valentinedogValentine’s Day is so much more special when you AND your dog are dressed the part!  Upscale Pup has the perfect dog dresses for the special furry Valentine in your life.

The Valentine Heart Frill Dress is irresistibly cute for small dogs. It comes in four different sizes and is made with quality and care. The little details really stand out – timeless red hearts with lots of frilly, girly ruffles, tiny red bow, and three cheerful red buttons at the neck.

Don’t forget your faithful little friend on Valentine’s Day. What a wonderful gift this darling dress would be for your little diva girl. Sloppy kisses of thanks are sure to come your way!  XXOOXXOO

Celebrate Mardi Gras With Your Dog!

by Admin on January 21, 2009

mardigrasdogBring on the Mardi Gras beads, parades, feathers, masks, jazz, and yummy king cake! Upscale Pup’s festive dog costumes and accessories are perfect for all of your Fat Tuesday celebrations. Be sure to boogie on over to our special Mardi Gras Dog Department and…”Les es Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!”

Mardi Gras is February 24, 2009 and you and your pup will just love partying together with these adorable outfits and collar accessories…

Mardi Gras Party Vest & Hat Costume

Capture all of the beads and doubloons when sporting this lively costume.  It even includes the funny jester hat!

Mardi Gras Jester Dress & Hat Costume

This jazzy little dress gives girl pups a fun, festive look for Mardi Gras costume parties and parades.  With this adorable Jester Dress Costume and matching hat, your dog will surely be fetching all the beads on Fat Tuesday!

Mardi Gras Hand Knitted Dog Sweater

This beautiful hand-made, limited-edition sweater features a Gold Lame Mask adorned with a stitched feather pattern in vibrant jewel tones. It’s then polished off with super sparkly gold eyelash yarn at the neck and sleeves. Your pooch will be the belle of the Mardi Gras Ball in this snazzy little number.

Mardi Gras Pooch Party Collar Mardi Gras Pooch Party Collar

Show that your pooch really has the Mardi Gras Carnival Spirit with this fun and spirited Party Collar. This quick and easy-to-wear collar accessory makes your dog instantly ready for any party! With Mardi Gras dog apparel that is this adorable, be sure to have your camera ready. Now, let the Mardi Gras Mambo begin!

Pampered Pups Should Always Dine In Style

by Admin on January 18, 2009

dogdiningpoodleUgly dog bowls and unmatched dog dishes got you down? Upscale Pup has the cutest designer dog bowls, elevated dog feeders and treat jars that will match your décor and add a touch of fun and whimsy to your dog’s meal time.

Elevated feeders help to promote healthy eating and drinking by reducing back and neck strain. They are also helpful with keeping your dog’s ears from “dunking” inside their bowls. Another health benefit of raised feeders is that they are known to help aid in proper food digestion, thereby minimizing risks of choking.

With elevated pet feeders being this stylish, you’ll never have to hide your dog’s dining area from guests!  We love the fact that Upscale Pup offers raised feeders that are the perfect match for boy dogs too, since so many of the designs available from other Boutiques are only appropriate for girl dogs! Check out some of our fashionable favorites…

Perfect for Your Upscale Boy Dog:
Gus the Stud Elevated Dog Feeder
Hunter’s Fun Paws Elevated Dog Feeder

Perfect for Your Upscale Girl Dog:
Abby My Princess Elevated Dog Feeder
Toftee’s Paws Elevated Dog Feeder

Perfect for the Upscale, Elegant Home (Gender Neutral):
Old World Antique Scroll Elevated Dog Feeder
Antique Brown Iron Fleur De Lis Elevated Dog Feeder

Upscale Pup has a dog bowl that will suit any finicky fido. We offer everything from beautiful ceramic to durable melamine, in a wonderful variety of styles and colors. Remember that dog bowls also make a wonderful gift for new pup parents.

Compliment your already adorable bowls and raised feeders with an adorable treat jar or two. Remember that your best friend wants you to have their dog treats available in multiple places inside your home! We especially love the Bark-tini Dog Treat Jar.

Surprise your dog today with stylish bowls, elevated pet feeders and treat jars from Upscale Pup. They have the cuteness and style you will love and the functionality that your pup will appreciate. Steer clear of boring dog bowls and turn your dog’s dining into a VIP (Very Important Pup) affair.

