Today’s post will probably come as a shock to the grand majority of you, which is kind of a cruel joke for me to play, as I’ve thought (read: tortured myself) about it for a really long time. As of today, phetched is going on indefinite hiatus. What does that mean? Well, I don’t exactly know. It may just be a break for the summer. It may be a break for forever. I’m just not sure.

The truth is, I’ve been writing this blog for a little over two years now (anywhere from 5 to 7 days a week), and as much fun as it’s been, I’m itching to try something new. Inspiration’s knocking, and I need the freedom to see where she takes me. I want to hike mountain trails with my dogs and explore my city. I want to take more pictures. I want to finish decorating my house. I want to write about the other things that interest me, like fashion and music and art and feelings. Maybe I’ll open an Etsy shop. Maybe I’ll write a book of mildly autobiographical short stories. Maybe I’ll learn to play mandolin and record a rootsy reinterpretation of The Fame Monster. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do just yet, but I’m pretty excited about the question mark.

Regarding you, dear readers, I need better words, but these will have to suffice: Thank you. Thank you for tuning in every day, for making me laugh, for sharing your love of dogs with me, for getting it. I started this blog for completely personal reasons, as a way to rediscover my voice and feel creative again. But knowing someone was out there reading it, enjoying it, sharing it? That just fills me up to bursting. Thank you.

In all honesty, though, I’m not going too, too far. Starting in a couple weeks or so, you’ll find me over at Dog Milk (a super awesome modern dog blog that you guys probably visit every day already — and if you don’t, why the heeze NOT??) as a weekly contributor. I’m super stoked to be joining the Dog Milk team, as it’s a fabulously fun site and they are all way cooler/prettier/nicer than I could ever claim to be. Please, please, PLEASE bring your eyes and your love and your comments over to Dog Milk, and let’s reconnect there. (And so you’ll be the first to know when I grace this space again, become an email subscriber using the link to the upper right.)

Peace, tail wags, and high fives –

Katherine (with Mingus and Dottie)

P.S. That shot above was the best we could do.

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Awww, prettiness!!!!! West Paw Designs has released special seasonal colors of their legendary Hurley and Zisc toys for the spring. Get ‘em while they’re hot (and available), y’all.

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They say you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but if appearances didn’t matter, people like my husband (a graphic designer) would be out of a job, and Christian Louboutin couldn’t justify $1000 for a pair of shoes. I super love the cover of Happy Dog, Happy You (by pet expert Arden Moore), but this book is more than just a pretty face. Moore’s handy, illustrated volume contains hundreds of ideas for quick, easy, and fun things you can do to entertain and bond with your dog, and it even includes tips on training, travel, health, and grooming.

Since my dogs and I don’t always seem to be interested in the same hobbies (though they’ve definitely shown an interest in digging gardening), maybe it’s worth checking out.

You can fetch it from Buy Olympia or autographed from Arden Moore’s site.

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So the rustic thing is totally in for 2011, right? I don’t know. I just made that up. But rustic is about to be in at my house with the Woodland bowl and treat jar and Urban Country dog bowls from o.r.e. pet. These are so rad.

You can fetch the Woodland and Urban Country collections from o.r.e. pet and 347 Barkers Place.

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I’m not going to lie: a big part of me still really likes Paul Frank. Is that cool? I don’t even know. I know for a fact that I am often not cool. But once you’re an adult, like a real adult, you get to work with a new definition of “cool.” Sometimes uncool actually becomes cool. It’s pretty cool.

The filling for these Paul Frank dog beds is made from recycled plastic bottles, and they feature a non-skid bottom. That’s definitely cool. Paul Frank also has a dog-friendly workplace. Again: cool.

 

(If you think these beds are cool, you can fetch them from Funny Fur.)

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Happy Friday, y’all! We’re stoked to introduce to you Maggie and Mac, our newest Best Phriends!

