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Designing For Le Chien March 18 2016

In this post I’m going to talk a little bit about Designing for Le Chien and give you some insights into the way I go about it. First let me say that I am not a trained designer, I am a Psychologist by education, a Corporate Exec by experience, I can’t draw, and my only … Continue reading Designing For Le Chien

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Le Chien – A Trip to LA Fabric District March 04 2016

For Le Chien, I needed to take a trip to LA Fabric District to get unique and special fabrics for the dog fashions I will make for the show. As you know from my earlier posts, Le Chien is the Dog Fashion Show the kicks off Palm Springs Fashion Week El Paseo and benefits the … Continue reading Le Chien – A Trip to LA Fabric District

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The Dogs of Le Chien Part 3 – Dogs I Know and Love February 19 2016

This post of Part 3 of the Dogs of Le Chien. the dogs I know and love. As I’ve said before Le Chien is the Dog Fashion Show that happens every year to kick off the Palm Springs Life Magazine Fashion Week El Paseo.  Its a benefit for the Humane Society of the Desert and … Continue reading The Dogs of Le Chien Part 3 – Dogs I Know and Love

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The Dogs of Le Chien Part 2 – the Roxie Davenport Connection February 17 2016

In this post I will introduce you to The Dogs of Le Chien Part 2 – The Roxie Davenport Connection. Le Chien is the dog fashion show that kicks off Palm Springs Life’s Fashion Week El Paseo and is a benefit for the Humane Society of the Desert. As I mentioned in the last post, … Continue reading The Dogs of Le Chien Part 2 – the Roxie Davenport Connection

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Spoiled Dog Designs Chosen as Le Chien Designer! February 12 2016

Spoiled Dog Designs Chosen as Le Chien Designer! Have you even watched something with great excitement  and wanted to be a part of it? Well, that’s what Le Chien has been for me. Its the Dog Fashion Show put on by Palm Springs Life Magazine that kicks off Palm Springs Fashion Week El Paseo each … Continue reading Spoiled Dog Designs Chosen as Le Chien Designer!

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Desert Plants to Avoid for Pet Safety September 30 2015

I just read a great article in the Desert Sun, Desert Plants to Avoid for Pet Safety  by Dr. Gail Cutler who just happens to be our “Family Doctor” about desert plants that are common in in Desert Landscaping  that can be toxic or poisonous to dogs and cats. Its so important that I thought … Continue reading Desert Plants to Avoid for Pet Safety

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Pet Emergency Preparedness July 30 2015

OK, I admit it, I took the Girl Scout Motto  to “Be Prepared” to heart. So when I was living in San Francisco, much to my friends’ amusement, I had a complete Earthquake Preparedness Kit. Then the big 1989 Earthquake hit and no one ever teased me again. Wherever you live, there is the risk … Continue reading Pet Emergency Preparedness

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The Five Second Rule July 04 2015

  One hot day while I was working in my store at the College of the Desert Street Fair, I noticed a young man with his Pit Bull chatting with another customer in the sun. He gave the dog the “Sit” command and the dog obeyed but bounced back up again. He told her again … Continue reading The Five Second Rule

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Finding Toni: Part 3 – She’s the One! May 20 2015

In May 2015, an email arrived from Alicia Tully of the Tiny Dog Rescue. It contained the photo of this tiny dog behind big bars in the North Central LA Shelter. One of the “Other Kind” of shelters. She was identified by #A1481342, 2lb. 8oz.  (The number was bigger than she was). She was described … Continue reading Finding Toni: Part 3 – She’s the One!

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Finding Toni: Part 2 – Learning to Say “No” May 13 2015

I have to start this post by confessing that when I got my first dog,  many years ago,  I wanted a beige Lhasa Apso. I called a breeder who had what she said was a beige puppy, went to see it, it was Grey. I don’t like the color grey. But I looked into those … Continue reading Finding Toni: Part 2 – Learning to Say “No”

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Finding Toni : Part 1 Rescues vs Shelters April 10 2015

I’ve had Toni, my last, and for now, final rescue, for 9 months now and I often think back on the long journey I went on to find her so I thought it might be helpful to share with you that journey and what I learned along the way. I had always wanted a tiny […]

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You Want Me To Wear What? October 16 2014

In summer, the pavement gets a lot hotter than we think  and our four legged friends can burn their paw pads when they take a walk. To make sure they are safe, use the 5 Second Rule. Put your bare hand or foot on the pavement and try to keep it there 5 Seconds. If you can’t, then its too hot for your dog to walk safely. You’ll need to walk them on grass or put shoes on them to prevent them from getting burns on their pads.
To many people the thought of training your dog to wear shoes can seem daunting so I’ve put together some tips to make the process manageable for you and rewarding for your dog.
I usually suggest to my customers that they invite their friends in and serve cocktails since their pooch is going to provide the group with some great entertainment walking around the house with shoes for the first time.
Most important, make it a positive experience for both of you. Have fun!
1. First, be sure your dog’s nails are well trimmed and the hair on the paws is trimmed. Although you may hate to ruin their couture styling, this will ensure that the shoes will fit well and make it so much easier for you to get them on properly.
2. Buy the shoes at a store where you can try them on so you know you have the right size. If you are buying hem on line, measure your dog’s paws carefully – length and width like in the diagram below. Measure the front paws, since they are always bigger than the back paws.

