Growlmama Loves #6
Our bi-monthly snapshot of things to do & things we love, doggy-style
Jimmy Choo takes home Best in Show
Sending a big pat to Jimmy Choo the Bull Terrier who last week took home the internet's highest accolade - a People's Voice Webby Award. We love this insta-famous dog and we love his story even more.
When Jimmy's Growlmama, Rafael Mantesso, returned home one night his girlfriend had gone as had the contents of his flat. All that remained were Jimmy and the apartment's bare white walls. Rather than mourn the loss of his stuff, Rafael celebrated the acquisition of the perfect canvas. Pen and camera in hand those white walls became art. And the rest is history.
Mantesso's Instagram account consisting of fabulous photos of Jimmy enhanced with witty illustration now has over half a million followers and has resulted in a book and a collaboration with fashion brand Jimmy Choo.
We know who got the better deal.
Art hounds, literally
What do you get the Growlmama who has everything? A hand-carved crayon of their pup, of course. Wax Nostalgic by Carved Crayons will whittle you a character from the trusty Crayola. Of course for us that reads, our dog. Cheap as chips and a total talking point. Wrap some up and put them in a frame. Perfect dinner party fodder.
Beautiful bespoke cushions handcrafted by Mia Loves Jay
We are totally in love with Dublin-based artist @MiaLoveJay and her Dog Boss, Milo - the soft-toy loving lab. This talented Growlmama is fun, fabulous and makes the most incredible bespoke cushions from Liberty London art print fabrics.
Each hand-stitched cushion is made with love and cleverly customised to depict your pooch. Cheeky mutts are imagined, designed and brought to life in the Mia loves Jay studio laboratory. Designs are sketched, exact fabrics pieces cut out, then Appliquéd against a backdrop of carefully selected Liberty London fabrics that both compliments and captures the personality of your pup. We are not surprised Ellen de Generes is a fan!
Classic kicks never date
For (perhaps too many) years we have been seeking the perfect jeans, white T and of course the trainers to go with. Well this pair of kicks comes close. Adidas Originals' Gazelle sneakers were first released in 1968 and worn by top athletes as an all-round training shoe. Super comfy and, as Swifty would say, never "out of style". Wrap 'em up at Net-a-Porter.com and probably a whole bunch of other stores.
Fetch me those Fendis
We may love dogs but there's a chance we may love sunglasses even more (sorry pup). The best thing with this gig is that dogs and shades collide. Besotted by Fendi's latest Eyeshine range. They might be cat's eye but we don't care. #InLove.
PUSHY PET PARENTS
Indoor amusement for your PupStar
Is your pup an overachiever? Are you a pushy parent? Or do you simply want to stop the young mutt from gnawing on your Mid-Century furniture (we do), then this cardboard eco-something, lounge-room friendly contraption may be perfect for you! Ten minutes a day running this course and we're sure your (mutt's) dreams of performing on stage will soon be realised. Pick one up here and watch the trophies roll in!
PS. We shall not be investing in the above-mentioned course. Frida will only eat, run and sleep: #TricksAreForDogs.
Your spa products gone to the dogs
One of the things we've sacrificed during our start-up life has been splurging on beautiful beauty products. Splurging on our dog is another matter entirely.
Aesop have long been one of our favourite human brands and now your dog can share in the pleasure with Aesop Animal. This mild skin and fur wash will gently cleanse and deodorise your dog and is said to made with the "same assiduous attention to research and development" as Aesop applies to its range for humans.
Hopefully Frida will let us use hers.
Fancy a gourmet pup-nic?
We are not so good at picnics, hopeless in fact. At best we can harness a six-pack of beers, a packet of crisps and a handful of treats for Frida. Well like-minded Growlmamas the Artisan Pet Deli has the solution. Their range of beautiful hampers (not just for picnics, mind you, but all manner of occasions) are packed full of the most wholesome, natural doggy treats and toys, and are delivered to your door ready for you to grab and go. Certain to bring all the dogs to the yard and make you the perfect Growlmama! #MarthaStewartHasNothingOnYou.