Accessorize Me: Dogged
Oddly enough, this week’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show got us a bit philosophical for a minute, and we started thinking: “Can a dog really be an accessory?” We hear it said all the time that the latest thing is a tiny toy- or teacup-sized something or other (many of which would have been considered nothing more than the runt of the litter not long ago). “Is that OK? Can a living thing — any living thing — truly be an accessory?” we wondered.
But then we got over ourselves and started thinking that, really, it’s not so bad for our pet-cessories! In fact, they’ve become so chichi that our accessories now have accessories, and that’s kind of a fabulous thing. We’re not talking about just ordinary run-of-the-puppy-mill stuff either, because the once hard-to-find rhinestone or spiked dog collar is now available by the dozen, and in every size and color at most pet stores.
Today’s purse-pups are enjoying true luxury as up-market designers have identified a niche and a need in the marketplace: there is nothing people won’t spend on their furry babies — after all, it’s not like they require college tuition. The market facts bear it out, according to the American Pet Products Association, which estimates that in 2013, we in the U.S. spent $55.53 billion on our pets.
Sure, some of that goes toward food and vet care, but we also love to spoil our spaniels, shower our schnauzers and mollycoddle our mutts.
For some of us that means toting our petit pooches about town in Louis Vuitton dog carriers, which costs $2,780 for the larger version — the only one available online (for other sizes, one must call the company) — in the LV-monogrammed canvas. The design house also offers leather leads ($425) and LV-monogrammed collars ($300). Gucci offers several designs of hound-bags, ranging in price from $1,060 to $2,600, all emblazoned with the signature interlocking Gs and the red and green stripes (available at http://www.gucci.com).
More within reach are carrier and collar designs of the colorful quilted variety we’ve come to appreciate from Vera Bradley, available at the designer’s site and at Neiman Marcus, and some seriously fun and funky collars and leads from Kate Spade Saturday.
And those rhinestone collars we mentioned earlier? Take a peek at www.DiamondDogs.com. For several hundred dollars, you can buy your dog — regardless of its size — a collar that’s absolutely scattered, smothered and covered in Swarovski crystals.
Let’s face it. These dogs have got us beat. We follow them where they lead. We feed and bathe and clothe (some of us) and accessorize them, and they get to do pretty much nothing. We don’t even give them a hard time for wearing real fur.
It really is a dog’s life.
What is your favorite pet accessory? Let us know in our comments section below!