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Dear Dog Lovers,
MANIAC CONTENTS July / August 2013 10/ UNDERCOVER Dania Ramirez
16/ FEATURE Pet-friendly Work Environments
18/ FEATURE The Charlie Hotel
20/ FEATURE Luxury Dog Homes
22/ JET SET Pet-friendly Hotels
26/ TV Jason Gann
28/ MUSIC PAGE 30
30/ FASHION Secret Garden
40/ FEATURE Therapy Dogs at Children’s Hospital
42/ FEATURE Justin Silver
44/ HEALTH Holistic Dog Care
46/ STYLE PROFILE Nancy Lee of WearWoof
47/ SHOPS Dog Prints and Pet Products
50/ HOME Do-It-Yourself Dog Edition
56/ ART George Rodrigue
58/ FEATURE Menswear Dog
60/ BEAUTY Colored Dogs
62/ FEATURE Tamari Healthy Eatingy
64/ GUIDE Dog Spots in Pittsburgh
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I just celebrated a year with my little guy, Fitz. There have been times where he’s really pushed me to my limits. I’ve woken up to destroyed Prada shoes. I’ve spent many days trying to write while throwing a stuffed rat from my computer chair. Fitz is a lot of work. He has a lot of energy, and he’s still very much a puppy. But after only a year together, he’s also become my best companion. Fitz is right next to me every morning and stays there as long as I’ll let him. He’s my shadow. Whatever room I go to, he follows. I could be in one of the worst moods, and he still wants to be there. He doesn’t back off or feel the need to give me space like a person does. There’s something about that kind of loyalty and companionship that I didn’t really understand until I had my own dog, and not a family dog, but a dog whose life revolved around me and my care. What I learned from this responsibility was that I changed too. I didn’t want to leave Fitz home too long. I enjoyed being home more with him there. He made me realize how great it really is to lay on the couch and just relax. I wanted to get out and walk more, take more breaks from staring at the computer screen. In only a year, I can’t imagine life before Fitz. Animals become a part of the family, and in some ways they’re the most reliable member. They never go out with friends, forget to call, or come home late from work. Every day, seeing their owner and their family is the most exciting part of a dog’s day. A pet’s love is unwavering and unconditional. They might act up, but I don’t think that I’ve ever seen Fitz in a bad mood. This issue is a testament to how much Maniac loves dogs. If you follow the magazine on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve seen dogs at the office, dog giveaways, our Maniac Mutt contest. Now that I have my own, I understand the power of a pet in a life. This issue touches on everything from dogs’ healing powers in Children’s Hospital to the way that artist George Rodrigue uses a blue dog to represent all of mankind. Sure, there are some colorful dogs and over-the-top adorable products we picked too, but The Dog Issue is bigger than a diamond dog collar.
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Ramirez is that impossibly cool woman - the kind who’s incredibly sexy, confident, funny, and smart. Don’t let the cleavage in the Devious Maids promotion fool you. There’s a lot more to her than what’s being marketed. She’s married and writing with her husband while working full-time on the Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry’s new show. She played around with her Miniature Yorkie, Forbes, and was all smiles for the camera. Our interview was full of laughs, but on the issue of the backlash that her new show is receiving for its stereotyping of Latinos, she was passionate about what it really means to be a Latina making it in America. “I’m really proud of the show,” Ramirez said of Devious Maids, Lifetime’s newest drama co-produced by Eva Longoria and starring a cast of five Latino women. “When you work on something, you put all your heart into it and then you just never know after the fact, after you shoot. Even though you had a good experience, you never know. I saw the first episode at the screening and I was overwhelmed.” Before the show’s premiere, both critics and the Latin community had mixed feelings about the concept. On one hand, this is giving five Latinas starring roles, on the other hand, they’re maids. So what is the message that the show is sending? “Once people really watch the show, that’s not a question that we’ll ever have to answer again,” Ramirez said. “It’s not a show about these women’s jobs, because that’s just what they are, they’re jobs. You know, these are not the careers that they want for themselves... The show for me, what it represents, is that it’s really hard work to achieve your dream. And it’s about the women, and it’s about their journey and their lives and how they achieve their dreams. It’s not about what they do for a living. It’s not about opening the doors, washing dishes. Usually when you watch a television show and you watch a Latino maid, there’s no lines involved. Basically, you hello, open the door, and then you shut it. This show is about the lives of these women.” Ramirez plays Rosie on the show, a maid to a celebrity couple who’s a mixture of sweet and tough that has left a child behind in Mexico. She cares for the couple’s child, while dealing with the hardships of getting her own son to America. “I thought of it as a great opportunity,” Ramirez said of the character. “I was born in the Dominican Republic and my parents moved to the states when I was six months old. I didn’t live with my parents until I was ten. And that’s sort of my mom’s story. She had to come to the states and leave me, and it took awhile for her to get a visa in order for us to come to the states and live with her. It was something that I had sort of gone through, more through a child’s perspective, and I hadn’t had a chance to explore it from my mother’s perspective. The minute I started thinking of it that way, I really got into the part, and I wanted to play it as true and honest as possible.” 12
As far as the Latin community’s response to the typecasting as maids, Ramirez didn’t seem too concerned. The show itself is based on a Mexican telenovela. She asserted that all interest is good and told me that she likes to stir interest. “I think, as a Latino community, we’re really blessed that we got a chance to have five roles that are three-dimensional that we can showcase our talent in. It’s a dignified job that [the maids] are doing. It’s not like they made them prostitutes or drug dealers. I would be offended if that was the case. I have an aunt that’s a maid to this day.” Co-producer, Eva Longoria, has also responded to the backlash from viewers and defended the show, saying that the stories deserved to be told. Ramirez explained that though it is delicate subject matter, the show is intentionally melodramatic and should be taken lightly. They’re complex characters, but you’re supposed to laugh. “It’s almost like putting up a mirror on society with a critically humorous eye.” Ramirez even ventured to say that, to her, this was her best role yet, “I’ve played a superhero. I’ve played a bad ass bike messenger. I’ve played somebody’s beautiful girlfriend, and never felt that I really had anyone write this three-dimensional character for me, someone that actually sounds real. Someone that can actually make you laugh, cry. That’s what Marc Cherry has done with my character on Devious Maids.” When I asked if Ramirez felt pressure choosing roles because of her Dominican heritage. She laughed and answered, “Oh my God, this question is funny. To think about roles. You just want to get a role.” She’s happy to be working alongside stars like Ana Ortiz of Ugly Betty and Judy Reyes of Scrubs. “I usually would have been trying to compete with [them] to get that one role,” she said. Ramirez is also proud to represent five different cultures within the Latin community. “Usually you get that one character on that white show or some African American film,” she said. “As a Latino community, we’re all very different. You don’t ever really get a chance to see that diversity at once.” She described this as the biggest problem that Latinos have when trying to break into the mass market for acting, and believes that Devious Maids might finally be able to break that barrier by portraying five different women from five different Latino backgrounds. She went on to describe her upbringing and how she’s now living out her own version of the American Dream, playing a character that reflects that idea that you have to work hard to get where you want to be. “[After my parents left], I was raised by my grandmother in a very small town with no electricity, no running water, like beyond poor. Poor in Dominican Republic is not like poor in America. [It’s] not like a house living in the projects. This is like you’re living in a shack and there’s no toilet. I’m just blessed to be here and be working. This is my opinion that this was something that I was meant to do. I just sort of learned how to act as I started acting and if you see my career you can see the growth, my journey.” Ramirez’s life has changed a lot since her childhood days. She’s been in major blockbuster’s like Premium Rush alongside Joseph Gordon Levitt, American Reunion, and X-Men: The Last Stand. She’s also newly married to director and writer Bev Land and taking on an entirely new role as stepmom to his son, Kai. She said that taking on that position was different, but never weird, and something that happened naturally over time. “I’m obsessed with him. He’s everything. Being with Kai, he
