How to Involve Cats and Dogs in Weddings

Make Your Fur Baby Part of Your Wedding

Pet owners are increasingly coming to us asking for specific pieces to make their canine best friend look amazing on their wedding day. As a leading dog lifestyle brand and supplier of fashion forward dogwear, without a doubt, we love the idea of including your pup in your wedding. Dogs adore being included in their owners’ lives, and for the bride and groom, having their beloved pet around at milestone moments can mean the world.

Letting Your Pup Know They Are Special to You

Bupa Pet Insurance recently asked us to share a few tips on how to have a seamless ceremony with your four-legged best friend included. We were thrilled to share our tips gleaned from our experience in this area.

As we told Bupa Pet Insurance for the article ‘How to Involve Cats and Dogs in Weddings‘, one such story involved helping a bride-to-be find an adorable bandana for her aging Pomeranian, Jack. The woman returned after the wedding to show us a video of Jack running ahead of her down the aisle assisted by a wheel cart (Jack had unfortunately lost his ability to use all four legs). The video blew us away it was so moving; reminding us how lucky we are to be part of such momentous occasions!

Dogs bring us so much joy; it’s great to be able to let them know how special they are by including them in our lives and dressing them in fashionable and functional items. Our stylish collars, leads and bandanas help make your dog stand-out and attract endless affection from your friends and family at your wedding – not to mention how cute they’ll look in all the photos!

Surviving the Ceremony

One of the greatest things about dogs is that they all have a unique personality. While your neighbour’s Bichon Frise may be able to quietly sit in someone’s lap for an entire ceremony, your Great Dane may be a little less compliant. So it’s important to respect your pet’s character. If your dog can walk down the aisle with you without eating up all the rose petals strewn on the ground, then by all means, bring them for the show! If, on the other hand, you have an energetic, mischievous Pug, then you may want to leave your dog out of the actual ceremony and only include them in the photos.

That way your pet can still be a part of your amazing day, without worrying about them disturbing your guests or causing you undue stress. Also, if you do bring your dog along, make sure you have a designated pet-sitter – someone who can whisk them away if they start barking at your uncle or sniffing around the wedding cake. Consider your pet’s needs and make a decision from there and – most importantly – have a fantastic wedding!

‘SHIBORI’ featured in Pretty Fluffy’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

We’re pumped that our kick-ass SHIBORI design was handpicked by the Pretty Fluffy crew for inclusion on their 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

Bringing together the best of the best from international brands, the guide covers bedding, fashion, toys, collars and everything else to spoil your pup during the holidays!

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Street festivals for 2016

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The 2016 street festival season has kicked off and – despite the crazy, wild weather, we’ve managed to survive the winds and Super Furry festival, Norton St Italian Festa, Penrith Real Festival and Double Bay Festival are all done and dusted!

We still have a few more coming up including Avalon Market Day on 20 November 2016.

#FlashbackFriday for our 4 year anniversary

Today marks four years since our very first pop-up with Haus of Harley so we took a look back for a cheeky comparison to how we look now.

It’s been a kick-ass four years – thanks for all your support!

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Autumn 2016 Lookbook

Autumn in Australia means warm days and cool nights. Urban outings are a must.

Photographed in March 2016 at a landmark, historic recreation space in Sydney’s Paddington, our Autumn 2016 shoot features the Metron Collar and Lead set in Lake – and stars an Alaskan Malamute named Cooper and his dad, Sydney DJ and producer Mason Andrews.

Model: Mason Andrews and Cooper
Photographer: Ryan Vox

Sunny August Saturdays!

We couldn’t resist sharing some pics of the visitors to our pop-up shop on Saturday. The weather was beautifully warm and brought out some happy smiles on both two-legged and four-legged customers! We even had a visit from a gorgeous bunny!

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Haus of Harley August 2015 Paddington Happy Smiles

Haus of Harley August 2015 Paddington Bunny

Dog Lovers Show – Sydney 2015

We don’t even have words to say how blown away we are by the response to our stand at the 2nd annual Sydney Dog Lovers Show! We’re beyond pleased that visitors not only enjoyed the shows, information and dogs, but that so many visited HOH and grabbed a bargain with our show-exclusive $5 Pop-up Silicone Bowls – or one of our new collar and lead designs.Haus of Harley - Dog Lovers Show Sydney August 2015

Though we were flat-out busy, we managed to squeeze in some catch-ups with our colleagues from Personalised Pet, The Sophisticated Pet, Gourmet Dog Barkery, Appealing Images, Paws for Thought Rescue, Wooftastic Tasty Treats, Pods4Pets, PawsonalitySave Our Strays and RSPCA NSW. We have to thank these guys for the love and support too!

Haus of Harley bring four-legged fashion to Westfield Sydney

When the opportunity arose for HOH to join a host of other fashion retailers in Westfield Sydney we couldn’t resist! 100 Squared brings the very best pop-up retailers (including fast-fashion, jewellery and beautiful LUKA Candles) to Westfield Sydney – located directly beneath the Sydney Tower – and meshes it seamlessly with affordable staples such as Zara, Supre, Cotton On and General Pants. It’s truly a melting pot of styles, tastes and budgets as upstairs you will also find iconic fashion-houses like Prada, Luis Vuitton and Chanel.

Our pop-up will only be in this location for a limited time so drop-by and be sure to check out our new collar and lead styles as well as grab our new Barking Basics Roundie Beanbag Bed at the special introductory price of $60.00 AUD.Haus of Harley Dogwear Pop-up Shop Westfield Sydney June 2015

Ku-ring-gai Council Dog’s Day Out 2015

Wow – what an epic Sunday! Haus of Harley took part in the annual Ku-ring-gai Dogs’ Day Out at St Ives Showground. This is one of our favourite events as it’s always so much fun to see so many puppies walk away with some new HOH swag.

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A few even we’re lucky enough to win themselves a Barking Basics collar and lead set.

We were also at Eat Shop Love at Macarthur Square where our Darby’s Doggie Delights free-range Chicken Jerky treats were a hit with the Campbelltown doggies. It was awesome to see so many shoppers out embracing the day despite how chilly it was!

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Taloodles Dog’s Day Out Charity Fundraiser

I think most involved in the pet industry know that it can be a very exciting and fast-paced one  – and also quite competitive (we are running businesses after all). The team at HAUS OF HARLEY spend a good deal of our time bringing our product to customers via shopping centre pop-ups, trade shows and boutique market events and we absolutely love doing this – but it can be a bit “business, business, business” at times. That’s why we get so excited when invited to charity fun days like the excellent Dogs’ Day Out at Boronia Park, Epping to raise funds for Taloodles.

Taloodles is a relatively new non-profit devoted to acquiring and providing training for Labradoodles to act as therapy and assistance dogs for people suffering from cognitive, intellectual, neurological or physical impairment. These special dogs can be trained to perform specific tasks but a lot of their “assistance” comes from providing unconditional love and companionship to their companions. Each dog undegoes six months of training at a cost of around $7000 and Taloodles then provide these wonderful animals free-of-charge to those in need.

We couldn’t be happier to support such an awesome cause and help to raise further funds to allow Taloodles to do what they do and the added bonus is getting out in the sunshine and up close and personal with all the four-legged shoppers! It’s very easy to get stuck in a number-crunching headspace when you run a micro-business but Dogs’ Day Out certainly reminded us why we love doing what we do!

Here’s a pic of just one of the cuties we helped dress on the day! The ‘ALEXIS’ Ruffle Party Dress was our most popular item of the day – and it’s no wonder when the purple and pink colours stand out so well on the dogs!

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