Our fur babies are as much a part of the holiday festivities as those around the dinner table. For the consummate pet lover, it’s not uncommon for them to dress their fur kids in the season’s requisite knits and reindeer bonnets. Their photo albums are also most likely to have over a hundred photos and videos of their beloved canines or cats—meticulously organized and archived according to milestone. And because pets are inarguably the most beloved members of the household, they, too, deserve the same level of beauty pampering come merry making season.
As a proud and oftentimes obsessive fur parent to two high-powered, strong-willed Belgian Shepherds, dressing my fur kids in adorable scarves, hats or sweaters are not an option. I once tried to wrap a knitted scarf around Whisky, a four-year-old Malinois, only for it be torn into pieces within seconds. Coco, my younger female canine, shares the same dislike for pet clothes. She basically thinks of them as chew soft toys.
Instead of turning Whisky and Coco into K9 versions of Santa’s reindeers, they are treated to luxurious beauty and grooming pampering. My dogs thoroughly love getting baths to a point where one might even be jealous if the other hits the shower first. While most fur parents complain that their pets resist combing sessions or going to the groomers, my dogs relish in the bonding moments spent making their mane extra shiny and tangle-free.
The Ultimate Beauty Indulgence For Pets
PRIDE AND GROOM is the first dog grooming concept to launch under a beauty platform. Its clean and sustainable formulas are made in legitimate beauty and fragrance houses. The idea behind product from Pride and Groom was “to bring the same level of luxury beauty and skincare that we as humans experience.” And this they’ve managed to achieve through a wide range of remarkable shampoos, conditioners, wipes and even perfumes each suited to your dog’s needs. The team adds, “The products feature all-natural ingredients specifically tailored for dog’s skin and coats… pet owners can (and do) use Pride and Groom on themselves too because the formulas are so hydrating and smell so good.”
Whisky, a short haired Belgian Malinois with very minimal need to go to the groomers has been using a formula specific for “non-shedders.” On seasons when his skin is prone to flaking and irritations, he responds well to baths The Sensitive One. It’s been a while since we’ve had issues with his skin, and the addition the aromatic Final Coat Conditioner has kept his coat shiny and perpetually Instagram-ready.
Belgian Tervuerens like Coco tend to shed more especially as seasons change. As long haired canines, they require frequent brushing and extra care when it comes to keeping them clean. The Shedder was a heaven sent during the ‘ber months, helping us to manage her shedding better. On days when she goes out to visit her trainer, vet or play at the dog park, she gets a good spritzing bergamot, citrus and ylang ylang all from a bottle of Proud The Scent. And you can tell by the way she struts that it does wonders for her confidence.
Couture For Canines
Road trips with the dogs mean they also get dressed in the most comfortable harnesses and collars. Since garments are not an option for these 50 lbs babies, they’ve expressed a preference for accessories from ultra-luxury fashion house for pets, PAGERIE. Pieces from the brand are conceived on the premise that our dogs are extensions of ourselves. Following time honored traditions of craft, fine leather harnesses, collars, and leashes are made with the same attention to detail as an iconic handbag. After all, when we take our dogs for walk, we basically step out with the intention of showing the world just how remarkable they are.
The Babbi harness, which was inspired by handmade horse saddles, brings warmth and a happy grin to Whisky’s face. It is the only piece of accessory that he truly cherishes. Apart from it being ultra comfortable, its shape and attachable quilt padding allows him to jump, run and yes, gallop with absolute ease. As the proud parent, I love how the Babbi emphasizes his strong and muscular figure while complementing his shiny chestnut hair.
The frisky and playful nature of Coco fits perfectly with the Dorro collar she wears. It is a stunning piece of accessory that is easy to wear on even the most spirited pets. Adjustable buckles and a sleek turn-lock allows you to put on the collar with a simple twist. I love how it sits on Coco’s neck just the right way, without ruining her long, fluffy mane wolf-like mane. Although typically averse to getting her photos taken, Coco is more than happy to strike a pose for as long as she’s in her Pagerie.
Capturing Precious K9 Moments
Moments when the dogs are perfectly groomed and dressed to the nines, deserve to be immortalized. I’ve recently placed my order for a WEST AND WILLOW custom portrait off Whisky and Coco, which captures their personality, energy and beauty. It’s a piece of art that adds to the warm and fuzzy feeling of being a fur parent. With Coco and Whisky now expecting their first litter of pups, the portrait is likened to treasured wedding photos that tell the story of how mom and dad fell in love.
They NYC-based pet portrait company also recently launched its line of Vegan Leather Pet Accessories. Sustainably made collars in shades blush and indigo are soon to become welcome additions to Whisky and Coco’s style repertoire. As soon as first-time mom Coco wont be due till mid February, I’m already planning for another portrait of their children and their own sets of vegan leather collars with matching leashes.