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8 Matching Westerncore Outfits for Pets and Their Parents

Listen up, folks—there’s a new style trend in town. It’s called Westerncore, and it has suburbanites and city dwellers across the U.S. reaching for fringe knits, leather belts, bandanas and other cowboy-inspired attire.

As pet parents, we’d venture to say there’s no better (or more Insta-worthy) way to embrace this fashion craze than by twinning in Western wear with your furry BFF. So, we’ve lassoed up our favorite matching Wild West-inspired outfits and accessories.

1Sweater Weather with a Western Twist

A bold, Southwest-inspired pattern will make your pet look like they stepped straight off the “Yellowstone” set.

westerncore: dog sweater

Photos: Chewy Studios, Faherty; Design: Sara Paul

For pet:

For those brisk night walks, wrap your furry friend in Western warmth with the Frisco Western Pattern Dog & Cat Sweater (sizes XS-3XL, starting at $7). With its cozy, cable-knit acrylic material, this piece will keep your pet snug as a bug in a rug.

For pet parent:

Twin with your dog or cat with the B.YELLOWTAIL Fairisle Zip Cardigan (sizes S-2XL, $199). This statement cardigan is crafted from a luxurious wool blend and features a zip front, making it a perfect layering piece for chillier temps.

2Denim, the Western Fabric of Our Lives

Denim is a staple of southwestern fashion, making it an indispensable part of the Westerncore trend.

westerncore: dog denim jacket

Photos: Chewy Studios, Wrangler; Design: Sara Paul

For pet:

To get your pet in on the denim action, dress them in this adorable Frisco Western Fleece-Lined Dog & Cat Coat (sizes XS-3XL, starting at $10). Lined with Sherpa fleece and featuring hook-and-loop fasteners, this mid-heavyweight coat is perfect for chilly night walks or day wear during colder months.

For pet parent:

Keep up with your stylish fur baby with this Wrangler Memory Maker Denim Jacket (sizes XS-2XL, $89). With its classic style and cozy sherpa lining, it’s ideal for jumping on the Westerncore bandwagon.

3A Lighter Take on Denim

Because you can never have too much denim when embracing the Westerncore trend.

westerncore: denim dress for dog

Photos: Chewy Studios, Promesa; Design: Sara Paul

For pet:

For a denim look for warmer spring and summer days, don’t miss this Hotel Doggy Dog Dress (sizes XS-S, starting at $20). Featuring faux buttons and a peplum-style skirt, this dress is as cute as apple pie. It’s stretchy, too, allowing for easy on and off.

For pet parent:

For a selfie-worthy “mommy and me” moment, match with your pooch with this lookalike babydoll denim dress (sizes S-L, $73). We love the drop-waist silhouette and the acid-wash look of this striped denim. Pair it with cowboy boots and hit the trail with your denim-clad pup.

4Buckle Up for a Good Time

No Westerncore outfit is complete without lots of leather and a big, flashy belt (and an even flashier silver etched buckle!).

westerncore: dog leather collar

Photos: MyFamily, Ariat; Design: Sara Paul

For pet:

Pets don’t need belts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give your furry friend a similar look with the MyFamily El Paso Genuine Embossed Dog Collar (sizes 12-inch, 16-inch, 18-inc, 26-inch; starting at $32). This fashion-forward accessory is made from high-quality genuine leather and features a stunning embossed design, gold-tone hardware and a sturdy buckle closure.

For pet parent:

To match with your pup, cinch your prairie dress or Levi’s with this Ariat Western Star Medallion Belt (sizes 34, 38-44; $75). While the belt loop is undoubtedly eye-catching, the etched buckle and silver star conchos really steal the show.

5Westerncore in Your Sleep

So you can dream of those pink- and orange-hued Southwestern sunsets.

westerncore: dog pendleton bed

Photos: Pendleton, Design: Sara Paul

For pet:

Weave the Westerncore trend into your home décor, too, with these uber-luxurious Pendleton National Park Kuddler Dog Beds (sizes L-XL, starting at $229), which are made with a non-pilling polar fleece fabric and overstuffed with recycled high-loft memory fiber polyester. The Acadia and Grand Canyon designs, specifically, are reminiscent of Arizona sunsets and will add a touch of Western charm to your home.

For pet parent:

For mom or dad, get the matching Acadia or Grand Canyon Pendleton blanket (sizes full and queen, starting at $289). Boasting a soft, thick fabric made of pure virgin wool and woven in Pendleton’s American mills, these blankets are perfect for draping over your bed or, better yet, snuggling with on the couch (with your pet, of course).

6Fringe Is In

Fringe is to Westerncore like sprinkles are to ice cream—it adds the perfect finishing touch to a look.


Photos: Chewy Studios, Lucleon; Design: Sara Paul

For pet:

Get your fur baby in on the trend with this Frisco Southwest Fringe Dog & Cat Bandana. (sizes XS/S, M/L; $7).  This easy-to-wear polyester bandana is suitable for any season. Simply tie it comfortably around your pet’s neck to instantly transform your four-legged companion into a couture cowboy or girl.

For pet parent:

For a picture-perfect matching moment, you can don this Lucleon Heims Black and White Scarf Bandana ($65) made with 100 percent recycled cotton. Soft and comfortable and designed in Denmark, this bandana will not only help you stay warm as temps drop, but you can tie the scarf in countless ways.

7This Leash Was Made for Walkin’

Leather and whipstitched detailing screams Western whimsy.

westerncore: leather dog and cat leash

Photos: Scotch & Co., Ted Baker; Design: Sara Paul

For pet:

Take to the trails and streets in Western style with the Scotch & Co. Lola Handcrafted Dog Leash ($17). Made for small to medium dogs, this handmade leash is crafted from premium leather that’s lightweight, water-resistant and easy to wipe clean.

For pet parent:

Have a matching moment with Ted Baker’s Edasina purse ($95), which has a similar look with its leather construction and braided shoulder strap.

8Giddy Up, Cowboy!

Go Westerncore this Halloween.

westerncore: dog cowboy costume

Photos: Chewy Studios, Sears; Design: Sara Paul

For pet:

If you have a costume party on your calendar or you’re just hankerin’ for some dress-up fun with your pet, embrace the Westerncore trend with this outrageously adorable Frisco Cowboy Dog & Cat Costume (sizes S-M, 2XL; starting at $13). The front-walking style of this two-piece costume will make it look like your fur baby is strutting up to an Old West saloon.

For pet parent:

And don’t worry, you can join in on the fun, too, with this matching Cowgirl Costume (one size, $36). The machine washable costume comes with a denim skirt, bow tie, vest shirt and a hat.

Tell Me More About Westerncore

yellowstone tv show cast

Photo: Peacock/Paramount Network

Westerncore is exactly what it sounds like: It’s a fashion trend embracing Western-inspired clothing and accessories, from fringed jackets and denim button-down shirts to cowboy hats and boots. And we can largely thank the TV drama “Yellowstone” for America’s sudden obsession with Western attire.

Yellowstone” follows the Dutton family—owners of the largest ranch in Montana—and their conflicts with the bordering Broken Rock Indian Reservation and Yellowstone National Park. The show streaming on Peacock is so popular, it set a record for the most-watched TV show of 2022—effectively bringing cowboy culture back to the fore. We expect the “Yellowstone effect” to continue raging on this year, especially with the highly anticipated Season 5 Part 2 slated to premiere this summer.

Gallop into New Fashion Frontiers

Our Westerncore expedition has come to an end but fear not—there are plenty more fashion adventures to be had. Once you and your pet have mastered Westerncore, why not experiment with Barbiecore, rom-com core or even music festival style?

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New Puppy Printables: Must-Have Checklists, Training Trackers and More

Bringing home a new puppy is exciting! There’s no greater moment than setting down your pup—the newest family member—on the ground and watching them scamper around the house for the first time. But once the excitement settles and your new pup pees on floor, the realness sets in: It’s time to raise a puppy.

And while it certainly takes a village to raise a puppy (from your go-to vet and fellow pet parents to dog park friends and all your trustworthy pet-sitters), it also helps to have the right resources and tools at your fingertips. That’s where these new puppy printables come in handy.

From a potty training tracker to a new puppy essentials checklist, we have six free printables for you to either download to your phone or print out. Print out all of them for the ultimate new puppy planner!

New Puppy Essentials Checklist

Before bringing your puppy home, stock up on the basics that’ll get you through the first day and a half—items such as food and potty pads and a comfy dog bed.

Once you and puppy feel more settled in, then you can pick up other items, like training tools and chew toys, that’ll help you expose your puppy to new things, help them grow mentally and physically, and encourage good behaviors.

Learn more about the items on our new puppy essentials checklist.


Puppy Feeding Schedule

With this Puppy Feeding Schedule, you can track on a weekly basis how much dog food your puppy is eating every morning, afternoon and night.

When feeding your puppy, remember to follow the puppy feeding chart on your brand of puppy food, as well as the advice of your vet.

Write your pet’s serving amount at the top of the sheet for easy reference.