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UNDERCOVER just kind of puts everything into perspective. Nothing is really that serious,” Ramirez said. “You have this child in your life and you just look to him every time your life is a little crazy and you realize that things are just not that difficult and that things are not that complicated. You have love at home and family and that’s really the most important in moving forward and it keeps me grounded in a lot of ways. I’ve been dressed up to walk the red carpet and come home and Kai’s like, ‘What are you wearing? ’ It’s really nice when you’re surrounded by the glamour in the business to have a kid in your life. It just changes everything. He’s really inspired me in a lot of ways. He’s been really helpful for me as far as really taking on the role of Rosie and tapping into that maternal side.” Along with enjoying newlywed bliss, Ramirez and husband are also busy working on upcoming projects. She and Land have just produced a reality show with Eli Holzman of Project Runway and Undercover Boss about the Latin community. Ramirez described the focus of the show as “the younger versus the older generation Latinos in America”. “If you ever watch Undercover Boss, it has a heart, and that’s something that I want the show to have,” she said. The show is in early stages of being pitched to different networks. Ramirez is also producing a film that her husband wrote called Runaway Love, and co-writing another film that she described as a “Hitchcock-ish, suspense thriller”. “For me, I’m just excited to be on the other side of the business and create more opportunity for us. I feel like opportunity is always needed, especially nowadays we’re lacking material out there,” she said. She doesn’t have any plans to get out of acting soon, exclaiming that she’d love to work with Francis McDormand, Penelope Cruz, and Steve Carrell (whom she described as “comic genius). Ramirez seemed genuinely excited with all aspects of show business, from writing to acting, and is open to whatever reactions come along with it. “When you do this for a living and you open yourself up, it’s like a big high school. Just like every high school in the world, everybody’s going to have something to say and criticize. Whatever it is, I’m open to everything. If people say, ‘I hate that.’ and it makes me want to do something better, then great.” FUBERT AND WHITE jumpsuit FOREVER21 hoop earrings
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Jeff Catalina is the proud owner of two miniature Dachshunds from Texas named
WOR K ENV IRO N M E N TS E.B. PEPPER
Scarlett and Scout. One of the owner’s favorite BY LILA GABRIEL
moments was proudly embracing Scarlett as
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she came dead last at the Wiener Dog Races
in Buda, Texas.
Woofy is an eight year old poodle/bichon mix. He comes to work every day, full-time with spa owner
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Chloe, the cute little pug of e.b. Pepper, has been coming to work since she was six weeks old, and she’s now thirteen.
Jennifer Blodgett and takes his job very seriously. He keeps busy greeting all guests. He tries to get his own massages from spa clients, and will happily hop in a lap during a pedicure if he’s
Maggie Smith is Jeffrey’s beloved miniature
She loves trying on every new gown in the
welcome. After a busy week working, Woofy likes
Schnauzer from Ohio. She is a girly girl who
store. When a new gown arrives she im-
to hang out at The Point and outdoor cafes.
loves being photographed, especially in her
mediately sits under the gown and twirls in
owner’s jewelry. But this girly girl is tough;
circles to make sure it fits her just right.
Jeffrey regularly comes to work with battle scars from wrestling matches with little Maggie.
BACKSTAGE GUITARS Cassius, the boxer pup, is a regular at Backstage Guitars. She literally chose her owner. Owner of Backstage Guitars Jake Miclot was originally looking for the largest male puppy. As he was playing with the largest male puppy, Cassius, the female runt, ran over and pushed him out of the way and started biting his ears! She’s three years old and enjoys playing fetch with herself by dropping the ball down the stairs, retrieving it, and starting over again.
ALLA FAMIGLIA AND ARLECCHINO Deuce, the dog of Alla Famiglia and Arlecchino,
Kaydo, the family dog of Frost Diamonds, is
was originally a city dog but moved to the country
originally from a breeder in Ohio. He loves to
at age five. He wasn’t used to the creatures outside
sing along to family songs, and howls to high
and would chase everything he laid his eyes on! His
notes. Since Kaydo was a puppy, the family
favorite foods are filet mignon, lobster, pasta, and
has enjoyed trips with him to Oglebay Park, a
vegetables. He has been coming to work since the day
great place for dog swims.
he was adopted from the Humane Society. He lets his owners know he’s ready for a work day by jumping up and down.
GATEWAY CLIPPER Willie Wirginis, or Wilbur, is the dog of the Gateway Clipper who likes to oversee all of the office meetings. If there’s a seat open, he’s sure to take it. If not, he’ll oversee everything from the floor. As a puppy, he regularly jumped off of the stairs with his oversized ears flapping in the air, and today he’s seven years old and still full of the same amount of energy! 16
CHARLIE HOTEL A Home Away From Home
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Tucked away in West Hollywood, right off of bustling Melrose Avenue, lies a hideaway that some Angelenos aren’t even aware of. The Charlie Hotel combines history with modern luxury and is truly unlike any other place I’ve stayed. Arriving at a gate on North Sweetzer Avenue, I punched in the code to the secured entrance, and unlocked the magical getaway that is The Charlie Hotel. After a long day of traveling with irritating flight connections, I finally felt relaxed as I took in my surroundings. It was like a scene straight from The Secret Garden, with lush greenery, stone fountains, and majestic West Coast flowers all around. Pebble walkways guided guests to the eight freestanding buildings (with fourteen suites total), each designed with a cozy, cottage feel and named after famous Hollywood celebs of the past. The Clark bungalow was my home for four days, but I could have stayed there for
the rest of my life. The two-story retreat had a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a large, open living room with historical details, and even a dining room that sat four. That was just the first floor. I climbed the stairs and found two large bedrooms, each with even larger bathrooms and balconies attached. The design was breathtaking. It couldn’t get any better. Could someone pinch me? The Charlie Hotel was my home away from home. While I was basking in happiness, my day became even brighter when a fluffy, friendly pooch strutted by and I was informed that the Charlie Hotel is canine friendly! So how did this luxurious and intimate place come to be? The Ruth Gordon family originally built the landmark in 1924, and the hotel’s name later came from famed actor Charlie Chaplin, who once called the grounds his home. “We named it The Charlie because Charlie Chaplin used to live here.
