoming" the spirits of loved ones home. So why should your pet be excluded from the family fun? Here are 15 great finds from Etsy that will help your kitty or pooch get festive or help you honor a dearly departed pet.
While our favorite designers all cite a variety of Spring '13 influences, the harnesses taking the runway point to another source of inspiration; we're thinking Fifty Shades of Grey. After spotting the harness-adorned dresses on the catwalks at BCBG, Herve Leger, and even Jason Wu, we're convinced the subversive read may have found its way even into the fashion world. Truthfully, the references, while a little edgy, aren't nearly as suggestive paired with fluid fabrications and juxtaposed against prints, leading us to a new theory altogether — could harnesses be heading for the mainstream? They're about as easy to throw on as a belt, and they make any look a little more attention-getting, so we're putting it to you: what's your take on Spring's harness trend? Would you wear one?
Spring '13 runways left to right: Jason Wu, BCBG, Herve Leger.
Step-in style harnesses for your little buddies, Buddy Belts look something like eyeglasses frames when laid flat — one paw goes where each "eye" would be. Coming in sizes for the small to medium dog, many people complain that these leather products can irritate the underarms of sensitive pooches, despite the secure, and chic, style.
If you've experienced this hairy issue, consider picking up a Buddy Belt Dog Harness Liners ($8–$14) for added comfort. Made with sizes to fit any Buddy Belt, it helps your sensitive pup keep all his hair in the right place, but still enjoy your walktime pace.
Well, she may have been kicked off of Dancing With the Stars last week, but that's not stopping Julianne Hough from enjoying a sunny day in LA. She took a lil walk with her Cavie cutie sporting his own tan twinset. Of a harness and matching lead I mean. Looks like he gets quite a bit of use out of that frayed leash, but pick up your own combo – there's a Puppia Harness ($19) and matching lead ($10) in a rainbow of colors for even the most discerning pooch.
Whether your furry friend rides in a belt harness or a car seat while on road trips, I wanted to point out a quick tip for safety. Even if you prefer collars for walking, don't clip these to a seat belt or car seat attachment.
Personally, I don't believe in traveling with an unsecured pet period and, under no circumstances, should you drive around with a restraining device attached to your dog's collar. (I don't need to give you the graphic visual, but I'm sure you can picture what happens if you slam on the brakes.) Next time you're ready to hit the road, stock a harness just in case or, invest in a special version that attaches straight to the car safety device from your walk time, too!
Attention, attention, new puppy alert! Kelly Osbourne has been spotted over the last couple weeks with this lil furball! The Shiba Inu already has her (his?) wings taking plane trips with mom. Looks like Kelly wasted no time in getting this pup the coolest gear. What products did they travel with? Find out below.
- Even though temperatures don't drop that much in LA, the Gooby Winter Freedom Harness ($30) is a snuggly alternative to traditional reins made of synthetic deer skin and lined with faux fur for an off-to-the-mountains look.
- Then there's no matchy matchy necessary here as the pup also sports a Mascot Old School Repp Lead ($42) in one of six preppy color combos.
- Lastly, she adds a pink piggy to the leash. While Sporky ($15) may appear to be a poop bag holder to an untrained eye, it's actually a dispenser for wet wipes, great for keeping fingers (and paws) clean on the plane.
I was already a big fan of Wonderdog, especially since they make cute walking harnesses (which are way harder to locate for those noncollar wearing pups). Now I'm loving their warm, earthy-toned additions for Fall so much that I've picked my three favorite styles below. Don't worry matching fans, they stock coordinating leashes, too!
Even if you're not down with coordinating with your furry friend, Thurman Murman's constantly rotating leash collection got me thinking – is it necessary to match the leash to the collar or harness? While Samson's sporting a set here, I know my pooch has many more harnesses than leashes . . . but he still has that basic black Flexi that just seems to go with everything. I make an effort to at least grab a leash that looks OK with the harness I slip on – how about you?
Walk time fills North with tail-waggin' joy, and it's definitely rein-in harnesses at my house! Call it personal preference, if you will, but I still think my pup's better suited with a harness like his smooshy breathren. I'm curious do you also put a collar on your harnessed pet like these two?
I'm always on the hunt for flashy products to let your pets get in on the wedding action! Now the bling may not be for every gal's pooch, but I know my heart flutters at the sight of the trademark Tiffany & Co. box. Sooo, why not treat an equally lucky pup to a matching lil blue satin harness ($35) for a future ring bearer to don during the ceremony and a Sniffany & Co. squeaky toy ($14) for afterwards!
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