Learn more about how much to feed a puppy (including treats!) in our Puppy Feeding Guide.


Potty Training Chart

When house training your puppy, it’s important to create and follow a consistent schedule that helps your puppy learn the right habits. One way to stay consistent—and learn their potty patterns—is by tracking when and where they pee and poo.

Our Puppy Potty Training Chart allows you to do just that. You can also leave notes, including if the puppy relieved themself inside or outside and any changes to their stool.

Learn more about potty training a puppy (and how to do it in seven days).


Puppy’s First Vet Visit Checklist

Puppy’s first trip to the vet can be overwhelming, for both the pet and the pet parent. To help you feel prepared and confident ahead of the appointment, work your way through this First Vet Visit Checklist.

This checklist will help remind you to fill out those forms provided by your vet (and bring them), jot down any questions or concerns you may have (so you don’t forget to ask!), bring a chew toy for distraction and dog treats to reward good behavior and more.

Learn more about what to expect at your pup’s first vet visit.


Puppy Vaccinations Tracker

Vaccinations are a vital part of preventative healthcare, especially for puppies, and are given to prevent disease. While your vet will tell you what vaccinations your puppy needs—and when they’ll need it—this Puppy Vaccinations Tracker can help you keep track of important upcoming vaccination dates, as well as stay on top of their flea, tick and heartworm prevention.

This sheet may also prove useful for when you need to speak to your vet in an emergency, as it has a spot to write down their name and contact info, too.

Learn more about vaccinations and when puppies should receive them.


Puppy Walking Schedule

Puppies need to go on walks for several reasons, including exercise, mental stimulation and potty training. Because of this, it’s best to give your new puppy several walks throughout the day instead of one or two long walks as you would an adult dog.

Use this Puppy Walking Schedule to track when you take your pup on walks, the duration and distance of each walk and any other observations you may want to write down.

Learn more about how often you should take your puppy on walks.


For more new puppy resources and tutorials, including crate training, how to stop puppy biting and more, visit our Puppy Page.

What other new puppy printables would you like us to create next? Let us know in the comments—because we want to help!

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The Hottest Pet Home Decor Trends of 2023

Rich earth tones, natural wood grains, sleek and modern design: These trends are showing up more and more in homes—and we’re not talking about your furniture, we’re talking about your pets’ stuff. From cat wall shelves to dog beds, pet home décor is following in the footsteps of human decor trends, making it easier to seamlessly integrate into virtually every shared space of your home.

We spoke to Chewy Design and Trend Manager Ann-Margaret Kim for the hottest pet home décor trends of 2023.

Earth Tones and Textures

pet home decor trends: earth tones and textures

Photos: Chewy Studios

From “soothing green hues” and “timeless blues” to wooden furniture, this year home décor and design trends will “shift into earthy, texture-rich territory,” according to Kim. She adds that these “clean forms, neutral color palettes and bespoke touches will lend warmth and character to any space.”

Frisco’s Modern Cat Tree & Condo is a perfect example of this earthy trend, both in terms of tone and texture. It’s crafted with a natural wood grain and features pops of dark brown accents. For dogs, Frisco’s Pillow Bed is available in a khaki green color that’ll give any living room a subtle pop of on-trend color.

Our favorite pet décor that embraces earthy tones and texture include:

High Design Wall Shelving

pet home decor trends: modular cat wall shelving

Photos: Chewy Studios

This year, cat parents can expect to find an increasing number of modern wall shelving that practically pass as wall art: They’re not only a functional accessory and safe space where your cat can play, relax and satisfy their instinctual need to climb, but this kind of design-forward shelving also adds some serious cool factor to your living room, bedroom or office.

Frisco, for example, sells a hexagon shelf and a bridge wall shelving that combine light-hued wood material with ivory accents, making it fit right into any organic modern home. And not only do these modern shelving units look great (especially when you buy as a bundle and combine them), but they also save floor space–and we’d consider that a win-win.

“Equal parts home décor and cat hangout, new at Chewy for spring is a fresh take on the wall mounted modular system, which you can customize to fit your design needs … [and] create your perfect set-up,” Kim says.

Our favorite cat shelves and perches include:

Modern Outdoor Dog and Cat Houses

pet home decor trends: outdoor dog and cat house

Photos: Chewy Studios

Whether redecorating for yourself or your pets, don’t forget to consider your outdoor furniture, too. And for pets, outdoor dog and cat homes are sleeker–and more modern–than ever.

Frisco’s Aspen Dog House, for example, boasts a minimalist, modern design that’ll fit perfectly in anyone’s mid-century modern backyard. For cats, Frisco’s Outdoor Wooden Cat House is a stylish hangout where they can either keep watch from the upper deck or seek solitude inside.

“With more time spent with our pets outside, even if it is in our backyards, we want our pet family members to be comfortable in a stylish way,” Kim says, adding that modern interior design deserves a space in your backyard, too.

Our favorite modern pet homes are:

Want some more pet-friendly home decorating inspo? Check out organic modern, mid-century modern and dopamine decorating trends for you and your pet.

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Can Cats Eat Grapes? Everything You Need to Know

Among the human foods cats really shouldn’t eat are grapes. A cat eating just one grape has the possibility of being life-threatening. We spoke to a vet expert, who explains why cats shouldn’t eat grapes and what could happen if they do.

Why Can’t Cats Eat Grapes?

Cats can’t eat grapes because grapes can potentially bring on toxicosis, as well as bring on rapid development of kidney failure, says Dr. Rachel Barrack, DVM, CVA, CVCH, and owner of New York City-based veterinary practice Animal Acupuncture.

Experts are still trying to figure out which particular substance in grapes poses a risk to cats and dogs. They think that either salicylate (such as in aspirin), a mycotoxin (a toxic substance produced by mold or fungus) or something in grapes called tartaric acid, could be the culprit. But even though we don’t know exactly how the toxicity works, pet parents should infer that grapes in any amount are poisonous to cats, meaning not even one small grape in your cat’s food repertoire. Pet parents should avoid feeding grapes, grape offshoots or grape-based products to cats.

“While this is better documented in dogs, it’s still inadvisable to feed grapes and raisins to cats,” Dr. Barrack says.

What Are the Symptoms of Grape Toxicity in Cats?

If your little sweetheart’s been caught in the act of chomping a grape, keep a close watch on them, call your vet or a poison control hotline immediately and look out for the following symptoms.

Symptoms of grape toxicity in cats include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Bloating
  • Weakness
  • Tremors
  • Abdominal pain

“Some signs typically occur within hours of ingestion,” says Dr. Barrack, adding that it’s important to take action quickly because:

  • Without further intervention, kidney failure can develop within three days.
  • If the kidneys shut down, your pet will stop producing any urine.
  • Kidney failure has the potential to be fatal.

What Should I Do If My Cat Eats Too Many Grapes?

If your cat eats too many grapes, contact your primary care veterinarian immediately, even if you don’t see symptoms, says Dr. Barrack. Because toxic reactions to grapes progress swiftly, you want your cat treated as soon as possible.

Try to determine how many pieces of fruit your cat may have eaten. And if you can’t reach your veterinarian, try an animal poison hotline such as:

What Kinds of Grapes Should Cats Avoid?

All grapes, raisins, currants and products that contain them should be avoided when feeding cats, says Dr. Barrack.

That includes:

  • Grapes with seeds: No, cats can’t eat grapes with seeds. Even small numbers of seeded or seedless grapes, raisins, currants or grape products can potentially cause kidney failure in some animals, Dr. Barrack says.
  • Cooked grapes, raisins and currants: Don’t feed your pet any dishes that might contain grapes or a grape derivative.
  • Grape products, like jams, jellies, juices: Also avoid raisin bread, fruit sauces and raisin desserts such as cakes and cookies.
  • Grapes sprayed with chemicals: “All grapes, raisins and products that contain them should be avoided when feeding cats,” says Dr. Barrack.

Keep grapes away, period. All grapes and raisins—no matter what color they are (red, purple or green, for instance), and regardless of whether or not they’re seeded or seedless, organic or commercial—can lead to toxicity in cats.

How Can I Prevent My Cat from Eating Grapes?

For starters, don’t give your cats access to grapes. Keep them out of sight and keep a close watch on your cat when you do eat grapes.

Here are some ways to prevent your cat from eating grapes:

  • Don’t leave grapes in a spot your cat can access. Keep grapes in the fridge and the dried versions, like currants and raisins, in cat-proof bags or containers that your smart feline can’t open. Also, don’t leave grape-laden grocery bags unattended because any kitty worth their salt will undoubtedly decide to investigate.
  • Mind the table scraps. This is particularly crucial during the holiday season, when there may be lots of raisin-type desserts and sweets hanging around.
  • Never engage cats to play with grapes as a game. Grapes are little and might seem like a fun item to toss around with your best bud, but grapes are not a substitute ball or cat toy of any kind.
  • If you drop any, pick them up. If you or another family member happen to drop grapes on the floor, be sure to retrieve them right away.
  • Enforce grape rules. Make sure grape-loving visitors know the deal on grapes, especially these three grape practices:

    • If you drop it, pick it up.
    • Don’t leave grapes unattended.
    • No sharing with kitty.