Name: Maggie
Age: 3 years
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Owner: Brittany
Breed: Pomeranian
Nicknames: Maggot and Mooie
Arrival story: She had a rough start and luckily a nice woman decided Maggie’s current situation was not in her best interest….from then on she and I have been attached at the hip!

Name: Mac Lethal
Age: 2 years
Breed: Kline Spitz
Nicknames: Mac-erz, Macceroni, and Creep!
Arrival story: Mac was from a poor breeding situation, I had seen him in a covered wooden trailer that a car was towing in the middle of the summer. We took him home immediately and it has been a blessing.

Mac:
Most annoying habit: Sniffing or licking peoples feet….he’s a foot guy!
Best friend: Kluey, his better half, my mother’s pit bull.
Favorite place/best vacation: The off leash coast trips with his dad and I

Maggie:
Most expensive item ever chewed: A brand new pair of Ugg boots
Favorite food: Gummy candies. Don’t leave any in her reach.
Favorite toy: Paper…she’s a weird weird dog.

If Mac had a job, what would it be? He is already employed and he loves his job. He is a people greeter and product tester at Wags! Dog Emporium.
In a movie about Mac’s life, what actor provides his voice? He would be Kenickie from Grease — same voice, pick up lines and all, you have to meet this dog!
Upon graduation from training school, Mac is named… Best Kisser (be careful, he’s quick)

What’s the biggest trouble Maggie’s ever gotten in? The time I left the house for an hour while she was happily taking a nap and I came home to find an entire ream of paper that weighs more then her measly 5 lbs shredded all over the house.  It looked similar to that of rice being thrown at a wedding. This paper was everywhere. I got home and she was laying in her sweet little bed trying to let our older dog at the time take the heat for it….the dead giveaway was that Maggie had a little piece stuck to her nose. Bad Pom-Poms.
If Maggie wrote her biography, what would it be titled? How Rhinestones and Sequins Are Still Fashionable: The Glamorous life of Miss Maggie Parton
If Maggie were in high school, who would she sit with at lunch? She would probably sit at her own table with an ’80s inspired clique, somewhat gaudy and glitzy.

 

 

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Y’all remember Peticotees? I love their simple but cheeky tee-shirt designs. They’re currently offering 20% off to phetched readers using coupon code phetched20. Jump on it.

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I’m unabashed in my love for the ultra-cool designs from Doca Pet, and the new additions to their line of bowls and feeders are quite super. The resin Smorgasboard features a sleek woodgrain texture, and the steel Wire & Dine double feeder comes in a variety of colors.

I’d like to take them both out for a beer.

Fetch them straight from Doca Pet.

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I saw Mutt Gear’s Vir-Chew-Ly Indestructible Leash on Dog Milk the other day, and I liked it so much that I’m not only going to repost it here, but I’m considering ordering a couple for Ming and The Dizz. The Vir-Chew-Ly Indestructible Leash, as you might guess from the name, is fiercely durable, made from flexible airplane cables that boast a tensile strength of 900 pounds, making them (virtually) immune to chewing, breaking, and tangles. These leashes are seriously not joking around.

The Vir-Chew-Ly Indestructible Leash feature a detachable, swiveling comfort-grip handle (with a breaking limit of 3000 pounds) and comes in a variety of lengths and strengths, including a handy traffic lead (pictured above).

So, what do you think? Pink for Dottie, and yellow for Ming?

You can learn more about the Vir-Chew-Ly Indestructible Leash and place an order at the Mutt Gear web site.

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You’ve heard about Casual Fridays? Well, this is Fancy Monday here at phetched, featuring seriously swanky collars, leashes, and accessories from Luxe Mutt.

Luxe Mutt designer Sharon Zuckerman has worked with Badgley Mischka and Jonathan Adler (hollerrrrrr), and their lovely leather goods are handmade in California.

You can fetch Luxe Mutt goods here and keep an eye on their upcoming web site here.

 

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