Animal Kingdom, Part II
From the amount of e-mail I've received in response to Animal Kingdom (March 2006/page 87), you, our kind readers, want to learn more about how to live stylishly with your cuddly critters. Other animal lovers wrote in to recommend pet-friendly books, hotels and furniture as well as more rescue groups and recipes for cooking up your own pet chow. And yes, all shelter pets featured in the story were adopted (thanks for asking). Keep the suggestions coming. Here are some of the best:
For readers interested in cat behavior: www.katwallks.com offers an opportunity to study our favorite felines as they jump from “branch” to “branch.” Katwallks isn’t just a cat toy. It’s a way of life.
Animal advocate and author Julia Szabo is best known for her well-written guide to the good life, Animal House Style (Bulfinch). But she recently published The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts (Workman) dedicated to shelter animals, which are the pets of choice for Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Hilary Swank. The photographs help I.D. huggable hybrids. www.animalhousestyle.com
Who among us hasn't wondered what our pet would say if they could speak our language? First-time author Emily Pottruck poses the question to animal lovers (actor Robin Williams and author Amy Tan among them). All book proceeds benefit five animal welfare organizations–The San Francisco SPCA, the Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control, PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support), Pets Unlimited and Rocket Dog Rescue. The book is self published by the San Francisco philanthropist Pottruck. www.tailsofdevotion.com
From the California couple who first oven baked Buddy Biscuits for their highly allergic rescued shepherd mix comes sweet-smelling shampoo, Buddy Wash and Rinse (available at Whole Foods). My Rottweiler rescue, Zeus, can’t get enough of Peanut Butter Madness-flavored Buddy Biscuits which are shaped like people. I'm not sure which Zeus likes best-the peanut-butter taste or the human shape. To learn more about the all-natural pet chow, tap into www.cloudstar.com
For readers who love designer handbags: A Louis Vuitton pet carrier. www.louisvuitton.com (from a reader in L.A. who “travels everywhere with a tea cup.”)