    Why Does My Cat Love Grapes?

    Cats may love grapes for a few reasons. For starters, grapes are toy-sized and easy to bite!

    Other reasons include:

    • They’re accessible. Human foods like grapes are often left out on a tabletop bowl where pets can easily reach them.
    • It’s a texture thing. Grape stems have an interesting feel and appearance that might draw your cat’s attention.
    • Boredom. Felines sometimes taste and, yes, swallow odd things out of mere boredom or inquisitiveness. If one drops on the floor, your furry friend might find that a clear invitation to bat it about or try a lick or two.

      What Fruits Can Cats Eat?

      Cats can eat a wide variety of fruits (in addition to their regular cat food, of course). While many fruits are not toxic to purr babies, for optimal cat health and wellness, cats need protein from meat-based cat food.

      Fruit cat treats (and any snacks for that matter) should take up no more than 10 percent of their daily calorie intake. Reserve fruit for just occasional cat treats.

      With that in mind, there are several fruits that, in moderation, are safe for your little gourmand, including:

      A word to the wise: Cats are obligate carnivores and need meat. So, lean meat snacks are ideal. Some healthy snack alternatives to fruit for cats include:

      • A tablespoon of cubed cooked chicken
      • Deli turkey meat, about a tablespoon torn up
      • Cooked, lean beef
        Bottom line: Cats and grapes are not a match made in heaven. And because no one knows how many grapes, grape offshoots or products do damage to cats, it’s best to keep cats and grapes far, far apart. You can, however, treat your cat to these human foods.

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        Why Do Cats Eat Grass? Is This Normal?

        Q:Is it normal that my cats eat grass? I’ve seen them nibble on the blades of grass in my yard, but I’ve heard that cats eat grass to make themselves throw up. Should I be concerned?

        A: Pet parents shouldn’t be too concerned if their cat is munching on grass, since this is usually a normal—and even healthy—feline behavior. But there are some circumstances you’ll want to out watch for, like if the grass has been treated with chemicals.

        Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

        Experts aren’t exactly sure why cats eat grass, but there are a few theories why your furry friend might be going to town on your lawn, according to Amanda Kennedy, DVM, DABVP, a feline veterinarian at Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in Guilderland, New York.

        It’s part of their genetic code.

        Eating grass is “a natural behavior seen in outdoor free-roaming and feral cats, as well as wild cats like lynx, pumas and leopards,” Dr. Kennedy says, so your cat is likely just taking a walk on the wild side and tapping into their primal instincts.

        It helps their tummy feel better.

        If a cat is nauseous or has eaten something they’re having trouble digesting, they may eat grass to induce vomiting, Dr. Kennedy says.

        Grass also can help your cat’s digestive system by expelling hairballs and, because it’s high in prebiotic-rich fiber, it acts as a mild laxative, she adds.

        The bottom line? Grass can help your kitty’s digestive tract by easing constipation, curbing nausea and more.

        It helps expel parasites in the GI tract.

        Eating grass can actually help rid the gastrointestinal tract of parasites, Dr. Kennedy says. This is because grass contains plenty of prebiotic-rich fiber, which may improve bowel movements (remember, it acts as a natural laxative) and help purge the body of waste and intestinal parasites, she explains.

        cat eating grass

        OK, so cats probably don’t know they have intestinal parasites and this is why they are eating grass. But they probably feel indigestion, nausea or bloating as a result of the parasites, and “they must also understand that by eating grass, those feelings of discomfort are lessened,” Dr. Kennedy says.

        It’s a tasty (and healthy!) treat.

        Though not every cat eats grass (and Dr. Kennedy notes that, as obligate carnivores, it’s not imperative to their diets), some cats simply like the taste of it.

        And bonus: It can offer some health benefits, too. It’s rich in folic acid, an essential vitamin that produces hemoglobin and helps move oxygen through the bloodstream, and it contains other nutrients like minerals, vitamins A, C, E and antioxidants. Pretty impressive for a basic groundcover, right?

        Is It Normal That Cats Eat Grass?

        The short answer: Yes, it’s normal for your kitty to eat grass. Dr. Kennedy notes that grass-eating is more common in younger cats, but cats of any age or breed might enjoy occasionally snacking on the green stuff.

        But wait—if cats throw up after eating grass, shouldn’t that mean it’s not normal? No, because grass eating does not always result in vomiting, Dr. Kennedy explains, and as we noted above, some cats just like it. She adds that studies have shown that eating grass is not usually associated with illness, and it’s more likely to be a trait inherited from wild ancestors.

        Have more questions about your pet’s behavior? Get expert advice through Chewy’s Connect With a Vet service.

        Should I Be Concerned Over My Cat Eating Grass?

        There are a couple things that can be causes for concern if your cat loves to eat grass.

        If your lawn has been treated with herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

        That would “absolutely be a concern for toxicity,” Dr. Kennedy says. “If it is not a product that you would feel safe spraying onto your own vegetables, it is probably best to avoid spraying on your lawn,” she adds.

        If you think your cat has ingested any harmful substances, it’s best to take them to the vet immediately for a checkup to rule out any major health issues.

        If your cat is eating more grass than usual and throwing up.

        “One episode of vomiting after eating grass would not worry me,” Dr. Kennedy says. “However, if your cat is eating lots of grass and vomiting frequently or daily, it may indicate a gastrointestinal issue and you should see your vet.”

        Should You Stop Cats from Eating Grass?

        Eating grass is a normal cat behavior, so unless your cat is trying to eat grass that has been sprayed with harmful chemicals or is eating grass frequently and throwing it up, there’s really no need to stop them.

        In fact, Dr. Kennedy says that grass can be “an important aspect of environmental enrichment, especially for indoor cats,” and she recommends cat owners grow cat-safe grass in their home.

        Some of her favorite grasses for cats are:

        Pro Tip: Periodically move the cat grass throughout the home to simulate natural foraging behavior.

        Cat grass also gives your cat an alternative to eating other plants in the home, which may not be safe. (FYI, here’s a handy list of toxic plants to keep away from your kitty).

        “I personally have many indoor plants that are out of reach of my cats and give them wheatgrass and fresh catnip plants to chew on instead,” Dr. Kennedy says.

        Thankfully, most cats can digest grass (in modest amounts) with ease, and providing grass just for them can be a super easy way to boost your pet’s health. Another plant most cats love? Catnip! Learn more about that mesmerizing member of the mint family and why cats go crazy for it.

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        11 Stylish Pet Carriers We’re Loving Right Now

        With spring and summer right around the corner, you’re probably already planning your next outdoor adventure with your pet. And while you stock up on all your summer essentials, like a fresh pair of kicks or a new bathing suit to add to your ever-growing collection, don’t forget to upgrade an essential travel pet accessory: the pet carrier! But don’t pick up any ‘ole carrier. Make it as stylish as you.

        We talked to pet style experts on the hottest cat and dog carriers and how you can coordinate with your furry friend without sacrificing your own personal style, whether you’re embarking on your next road trip, hopping a flight or simply on-the-go.

        Shine Bright with Fluorescents

        After a few years of one-foot-in, one-foot-out, fluorescents are finally cementing themselves as a key trend, says Dara Foster, a New York-based renowned pet style expert, author, and former fashion stylist. And, of course, that extends to your very good boys and girls. Foster has spotted neon brights in everything from pet carriers to poo bags.

        For pets: We love Ibiyaya’s showstopping stroller, which is available in several super-bright hues, including neon green, bright orange and hot pink. The best part? It functions as a stroller, too, making the trek or commute an easier and smoother one. We also like Pet Life’s 360° Vista View House Folding Zippered Dog Carrier. Available in orange, the carrier features a built-in leash holder and a comfy Sherpa padding inside for a comfy ride.

        For pet parents: Fluorescents is a fabulous trend to embrace while on your way to the airport or hopping on the train with your pet. Wear a statement top or dress that shines just as bright as your carrier this spring and summer.

        Embrace Black

        Look, black goes with everything. You can dress it up for the office with your pup in tow for a meeting-filled day, or you can dress it down for dog-friendly happy hours and meeting up with friends for dinner.

        For pets: We love Wild One’s Cotton Everyday Dog Carrier, which is a sleek carrier made of durable canvas and suitable for pups up to 25 pounds; and Pet Life’s Air-Venture Dual-Zip Airline Approved Panoramic Circular Travel Carrier, which can carry pets up to 18 pounds.

        For pet parents: Match with an all-black ensemble, or pair it with some brightly colored athleisure. You can do whatever you want!

        Cargo and Camo

        That’s right, cargo and camouflage are both in this spring and summer. And while you’re rocking the trend, let your pet do the same via their carrier.

        For pets: Boulevard’s Milo Dog Carrier in camo is a collapsible, lightweight bag with mesh panels and a padded leather shoulder strap; and Cosmo Furbabies’ Canvas/Duffle Bag Style Carrier has a side mesh panel and features a sherpa lining insert.