All of the rooms are named after Hollywood legends of the past that were believed to live here,” current General Manager, Masha Treivush said. Marilyn Monroe also called the property her home in the forties. “Back in the day, there were fewer cottages and the property used to be part of a stable. As additional units were built, the property became residential and numerous Hollywood stars used to live here. When we bought the property, it was residential; we converted it into a hotel,” Treivush said. In 2002 Menachem Treivush (Masha’s father) discovered the residence while walking by and learned that the owner at the time planned to demolish the The Charlie to build condominiums. Treivush just couldn’t let that happen. “He learned the history behind it, and decided to purchase it to preserve it.” Menachem bought the property in 2002 and began a multi-million dollar, five-year renovation. In 2008 the secluded hideaway
We named it The Charlie because Charlie Chaplin used to live here.
opened its doors to the public. History was preserved, even with new technology added to suit modern needs. If you get the chance to travel to Los Angeles, a stay at The Charlie is a must. Trust me, you won’t want to leave. * Pets under 60 pounds are welcome and a 100 dollar flat fee applies. Guests staying longer than 30 days will have additional fees. 19
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LA PETITE MAISON for the A-List Pooch
At Maniac Magazine, we treat our dogs like family. When you roll with a fabulous pooch, you need to make sure they have the best of the best. So the question is, how much do you love your pet? Enough to offer them a mansion of their own? When we heard that La Petite Maison offers exquisite dog homes with accents such as custom marble floors and even air conditioning for those hot summer days, we knew we needed to reconsider our faithful companions’ shabby dog beds. After all, our little furry friends are worth every penny. B Y C H A R I S S A L I V I N G S TO N
Luxury dog homes by La Petite Maison are custom-made and handcrafted. They design each house according to your pet’s needs and space requirements. Various architectural styles are offered to meet your vision, whether you are looking for a Mediterranean, a Victorian, a French Chateau, a Laguna, or an exact replica of your own home. We had to get the scoop from design enthusiast herself, Michelle Pollak. An acclaimed interior designer and color expert, Michelle works throughout the country, as well as internationally, and her products have been featured in FAO Schwarz and Neiman Marcus catalogs. Michelle believes “good taste should begin early” and that a well-designed environment is essential in supporting children’s creativity, emotional well-being, and physical health. What began as a company originally specialized in children’s playhouses has transformed into a full offering of homes for your children and your pets. And yes, rumor has it that they even make houses for pigs. “Typically clients want a doggy dream home or maybe a replica of their own home,” Michelle said. The custom dog houses have become a huge hit in the celebrity world. Supermodel and actress Rachel Hunter went with a design for her sidekick that was an exact replica of her own Mediterranean home. Hearing about the custom requests and details that La Petite Maison meets with each of their designs was beyond impressive. The company has designed luxury dog homes all over the world and strives to meet every vision. And visions do not come easily. Michele explained
that specific architecture designs are requested and sometimes needed in each country, “Right now we are finishing a pet house in London. It’s very contemporary home, and an entirely different building code. We also had a client in Asia who commissioned a dog house that had to be typhoon -proof. Alan researched techniques to make it happen.” When learning about all of the diverse styles and techniques La Petite has accommodated we delved into Michele’s personal favorite projects. She said, “A few houses stand out. One of my favorite projects was a huge dog house that could fit ten people standing up. The clients rescued quite a few dogs, so we built a disabled accessible dog house that was actually really fancy. It even enabled the dog to look out the window.” In addition to building disabled dog homes, the company works with the South Hampton Animal Shelter and Service Animals for American’s With Disabilities. Overall, Michele describes the company’s work ethic and originality, “We keep true to the architecture,” she explained is the ultimate purpose in their designs. “For some of our California dog homes we specifically offer model flooring to keep the pups cool.” It takes passion to understand the root of a person’s loyalty to a dog, and this is exactly what drives the team to create such awe-inspiring homes for loved pets around the world. Michele’s previous pooch was a rescued English Bulldog, “My English Bulldog
even made it on Entertainment Tonight. We hired a photographer and a doggy model; But my dog decided to jump in the scene, and they ended up using the footage. It was a really fun experience.” The love for dogs is definitely a rare love. Our pets are our best friends and are creatures that remain loyal no matter what. All of our Maniac Mutts should have custom-built mansions if you ask us. Now the question is, are you going to go with a French Chateau or a replica of your home? Whatever you choose, make sure that pooch of yours is rolling in class. Why shouldn’t your dog be treated as an A-List guest? 21
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TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER, CHICAGO Instituted in 2009, the Trump Pets Program allows your dog to be just as much the jet-setter as you are. “Trump Hotel Collection recognized that, for guests who have pets, they are far more than man’s best friend; they are cherished members of the family,” said Robert Prohaska, Director of Sales and Marketing. Set in the heart of Chicago, this urban high-rise welcomes every kind of guest and provides the level of service that the Trump name demands. Recognizing that a dog is more than just a pet, but the ultimate human companion, Trump promises as much luxury for Fido as any human guest that stays at the hotel. Soaring above downtown Chicago, the hotel is one of ten in the world to boast Five-Star Forbes Ratings for both the hotel and the restaurant (the Michelin-rated, Sixteen),
and treatment for your dog is equally as opulent. “Trump Hotel Collection has essentially rolled out a red carpet for guest’s four-legged friends,” Prohaska said. “Pups will find their room outfitted with every amenity they need for a comfortable stay, including a plush dog bed, gourmet treats, a rubber ball, a water bowl, and a fresh bottle of water to fill it. In addition to a special in-room dining menu of doggie delights, the hotel also offers access to its doggie park next to the Chicago River, a guide to dog-friendly places throughout Chicago and dog-walking services through Trump Attaché.” Trump Attaché is available 24 hours a day for guests of the hotel. Attaché not only provides help with your furry companion, but also offers babysitting, laundry and dry cleaning services, access to chauffeured Audi cars, and salon appointments. Even custom-stock kitchens and mini-bars can be arranged. The program is so customizable and accessible, the hotel has deemed it “service without boundaries”. If you’re looking to spoil your pet even further, a gift package can be arranged with an array of gourmet organic pet treats and a take home glam leash and collar. Ordering room service? Pets can choose from
the Doggy Delite (filet nips and steamed vegetables) and dry and canned entrees including duck and sweet potato, chicken thighs, or beef. For dessert you can enjoy the Almond Milk Panna Cotta, while your pup enjoys Milk Bones. Overlooking the Chicago River and next to the Magnificent Mile of shops in Chicago, you and pup won’t fall short on activities while in the city. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago follows the “go big or go home” Donald Trump philosophy on luxury. Any request you can think of can be arranged. Don’t want your clothes to get covered in your best friend’s fur? Frequent visitors can even get access to wardrobe storage. Trump Chicago goes beyond regular customer service. The hotel aims to please those who want to pull out all the stops for their pooch and spare no expenses when it comes to the finer things in life for every member of the family. Prohaska said, “The brand is committed to providing its canine visitors as warm a welcome and as luxurious a stay as any other guest at the hotel.”
