Poochy Couture: I am a lover of ALL dogs. We have a house full of dogs (2 danes Tiny & Daisy 1 pug Zoey). I’ve been designing jewelry forever and on Etsy for a couple of years (girlygirlstudios.etsy.com) Well my husband had a tada moment and said I should make dog tags…Well I did and they’ve been selling like crazy!! I really wanted to keep my jewelry and pooch accessories seperate…so PoochyCouture was born.
I really enjoy making the custom designs (like the request for the mushroom dog tags).
I use all natural dyes and earth friendly leather products.
I think every dog lover wants the best for their pooch, so I will offer really colorful fun designs at reasonable prices.
My dog, Molly, has the Nathan collar, and it’s great!
Flying Dog Collars feature a super strong aluminum side release buckle in Brushed or Polished finish. Collars feature a welded Nickel finish D-ring to attach tags and/or a leash, a nickel finished slide buckle and are fully adjustable. These collars are suitable for all breeds.
Flying Dog Custom Dog Collars are made with 100% cotton fabric that is fused with interfacing and then wrapped around and fused to a renewable polypropylene webbing core to give the collar great durability. The are then sewn by hand using an industrial strength sewing machine fitted with the finest quality strong polyester thread. All stress points are triple stitched for durability.
Kelsey the Scottie Dog in upcycled shaggy chenille – handmade by Leah of Vintage Chenille.
Oooh…I’ve got it bad. The “it” is puppy-lust and this particular case was brought on by my mom’s brand-new miniature schnauzer, Axel. All it took was one introductory snuggle in the parking lot of a local stir-fry joint and I was hooked. I spent the next half-hour trying to figure out how I could fit him into my purse and get him home without anyone being the wiser. Sadly, though, all of the puppy-lust in the world doesn’t change the fact that my busy-busy life simply won’t allow for a pet. Not even a cute little bearded fella with the softest fur and the sweetest puppy breath and the nicest kisses…oh, here I go again. Let’s just take a peek at some awesome, canine-friendly, handmade goods while I dream of ways to make that tiny, four-legged dreamboat my own.
“If I had a puppy, I would walk him every day.” The collars pictured above by The Black Lantern Studios have been re-purposed from thrifted leather belts. These handsome upcycled collars will keep your prized-pooch secure and stylish in the dog park or on the street. Vintage belts are cut to size, and then d-rings and heavy duty copper rivets are added to fasten. Black Lantern Studios can even make your dog’s collar to order and offer custom hot-stamping, if you would like your piece personalized with Fido’s name.
“If I had a puppy, I would take him with me wherever I go.” These Snuggy Luggage pet beds by The Pop Stops Here have been cleverly upcycled from vintage suitcases and are ready for travel, both around the world or around the town. Each suitcase is transformed into a portable piece of furniture with the addition of a removable, machine washable pillow (made from a durable vintage fabric), painted bun feet and a safety hook. The original inner pockets are left intact to provide toy and leash storage. All of the details are thoughtfully provided; Erica even includes the original key as well as a matching toy for your pooch (or kitty). When you’re ready to hit the road, just close up the suitcase and go!
“If I had a puppy, I would dress him in style.” Ladybug’s fashionable jacket from the Bugduds shop (pictured above, left) was lovingly sewn from a vintage apron. It is fully lined, with an added layer of flannel for warmth. Dorothy, the jacket’s designer (and Ladybug’s owner), makes lovely coats and accessories for dogs of all sizes, like the diminutive but dapper Dilly (above, right); emphasizing the use of recycled/re-purposed fabrics and notions. As a member of Etsy for Animals (EFA), Dorothy donates 5% of her sales to animal welfare organizations.
“If I had a puppy, I would play fetch with him in the park.” I’ve always wondered, though…do dogs call it “throw”? Made from recycled jeans and polyester fill, these fun squeaky balls by The Smiling Frog (above) will keep you and your dog busy for hours while you ponder that question. You’ll also feel great about your purchase because The Smiling Frog donates 25% of the sales from their line of denim dog toys to The Knox County Humane Society in Maine. That’s definitely something to wag your tail about!
“If I had a puppy, I would give him the tastiest treats.” The aptly named Dog Cookie Shop bakes all of their healthy treats to order from the finest natural ingredients. Many of their offerings, like the Peanut Butter and Oatmeal cookies pictured above, are wheat-free, making them suitable for dogs with (and without) wheat allergies. Check out the Dog Cookie Shop, as well, for their new line of gourmet, hand-dipped cookies.
So, mom…can I keep him?
Like it or not, most pets (of the feline and canine varieties, anyway) need neckwear, to keep them safely identified or likewise on a leash. Collars might not be a pet’s favorite thing, but they don’t have to be unfashionable – or uncomfortable, for that matter.
Whiskerkisses offers white button-down collars to combine with regular and bowties for a most fashionable statement (and just in time for Independence Day.)
Dog in the window?? I find myself thinking that, even humming that tune a lot these days. In our city it seems like everyone has a dog – regardless of the fact that most of us live in apartments smaller than 800 square feet! So whenever you walk or drive around the city – you’re bound to see at least one dog and it’s happy owner. And where there are dogs – there are also dogs in clothes. At first I thought this trend was a concern and a grave comment on the state of our modern culture. But, now – somehow, my surroundings have influenced me and I reeeeally want a dog, and I know my dog will have at least one sweater or jacket.
Peacoats for dogs! Available from Rover Dog on Etsy.
And truth be told it’s not just my surroundings that have me wanting a dog – as long as I can remember, we’ve always had a family dog. Some have been so mischievous that I don’t want to remember the amount of time I spent chasing them around when they got a hold of things they shouldn’t. Others were picture perfect companions – always at our feet and only sometimes staring with longing eyes as we ate our supper. It’s only been since I’ve moved out of my parent’s home at 19 for school that I haven’t had a dog. And for years and years I didn’t think about it much. But now that I’m older and as every year I feel a bit more interested in nesting, it does seem like a very good idea!
Classic Dog Rock from Gemini.
While we know from all our city dwelling friends that dogs can be very happy even in small apartments I think we’ll wait until we have a place that is just a bit bigger and maybe until we have a yard.
Reclaimed Wood Dog Bed from Love Nostalgic Whimsy
In the meantime, I can’t help but do a bit of shopping on Etsy for some great finds for dogs – even if only to share them with you! Hope you like what I’ve found – and I’d love to hear any fun dog stories you have to share.
Dog bowl stand from from Andrews Reclaimed