        For pet parents: We’re eyeing Lululemon’s sleek Light Utilitech Cargo Pocket High-Rise Pant in natural ivory; and for camo, Lucky Brand sells a great camo-print utility jacket.

        Mesh Is In

        Mesh shoes dominated the 2023 runways, and Pinterest has included “airy styles,” like lace, tulle and ruffles, as a hot trend for this year. So, why not embrace the “airy” trend with a fabulous, breathable mesh pet carrier?

        For pets: We love Frisco’s Premium Airline Compliant Dog & Cat Quilted Carrier Bag. It has mesh paneling throughout and features a sherpa mat and roomy interior, making for a luxurious travel pet carrier. For those already planning their summer road trip, Pet Gear’s View 360 Booster Travel System Carrier is a great for the car, and it’s made of a lightweight, ventilated mesh to keep your dog or cat cool.

        For pet parents: Have your own tulle moment this summer with this gorgeous Hutch Pleated Tulle Skirt from Anthropologie or this adorable Alice + Olivia Dreema Tulle Shirt Mini Dress.

        Go Neutral

        Have a small pet that fits into a sling? Opt for a neutral hue that’ll match practically anything you wear.

        For pets: We like SlowTon’s Hands-Free Padded & Adjustable Sling Dog & Cat Carrier and Katziela Expandable Sling Dog & Cat Carrier. Katziela is airline-approved and collapsible, while SlowTon is available in two neutral grey hues and can carry pets up to 13 pounds.

        For pet parents: On the way to the office? Pair the sling with a sleek, lightweight blazer, like Madewell’s Larsen Blazer. With a neutral-hued sling, don’t be afraid to combine with color.

        Who Doesn’t Love Leather?

        We’ve talked at length about carriers, but what about your pet’s accessories, like leashes? “If you’re more dressed up for work, you’ll want to think about a leather leash, for example,” Foster says. And the best part? It’s a big trend this year.

        For pets: We love Soft Touch Collars’ Leather Braided Two-Tone Handle Dog Leash and their Leather Two-Tone Padded Dog Collar. They’re available in brown and black and duo tones, like brown and pink and black and beige.

        For pet parents: Neutral tones pair nicely with a chic leather leash. Or, why not match the leather with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Viva Magenta?

        However you choose to coordinate with your pet, remember you don’t have to stray too far from your own personal style with this year’s wide swath of options. Let whatever pet carrier or travel accessory you choose amplify your look. In search of more cat carriers, specifically? We’ve rounded up the best-of-the-best.

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        What’s In My Dog’s Flea and Tick Medicine, Anyway?

        You’re determined to give your dog the happiest, healthiest life. You know the ingredients in their food, their treats, and maybe even their toothpaste. But do you know exactly what’s in your dog’s flea and tick medicine?

        Different forms of flea and tick preventatives have different medicines, which keep pests away in different ways. Find your treatment below to learn more about what’s protecting your pup.

        Flea Collars for Dogs


        • Found in: ShieldTec Flea & Tick Collar
        • Requires a prescription?: No
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 6 months
        • Age limit: 12 weeks or older
        • How it works: Kills fleas by disrupting nervous system function.



        Topical Flea Medicine for Dogs


        • Found in: Vectra 3D Flea & Tick Treatment
        • Requires a prescription: No
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 8 weeks or older
        • How it works: Dinotefuran and Permethrin kill fleas by overstimulating the nervous system. Pyriproxyfen is an insect growth regulator that interferes with insect growth and development, thus preventing reproduction.


        • Found in: Adams Plus Flea & Tick Spot On
        • Requires a prescription: No
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 12 weeks or older
        • How it works: Etofenprox kills fleas by overstimulating the nervous system. Pyriproxyfen and (S)-Methoprene are insect growth regulators that interfere with insect growth and development, thus preventing reproduction.


        • Found in: Sentry FiproGuard Flea & Tick Squeeze-On
        • Requires a prescription: No
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 8 weeks or older
        • How it works: Fipronil kills fleas by inhibiting a key neurotransmitter in the pest’s central nervous system.


        • Found in: Frontline Plus, Onguard and PetArmor Plus
        • Requires a prescription: No
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 8 weeks or older
        • How it works: Fipronil kills fleas by inhibiting a key neurotransmitter in the pest’s central nervous system. (S)-Methoprene is an insect growth regulator that interferes with insect growth and development, thus preventing reproduction.


        • Found in: Frontline Gold Flea & Tick Treatment
        • Requires a prescription: No
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 8 weeks or older
        • How it works: Fipronil kills fleas by inhibiting a key neurotransmitter in the pest’s central nervous system. (S)-Methoprene and Priproxyfen are insect growth regulators that interfere with insect growth and development, thus preventing reproduction.


        • Found in: Zodiac Spot On Flea & Tick Control
        • Requires a prescription: No
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 6 months or older
        • How it works: Permethrin kills fleas by overstimulating the nervous system. (S)-Methoprene is an insect growth regulator that interferes with insect growth and development, thus preventing reproduction


        • Found in: Bravecto Topical
        • Requires a prescription: Yes
        • Targets: Fleas
        • Treatment frequency: 12 weeks
        • Age limit: 6 months or older
        • How it works: Kills fleas by overstimulating their immune systems.


        • Found in: Advantage Multi
        • Requires a prescription: Yes
        • Targets: Fleas
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 7 weeks or older
        • How it works: Kills fleas by inhibiting a key neurotransmitter in the pest’s central nervous system.


        • Found in: Revolution Topical Solution
        • Requires a prescription: Yes
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 6 weeks or older
        • How it works: Kills adult fleas by disrupting their nervous systems; stops reproduction by preventing eggs from hatching.

        Chewable Flea Tablets for Dogs


        • Found in: Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs
        • Requires a prescription: No
        • Target: Fleas
        • Treatment frequency: As prescribed by veterinarian
        • Age limit: 4 weeks or older
        • How it works: Kills fleas by overstimulating their immune systems.


        • Found in: NexGard Chewable Tablets
        • Requires a prescription: Yes
        • Target: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 8 weeks or older
        • How it works: Kills fleas and ticks by overstimulating their immune systems.


        • Found in: Credelio Chewable Tablet
        • Requires a prescription: Yes
        • Targets: Fleas
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 8 weeks or older
        • How it works: Kills fleas by inhibiting a key neurotransmitter in the pest’s central nervous system.


        • Found in: Sentinel Flavor Tablets
        • Requires a prescription: Yes
        • Target: Fleas
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 4 weeks or older
        • How it works: Lufenuron is an insect growth regulator or insect development inhibitor that interrupts the biosynthesis of chitin (which makes up their exoskeletons) in flea larvae but has no effect on adult fleas.


        • Found in: Simparica Chewable Tablets
        • Requires a prescription: Yes
        • Targets: Fleas and ticks
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 6 months or older
        • How it works: Kills fleas by inhibiting a key neurotransmitter in the pest’s central nervous system.


        • Found in: Comfortis Chewable Tablets and Trifexis Chewable Tablets
        • Requires a prescription: Yes
        • Targets: Fleas
        • Treatment frequency: 30 days
        • Age limit: 14 weeks or older (Comfortis); 8 weeks or older (Trifexis)
        • How it works: Attacks the adult flea’s nervous system, causing rapid death.
        Now you’re up to date on your pup’s flea and tick meds—but what should you do if you’re already spotting fleas on your dog? Follow our guide to how to deal with fleas on dogs to send those pests packing for good.

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        The 50 Best Movie Dogs in Hollywood History, Ranked

        What’s one thing that can improve even the most captivating, Oscar-worthy film? A dog, of course! Every movie gets better when a pup appears on screen. That’s why we’ve rounded up the 50 best movie dogs in history, from classic film hounds to modern-day movie mutts. These canine characters span both live-action and animated films from Hollywood and all across the globe.

        OK, but just how did we choose between all of these impressive pups? We’ve ranked them according to cuteness, acting chops, significance to their film and the mark they’ve made on Hollywood history—but they’re all very good dogs who deserve the spotlight. Find out where your favorite film dog ranks on our list below!

        Note: The descriptions below contain plot spoilers for the films in which these dogs appear.

        50 Hooch from “Turner & Hooch” (1989)

        Who needs a human partner when you can have a dog instead? Tom Hanks’ Turner is dragged through a string of wacky circumstances by the Dogue de Bordeaux Hooch after he’s adopted in order to help solve a crime. Hooch is such a rambunctious pooch, bringing not just chaos but some actual spice and excitement into Turner’s perfectionist life. By the end of the film, he’s convinced Turner (and the rest of us) that dogs are more than worth a little—or a lot—of mess.

        49 The Dog from “The Artist” (2011)

        His character didn’t get a name in the “The Artist,” which won the Best Picture Oscar in 2012, but Uggie the Jack Russell Terrier was a silent film star in his own right. In this contemporary silent film, Uggie stole every scene in which “The Dog” appears, from staying by the side of the actor who cares for him even after he falls into bankruptcy to helping rescue the actor from a fire. He’s definitely among the best movie dogs in history, but don’t take our word for it—you can also ask the judges of the Cannes Film Festival, who awarded Uggie the much-coveted Palm Dog award.

