Several years ago, after furnishing her San Francisco loft with hip, modern furniture, Diana Flynn bought some "not-so-attractive" dog toys. "The old dog toys looked lackluster next to my stylish new furniture," she explains.
So she founded Otis and Claude and started a new trend: companies offering great-looking, functional dog products ― from toys and dog beds to bowls and feeding mats.
Alpha Dog, a store in Mill Valley, California, has dozens of fabrics to choose from for its dog beds. It will even have a bed custom-made to match your favorite chair.
Alpha Dog also sells Bodhi Toys ― which include such exotic chew forms as lotus buds and sections of bamboo.
Not only are the toys durable, "but you don't mind seeing them on the floor ― as compared to the average latex pig," explains Alpha Dog owner Kelly Scott.
With dog products that look this good, you may just have to spruce up your furniture.
- Bodhi Toys (800) 296-9793.
- George (877) 322-3232.
- Otis and Claude (866) 777-9506.
Wagwear (888) 924-9327.