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XV BEACON HOTEL, BOSTON Inside a 1903 Beaux Art building, Fifteen Beacon is a true luxury boutique hotel where classic meets modern. The hotel has kept as many of the original architectural elements intact, including gilded shields and Roman brick, while adding contemporary updates to the interior such as specially commissioned artwork by some of the country’s most renowned artists. With only 63 rooms (7 rooms per floor) guests receive both privacy and top-level service in this centrally-located city hideout on Beacon Street. With Frette linens, cashmere throws, in-room fireplaces, and a mix of antique and modern furniture, Beacon’s rooms look more like home than hotel. To make your stay feel even more like home, your best furry friend is also welcome to make the trip and snuggle up under the canopy bed. Walking and jogging trails are close for both pet and owner to get out and get moving. The hotel is located across from
the Boston Common, where there’s plenty of green for your pet to move around amidst the urban scene. If your pup isn’t feeling up to a run though, both dog sitting and dog walking can be arranged prior to your arrival at the hotel. Upon arrival, pets will receive plush bedding, bottled water, signature bowls, toys and a welcome amenity of homemade peanut butter dog biscuits. Spa treatments and grooming can be arranged through the hotel’s own canine concierge, Heidi. Heidi, the Bernese Mountain Dog, is even available for scheduled play on the roof deck. There’s no fee to bring along your pet pal, but an optional donation can be made to the MSPCA-Angell Memorial Hospital to help homeless and unwanted animals. Also a fit for foodies, both dog and owner menus are equally elegant. Their in-house restaurant, Mooo, was named one of the best U.S. steakhouses by Travel + Leisure magazine in March. The hotel has also received accolades for their extensive wine list, and Nespresso machines are available upon request for coffee lovers. Humans can choose anything from oysters and caviar to start, to all natural grass and grain fed sirloin and lamb loin chops with mint jelly for entrees. Pet menu items include
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI a grilled and chopped Kobe hot dog with baked beans, braised ground beef with corn and whipped potato, grilled chicken breast with rice and broccoli, and the personal pet favorite, a large meaty bone from a prime aged rib. Fifteen Beacon maintains its immaculate appearance by limiting canine visitors to one floor of the hotel and using air purifiers to ensure that all rooms are allergenfree. Taking it a step beyond just being pet-friendly, the hotel is also eco-friendly. Their “green policy” puts energy and water conservation into practice and uses nonaerosol and environmentally-conscious cleaning products. Even though the hotel itself is based on a historical site, Fifteen Beacon looks to the future with their policies and standards by accepting pets, taking steps to conserve our environment, and instituting new technology. Internet is free, iPads are available, and Lexus car service around Boston is complimentary as well.
This waterfront hotel is one of the pioneers in providing pet accommodations. With thirteen years of experience in catering to four-legged friends, Mandarin Oriental Miami is more than just “pet-friendly”. Their “MO Pets” program has been refined over the years to go beyond just rolling out the welcome mat to your canine travel companion. The most notable difference that separates Mandarin Oriental Miami from other dog-welcoming hotels is their emphasis on exercise. The hotel’s Doggie Boot Camp places pets with a certified trainer for a basic play date in the sun or specialized training with owners to help address behavior problems like excessive barking and jumping. Located on Brickell Key with balconies overlooking the Miami skyline, the hotel is able to provide both you and your pet ample space for outdoor activities in a secluded private island setting, while maintaining proximity to the bustling scene of downtown Miami. Surrounding
the hotel is a 1.3 mile trail that’s perfect for walking pets by either owner or by special arrangement with the hotel staff. Upon arrival to their own island, pets will find all of the five-star service that their owners enjoy such as plush bedding, specialty menus, and turn-down service. “Being one of the few pet-friendly hotels in Miami, it is our pleasure to provide personalized pet services and offerings,” said Guilherme DeMelo, Chief Concierge. “We aim to provide all our guests with Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service regardless of whether they arrive on two or four legs.” Just like owners, pets can feel the aftermath of jet lag too. If you really want to pamper your pup, spa treatments are available through the hotel. In collaboration with an exclusive pet groomer located in South Beach, Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s pet residents can enjoy a beauty day and receive preferred appointments. The hotel’s concierge will gladly arrange transportation to the groomer. Doggie bathrobes and stylish doggie shirts with Mandarin Oriental’s logo in Swarovski Crystals are also available for purchase. For owners, the Mandarin Oriental Miami’s in-house spa is spread over three floors and offers everything from simple manicures and pedicures, to customizable holistic facials to detoxifying
algae wraps. Mandarin Oriental Miami is another hotel that’s fit for foodies. The in-house restaurant Azul offers specialties like Pork Loin and Belly with crispy polenta and fig mustard chutney and Lobster Pot Pie. Private cooking classes are even available on hotel grounds, and fresh sushi is served at the open-air pool bar. Pups will have no problem with their own menu of grilled beef tenderloin, organic grilled chicken breast, and even gourmet dog desserts. Wellness, leisure, and luxury are three qualities that the Mandarin Oriental Miami provides to both owner and pet in excess. With personal trainers, spa treatments, and personalized menus for both humans and pets alike, every guest will feel like a celebrity. The hotel boasts an infinity edge pool, on site boutiques, a grand ballroom for events, and 326 elegant rooms and suites. Still not convinced this is the ultimate getaway for the refined pet owner? The cabanas have flat screen TVs, and pets are given a golden Mandarin Oriental collar tag upon arrival.