        48 Skip from “My Dog Skip”(2000)

        Of all the many Jack Russell Terriers in cinema, Skip is one of the greatest. His relationship with his shy human bestie Willie (Frankie Muniz) is as wholesome as it gets. We really can’t overstate how many charmingly unlikely things Skip does throughout “My Dog Skip,” from eating popcorn at the movies to driving an actual car! But more importantly, he helps Willie make friends and is friendly to everyone, no matter what heavy situations they’re going through. What more can you ask of a pup?

        47 Daisy from “John Wick” (2014)

        If you’ve seen “John Wick,” you know that Daisy deserved better. This Beagle puppy, who was gifted to Wick by his dying wife, plays a short but pivotal role in the film’s early scenes, ultimately leading to her demise. Daisy simply wanted to spend time covering her person with licks and cuddles, but she didn’t die in vain—in fact, you could say that Wick spends the rest of the film, and perhaps even the rest of the sequels, avenging her. Without Daisy, would there even be a “John Wick” film franchise? Luckily, we’ll never know.

        46 Miss Agnes from “Best in Show”(2000)

        All of the contenders (and their bafflingly goofy owners) in “Best in Show,” a mockumentary about dog shows, deserve a treat and a trophy. But one stands above the rest: Miss Agnes, the Shih Tzu who recreates scenes from various films (like “Gone With the Wind”) with the help of her parents, Scott Donlan and Stefan Vanderhoof (John Michael Higgins and Michael McKean). She’s photogenic. She’s flawlessly groomed. She’s exceptionally well-behaved. And, on this list of best dogs in films, she’s the only one who actually pays homage to film history. Brava, Miss Agnes.

        45 Bruno from “The Triplets of Belleville”(2003)

        In Sylvain Chomet’s ceaselessly imaginative animated film “The Triplets of Belleville,” Bruno embarks on a series of adventures with his pet parent, Madame Souza, teaming up with a song-and-dance trio to rescue Souza’s grandson from a kidnapping. Throughout the film, Bruno’s comically droopy ears and steadfast presence is both a balm for its saddest moments and a means of delivering laughs through something as simple as a fart. Uniquely drawn and full of personality, Bruno isn’t the most famous dog, but he’ll stay in your heart long after the credits have rolled.

        44 Arthur from “Beginners” (2010)

        Mike Mills’ film is about a man navigating his strained relationship with his father, who has come out of the closet at 75—but its actors are frequently upstaged by the perky pup Arthur, whose thoughts are often shown on screen via subtitles in the most precious way. The pairing of his scruffy face and personality-packed inner thoughts serve as bright points throughout this emotional film. If you’re the kind of person who has real conversations with your dog, you’re sure to relate.

        43 Olivia from “Widows” (2018)

        This West Highland White Terrier steals every scene she’s in. Though Olivia isn’t the star of “Widows,” a film about a collective of women who get together to take back their lives when their husbands’ criminal activities leave them in debt, this pup’s chemistry with Veronica (played by Viola Davis) is irresistible. She’s the companion that Veronica’s husband never was, the kind of dog you’d ride or die for—and who you, like Veronica, would be grateful to have even when everything is falling apart. If you’ve ever relied on the companionship of a dog during a dark moment, we know Olivia will steal your heart too.

        42 Puffy from “There’s Something About Mary” (1998)

        Puffy is, hands down, one of the most memorable bit characters in director Peter Ferelly’s film catalog. The Border Terrier (“just like Benji!” as Mary inaccurately claims in the movie) is flat out hilarious in his couple of scenes, each of which involve him attacking Mary’s romantic interests. Sure, he may not be the nicest dog on this list, but you can’t say he isn’t loyal and ready to protect his people.

        41 Hachikō from “Hachikō Monogatari” (1987) and “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” (2009)

        The true story of Hachikō (Hachi, for short) follows the Akita dog who lived in Japan in the 1920s, from his birth on a farm in 1923 to being adopted by an agricultural professor and forging a strong bond. After the professor suddenly dies while giving a lecture to his class, Hachi follows his funeral procession to Tokyo’s Shibuya railway station. And that’s where the dog waited every day for the professor to return—for nine whole years, until Hachi’s own death in 1935. Hachi’s story is such a heartwarming yet heart-wrenching tale of dog loyalty that he was honored with a bronze statue at Shibuya Station after his death. We think the film version deserves his own accolades on our list, too.

        40 The Norwegian Dog from “The Thing” (1982)

        OK, so this dog isn’t cute, or loyal or especially friendly. If you’re a fan of horror and sci-fi, however, the Norwegian dog is definitely badass. The Alaskan Malamute who wanders into the lives of a team of researchers in the middle of Antarctica isn’t just your regular dog—it’s a dog who has assimilated with an alien being. The more this pup ingests and transforms, the more it mutates into a freaky dog-alien monster. It’s gross, but it rocks—and without it, we wouldn’t have this 1980s horror classic.

        39 Milo from “The Mask” (1994)

        The very greatest dogs stay by your side even after seeing your worst self unfold—and that’s precisely what Milo, who belongs to film protagonist Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey), does when he’s faced with his human transforming into an utterly wacky version of himself after popping on the mask of Loki. Even better: Milo himself ends up wearing the mask, transforming into a green alter-ego himself. If that’s not loyalty, we don’t know what is.

        38 Bolt from “Bolt” (2008)

        You’d never expect John Travolta to be one of the top dogs in cinematic history, but his voice brings to life this modern-day classic character. The animated Bolt is an actor on a TV show but, being a dog, he does not understand the difference between the fictional series and reality. When he believes his co-star and human best friend Penny is in danger, he escapes from his trailer to save her. Bolt’s dedication to Penny is unwavering—a perfect example of our dogs at their best.

        37 Verdell from “As Good as It Gets” (1997)

        When Verdell’s parent, a gay artist living in New York City, suffers a serious injury, he asks his neighbor, the misanthropic Melvin Udall, to care for his dog. That’s how Verdell, a goofy little Brussels Griffon, kicks off a series of events that will forever change Melvin’s life. Though he doesn’t care much for humans, Melvin comes to love this little dog—and with his floppy little ears and big, innocent eyes, who wouldn’t?—which helps his regular waitress Carol see him in a new light (and kicks off their untraditional love story). Can dogs make us better people? In the case of Verdell: Absolutely.

        36 Frank the Pug from “Men in Black” (1997)

        OK, so Frank the Pug isn’t actually a dog; he’s an alien disguised as one. He’s also a top-notch spy and informant, providing the Men in Black with information at the flip of a coin. Still, he does have plenty of Pug-like tendencies: He’s silly and delightful through and through, pairing his small stature with a powerful punch of personality. That’s enough to qualify him for number 36 on our list.

        35 Flike from “Umberto D.” (1952)

        Flike the dog isn’t a central character in Vittorio De Sica’s tale of a poor elderly man, but the Italian film’s emotional weight does hinge on its final moments between Umberto and his pup. Flike isn’t just the kind of dog who brings love and joy into his person’s world when they need it most—he actually inspires Umberto to go on living in an especially dark moment, proving that our beloved dogs really do make life worthwhile.

        34 Cujo from “Cujo” (1983)

        Every great horror film has a great monster—a truly terrifying beast who hunts the rest of the characters to thrilling effect. In Stephen King’s “Cujo,” that monster is a formerly friendly St. Bernard who is transformed by a rabid bat. This isn’t just a horrifying story, with Cujo deteriorating and attacking everyone around him—it’s also a horror classic. Even if you haven’t seen the film, you probably know Cujo isn’t exactly man’s best friend. Plus, it’s a heartbreaking reminder that, while Cujo is a fictional dog, rabies poses a very real threat to our pups. Who knew a horror movie could double as a reminder to check your dog’s vaccinations?

        33 Shiloh from “Shiloh” (1996)

        You can’t look into Shiloh’s big, brown eyes without your whole heart melting. This Beagle begins his life in an abusive home, but nothing can break his friendly, optimistic spirit, especially after he’s rescued by a boy named Marty. Marty’s fight to keep Shiloh is a tale of abuse and redemption, of the strength of the bond that exists between dogs and their people—earning him a well-deserved place on our list.

        32 Benji from “Benji” (1974)

        No list of best cinematic dogs would be complete without the mixed breed known as Benji. In the 1974 film, this stray dog makes friendly daily visits to everyone in town, but he likes two children named Cindy and Paul most of all. He’s smart enough to evade notice by Cindy and Paul’s father, who doesn’t like dogs, and he’s brave and loyal, trying to rescue the children after they’re kidnapped. Through it all, Benji wins all our hearts. When he succeeds in rescuing Cindy and Paul, we aren’t only relieved that the kids are home safe and sound, but also that Benji has finally found a family to belong to.

