Gone to the Dogs.

If you know me at all, in “real life” or via this blog and my many social media accounts, you know I am obsessed with my dogs. And not just in a “aren’t my dogs great” kinda way, but in a “we bought our house mainly so our dogs would have a yard and be happier” kinda way. Baxter, the black pure bred Havanese, happens to be very smart, handsome and insane and Oliver, a Petfinder rescue and apparently a Havanese/ Bichon mix, is the sweetest, most chill guy on the planet.  I love them so much it scares me, because I know this isn’t forever. I’ve never experienced losing a dog as my parent’s first dog, Tucker the Schnoodle,  is 13 and still kickin’ (although deaf, half blind and quite lumpy now.) I would have 10 dogs if I could, I’d rescue every sweet little soul in a shelter if humanely possible.  I donate to animal causes as often as I can for this reason (another one of my favorites is The Gentle Barn). My heart just overflows for these furry little ones.

So when I heard about Ralph Lauren’s Dog Walk campaign I was thrilled and wanted to support it.  The company produced a little fashion show of fall accessories paired with amazing dog accessories starring shelter dogs alongside the models. And until November 15th 10% of proceeds from selected Dog Walk merchandise goes to the ASPCA and helps promote shelter adoption.


Soooo….. Baxter and Oliver got on board. Andrew refuses to walk them in their AMAZING fair aisle sweaters, but I AM IN LOVE. The shawl collars? The little leather button? The fact that they have leash holes in them (why do so few dog clothing companies do this?!)  Just looks at my handsome boys (squeeeeeeeee!)

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(Ignore Baxter’s pleading stare here. He loves his snuggly sweater. I had chicken chips in my hand that he wanted somethin’ fierce.)

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Here’s an adorable behind the scenes video of the project (if you like cute puppies this is for you!!!)

And here are my favorite  items that are part of the campaign (and give 10% to the ASPCA):

Can you even stand this barn jacket? Can you? Also, these sunglasses for our long dog walks. LOVE the subtle cat eye.

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This raincoat nearly killed me when I saw it. I may have to get them for the boys. And these boots are equally delicious.

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STOP IT with the little collared polo and cable sweater!

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BAM. These. Yeah I know, I wish.


Another incredible project is a little closer to home and is the product of a collaboration between photographer Li Ward and rescue advocate and entrepreneur Brittany Bang- the book Rescue Pets of Boston. I have blogged about Li’s work before and I think this book is such a magnificent touchstone for those who love animals AND the city of Boston.  I was going to save this for my holiday gift guide, but I couldn’t wait. So pick one up for a dog lover in your life and enjoy the animals, the scenes of our great city (and bits of some interiors too!) In addition, the proceeds from the sale of this book go to supporting a bevy of amazing animal rescue organizations. WIN WIN.


Some interior page sneak peeks!




I always say, the best accessory a home can have is a dog.  They make life so much more fun.  So please consider supporting your local shelter or by purchasing something from either of these projects as a gift this holiday season!


  1. It appears the book is sold out on their website. Do you know if they will have more available? I’d love to buy a copy!

  2. Our copy of Li & Brittany’s book came in the mail last week and we couldn’t be happier. The quality of the book (the printing & the pages) is fantastic, and Li’s images are just perfect! Buy one for yourself and one for a friend (or two!)

  3. YES! I love this post!!! I foster for an animal rescue group called Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. Thank you for putting out there your wonderful support of adopting and supporting animal shelters! Without the help of shelters, fosters, and wonderful adopters like you, so many awesome dogs would be literally thrown in the trash. Adopt, don’t shop! Thanks, Erin!

  4. I’ve been on the lookout for a sweater or coat for my Westie to wear in winter and I love the ones in your post!
    PS: Baxter and Oliver look so handsome in their sweaters. Love the fair isle pattern!


  5. I must get everything!! My cavachon poo would rock these looks! And yes my husband is on the same page…I made him take my dog sporting a very chic leapord hoodie to my daughter’s soccer game, oh the shame! Seriously though, my dog is gonna find some RL treats under the tree this year. BTW my dog is part Bichon too…does Oliver ever have the Bichon buzz? Crazy :-)

  6. I couldn’t relate to this post more! I also love our crazy rescue Basenji/Jack Russell mix Finley so much it scares me. He’s a wild one but I don’t know what I’d do without him. I can’t even handle how cute that RL cableknit sweater is but I think my BF would refuse to be seen in public with it on him! Although I was able to convince him to ok a red & tan barn coat for him. That yellow raincoat might need to happen too…

  7. I’m so glad to see that you posted this! The furry ones have always had my heart too — especially those that need homes. I’m going to do a follow-up post on the cause on my blog tomorrow to help spread awareness.

    love from LA,

  8. Erin, Thank you for supporting Brittany and Li’s labor of love. Isn’t the book incredible!? I love that you featured it today and particularly love that you chose Oliver as one of your sneak peeks! He’s my baby! You must have (maybe) realized that he lives just across the street from your old South End home!

  9. Erin, thank you for blogging about such a great cause. I had two beautiful chihuahua terriers but just lost one due to a tragic accident. It has only been three months but it is the hardest thing to lose a companion especially in such a devastating way. I miss my little shadow, Max and can’t seem to stop looking back for him.

    It is too early to even consider getting another pet but I will know when/if the time is right. For now, I will check out the Ralph Lauren site – such cute things! I can see my girl Princess in the purse.

  10. I love your post and love dogs too. We inherited my mother’s little foxy cross and I bought her a raincoat, cold weather coat, new lead, harness and so and when I we visited my mother in her retirement home she said I’d turned her dog into a ‘posh city dog’. Very funny, but the dog is happy!

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