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If you know me at all, in “real life” or via this blog and my many social media accounts, you know I am obsessed with my dogs. And not just in a “aren’t my dogs great” kinda way, but in a “we bought our house mainly so our dogs would have a yard and be happier” kinda way. Baxter, the black pure bred Havanese, happens to be very smart, handsome and insane and Oliver, a Petfinder rescue and apparently a Havanese/ Bichon mix, is the sweetest, most chill guy on the planet.  I love them so much it scares me, because I know this isn’t forever. I’ve never experienced losing a dog as my parent’s first dog, Tucker the Schnoodle,  is 13 and still kickin’ (although deaf, half blind and quite lumpy now.) I would have 10 dogs if I could, I’d rescue every sweet little soul in a shelter if humanely possible.  I donate to animal causes as often as I can for this reason (another one of my favorites is The Gentle Barn). My heart just overflows for these furry little ones.

So when I heard about Ralph Lauren’s Dog Walk campaign I was thrilled and wanted to support it.  The company produced a little fashion show of fall accessories paired with amazing dog accessories starring shelter dogs alongside the models. And until November 15th 10% of proceeds from selected Dog Walk merchandise goes to the ASPCA and helps promote shelter adoption.


Soooo….. Baxter and Oliver got on board. Andrew refuses to walk them in their AMAZING fair aisle sweaters, but I AM IN LOVE. The shawl collars? The little leather button? The fact that they have leash holes in them (why do so few dog clothing companies do this?!)  Just looks at my handsome boys (squeeeeeeeee!)

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(Ignore Baxter’s pleading stare here. He loves his snuggly sweater. I had chicken chips in my hand that he wanted somethin’ fierce.)

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Here’s an adorable behind the scenes video of the project (if you like cute puppies this is for you!!!)

And here are my favorite  items that are part of the campaign (and give 10% to the ASPCA):

Can you even stand this barn jacket? Can you? Also, these sunglasses for our long dog walks. LOVE the subtle cat eye.

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This raincoat nearly killed me when I saw it. I may have to get them for the boys. And these boots are equally delicious.


STOP IT with the little collared polo and cable sweater!

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BAM. These. Yeah I know, I wish.


Another incredible project is a little closer to home and is the product of a collaboration between photographer Li Ward and rescue advocate and entrepreneur Brittany Bang- the book Rescue Pets of Boston. I have blogged about Li’s work before and I think this book is such a magnificent touchstone for those who love animals AND the city of Boston.  I was going to save this for my holiday gift guide, but I couldn’t wait. So pick one up for a dog lover in your life and enjoy the animals, the scenes of our great city (and bits of some interiors too!) In addition, the proceeds from the sale of this book go to supporting a bevy of amazing animal rescue organizations. WIN WIN.


Some interior page sneak peeks!




I always say, the best accessory a home can have is a dog.  They make life so much more fun.  So please consider supporting your local shelter or by purchasing something from either of these projects as a gift this holiday season!


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