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Why I Can’t Bring Myself To See Marley & Me

by Admin on January 15, 2009

redheartI know, I know, you’re asking yourself if I were such a major dog lover, why wouldn’t I want to see a sweet tale about a beloved family dog? Well, you do have a point.  I do enjoy all things dog, but I simply can’t go see the Marley & Me movie, even though a huge part of me still wants to.

I read the book and absolutely loved it, but I must tell you that I wouldn’t read the ending. I knew what was coming, so I just stopped reading, closed the book, and put it on my bookshelf. Of course, I told everyone I know how great the book was and how you’ll laugh so hard that you should read it alone or people around you will think you’re crazy from all the giggles. I mean, this book is truly laugh-out-loud funny! Towards the end, though, you can tell what is coming and that is where I had to stop reading.

My heart for dogs and the compassion I feel for them is so strong that I simply can’t bear to see a dog suffer in any way, much less die! I know that Marley lived a wonderful life and had an awesome family who loved him dearly, but I still can’t bear it.

I guess I think about my own dogs when it comes to that sad subject of death and I just won’t face the reality of mortality. Dogs simply aren’t here on earth long enough, even if they outlive the conventional “old age” standards of a dog. I personally have three dogs and one of them (my rescued Cockapoo, Fritz) is 16 years old! Plus, I can’t just “close the book” when I’m sitting at the movies and know what is coming. I would be forced to get up and leave and that just wouldn’t feel right to me.

So, I just won’t go to see this movie and I’ll save myself a box or two (or three) of tissues. I think I would rather see the movie, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, when it comes out on DVD, since I know that it is void of a sad ending and is supposed to be more funny and cute than sorrowful in any way. 

beverlyhillschihuahuaBeverly Hills Chihuahua focuses on subjects I can relate to, such as major spoilage of your pups!  In fact, a couple of the dog clothing designers that we carry on Upscale Pup, such as Oscar Newman and Pampet are seen in the movie!  Oscar Newman is a prominent dog clothing designer that we just love!  Now, these amazing fashions are showcased in the number one Chihuahua movie in the country.

Sorry Marley, but don’t worry, ‘cause I’m still one of your greatest fans!

Mickey Rourke Proclaims His Love For The Dogs

by Admin on January 15, 2009

Who knew that such a large, tough-looking “wrestler” man would have such a dear, tender heart for his dogs and give them the ultimate “shout-out” at one of the most televised award shows in the world?   Mickey Rourke won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor this past Saturday night for his performance in the acclaimed movie, The Wrestler.

At the end of his acceptance speech he thanked all of his dogs, the ones he currently has and his dogs who have passed away and as he put it, “Because when a man’s alone,” he added, “sometimes all you got is your dog, and they meant the world to me.”  

Wow!  I’m totally impressed and now The Wrestler movie is a must-see for all us here at Upscale Pup.  Anyone who loves his dogs this much and ain’t afraid to tell the world is definitely worth seeing in our book!

dogtoysetCall me silly, but I just love a theme! I thoroughly enjoy theme parties, theme home décor, and theme celebrations! Now that I have seen these cute new theme dog toy sets, available exclusively at Upscalepup.com, I’m having trouble deciding on which ones to purchase for my own little Pup (a rescued Yorkie, named Dottie), simply ’cause we love ‘em all!  These fun toy sets are ready to give as gifts to your own pup or to your favorite dog lover’s dog.  I assure you that there’s a set available that is sure to please even the most discerning toy hound.  Here’s a few ideas for the enthusiasts in your life who also adore a theme…

Do you love movies? The awesome Movie Candy Favorites Designer Toy Set includes all your cinema munching favorites. 

Does your favorite Pup love cars? The Cool Rides Designer Toy Set makes a perfect present for dogs and their parents who love super cool, exotic automobiles.

Do people say that you and your pup are techno geeks? The Techno Pup Designer Toy Set is perfect for you! Sporting all the latest gadgets, including the iPaw, iBone, and the very popular (and hard to find) Pink iPaw.

Like to live life in the fast lane? Only the coolest of pups will swoon for the Wild Side Designer Toy Set, which has an ultra hip Barkly Muttson Motorcycle, a Hard Bark Guitar, and a super fast Furrari Car Dog Toy. The only problem I have with these fabulous toy sets is that they are just like potato chips- you simply can’t settle for just one!

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candy-dog-toysValentine gift giving on a budget doesn’t have to be boring with Upscale Pup’s fun and really easy-on-the-wallet plush candy dog toys. These adorable toys bring you right back to your childhood and offer all the fun and sweet memories, but are minus the calories and fattening sugar of the real thing!