        31 Beethoven from “Beethoven” (1992)

        If you were a child in the 1990s, chances are that Beethoven (the dog, not the composer) already has your heart. From the moment this Saint Bernard begins barking along to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the beginning of “Beethoven,” he’s almost supernaturally charming, working his way into the heart of the workaholic and perpetually frustrated George. He’s smart, protective of his family, and with those big brown eyes? It’s no surprise he inspired a series of sequels—you just can’t get enough of this faithful furball.

        30 Sam from “I Am Legend” (2007)

        In the midst of a zombie apocalypse, Samantha the German Shepherd (aka Sam) is the only friend “I Am Legend” protagonist Robert Neville, played by Will Smith, has left. She’s not just a loyal pup who helps Neville with hunting and protection; she’s his only chance for real connection (aside from the mannequins and film recordings he also has one-sided conversations with). Sam’s untimely demise is utterly heartbreaking, but to great effect: She’s precisely the reason why this story is so memorable, and for that, we salute her.

        29 Marley from “Marley & Me” (2008)

        Alongside Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, Marley is the Labrador Retriever who stole the hearts of everyone in America in this late 2000s box office hit. He may have been billed as “the world’s worst dog,” with on-screen antics like getting kicked out of obedience school and chewing up everything in the house, but his parents love him through it all—and in return, Marley loves them back through their struggles with fertility, new parenthood and mental health issues. Like all dogs, Marley is part of the family, so have your tissues ready for the end of this tearjerker.

        28 Shadow from “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (1993)

        Shadow, the wise Golden Retriever, is the heart and soul of this motion picture that throws him, Chance (an American Bulldog), and Sassy (a Himalayan cat) into an epic adventure across America to get back home. Shadow is a survivor through and through, unfailingly loyal to his friends, and it’s his belief and spirit that keeps them all going, no matter what they face.

        27 Napoleon and Lafayette from “Aristocats” (1970)

        Sure, the stray dog duo of Bloodhound Napoleon and Bassett Hound Lafayette are minor characters in this movie all about cats. But their presence in the film is unforgettable—especially when they’re attacking the film’s evil butler and driving him off road and into a river. They’re not exactly heroic—they chase the butler just because they love to chase, not to save the cats he’s stolen—but without them, the Disney classic “Aristocats” would be a much shorter and far more tragic story.

        26 Sparky from “Frankenweenie” (1984 & 2012)

        Both versions of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”—the 1984 short film and the 2012 feature—include the greatest zombie dog in cinematic history: Sparky. The charming little Bull Terrier, who is dug up and revived by his loving pet parent in the style of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” (but for kids!), doesn’t let death extinguish his happiness and boundless energy. He’s enough of a charmer to even have his own Bride, complete with the iconic hairdo from the 1930’s original “Bride of Frankenstein.” Sparky makes it fun to root for the zombies in a film for once—and no other undead creature in Hollywood is this full of life.

        25 Rin Tin Tin from “Where the North Begins” (1923)

        Rin Tin Tin stole the hearts of many a home viewer as a staple of 1950s television, but his original incarnation on film is just as significant in film history. The silent film star helped bring Warner Bros back from financial ruin by starring in “Where the North Begins” and many other films that drew large audiences to theaters nationwide. It might sound like a strange thing to say about a dog, but Rin Tin Tin had a unique and inimitable persona as an actor—you just have to see him on screen to understand. “Where the North Begins” is a great place to start, a tale of a German Shepherd puppy who’s adopted by a wolf pack and ends up befriending a fur trapper.

        24 Brandy from “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019)

        Brandy is the iconic American Pit Bull Terrier who gets to cover Cliff Booth (aka Brad Pitt) in smooches in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film. She gets a truly show stopping moment during one of the film’s climactic scenes, when she attacks one of Charles Manson’s lackeys to save Sharon Tate. Name another dog who has successfully rewritten history with their bravery. We’ll wait.

        23 Slinky Dog from “Toy Story” (1995)

        What other dog has a theme park ride based on them? With his stretchy, springy body, Slinky Dog is one of the “Toy Story” franchise’s most memorable characters. The toy Dachshund is as charming as can be and loyal, too, both to his human Andy and his best friend Woody. In fact, his loyalty helps keep the toys and their buddy together in a climactic van chase where Slinky’s springy body makes all the difference. Clearly, it’s no stretch to include him on our list. (See what we did there?)

        22 Max from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)

        Poor Max, stuck living in a cave with the angry, holiday-hating Grinch. He never gets the respect he deserves from his grumpy green pet parent, and is even forced into plans to ruin Christmas for a whole town, despite clearly knowing better. But Max shows us that for dogs, loyalty to your person comes first, even when your person is a borderline sociopathic misanthrope—and Max sure looks cute in a pair of antlers to boot. When the Grinch finally comes to his senses at the end of the film, it isn’t just a relief for the citizens of Whoville—it’s a relief to all of us dog lovers, knowing that Max’s quality of life just went up 1,000 percent.

        21 Balto from “Balto” (1995)

        Balto was a real-life Siberian Husky who led a team of sled dogs to deliver a life-saving serum to combat an outbreak of diphtheria, so of course the animated character based on him is one of the greatest dogs ever. Loyal, brave, adventurous—this dog is the whole package, and it’s impossible not to fall in love with his cartoon version (as voiced by Kevin Bacon) while watching his thrilling journey unfold on screen.

        20Copper from “The Fox and the Hound” (1981)

        Both Tod the fox and Copper the hound are perfect (and perfectly adorable) creatures who become the best of friends—but this is a list of dogs, so Copper gets top billing here. It’s impossible not to fall in love with a dog as cute as Copper in his puppy phase, innocently playing and making friends with a little fox. And just when you thought you couldn’t love him more, he grows up and saves the life of his fox friend. If you haven’t seen this animated classic, prepare to have your heart torn apart and put back together as Copper navigates his friendship with Tod in a world that wants to pit them against each other.

        19 Lucy from “Wendy and Lucy” (2008)

        In this film about Wendy, an unhoused woman trying to care for her canine companion and get by in an uncaring world, Lucy the dog is the heart and soul of the story. Through crisis after crisis, from searching for a job, car breakdowns, and even being caught shoplifting in a low moment, the loyal Lucy remains the kind of dog—no, the kind of best friend—who inspires Wendy (and the rest of us) to keep moving forward.

        18 Old Yeller from “Old Yeller” (1957)

        Even if you’ve never seen this film, which was once billed as Walt Disney’s “Most Dramatic Motion Picture,” you’ve probably heard of Old Yeller. Based on the novel by Fred Gipson, the movie is a quintessential “boy-and-his-dog” story, following the relationship between a boy named Travis and the Black Mouth Cur he adopts and names Old Yeller (both as a play on his yellow fur and because, boy oh boy, that dog can yell). Old Yeller’s warm personality and loyal devotion to Travis have sparked a love for dogs in generations of movie fans—and thanks to the film’s tragic ending, it’s still frequently referenced among the saddest dog movies of all time.

        17 Baxter from “Anchorman” (2004)

        Baxter is the beloved little pup of “Anchorman” main character Ron Burgundy, who bonds with his canine companion through deeply personal conversations that Baxter, smart little fella that he is, truly seems to understand. And while Baxter’s so-awful-it’s-funny mishandling at the hands of a biker led to one of Burgundy’s most memorable lines—“I’m in a glass case of emotion!”—this pup still manages to save the day at the end of the film.

        16 Nana from “Peter Pan” (1953)

        As Wendy and her brothers’ canine nanny, Nana is helpful to a fault and able to guilt any human with her exhausted but determined eyes. True to her breed, a Saint Bernard, Nana is a dedicated servant, and a fine one at that (despite the complaining of the children’s father George Darling). She’s able to care for the Darling children and nurse them herself, literally organizing their toys and serving them medicine. She couldn’t prevent her charges from flying off to Neverland with Peter Pan, but she sure loved those kids, just like we love her.

        15 Zero from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

        Many of the greatest dogs in cinematic history are animated, but only one of them also happens to be a ghost. Zero is gorgeously drawn, with a cute-yet-ghastly sheet body that floats throughout Halloweentown. But his true talent is his ceaseless energy and upbeat spirit (no pun intended) that always seems to keep his pet parent Jack Skellington looking on the bright side. There’s no ghost we’d be happier to see on a dark, spooky night.

        14 Wiener-Dog from “Wiener-Dog” (2016)

        Todd Solondz’s loose sequel to “Welcome to the Dollhouse” follows Wiener-Dog, an adorable Dachshund, as she wanders across the country, interacting with character after character and changing all of their lives—for the better and worse. This dark comedy has bleak moments, but from veterinary offices to roadside motels to college campuses, Wiener-Dog is always there lifting the mood—proof that pups really do improve just about any situation.

        13 Barf from “Spaceballs” (1987)

        Alright, so Barf (short for Barfolomew) isn’t 100% a dog. This goofy John Candy character—a parody of “Star Wars”’ Chewbacca—is a “mawg”: half-dog, half-man. But we’re making an exception because, though Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” has its fair share of colorful characters, Barf, with his shaggy, nostalgically ‘80s animatronic ears and tail and penchant for jamming out to Bon Jovi, just might be the most delightful.

