LONGCHAMP HOWL-O-WEEN

Last Thursday night, the dogs of Instagram (and the people who love them) gathered for a chic costumed fete in Longchamp’s Madison Avenue boutique, hosted by maison de pawZ.

The sold-out event was not only a celebration of the season (and maison de pawZ creator Mei-i’s delicious organic pup treats), but also a way to support a great cause. A silent auction with prizes befitting only the most fabulous pooches raised funds for The Humane Society of New York, who joined the event with several of their adoptable pups (including fan favorite Roger, looking dapper as always in his Mr. Big tuxedo).

As humans sipped wine and nibbled on snacks while admiring Longchamp’s latest collection, the gliteratti of the puppy world shared maison de pawZ treats and posed for photos with TheDogStyler.

At the end of the night, guests were given VIP gift bags to kick off their trick-or-treating in style!

The event was not only a rousing success for a great cause, but by far the most elegant way to begin Halloween-kend this author has ever personally witnessed!

 

PUPS AND PILGRIMS

This time of year, it’s always important to give thanks for all the wonderful puppies and people in your life. Over the weekend, we had even more to give thanks for at the Puppy Parties NYC “Pups and Pilgrims” bash at the Upper East Side Biscuits & Bath.

The event was hosted in part by PetPlate, a food delivery service for pups that has been getting a lot of buzz thanks to its vet approved, human grade menu. Think ground turkey, pumpkin, and peppers—even the humans in the room wanted a taste! After the pups had some time to let their mouths water, they were finally able to dig in…and the table full of clean plates proved the food tasted as delish as it looked!

After finishing the main course, it was time for dessert and pawty games. Daring pups could try their hand (or, snout) at bobbing for bones, or, if you were Holly, you could check out the centerpiece of frosted turkey treats on the nearby table, which she discovered were just in tongue’s reach!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a real Thanksgiving event without thinking about those pups who haven’t been as fortunate this year. Donations were collected for Social Tees, so more homeless pups could have a chance at a forever home for the holidays.

KOOLDOG MODERN DESIGN

It’s no secret we love modern design, and we strongly believe that pet furniture should fit seamlessly with the rest of your home decor. So it’s no surprise that we love these minimalist dog homes from Kooldog. Available in 3 chic finishes to match the rest of your furniture, these sleek homes could be mistaken for modern end tables – though they hide cozy little areas for your pups to doze off in style. The cushions are made of a cutting-edge microfiber textile that delivers lasting protection against stains, moisture, bacteria and odors so it’s easy to clean and maintain. Plus there are also vent holes in the back to ensure maximum air flow and keep things cool! Shop Kooldog modern dog beds on Bitch New York.

HOW TO TRAVEL IN STYLE WITH YOUR DOG

As the Summer comes to a close, it seems everyone is scrambling to book that final warm-weather getaway to soak up the last rays of sun. But what do you do if you have a furry family member to factor in to your vacay plans? Luckily, Holly and I are seasoned travelers happy to impart our wisdom on how to have the paw-fect pet friendly vacation!

First and foremost, you have to know that the location you are travelling to has pet-friendly accommodations. Many hotel chains such as Lowesand Affinia are known for their pooch-friendly policies that include luxe hotel amenities for both you and your pup. Of course, renting an apartment or home or staying with a trusted friend or family member is also an option, and will provide that more “home away from home” feeling for your pup (bonus points if there’s also a yard).

It’s also important to consider any possible medical needs your pup might have while you are in a new location. Ask your vet if they recommend any shots based on the area you will be going to (particularly if it is heavily wooded and could have ticks), and if they can recommend a vet in the area you are visiting in case of an emergency. One of our adventures at my parents’ home in Colorado once ended at the emergency vet after Holly decided a sunflower stalk seemed like something that belonged in her nostril!

Before you go, check the mode of transportation you plan on taking for any travel rules and regulations regarding pets. Most airlines allow small dogs in the cabin, but some are stricter about weight limits and documentation than others. Although Amtrak does not currently allow dogs, they are working on a pilot program to allow small pets in carriers on short journeys. In the meantime, most regional railroads (such as the Long Island Rail Road and Metro North) do allow animals as long as they are in a bag.

Finally, with all this travel you’ll be doing, it’s smart to invest in a sturdy, airline-approved travel bag that can take you all over the world. Holly and I love her Sleepypod Air because it fits within airline regulations but can expand between takeoff and landing to allow for extra legroom. We also love our LazyBonezz Star Tote for shorter jaunts, since it’s easier to carry and super stylish!

Where have you visited with your pet? Do you have any tips for making travel easier?

LEELA RYAN

Today we’re so excited to share with you the story behind one of our new favorite dog treat brands, Leela Ryan. These dog biscuits have the chicest packaging we’ve ever seen, and they’re Mochi taste-tested and approved! 

What inspired you to start Leela Ryan?