JASON GANN C O M E D I A N J A S O N G A N N WO O F S H I S W A Y T O T H E T O P BY STEPHANIE NOLASCO
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Jason Gann doesn’t mind entertaining you while dressed up in a dog suit. Despite his boyish good looks, the 41-year-old Australian is usually spotted in costume as a surrealist, burly sheepdog of sorts in the FX comedy series Wilfred, opposite Hollywood actor Elijah Wood. And while the story focuses on a young man struggling with depression, he somehow manages to develop a love-hate relationship with his neighbor’s canine pet. However this tale, according to Gann, is more truth than fantastical fiction. “(Co-creator), Adam (Zwar) had a date with a girl, went back to her house and got cock-blocked by her dog,” describes Gann from his West Hollywood home on where the story of Wilfred originally came from. “I was marijuanally medicated when he told me the story and just started improvising as a dog, interrogating him. We knew straight away we were onto something.” What began as a joke eventually transformed into a 2002 seven-minute short film, or as Gann calls it, “a conversation between two blokes, one of whom happens to be a dog.” Gann, who previously admitted to having done children’s theater in his day, was easily able to suit up and transform into a canine that happens to have a human voice and be “sexy”. The film had six screenings at the Sundance Film Festival in
2003 as well as Tropfest, recognized as the world’s largest film festival. Along with raving reviews, Gann received two consecutive awards for Best Male Actor, prompting him to move forward in his unlikely new role as a mad comedian scientist who managed to humanize man’s best friend. Gann’s idea ultimately led to the development of a 2007 TV series for Australia’s SBS One, where he served as writer, producer and leading actor. And just when Gann could have easily settled into his success, a new opportunity arose: remaking the series for American audiences. In 2011, he joined forces with Wood for the US take on Wilfred. “At first I felt restricted by the laws of storytelling,” says Gann on how the American variation of Wilfred impacted him. “I’d always put the funny first. Now I still fight like hell to get the funniest idea in, but if it doesn’t fit with the story it has to go. Strangely, those ideas do tend to come back later.” FX’s half-hour live-action series is one many can easily identify with. Ryan, played by Wood, is a young man attempting to deal with a series of unfortunate events, develops a unique friendship with Wilfred, opposite Gann. And despite everyone seeing Wilfred as simply a pet, Ryan views him as a brutally honest Australian bloke
in a cheap dog suit. Through many twists and turns, Ryan must discover how to leap out his inner turmoil and learn to accept the insanity that is his life. The concept sounds simple enough, but Gann calls his American project the hardest, yet the most rewarding. “I felt a bit of pressure before the show launch,” he says. “The Australian show had a devoted fan base, and a lot of people were afraid we’d destroy what we first created. I worked hard to preserve what I thought was integral to the character, but I also knew I did want to make the show again. I’m really proud of what we’ve made here at FX. It feels to me like a real graduation from what was a simple idea.” Gann also admits that having a veteran actor to co-star also helps. “I think having Elijah on board made people instantly give the show a closer look,” Gann says. “He is known for making great choices in his acting roles, so I think we came out of the gate with a little more cache than a show about a guy in a dog suit may have otherwise. By beyond that, I think people really respond to the ‘what goes on in a dog’s mind’ element. Many people have told me they can’t look at their dogs the same way after watching Wilfred.” And despite a morose Ryan having a bromance with a dog, Gann also acknowledges the fact that many real-life socialites in Hollywood also have child-like relationships with their designer pooches. “We have an episode this season that deals with ‘dog weirdos,’ or people who put bootsies on their dogs or glitzy accessories,” says Gann. “We’ve all got issues. What better way to express them than on a cuddly creature who can’t verbally object?” As Gann preps for the third season premiere on June 20th he makes two revelations. There may be a new creature this season (“that’s all I’m saying,” he states), and he still manages to find other ways to keep busy. In particular, being involved with The Los Angeles Stray Cat Alliance, which through their latest program, ‘I Spayed LA,’ offers free spaying and neutering in some of the poorest demographic areas of the city. Is it safe to say then that this witty Australian, whose found fame as a dog, prefers felines? “Yes I am a cat guy,” he admits. “I have two of them.”
We Love Them ICONA POP Like many great friendships, this one started at a party. Rewind to about four years ago and this duo’s first encounter with one another makes complete sense. BY ZARA HUSAINI P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y F R E D R I K E TOA L L
Caroline Hjeit, 25, and Aino Jawo, 26, also known as Icona Pop, but better known as the girls behind one of the year’s most infectious tracks, first felt the synergy at a party. This summer they’re providing the soundtrack that fuels so many parties. In the midst of all this, we caught up with Caroline to talk music, style, and her amazing friendship with Icona Pop’s other half, Aino. “We had a mutual friend, and he told me that Aino was heartbroken.” Caroline said of meeting Aino, who had just broken up with her boyfriend. “I knew of Aino but I didn’t know her… she came [to my party] and it was magic. We just fell in love. We went out dancing and we had such a good time. The next day Aino called me and said ‘I’m on my way to your house with a bottle of wine’, and we wrote our first song.” The Swedish duo is gearing up for their first headlining US tour, which kicks off June 2 in Ozark, Arizona. They’re also playing several music festivals this summer, and their ubiquitous single “I Love It” just went platinum. It didn’t take long for the girls to start putting their music out there in Sweden. They had a gig just a month after they wrote that first song. “It was crazy. We were not sleeping. We were calling in sick from work, just stayed home writing. It was just such a cool thing,” Caroline said. The nomadic duo hasn’t found a real home yet, but it looks like – at least for the time being – America has claimed them. They’re unofficially based in New York. “We love it here. We’re so happy to be back. The things we miss are friends and family and we love Sweden but we’re having such a great time. Our fans here are so devoted,” Caroline said. The girls have been immersed in the music industry for a while now, but there’s no doubt that it was “I Love It,” the charttopping, dance track that is absolutely everywhere, that shot them into a whole new stratosphere of success. How does it feel for two girls who essentially began their career at home over a bottle of wine to have launched what is undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of 2013? “It’s just crazy. We couldn’t be more happy. It’s kind of hard to understand. Every time someone comes up to me and says they love our music, I’m like….‘What? You
know who we are? ’” Caroline said. The song isn’t just radio-ready, it’s also been used as the theme for MTV’s Jersey Shore spinoff, Snooki and J Woww, on commercials, and most recently it was covered on Glee’s season finale. The girls haven’t had a chance to watch the episode yet. “I’m so excited to see it. We were excited when they asked if they could do it,” Caroline said. They are are remarkably open to collaboration and impressively generous when it comes to letting other artists put twists on their music. “If someone wants to do a remix of our song, we’re flattered. It’s so much fun to hear your song in a different way,” Caroline said. Their attitude is welcome in the industry. “I Love It” is arguably one of the season’s most soughtafter tracks for remixes and endorsements alike. But while the song seemed to have ascended to ubiquity overnight, the ladies of Icona Pop had a considerably harder time making it in the industry than most people realize. Both Caroline and Aino always knew they wanted to make music. Caroline said, “I mean, it was [my dream] from such an
early age. That’s also been my dream, for Aino as well. She wanted to be an artist or an astronaut,” Caroline said. “Being able to work with what you love, it’s such a luxury. We’ve been working 24/7 for four years. We’ve been hustling the whole time. We’ve been working hard. We’re still working hard.” Before Icona Pop was even an idea, Aino performed in a band with five guys. Caroline bounced between several projects. But they found each other, and radio stations, television soundtracks, and dance floors everywhere are loving it. This duo is just as solid out of the studio. “It’s kind of weird, but we do everything together and we have so much fun. Aino’s really my best friend,” Caroline said. So what can we expect from Icona Pop in the future? Something different, unexpected. Caroline promised tracks inspired by experience and bittersweet melodies on their next album, which is in the works. “It’s not going to be dance track sounding like ‘I Love It’. It’s going to be a wide mix. We’re so ready now. I just want to get it out tomorrow.”