        12 Asta from “The Thin Man” (1934)

        Dog actor Skippy made many showstopping appearances in 1930s comedies like “The Awful Truth” and “Bringing Up Baby,” but the character that really steals hearts is that of Asta in “The Thin Man.” Asta’s playful spirit and solid detective skills in that film turned Skippy into an overnight star—so much that his breed, Wire Fox Terrier, suddenly came into high demand. Viewers fell in love with Asta, leading to a full-on career for Skippy, who went on to work with Hollywood legends like Cary Grant and Mae Clark.

        11 Rolly from “101 Dalmatians” (1961)

        You may have expected canine parents Perdita or Pongo to represent “101 Dalmatians” on this list, but for us, it’s all about Rolly. Named for his “rolly-poly” build, this chubby Dalmatian puppy exists to be carefree and relaxed at any given moment—except for when he’s hungry. He’ll throw himself into any situation to have his large appetite satiated, even risking the wrath of Cruella de Vil for a bite, and his constant requests for food are some of the film’s funniest moments. If you’ve got a constantly hungry pup who’ll eat just about anything and then ask for seconds, Rolly hits you right in the feels.

        10 Georgette from “Oliver & Company” (1988)

        “Perfect Isn’t Easy” is the most memorable song and performance in the underrated “Oliver & Company”—which is no surprise, since the canine character singing it is voiced by powerhouse icon Bette Midler. Sure, Georgette is the film’s main villain, but you can’t help but love her. This Poodle exudes confidence and class as she wakes up and primps herself while singing about how utterly flawless she is. When she says, “Perfect, my dear, is me,” you believe it.

        9 Dug from “Up” (2009)

        Yes, Dug is an animated character, but he might just be the most realistic depiction of any dog on this list. He falls in love with everyone he interacts with (except for those darned squirrels). He’s hilariously distractible (again, those squirrels!). And thanks to a special collar that translates his thoughts, he says exactly what we all imagine our dogs are thinking. (Prime example: “A ball! Oh boy! Oh boy! A ball!”) Dug is the heart and soul of “Up”—and if you’ve had to put an e-collar on your dog recently, he’s probably also the reason you feel a little bit extra guilty about “the cone of shame.”

        8 Toto from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

        “The Wizard of Oz”’s tiniest character, the Cairn Terrier named Toto, may also be its most memorable. Toto is Dorothy’s only connection to the world back home after she lands in Oz, as well as her truest friend. Toto’s feisty personality also comes in handy throughout the film, from escaping from the clutches of Almira Gulch at the beginning to pulling back the curtain to reveal the real “great and powerful Oz” at the end. As one of the best parts of one of the most famous films of the last century, Toto is one truly iconic pup.

        7 Bruiser from “Legally Blonde” (2001)

        Of all the cinematic Chihuahuas out there, one stands above the rest: Elle Woods’ companion Bruiser Woods. Just like his parent, he’s a Gemini vegetarian whose outfits frequently match hers. Though he plays Elle’s sidekick in the first of the “Legally Blonde” films, his journey becomes the primary arc of the second: He comes out as gay and tries to stop animal abuse at a cosmetics company after finding out his mother is one of their victims. We’re just going to say it: Bruiser is a queer icon. We simply must stan.

        6 Buddy from “Air Bud” (1997)

        This Golden Retriever starts out as a master at basketball in the 1997 film “Air Bud”—but that’s just the beginning of his athletic career. In “Air Bud”’s sequels, we discover that Buddy also rules on the American football field (“Golden Receiver”), soccer field (“World Pup”), baseball diamond (“Seventh Inning Fetch”), and volleyball court (“Spikes Back”). Buddy’s film series introduced a whole generation of late-90s and early-2000s kids to the magic of befriending and caring for dogs. Besides, any dog who’s such a versatile sportsman deserves a spot on our list.

        5 Peg from “Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

        Apologies to the Tramp and his main squeeze Lady, but there’s one dog in the original “Lady and the Tramp” who steals the show from everyone else—and her name is Peg. She has the coolest, sultriest voice in the dog world, courtesy of singer Peggy Lee, and she’s also got some of the best lines in town. (When she says, of Tramp, “What a dog!” she’s not just talking about his species.) She’s loyal to her crew at the pound, and has a heart of gold beneath her tough exterior. Talk about great rescue dog representation.

        4 Lassie from “Lassie Come Home” (1943)

        Lassie isn’t just a great character—she’s a cultural icon. Played by the Collie Pal, she’s the ultimate hero dog who will overcome any obstacle to save Timmy from that well (or whatever the emergency happens to be that day). Her influence has resulted in countless motion pictures and television shows borrowing her appearance and demeanor for a variety of jokes and plots. Plus, she’s even got her own Hollywood star.

        3 Rowlf from “The Muppet Movie” (1979)

        This Muppets staple is the whole package: He’s extra charming (what Muppet isn’t?). He’s a down-to-earth, friendly guy who’s loyal to Kermit and the rest of the Muppet crew. Oh, and did we mention he plays the piano and sings chill tunes? As Jim Henson’s first Muppet, who continued to play major roles on “The Muppet Show” and several movies and TV series since, Rowlf is a true Hollywood dog icon.

        2 Gromit from “Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers” (1993)

        Of course Gromit, the pet dog of inventor Wallace, is one of the greatest dogs in cinema. His quirky animated adventures with his best friend are equally enjoyable for kids and adults, and by playing the stoic strait man to wacky Wallace, he’s quite possibly the closest thing we’ve got to a Buster Keaton these days. Delightfully deadpan and silent, smart as a whip and loyal to Wallace even when he really doesn’t deserve it, it’s impossible not to love (and laugh at) this expressive canine.

        1 1. Snoopy from “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” (1969)

        Who among us can deny Snoopy’s place in the cultural canon? He isn’t just one of the best movie dogs in history—thanks to his depictions in comics, on television, on stage and even as a parade balloon, this anthropomorphic Beagle is truly one of the greatest dogs in the history of art. You just can’t help but be delighted by his antics, and especially his relationship with Charlie Brown, which is often as antagonistic as it is special and caring. Snoopy’s an icon who has been providing joy for decades, and there’s no chance that’ll stop anytime soon.

        Looking for even more movies and shows picked especially for pet parents? Check out our guide to this month’s newest streaming TV and film releases.

        Photo credits, from left to right: The Jim Henson Company; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; MGM Studios; Fox 2000 Pictures; Pixar Animation Studios; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Walt Disney Productions; Walt Disney Pictures; Cat in the Hat Productions MGM Animation.

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        11 Rom-Com Core Outfits for Your Pet, From ’13 Going on 30′ to ’27 Dresses’

        Is your pet more of a plaid-wearing fashionista, like Cher Horowitz from “Clueless”? Or are they more of a rebellious riot grrrl, like Kat Stratford from “10 Things I Hate About You”? Find out quick because rom-com core has arrived—and the fashion trend might just be the most fun one for pets yet. To prove it, we’ve found 11 totally fetch outfits and accessories inspired by some of our favorite rom-com characters.

        But First, What Exactly Is Rom-Com Core?

        Named as one of Pinterest’s top trends of 2023, rom-com core is a fashion trend defined by the clothes seen in romantic comedies from the ‘90s and 2000s. Think Jenna’s rainbow-striped dress in “13 Going on 30” and “Save the Last Dance” cargo pants.

        “We’re seeing searches for trends like ‘2000s girl’ increase 235 percent and ‘summer outfits vintage 90s’ up 150 percent,” says Arianna Thomas, Pinterest communications manager. The trend is all about channeling your inner main character energy, nostalgia for simpler times and romanticizing everyday moments, she adds. But for us pet parents, it’s also about finding your pet’s rom-com spirit animal and dressing them appropriately.

        Rom-Com Core for Pets

        To turn your pet into a rom-com star, here are our favorite rom-com core-inspired outfits for dogs and cats.

        1 A Tail of 27 Dresses

        Wagatude Daisy Print Ruffle Dog Dress

        Considering some of the bridesmaid dress atrocities Jane shows off in “27 Dresses”—a movie about a woman who’s a bridesmaid in 27 weddings before finding a romantic partner of her own—her bright yellow strapless dress with playful ruffles is one of the cuter options. And this adorable Wagatude Yellow Ruffle Dog Dress is pretty close to it. The sweet daisy pattern adds a unique twist to the design, making it perfect for a fun and flirty rom-com-inspired look.

        If it’s a bit chilly out, consider this Disney “Once Upon a Time” Dog & Cat Sweatshirt Dress. Its sunny hue mirrors Jane’s dress, but the material offers more warmth for brisk days.

        2 Clueless Style? As If!


        “Clueless”—a 1995 rom-com that follows Beverly Hills teen Cher and her friends as they navigate teenage life and find love in unexpected places—is a ‘90s fashion fever dream, what with the matching plaid sets, knee-high socks, cropped cardigans, high-collared dresses and fanciful hats. While we don’t think high school students actually dressed like this IRL (maybe in Beverly Hills?), that doesn’t mean your pup or kitty can’t.

