On a recent trip to New Jersey, my husband and I took a quick trip to Crate and Barrel to check out a sideboard for the dining room that we had been admiring online. Since we don’t have a Crate and Barrel in Omaha, we always take advantage of being within 30 minutes of one. We decided to pass on the sideboard but the visit wasn’t a complete waste of time because something else in the store caught our eye: trendy pet accessories.
I had no idea that C&B stocked dog and cat accessories, and I flipped over the bold yet simple graphics on the small selection of products available. J and I quickly agreed on a red porcelain bowl for Briscoe; my Maltipoo recently decided that he will no longer drink water out of his metal bowl. I can only image it’s because he can see his reflection in it and is afraid of himself!
If we didn’t already have a white canister for dog treats that I recently picked up at IKEA in Minneapolis (again, no IKEA in Omaha), I would have had a hard time deciding between the “Woof” treat jar and the one featuring black fire hydrant and dog biscuit graphics. Both would’ve looked great sitting out on my kitchen counter.
I was also tempted to buy Briscoe a new collar because he’s been wearing his crossbones (minus the skull) collar for over a year, but the small collars at Crate and Barrel still looked too large for his tiny neck. I lucked out at Petco over a year ago when found his current preppy-meets-punk collar but haven’t liked any of their collars since. Obviously, Briscoe doesn’t care what kind of collar he wears, but I’m getting board with the one he’s got on.
Two years ago, when J and I decided we were ready to become dog owners, a friend of mine gifted us with a collar from Lucky Fiona. The collar she chose was bright orange with retro flowers on it (she didn’t know if we were getting a girl dog or a boy dog), and while some people thought it was too girlie for my already feminine-looking puppy to wear, I loved it. Now Lucky Fiona is the first place I go to look for unique dog collars, although I haven’t been too successful as of late, as nothing in her Etsy shop has caught my eye in a while.
The same friend also suggested I check out Up Country. I think the Andy Warhol-inspired dog food collar is charming, and I will need to buy Briscoe the Star of David collar to wear for the Jewish holidays in December. I also like “Mom” from the West Village collection and “Leafy” from the Green Market collection.
Where do you shop for your pet? Do you get caught up in all of these trendy dog and cat accessories like I do?