I have a lot of new favorite dog products right now, having just gotten back from the SuperZoo conference and being exposed to the latest from hundreds of pet retailers. But those will have to trickle into later editions of the Editor’s Picks column. Most of the items in this week’s roundup were waiting for me in my inbox (gleaned from newsletters and Facebook wall messages) when I arrived home — some things the Internet gives you are too good not to share.
1. Pretty Fluffy’s August Wallpaper
Every month, our friends at Australian dog and design blog Pretty Fluffy come up with an elegant and fairly minimalist computer wallpaper that can be downloaded for free. Their aesthetic caters to the typography-obsessed dog mom, and because I identify with that camp (geez, what a hipster!), I eagerly await the beginning of each month so I can slap their latest backdrop on my screen. You can get August’s dogs vs. diamonds wallpaper yonder, and browse the Pretty Fluffy archive for alternatives here.
2. The Greyhound Collar By MADZAG
My friend, Dog Milk Managing Editor Capree Kimball, shared this collar with me recently, knowing I am a huge sighthound nerd. It’s part of the Bauhaus Collection of Melinda Molnar, a Budapest-based designer with an affinity for dogs. Prices aren’t listed on Molnar’s site (usually an indicator that everything is out of our league, $$$-wise), but we can still drool from a distance. Damn, that’s pretty.
3. A Well Adjusted Pet at the Rex Center in Pacifica, California
This new favorite is not brought to you by the Internet — it’s brought to you by my emergency vet. For those of you who don’t know, my Italian Greyhound, Mr. Moxie, has been recovering from a freak accident that happened in May, and has been a regular at the AIMSS emergency clinic once a week since then. But about a week ago, his broken leg was pronounced stable, and it was recommended that we take him to Dr. Ilana Strubel at the Rex Center for rehab. “Egads!” I thought (because, in my head I sound like Mr. Lodge), lamenting the fact that I still face enormous vet bills.
But Moxie is doing so well in rehab, and Illana is a complete doll. We’ve decided he’s too much of a scaredy cat for the underwater treadmill on the premises (pictured above with a braver dog), but a combination of stretches and daily exercises at home, and weekly laser appointments have made a world of difference. I was recently able to post a video on Moxie’s Facebook page showing him using both front paws on his first walk outside in months. We have a few more weeks of treatment to go, but I am so grateful the AIMSS vets sent us to the Rex Center. If you live in Northern California, I definitely recommend checking it out.
4. Pack’s #SUNNYSPOT Photo Roundup
Our friends at Pack, an instagram-centric social network for dogs, are always doing something cool. Their latest contest encouraged members of the site’s community to share their best #sunnyspot photos, and the resulting roundup will give you that taste of summer you’ve been missing. Check out all the beautiful photos over here.
5. The Walk In Sync Harness
Can I confess something? I’ve never been a harness aficionado. In fact, I sometimes give dogs in harnesses the side eye, because they always appear to be poorly trained and yanking away from the other end of the lead. But I might have to start eating my words. As part of Moxie’s treatment, Illana has me using the Walk in Sync harness designed by dog trainer Alecia Evans, which is structured so that the leash attaches at the front instead of the rear. It’s been encouraging Mox to put weight on the leg we’re retraining him to use, and it has made him such a delight to walk with. It might become a regular part of our lives post-treatment.
Do any of you prefer harnesses over the collar and leash combo in general? What brands do you recommend?
Thanks for reading, and as always, feel free to send me any and all dog product recs: I’m at janine (at) dogster (dot) com.
See More of Janine’s Favorite Things:
- Editor’s Picks: The Best and Worst Things We Saw at SuperZoo 2014
- Editor’s Picks: Coffee for Dog Nuts, Christmas in July, and the Ultimate Treat Pouch
About the Author: Janine is your typical annoying Aries overachiever with nine human siblings and a soft spot for sighthounds. She is a tattoo collector, tea drinker, and unabashedly into marshmallows and cheesy musicals. Janine believes responsible breeders exist — her dog is from one. She runs the show as editor-in-chief of Dogster and Catster.