Simple luxuries inspire me. No fuss, just effortless ways to elevate the every day. Like a bouquet of peonies on your nightstand, cooking with a glass of wine and foreign music that transports you, lounging on the couch with your dog, or taking a luxury bag to the farmers’ market.

After I became a dog parent, I was frustrated when I couldn’t find the perfect dog treat that made me feel like it was a simple luxury. I wanted a healthy treat that also wouldn’t compete with my style and could even be a great gift. Eventually, I decided to create what I wanted to see.

I blended two worlds together. I made all-natural and organic healthy dog biscuit and packaged them in chic, feminine and fun bags creating something for both the owner and the dog. That way, you can feel equally excited to take out the bag as your dog will be to receive what’s inside. Plus, they smell great so you don’t have to worry about rushing to wash your hands immediately after giving a treat.

Essentially, what really inspired me was the love I had for my dog and my outlook on life.

How did you decide on your business name?

My husband named our dog Leela Ryan, which I thought was adorable. I absolutely adore my pup and when I decided to start a business inspired by my life with her, I thought it would be perfect to name the company Leela Ryan.

Tell us about your treats. What makes them different from other dog treats?

My treats are oat and fruit based. They are hand-made using only 3 organic and all-natural ingredients. There are no chemicals, no soy, no wheat, no preservatives. They are simple, healthy, and yummy.

Where can we find your treats?

We are currently sold online at www.leelaryan.com and specialty dog boutiques in NYC, such as Zoomies.

What has been the most rewarding part about running your business?

The connection I’ve made with the people and dogs I’ve met has been the most rewarding. It makes it all worth it and I can continue to see all the ways I can bring value into their lives. That is very important to me.

Do you have any advice or recommendations for dog parents in NYC?

I think one of the best things to do is to plan to take your dog out of your neighborhood and explore the other parks, restaurants and specialty dog boutiques throughout the city. It’s so easy to stay where you know, but exploring can be so much fun for both you and your dog. You just may discover you new favorite whatever, or at least have a great story to tell.

PETPLATE

We recently had the opportunity to try NYC’s newest pet food delivery service, PetPlate. As many of you know, Mochi is a picky eater and she only eats fresh food for meals – so we are excited to see the growth of options for high quality natural food in New York. Mochi devoured her PetPlate chicken meals and to be honest, they looked pretty yummy to my human eyes as well! We chatted with the PetPlate CEO Renaldo and find out more about what inspired him to start the company – read on to get the scoop and don’t miss the awesome giveaway at the end of the post!

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START PETPLATE?

I spent over a year doing manufacturing and supply chain consulting for leading pet food companies. I saw first hand what was going into the food, and thought that pet owners deserved higher quality ingredients for their pets.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF FRESH FOOD VS. OTHER DOG FOOD OPTIONS?

I believe the number one benefit is knowing what you are feeding your pet. Just like us, I believe dogs are what they eat. If you look at commercial pet food companies many have been caught lying about what’s in their food, where their ingredients are sourced, and quality standards in their factories. We bypass that by only using natural ingredients and making all meals to order.

In addition, many people who have switched to homemade diets have solved weight, allergy, and digestive issues by switching over to a homemade diet. It’s great for picky eaters as well. 

HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH THE RECIPES FOR THE MENU?

I worked with veterinary nutritionists from California to develop all of the meals to ensure they are balanced and contain the right supplements. As for the ingredients we only use food you’d eat yourself, and we made sure to include gluten-free and grain-free options as well.

We want to vary ingredients seasonally, so we are now offering pumpkin based dishes in the fall.  (editor’s note: yum!)

HOW EXACTLY DOES PETPLATE WORK?

PetPlate works just like other food subscription services. You visit our website and pick your subscription plan, your meals, and delivery day/time. We have a very flexible delivery schedule that allows for freshly cooked meals to be delivered. For example, you can choose Wednesday Night or Sunday Mornings – whatever works best for your schedule.

Another thing we are excited about is that all meals are made-to-order. Since we only take subscriptions we can effectively plan our schedule and deliver our meals 1-2 hours after being cooked.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS?

I would say meeting other people. I try to do as many deliveries during the week as possible to chat with customers to get feedback on the product, and everyone has been extremely helpful and willing to chat. A few have invited me in, and I’ve gotten to learn about how they ended up with their furry best friend or have told me about their own businesses (often in the pet’s space). Its just a great community of people

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE OR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DOG PARENTS IN NYC?

Learn more about homemade diets. I think too often meal time is seen as a chore, but there are simple things you can do to not only make meal time an experience, but also improve the health of your pet!

GIVEAWAY

If you haven’t tried PetPlate yet, the bitches say – give it a try! You can check out the subscription options and we’ve also partnered with PetPlate to giveaway 3 One Month Weekly Treat Plans (valued at $50 each)! Enter through the widget below – good luck!