Special Blankets For Special Pets
As owner of BarkingDogBlankets, Ginger Edmunds knows a thing or two about pampering pets - more specifically, keeping them cozy and comfortable with a blanket all their own, because your favorite pooch or feline deserves more than just a ratty old beach towel to relax on.
Edmunds started her business in 2009 and credits her late dog Rockie, a heeler and Border collie mix, as her inspiration.“Rockie was a very vocal member of the family,” Edmunds says. “I was tired of using beach towels and an ugly furniture blanket to cover the front seat of the car. Also, she slept on the couch, and I was tired of using heavy blankets or sheets to protect the couch.”
So Edmunds created a special blanket that could be used in the car and on the couch, one that she says is “island-style cute” yet practical. She began making the blankets from her Lanikai home and gave them to friends as gifts.
“I used mine so much, I thought my dog-owning friends could use them, too,” she explains.
BarkingDogBlankets are now sold at Crazy Canine in Aiea, 55 Pawsh Place in Kapolei, Calvin & Susie in Kilohana Square Kapahulu and online at Esty.com and Bonanza.com. Edmunds’ “reclaimed” fabric blankets also are available at Muumuu Heaven in Kailua. Prices are $25 (small), $30 (medium) and $65 (large).
“Both dogs and cats can use these blankets,” Edmunds says. “They all have my signature bone trim, and I choose coordinating aloha fabric in fun colors. The large blankets all have a universal pocket design that fits over the front-seat headrests of most cars. It’s easy to fit the blanket around the seat, and it’s easy to remove when the ride is over. I also make backseat blankets upon request - you can keep it in your car, or take it from the couch to the car or vice-versa. The blankets can be used as throws to cover your couches or chairs that dogs and cats like to lie on.
“The medium/small-size blankets for smaller pets can be used for the furniture too,” Edmunds explains. “Also, they fit in pet crates, carriers and strollers, or you can use the blankets to lay on top of your pet’s bed. In Hawaii we don’t take road trips as much, but I have heard from Mainland clients who say the blankets are great to travel with because not only are they useful in the car, but when their dogs are in a new environment they have their familiar blanket to make them feel at home and have a place to lie on that is their own.”
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