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They say you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but if appearances didn’t matter, people like my husband (a graphic designer) would be out of a job, and Christian Louboutin couldn’t justify $1000 for a pair of shoes. I super love the cover of Happy Dog, Happy You (by pet expert Arden Moore), but this book is more than just a pretty face. Moore’s handy, illustrated volume contains hundreds of ideas for quick, easy, and fun things you can do to entertain and bond with your dog, and it even includes tips on training, travel, health, and grooming.

Since my dogs and I don’t always seem to be interested in the same hobbies (though they’ve definitely shown an interest in digging gardening), maybe it’s worth checking out.

You can fetch it from Buy Olympia or autographed from Arden Moore’s site.

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I’m unabashed in my love for the ultra-cool designs from Doca Pet, and the new additions to their line of bowls and feeders are quite super. The resin Smorgasboard features a sleek woodgrain texture, and the steel Wire & Dine double feeder comes in a variety of colors.

I’d like to take them both out for a beer.

Fetch them straight from Doca Pet.

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Check out the handmade modern dog furniture and accessories at ModPet. While I think a certain company could take issue with their slogan, I love these sleek, sophisticated designs.

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WHOA! Check out these bowls!! They’re so cool they’re levitating!!!

The Phorm bowl is sleek, sophisticated, and made of easy-to-clean cast resin (with a removable stainless-steel bowl). And, apparently, they may or may not have magical powers.

Fetch it at Unleashed Life.

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I saw the simplehuman pet food can over on Dog Milk the other day, and you know what I do when I see something I like? I steal it. KIDDING. That would be kleptomania and might require medication or therapy. I mean to say I re-post it. Here. As if I were cool enough to find it on my own.

Simplehuman’s pet food can is made of fingerprint-proof stainless steel and has a built-in scoop and wheels. It comes in two sizes (6.5-gallon and 8-gallon) and would be perfect in our newly redecorated kitchen. I might need to reallocate some funds and get this. Question, though: does “fingerprint-proof” also mean noseprint-proof?

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I love screenprinting, and I’m stoked about McCabe Bros., a new Etsy shop full of screenprinted dogs. I’ll be checking back often as they add to their inventory.

Tail wags to Sarah, a fellow Etsy addict, for the find!

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You might have seen Rigel Stuhmiller’s letterpressed stationery before, either right here on phetched, or maybe on the Today show, Apartment Therapy, or Daily Candy. In an effort to help Save the Children with support efforts in earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan, Rigel is currently donating all profits from her sales to the organization, with generous donors matching her donations up to 300%.

Rigel says:

As most people will know, many coastal regions of Japan were devastated by the recent tsunami. Over the past decade I have met many Japanese agricultural students from these affected regions through my work on Chino Nojo Farms in San Diego. Many of these students’ hometowns have been severely affected by the tsunami.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. They work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining independence without political agenda or religious orientation. 90% of all expenditures go towards program services.


Check out the fun doggie designs in Rigel’s shop. She’s running her fundraiser through 12 a.m. March 22nd.

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Kong has a line of shampoos, detanglers, and other grooming products. As in, multicolored bottles shaped like Kongs with little caps on them.

I’m just going to let that marinate as you check out this crummy iPhone photo.

Spotted at Petsmart.

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Let’s talk about dog beds. Let’s talk about how booooooring some dog beds are. Solid-colored, stuffing-filled lumps. Or even worse…. plaid. Come on, now. That’s not you. You have style. You have panache. You’ve got a dog who needs a snazzy dog bed.

San Francisco-based P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) is here to help. Their modern dog beds, many featuring sophisticated but fun designs by artist David Collins, offer a bold answer to boring dog beds.

Pretty cool, right? Not boring at all. Plus, what’s even cooler – P.L.A.Y. beds are filled with stuffing made from recycled plastic bottles, with a large round bed containing as many as 92 recycled plastic bottles. PLUS, if you’ve already got a bed that’s perfectly good, if only a little booooooring, P.L.A.Y. offers their awesome designs in covers alone. Brilliant!

You can see all the designs and fetch non-boring beds at P.L.A.Y.

(OK, OK, kidding about the plaid thing. Sort of.)

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I saw these awesome pet care PSA prints on Dog Milk the other day, from Etsy artist Ink + Sword.

I love them. And I’m looking for art for our new house. So there you go.

See more at Ink + Sword.

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