Being able to work with what you love, it’s such a luxury. We’ve been working 24/7 for four years.
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The Pet Friends Program at Children’s Hospital
Dog’s Healing Power Anyone who has ever spent time in a hospital is sure to tell you that it is a difficult environment to get well in. This is all the more true for children, being away from their home, surrounded by strangers and strange noises and unfamiliarity. This is where the presence of a furry paw and a wagging tail can help normalize the environment for a small child and help them heal a little bit faster. B Y S A M U E L YA M RO N P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y C O DY N I C O L E W I E G A N D A N D C H I L D R E N ’ S H O S P I TA L
For the past 23 years Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Pet Friends Visitation Program has brought furry friends to cheer up and provide therapy and comfort to its patients. Currently, 45 certified therapy dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds, come three times a day for six days a week to visit the patients at Children’s. For two hours at a time, the dogs and their owners visit children in many different units ranging from pre-surgical and intensive care units to physical therapy and chemotherapy units. “The dogs really help the children to heal all around” said Colleen O’Conner, Child Life Specialist and co-coordinator of the Pet Friends program. “When a dog works on a unit, the energy changes completely. The staff love it, The parents love it, and of course the kids love it. It lowers the stress of everyone,” said O’Conner. Waiting for treatments is often one of the most stressful aspects of a hospital stay, and the opportunity to pet the dogs while waiting makes everything more tolerable. “For the parents, if the children are alright and not upset, the parents can relax, and these dogs help accomplish that.” Beyond just being a friend for the children to pet and forget about the unpleasantness of a hospital setting, the dogs also have some specialized therapeutic jobs. For children in the hospital with dog bite injures, the Pet Friends program has been used to re-adjust children and their parents to being around dogs again. Often times, this involves teaching small children how to act around a dog, asking the owner if the dog is friendly and if they can pet it. For children that have become afraid of dogs,
the program allows the child to be in control, where they can decide whether to invite the dog into their room or not, and learn that not all dogs will harm them. In some instances, it has taken a child two or three weeks to invite the dog into their room, to learn that the dog is safe. Often times though, it is the parents that are most fearful and that are most relieved, seeing that their child can be safe with the dogs. The dogs also help with getting children to return to the hospital for treatments. After a stay in the hospital, the children often write notes and cards to those that made their stay easier. At the top of the list of notes written are to the dogs and their owners. When the children have to return for a treatment or procedure, the prospect of seeing their dog friends helps entice the children to make the return visit. Without a doubt, this eases the struggle in getting the children to go back to the hospital. The 45 dogs that are a part of the Pet Friends program are a special class of animals. Not only have all the dogs been certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI) for temperament and discipline but all the dogs have also been cleared by the program’s own veterinarian. The program veterinarian’s tests go beyond TDI’s tests, in that the dogs cannot have any reaction to having their tails and ears pulled or being distracted by food as some of the children will will surely test the dogs discipline and temperament. “For the two hours the dogs are on duty, they truly give their undivided attention to the children. And by the end of making their rounds, the dogs have clearly exhausted themselves.”
When a dog works on a unit, the energy changes completely.
CHLOE HUBAL The Maniac Mascot & Therapy Dog
In addition to the mental and emotional support, the dogs also assist in the physical healing of the children. It can be a struggle to get some children to get motivated for physical therapy, but they are more than willing to take the dogs for a walk. “Walking the dogs isn’t physical therapy, just something fun to do that makes the kids forget they are in the hospital,” O’Connor said. Without a doubt, these “pet friends” are truly a bright spot for the patients and families of Children’s Hospital and these remarkable dogs and their owners deserve a great deal of thanks and recognition for their service. Thank you to all the pet friends and owners. 41
DOG’S BEST FRIEND BY VINCENT MOK P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y B F R E E D P H O T O ( W W W. B - F R E E D . C O M )
Perhaps most famous for his work as host of CBS show Dogs in the City, Justin Silver is a dog trainer trusted by people across the nation. In addition to his TV work, he opened The Language of Dogs for pet care and founded Funny for Fido, a nonprofit devoted to rescuing animals by raising money with comedy. Though there’s a lot of fame attached to his name and a demanding level of work on his plate, Justin remains down-to-earth and genuine. After a few minutes of talking with him and hearing his easygoing laughter, it’s easy to understand that the affable persona he projects on television isn’t just an act.