        If you want to help your dog or cat channel their inner Cher or Dionne, outfit them in this Frisco Plaid Sweater Dress or this other Frisco Plaid Sweater Dress or this Frisco Flannel Dress. A girl’s gotta have options.

        3 13 Going on… a Walk

        Wagatude Rainbow Heart Tank Dog Dress

        Get ready to turn heads with this colorful and playful Wagitude’s Rainbow Dog Dress and Frisco’s Rainbow Denim Dog & Cat Dress. Both are reminiscent of the dress Jenna rocked while doing the “Thriller” dance in “13 Going on 30,” an endearing rom-com about a teen girl who wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman—and begins to look at her best friend a little differently.

        The ruffled detailing and bright colors in both dresses bring a youthful and whimsical vibe that perfectly captures the essence of the classic romantic comedy.

        4 Holiday Chalet Chic

        GF Pet Chalet Dog Sweater

        There are so many reasons why “The Holiday” is one of our favorite festive rom-coms of all time: the quaint English backdrop, the Christmastime setting, Jude Law as the love interest (swoon) and, of course, Cameron Diaz’s (aka Amanda Wood’s) on-point fashion choices.

        GF Pet Chalet’s Dog Sweater and Frisco’s Cream Cable Knit Dog & Cat Sweater brought us back to the memorable, wine-fueled scene when Amanda was jumping around the English cottage belting out The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” while wearing a cozy, cream-colored, cable knit sweater. Not only will your pup be stylin’ like Cameron in this chunky sweater, but they’ll stay nice and toasty, too.

        5 10 Things I Like About This ‘Fit

        Frisco Pink Floral Dog & Cat Dress

        Whether you were Team Bianca or Team Kat from “10 Things I Hate About You”—a rom-com about a popular teen who can’t go on a date until her rebellious older sister does—there’s one thing we can all probably agree on: the Stratford sisters had some serious style.

        With its playful pink color, delicate floral pattern and ruffled hemline, this Frisco Pink Floral Dog & Cat Dress reminds us of the form-fitting, floral sundress Bianca showed off on her high school campus. Frisco’s Gray Camo Personalized Dog & Cat Bandana, on the other hand, screams Kat. It features Kat’s signature camo print and you can put your pet’s name on it.

        Bonus On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

        Frisco Dog & Cat Basic Hoodie

        “Mean Girls” may not technically be a rom-com, but the 2004 teen comedy featured truly iconic fashion moments that echoed the style of the time, from matching velour tracksuits to low-rise jeans and miniskirts. But our favorite isn’t Regina George’s pink cardigan or Gretchen Wieners’ plaid skirt. No, it’s Cady Heron’s comically oversized pink Lacoste polo.

        Channel Cady—and the rest of the hot pink-wearing clique—by dressing your pet in this Frisco Dog & Cat Basic Hoodie or Frisco Dog & Cat Basic T-Shirt (on Wednesdays only, of course). And don’t worry—we’re sure your pet will still let you sit with them!

        Unleash Your Pet’s Inner Rom-Com Star

        Is anyone else feeling uber warm and fuzzy after taking that trip down rom-com memory lane? Dressing your pet up in these chick-flick-inspired outfits is a paws-itively adorable way to jump on the rom-com core trend. So, grab your pet and let the rom-com magic unfold—and who knows, a walk in the park with your stylish companion might just lead to your own IRL meet-cute.

        And once you’ve nailed rom-com core, why not expand your little fashionista’s horizons to Barbiecore or even music festival style?

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        How Long Do Cats Live? (Plus, Tips for Maximizing Their Lifespan)

        If you’re a cat parent, it’s safe to say your feline companion holds a very special place in your heart. They bring you joy, comfort and endless entertainment with their random zoomies, goofy expressions and window chattering. You want them to be your loyal companion forever, but just how long do cats live?

        The lifespan of a cat can vary greatly depending on several factors, with the biggest being whether they’re an indoor or outdoor cat. Plus, did you know certain cat breeds live longer than others? Curl up with your kitty, because we’re diving into the world of feline longevity—including how you can help your cat live a longer, healthier life.

        What Is the Average Lifespan of a Domestic Cat?

        The median overall longevity for cats is 14 years.

        Cats live, on average, between 9 and 17 years, according to a 2015 study on cat longevity and mortality published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

        Of course, there are exceptions, and some cats live much longer or shorter lives, depending on various factors (which we’ll cover shortly). In fact, some fortunate felines can live as old as 20, and in very rare cases, even older. The oldest cat ever on record was a tabby mix named Creme Puff, who lived to be an astonishing 38 years old!

        Indoor vs. Outdoor Cat Life Expectancy

        One of the most significant factors affecting a cat’s lifespan is whether they’re an indoor or outdoor cat.

        curious indoor kitten

        Photo: Davidson

        Indoor Cats

        On average, indoor cats live between 10 and 15 years.

        Indoor cats—ones who exclusively live inside a house—tend to live longer than their indoor/outdoor or feral counterparts. One major reason for this is because “indoor cats are protected from many of the hazards that outdoor cats face such as cars, disease, fights with other animals and exposure to harsh weather,” says Dr. Alex Schechter, DVM and founder of Burrwood Veterinary in metro Detroit.

        Additionally, indoor cats are typically provided with nutritionally balanced food, veterinary care and lots of love, which increase their chances of living long, healthy lives. On average, indoor cats live 10 to 15 years.

        It’s important to note, however, that indoor cats are more prone to become overweight and less active, which can negatively impact their health and shorten their lifespan, Dr. Schechter says. Getting plenty of exercise (about 30 minutes a day) can help extend the life of an indoor cat. (You can find exercise ideas for cats here!)

        Feral Cats

        On average, feral cats live between 2 and 5 years.
        Feral cats have the shortest lifespan of the three groups, living two to five years on average. They don’t have a safe home to take shelter in and are typically not provided food or veterinary care. They also have numerous enemies to contend with such as cars, dogs, toxins, environmental hazards, mean-spirited people, diseases and predators.

        Indoor/Outdoor Cats

        Their lifespan depends on where you live, how much time your cat spends outdoors and more.
        Indoor/outdoor cats—ones who live inside but are allowed to go outside periodically—typically have a shorter lifespan than indoor-only cats, but a longer lifespan than feral cats. This group of cats faces the same risks as outdoor-only cats, just at a lesser frequency.

        Do Certain Cat Breeds Live Longer Than Others?

        Certain breeds of cats have been known to have longer lifespans than others.


        Photo: Jacobi

        Siamese, Burmese and Persian breeds tend to have a lengthy lifespan of 15 to 20 years, according to the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery study.

        On the flip side, some cat breeds such as Bengal, Abyssinian, Sphynx, Maine Coons and Devon Rex tend to have shorter lifespans, ranging from 9 to 13 years.

        Interestingly, the study also shows that crossbred cats have a longer median lifespan than purebred cats. This is thought to be because the risk of inheriting breed-specific diseases is reduced in crossbred cats.

        How Long Do Cats Live in Human Years?

        Don’t worry, we’ll make the math portion of this story as painless as possible!

        woman cuddling cat


        Cats have five life stages, per American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ (AAFP) “2021 AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines”:

        • Kitten: birth to 1 year
        • Young adult: 1 to 6 years
        • Mature adult: 7 to 10 years
        • Senior: 10 years and older
        • End-of-life: Any age

        To better understand where your cat is on their life journey, it can help to calculate your cat’s age in human years.

        While this is not a hard science, researchers have created the following guidelines for converting your cat’s age to human years:

        • Your cat’s first year of life equals roughly 15 human years.
        • Your cat’s second year of life equals approximately nine additional years, making them about 24 human years.
        • Each additional year following your cat’s second year of life equals about four human years. For example:
          • Year 3 = 28 human years
          • Year 4 = 32 human years
          • Year 5 = 36 human years

        Sharpen your pencils, it’s time for a…

        Pop Quiz!

        If your cat is 8 years old, how old are they in human years?

        (Hover over the question for the answer.)

        How to Help Your Cat Live a Longer Life

        While some factors affecting lifespan are out of your control (genetics), there are several steps you can take as a pet parent to help your cat live a long life.

        cat scratching post play


        Here are a few of the top tips Dr. Schechter recommends:

        • Keep your cat indoors: Keeping your cat indoors can help protect them from hazards such as cars, predators and diseases.
        • Provide a balanced diet: Feed your cat a nutritionally-balanced cat food that meets their needs as obligate carnivores.
        • Stay on top of preventative care: Regular check-ups with your veterinarian and staying up-to-date with vaccinations can help prevent health issues.
        • Provide exercise and mental stimulation: Provide your cat with exercise and mental stimulation through interactive toys and playtime. This can help keep them physically and mentally healthy.
        • Minimize stress: Try to maintain a calm and stable home environment, and provide your cat with a cozy bed, scratching posts and hiding spots.
        • Get them spayed or neutered: If you haven’t already, consider spaying or neutering your cat. This can help prevent specific health and behavioral issues.
        While cats don’t have nine lives (if only!), your feline friend has the potential to live one long, healthy, happy life when cared for properly.

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