Maybe you’re a new pet parent looking for the best ways to pamper your fur baby, or a seasoned steward looking for new resources to expand your pet-care skills. Given that pet care is a $69 billion industry across the nation, according to the American Pet Products Association, there’s a lot to navigate. We’ve curated a resource list to explore, from the finest in furry fashion to nutrition necessities, higher education for canines and a host of other useful — and quirky — finds from near and far. Have others to add? We’ll include your suggestions on our Facebook page if you let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fashion and Fun
This Cardiff-by-the-Sea-based activewear company has expanded its fabric technology, which keeps people dry and comfortable, to pets, with its Doggy Spaw Towel ($18-$22). It promises to quickly dry your pet with a biodegradeable, completely natural fabric made from pulp and paper production waste.
Inspiration: The technology works. Jody Munro, Chammyz vice president of sales and marketing, “was approached by a lady who had a couple of dogs and some very large, dirty, hairy, stinky wet cotton towels and she asked what I was using to dry my dog off as I had dried off my dog with a 12-inch-by-13-inch cloth, much more effectively than her oversize cotton beach towels.” :: chammyz.com
Charlie & Me
Newport Beach-based Charlie & Me, “A Boutique for the Hip Dog,” offers treats, beds, clothes, grooming items, toys and more for dogs of all sizes. Owner Taylor Beauchamp opened the boutique in 2013.
Inspiration: “The inspiration that sparked me to open this boutique came from my French bulldog, Charlie, that I received as a birthday gift,” she says. “I found that there were no boutiques that offered stylish products for my dog anywhere.” :: charlieandme.us
Hala’s Paws Pet Boutique
Hala’s Paws Pet Boutique in Ladera Ranch is a pet store with its own accessories line – available in-store and on Etsy – including handmade dog and cat collars, fabric flowers and bow ties for pet owners who enjoy prettying up their pups.
Inspiration: “My mom and I started making our own products in 2013 because I couldn’t find very many cute fabric collars that don’t rub or feel uncomfortable on a dog or cat’s neck,” says owner Hala Helstien. :: halaspaws.com
For pet owners looking to provide a luxury lifestyle to their pets, Pantofola offers Italian-made collars,…