A native of New York, Justin always had a soft spot for animals. From Shih Tzus to snakes, he’s had countless pets. He didn’t originally pursue dog training when he began working. As an adult, he worked in fitness training and stand-up comedy, but he often found himself needing a way to unwind as soon as he would arrive at home. He began fostering and rehabilitating shelter dogs. After a while of caring for dogs, including some especially feisty characters, Justin found himself becoming a bit of an expert by simply watching them. He says, “You learn a lot just by observing dogs in their environment. I became known as the guy in the neighborhood who could fix up dogs. People started coming to me on the street, my door bell would ring, vets started recommending me... News sort of spread that way.” Though he never had a mentor, he began to encounter professionals as he gained fame and picked up bits and pieces. He admits that most of his knowledge comes from the dedication and openness that he had while spending time with dogs. “No one has taught me more than dogs themselves.” Dogs and people, Justin says, are similar. Each side often pick up on the other’s quirks and feelings once a deep relationship is formed, which explains why humans become so attached and why dogs are so sensitive to an owner’s tension. The problem, of course, is forming that bond. “I’m careful about comparing it to
parenthood, but you have to be accountable for your dog. Dogs have needs, desires, and individual personalities, too. You can’t be completely focused on your own life. After a while, you learn the habits. For example, I can tell if one of my dogs, Chaquita, is sick by the tilt of her head.” Justin says that one of the craziest dog experiences he’s had was with his own dog, Pacino. Pacino had first been under the shelter of the Animal and Care & Control of NYC, but he was brought to a rescue shelter when he placed his paw on the shoe of a passing woman and captivated her with his charm. Justin then met Pacino at the rescue shelter and adopted the dog at nine months old. “One day, I’m walking him outside. We’re walking in a certain direction, and he’s yanking me down the block in the opposite direction.” Pacino, friendly and good-natured in general, begins to bark and pull — things that he rarely does. Justin looks down the block and sees a woman in particular heading his way. “Now, people know the work I’ve done, so it’s not uncommon for people to know me and Pacino. But the woman looks at me and asks, ‘Is this Pacino? ’ He’s jumping all over her and kissing her, and it turns out that it’s the same woman who took him from the AC&C to the shelter five years ago, when he was just a baby. From 100 yards down the block from whatever gust of wind was blowing this woman’s scent past my door, he recognized her as the one who saved him. I’m getting chills telling you this. It was
incredible. Things like that happen, and they just blow me away and just give me such a sense of respect. When you look at the dogs used for search and rescue, and a lot of those are shelter dogs who have high drive, you have to have so much respect for them, for what they can do, and for their desire to love us. And conversely, it makes you think about how much they really do suffer when they fall through the cracks of society.” At the moment, Justin mainly divides his time between the bustling cities of New York and Los Angeles. Justin keeps just as busy as these cities with his work with The Language of Dogs, Funny for Fido, and Dogs in the City. He’s also working on a new book, also titled The Language of Dogs, and a new show. When asked what a normal day entails, he says, “Normal doesn’t exist for me.” He encounters different duties every day. Not only are there the visits to vets, dog walks, training sessions, and other dogrelated activities, but he also faces daily tasks like responding to e-mails and taking care of himself. He says that the one thing he can count on, however, is that he’ll always be around dogs. Given his personality and the enthusiasm with he talks about them, it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything he’d love more. For more about Justin and his work, visit www.thelanguageofdogs.com.
The integrative approach to health is the wave of the future, and in my view, is the best option for both pets and people.
INTEGRATIVE PET CARE
The Wave of the Future Holistic veterinary care is in great demand these days. The term “holistic” implies that the entire being; body, mind and spirit, is being addressed. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. B Y D O U G K N U E V E N , DV M , C VA , C V C , C V C H P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y R I C H A R D R . B A R RO N / T H E A DA N E W S
This concept stands in direct opposition to the Western reductionistic view of life. Modern medicine tends to break systems down into smaller and smaller pieces, reducing them to their basic building blocks to gain an understanding. Often, the modern doctor loses sight of the forest for the trees. Holistic medicine takes many forms, but there are common beliefs among these various techniques. First of all, health is considered to be more than simply the absence of disease. It is a state of wellbeing expressed as a vitality that resists disease. Health is a dynamic balance of internal and external forces. From this point of view, there is a broad spectrum of physical conditions ranging from perfect 44
health to death. Disease begins as an imbalance, which may go undetected by conventional means. If left untreated at this early stage, detectable disease and possibly death will eventually result. Often, holistic approaches to health can detect problems at the disease stage and correct the imbalance before disease sets in. Holistic therapies embrace the vitalist concept that has been abandoned by conventional medicine. The vitalists believe that there is more to the body than meets the eye. There is a vital energy that animates the flesh. The Chinese call it “Qi,” the Japanese call it “Ki,” the doctors of India call it “Prana,” homeopaths call it the “Vital Force,” and chiropractors call it
the “Innate.” It is this life force energy that is the difference between life and death, and it must be nourished and balanced to maintain true health. While conventional medicine fights disease, holistic therapies generally strengthen the body. The body is viewed as containing its own pharmacy. Research bears this fact out. You may have heard of the “placebo effect”. This medical anomaly predicts that 30% of subjects treated with a sugar pill will improve; no matter what the disease is. High blood pressure, low blood pressure, allergies - all can be alleviated by the patients’ own bodies. It is considered a case of mind over matter but it proves that our bodies can heal themselves if conditions are right. The idea of holistic therapies is to produce the right conditions for the body to produce true health. Of course, fighting disease and strengthening the body are not mutually exclusive approaches to health. For me, holistic pet care embraces the best of what each has to offer. This concept is referred to as integrative medicine. There are some cases for which surgery or medications may be the best option. At the same time acupuncture, chiropractic, herbs or nutritional supplements may often be used to speed healing in conjunction with or in place of Western medicine.
I have found acupuncture to be especially helpful for aiding pets. Acupuncture points are discrete areas on the surface of the body that have unique features. Biopsies have shown that these points have higher than normal numbers of nerve endings, blood vessels and inflammatory cells. They are also areas of lower electrical resistance, meaning that electricity flows more readily at these spots. All of these features combine to amplify the effect of any stimulation of these points. The Chinese consider the acupuncture points as inlets that allow access to the body’s bioenergy. Through these inlets, the flow of Qi can be manipulated and re-balanced, allowing the body to heal itself. Studies have also shown that acupuncture stimulates nerves and sends messages to the brain which cause the release of hormones including cortisone as well as endorphins (the body’s own morphine compounds). Acupuncture can
also reduce pain and muscle spasms, increase blood circulation, improve athletic performance, and strengthen the immune system. Acupuncture can help in the treatment of any medical condition including arthritis, kidney failure, liver failure, thyroid disease, asthma, back and joint injuries, vomiting, diarrhea, and reproductive problems. It can be used as an adjunct treatment for seizures and can even improve the quality of life for cancer patients. When applied properly, this holistic approach does not cause side effects as drugs often do. Acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with conventional therapies. The biggest apprehension that most people have about acupuncture is that the needles will cause pain. In my experience, the patient rarely objects to the prick of the needles. As a matter of fact, some animals fall asleep during the treatment which may last from five to forty-five minutes,
depending on the problem being addressed. Acupuncture is not a panacea. Even in China it is only part of the medical system. If after eight to ten weekly treatments there is no improvement in the patient, then acupuncture is probably not going to help. On the other hand, I have many patients who have given it two paws up. The integrative approach to health is the wave of the future, and in my view, is the best option for both pets and people.
MANIAC style profile NANCY
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Nancy Lee found a way to marry her two loves - fashion and furry friends. Her new high-end resale boutique, WearWoof, is recycled designer fashion with a purpose. Proceeds from the shop benefit local shelters and rescues. We can’t think of a better reason to splurge.
MANIAC: Who are your fashion muses?
couldn’t live without.