If your dog is between sizes, buy a pair of socks to make the next size fit properly. Shoes that are too small or too big fall off a dog. If you get small shoes to stay on, they hurt like it does for us. For Summer I really like these sandals since they are lightweight, cool, and flexible so they are easier for the dog to get used to. The air mesh breathes and we sell them in pink, blue and red. http://www.spoileddogdesigns.com/collections/accessories-1/products/sandals

Dog Sandals Spoiled Dog Designs
Dog Sandals Spoiled Dog Designs
3. Start training at home before a meal so your pooch is food motivated, with collar/harness, and leash on.
4. Put on all four shoes for the training session. Don’t worry, you will get used to putting them on and it will go very fast in a short time.
5. Make sure the paw is pushed all the way into the shoe.
6. Then close the shoe and wrap the strap snuggly around the dog’s ankle. #5&6 are very important to keeping the shoe on the paw.
7. When you have all four shoes on, start to walk the dog slowly around the house distracting them with kibble or treats occasionally, praising them as you go.
8. Most people stop here because they see the dog lifting each leg up in the air. This is natural, they’ve never had anything on their feet before and they can’t feel the floor. Just keep slowly walking them, on the lead, praise and give treats.
9. Repeat this step again in the house the next day. After a while, the front legs will come down to a normal walk. It usually takes longer for the back legs to return to a normal gait.
10. Your dog is ready to wear their shoes outside.
11. Always praise and reward, and be ready to distract the dog if they look like they want to fuss with their shoe. Until the dog is very used to wearing shoes, don’t leave them alone with the shoes on, even the best dog may be tempted to chew them off.In other season, on when you are going on hikes in rough terrains, the style of shoes may be different but the training steps are just the same. Have a wonderful walk with your best friend.


On the Road Again…. October 16 2014

Angelo comes with me every year to SuperZoo, the annual Pet Industry Trade Show in Las Vegas. Its a 4-5 hour car ride from Palm Springs…depending on who’s driving…. through the back roads of the desert so we have to be prepared for a long ride between stops as well as emergencies. Traveling in style … Continue reading On the Road Again….

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Six Pounds does not equal Six Pounds! October 15 2014

Not in doggie math it doesn’t. Angelo, my first Chihuahua is 6 pounds and a perfect size small.  Bruno, child #4, has a Lhasa Apso Grandfather, is also 6 pounds but is long and lean. He’s an XSmall around the body but most ready-made clothes are not long enough for him. So 6 pounds does … Continue reading Six Pounds does not equal Six Pounds!

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10 Most Common Cat Poisons Around the House August 19 2013

I Know, I Know, its Spoiled “DOG” Designs, but many of my friends and fans have cats so I thought it was important to share this information also. After all, we want our cats to be safe also. The 10 Most Common cat toxicity vet calls in 2011 (from VPI Pet Insurance) were: Lilies, such […]

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10 Most Common Dog Poisons Around Your House August 18 2013

There are lots of things around our houses that we don’t think about as being a danger to our pets, after all they help us get through our daily lives more comfortably. Many of them are so commonplace that we don’t think much about them laying around….until the dog eats them and gets poisoned. Here’s […]

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What to do if your dog gets poisoned. August 17 2013

When my Mom moved in with me at age 91, she was not used to living with dogs. Especially little ones that moved quickly and ate anything that dropped on the floor. One day she dropped one of her pills and Bella, ever watching, got it in a New York minute and swallowed it. Fortunately […]

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Travel Food and Water Bowls July 24 2013

A big issue in traveling with pets is to bring containers for food and water that are appropriate for the type of travel you are doing and the kinds of places you will be going. Having lots of fresh water is very important to dogs so lets see what kinds of containers I’ve decided to bring […]

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Traveling with Angelo July 23 2013

I’m off to SuperZoo this week with Angelo. This is an old picture of him in his carseat, before I started making harnesses, but I love the shot so I’m using it here. SuperZoo is the annual big trade show in Las Vegas where I go to see what’s new in the industry, look for […]

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Choosing a Harness July 22 2013

I flat out prefer harnesses to walk a dog versus a lead hooked to a collar. Except in cases where you are training a big dog, a harness gives you more control and, if designed right, does not pull on the neck. This is especially a concern for Chihuahuas, who are prone to a collapsed […]

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Life or Death Inside a Car July 11 2013

Dogs love to ride in cars, love to look out the window, bark at passersby (at least Angelo does)but what do you do with them when you have errands to run on a hot summer day? The answer is to leave them at home. It may seem OK on a hot day to take your […]

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First Post July 10 2013

I am being dragged kicking and screaming to this blog. I’ve come to a quiet, private time in my life and don’t feel the need to be public. Yet, I have things to share that are important to Pet Parents, I receive lots of information from other sources that you might find useful, and I’m […]

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5 Second Rule July 10 2013

I know, when you were a kid you Mom taught you the five second rule when you dropped food on the floor. Admit it, you know she did. Well in the summer, for your dog, there is another 5 Second rule. It has to do with determining whether or not it is too hot for […]

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