Although we shouldn’t reduce pets to fashion accessories, we can’t help but give them some of their own. Dogs especially have to keep up with the Jones’ dogs, because a simple knit sweater isn’t cutting it anymore. How about suiting up your pets in custom fitted tuxedos, kimonos and ball gowns? These dressy digs run $45–$90. And who knows when those black tie events will start allowing the four-legged guests to attend? When all is said and done for the night, Fido can relax in this smoking jacket. But he’ll probably prefer a treat to a pipe.

Petropolitan, 408 S. Harwood St. 214-741-4100.


Face it. Pets can be so funny that you can’t help but laugh at their expense. Dogs and cats will enjoy fetching and playing with these toys while giving owners a hilariously fun time. At any rate, dogs will be the stars of the park if they are toting the fun Humunga Stache or Tongue priced at $12. And cats might just get worn out with the Fling-Ama-String toy priced at $30. And both could be none the happier. Moody Pet also offers a $5 flat shipping fee and free gift-wrapping.

Available online at or by calling 888-671-5663 and NUVO, 3900 Cedar Springs Road. 214-522-6886.


We all know the type: The O.C.D. neat-freak who cleans up after the cleaning lady and who can’t go to sleep with one dirty dish in the sink. (Around my house, we call him "honey.") It can be frustrating even when it’s cute. But the new Dyson DC31 ($220) channels that behavior in a good way. This compact, handheld vacuum (small enough for him to carry while following you around) delivers Dyson’s famous suction power with a digital motor that spins five times faster than a racecar. And the Animal model ($270), which we tested, makes pet hair a thing of the past. And that’s a real secret to holiday happiness.

Available at Target, Best Buy and Bed, Bath and Beyond (various locations.)

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 20, 2009.
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