Get creative with your Valentine gift and place a number of plush candy toys, such as the Dots Candy Plush Dog Toy, Junior Mints Plush Dog Toy, Razzles Plush Candy Toy, Tootsie Roll Plush Toy, Sugar Daddy Plush Dog Toy, and the Tootsie Pop Plush Candy Toy inside a basket. Top the basket with a pretty bow, wrapped around the basket handle (choose a Valentine ribbon theme or pink ribbon for girl dogs and baby blue ribbon for boy dogs). Dog lovers in your life will adore your thoughtfulness and creativity.

Don’t have time to create a toy basket gift for your favorite Valentine pooch? Upscale Pup has the perfect solution that is already gift boxed – The Sweet Tooth Designer Toy Set, which even includes a cute little Tootsie Roll Collar Charm. Everyone loves candy, so be sure to treat your pup with some of these plush little confections today!

Oscar Newman Belly Bands For Boy Dogs

by Admin on January 14, 2009

oscarnewmanbellybandI can’t say enough great things about these comfortable, stylish belly bands from Oscar Newman. 

Upscale Pup carries both adorable styles – the Best Buddies Belly Band and the Give the Dog a Bone Belly Band.  Our Cockapoo, Fritz, is going on 16 years old.  We don’t know his exact age because he was adopted from the local kill pound over 13 years ago, but we know that he’s getting “up there” in age. 

He tends to have some wetting issues in the house that we surely don’t enjoy, but definitely forgive him, as he’s a senior canine.  In people years he’s about 80 years old (using the small dog age calculator),  for goodness sake!  These cute belly bands offer a wonderful solution for dogs that have the habit of “scent marking” or wetting in the house, due to incontinence and are completely comfortable for your pup to wear.

Even though Fritz is not the perfect gentleman (when it comes to bathroom habits) that he once was in his younger days, these fabulous Belly Bands save our sanity and are a wonderful solution for your aging or incontinent pup. 

Pet Fashion Week 2009 Goes To The Dogs

by Admin on January 12, 2009

petfashionweekpicThis year’s Pet Fashion Week will take place February 8-9th, 2009 at Pier Sixty of NYC’s Chelsea Piers and feature a bevy of dog beauties sporting all of the latest in top dog fashions and dog accessories.  Top fashionistas in the world of pet glamour and style will present the latest and greatest in:

  • Clothing and Apparel
  • Carriers
  • Beds
  • Collars and Leashes
  • Dog Toys
  • Foods and Treats
  • Pet Accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Grooming Products

If you’re going to be in the New York City area during this time, be sure to register today to be a part of this exciting, fashion forward event!

Flying with Your Dog Costs a Small Fortune!

by Admin on January 11, 2009

flightI understand that the airline industry has to make money, but come on!

Recent price increases to buy your tiny pup the “privilege” to ride in their own airline approved pet carrier, shoved under your (already overcrowded) plane seat are simply ridiculous. So ridiculous in fact that even the airline personnel throughout our trip commented on how high the cost for a small dog to fly is!

My husband and I recently took a trip to Oregon from our Colorado hometown with our tiny Maltese, Daisy. Daisy is a three pound well-behaved little diva dog. She rides in her Sherpa pet carrier and never causes any trouble whatsoever. She is quiet, sweet, clean, healthy, and frankly a lot more well-behaved than the human children on a plane are! Her lovely disposition does not change the fact that the airlines demand a small fortune for her to fly with us.

Don’t make the same mistake that we did!

We booked our flight thru Expedia and didn’t realize at the time that because Expedia was trying to get us the cheapest itinerary, they booked us on two different airline carriers – United and Air Alaska to get us to our Oregon destination! Much to our dismay, EACH carrier charged us a separate, per way fee. United charged us $175 per flight and Air Alaska charged us $100 for a less than 30 minute flight – yes, EACH WAY, per flight!

Fortunately, our return flights were all on the same airline. Nevertheless, all the fees translated into a whopping $450.00 for Daisy’s “shoved under the seat” plane ride! Her flight cost more than ours did and she didn’t even get her own seat, much less a bag of dog treats from the flight attendants!

Daisy sure does love to travel and we adore all the attention she gets – so many people love to see her all dressed up and pampered with us on our trips, but in the interest of our saving hundreds of dollars, I think we’re going to drive next time!