Nancy Lee: Fashion, like most art, is derivative. The challenge of fashion is to interpret life, politics, society through your art. Interpretation is what creates style. My original fashion muse was Molly Ringwald’s character in Pretty in Pink. I loved her rebel fashion spirit and individualism. She was one of my inspirations while I was getting my Fashion Design degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. At the time, I worked in a drapery shop and would take the remnants from drapes and upholstery fabric and make them into jackets and skirts. It was all very Sound of Music, but I pulled it off. These days I love watching old movies and seeing what actresses like Mia Farrow and Barbara Streisand were wearing forty and fifty years ago. I’m moved by nostalgia and love anything classic.
NL: I am nearly always cold, and so many of the garments I have the deepest
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M: What’s the most exciting piece in the store right now? NL: My personal favorites are four thirty-year-old Christian Dior skirt suits. They are dated but the tailoring is impeccable, and I am dreaming that some young fashion student will walk in the door, snatch them up, and turn them into something fabulous in her own Pretty in Pink moment. M: How many dogs do you currently have and what are they wearing? NL: I have two dogs: Mei Mei and Peanut. Mei Mei (which is Chinese for “little sister”) is wearing only her luxurious curly fur and a smile. Peanut, my Pomeranian, has alopecia, and so is sporting a jaunty blue sweater.
M: What made you decide that resale was your path? NL: It was a confluence of factors. I was at a crossroads professionally and felt that I wasn’t doing anything meaningful with my life. I’d long thought about working in animal welfare, but wanted to do so in a way where I could maximize the impact of my work. With my fashion background and love of clothes, I saw an opportunity to bring new giving to animal welfare in Pittsburgh. A resale shop made sense on a lot of levels. They are fabulous because so many fashion trends have emerged from the vintage and thrift store crowd. Connecting the idea of second hand fashion and second hand pets felt inspired.
jeans one day after a desperation shopping trip in preparation for a hiking trip out west. It wasn’t until I got them home that I realized that they were, in fact, jeggings. Last on the list is my favorite little black dress, a classic Calvin Klein with a draping boatneck that does amazing things for one’s collarbone.
M: Finish the sentence, I feel most fashionable when.. attachment to are more utilitarian than stylish. For instance, I have a miracle scarf that amazingly spans all four seasons, is ridiculously soft, surprisingly warm, and goes with nearly everything I own. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but second item on this list is a cheap pair of Democracy jeggings. I was late to the skinny jean party – okay, let’s just say that being a “woman of a certain age” I crashed it – but nevertheless somehow ended up with these
NL: I reinvent my wardrobe each year. Nearly everything goes and I rebuild it from the ground up. Nancy Lee is wearing a Kiya Tomlin blouse. Her spokesdog, Adora, is a Certified Therapy Dog owned by Sarah Shively, Outreach Coordinator for the Western PA Humane Society. WPHS is one of WearWoof’s Shelter & Rescue Partners.
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Shoe Republic LA York Black Animal Print D’Orsay Pointed Pumps available at Lulus.com $35
Topshop Sleeveless Crop Dog Shirt, $64.00
ASOS Black Score by Simeon Garrer Brad Pit Bull Inevitable T-Shirt, $75 ASOS Black Score by Simeon Farrer Ginger Dog T-Shirt, $75
Topshop Scottie Dog Print Mini $8.00
Topshop Dog Phone Shell, $16.00
Modcloth Mod Matilda Ring, $39.99
ASOS Bowler Bag with Scotty Dog Fitting, $60
Jax & Bones Rope Octopus $14 & $16 available in two sizes
Jax & Bones pillow bed in Metro $109-$199
Wooflink Letâ€™s Keep It Sweet AllIn-One, $44 Bling Bowl available at chrome-bones.com, $200
Modcloth Bone Appetit Pet Place Mat, $9.99
Wooflink Baby Doll All-In-One, $36
Zebra Buzz Red Collection Bone Bowl available at PoshPuppyBoutique.com, $12
Neon Summer LTD Collar available at chrome-bones.com, $260
Louis Dog Flair Collar/Corsage in Brown, $115
Jax & Bones Rope Giraffe $14 & $16 available in two sizes
Wooflink Cooler Than Me T-shirt, $28
Wooflink Color Block Jacket in pink, $48
Chewy Vuitton available at PoshPuppyBoutique.com, $12 and $15
DIY LEASH HANGER
While I was previewing an estate sale I came across these vintage suitcases. You can find them at thrift stores, on craigslist, or even in granny’s closet! These awesome retro suitcases make great side tables, and... wait for it.. dog beds!
If you’re anything like me, your leashes are all over the place - or shoved into a basket under the stairs. A stroll with the dogs usually starts with “Where the hell are the leashes?” Not anymore! Here is an easy DIY dog leash hanger.
Here is what you’ll need: Suitcase (size depends on the type of dog you have, naturally). 1 Yard of fabric Pillow Accessories
You’ll need: Piece of wood (I had cedar cut at Allegheny Millwork) Hand Drill Knobs (Mine are from Anthropologie, check Hobby Lobby too!) Paint Paint brush ruler or tape measurer
you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed these do-it-yourself projects for your furry friends. Don’t forget to follow me at www.shabbymaggie.com and see what else I’m up to in the burgh’.
Two of my favorite things are DIY crafts and dogs. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to create these do-ityourself projects and show your furry friends how much you love them! With minimal skills or tools, you too can make these designs and recipes.. B Y M O RG A N M C C O L L U M O F S H A B B Y M A G G I E
DIY DOG BED
First, place the pillow inside the suitcase. I used the navy fabric to wrap the pillow. Place your accessories in (a baroque mirror in this case). I draped the white fabric over the suitcase as a blanket, you can use your doggies favorite blankie for this too! Mr. Bean’s wasted no time getting cozy in his new dog bed. Although it’s a bit femme, he doesn’t mind!
Decide where the best place for your leash hanger is. For me, it was the kitchen, close to the front door and the dog bowls. I used a tape measurer to mark where to drill my holes for the knobs. I drilled four holes, 5 inches apart. I painted the base a sea foam green color, and used a stencil I had laying around to addd some moroccan flair. Insert the knobs into the drilled holes and there 51
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George Rodrigue Before Blue Dog, the term “dog art” brought to mind a generic portrait of a favorite breed in a family home. After thousands of works featuring a vibrant Blue Dog, George Rodrigue has managed to deliver a bigger message. While the paintings might stylistically resemble Andy Warhol’s pop art, their main character is different than the Campbell’s soup can. “Blue Dog wasn’t famous,” Rodrigue said. “He was an idea.” Rodrigue’s first painting was made as a child. His mother bought him a paint by number when he was sick in bed for months with polio. He turned it over and began painting on the blank side. He continued his artwork throughout young adulthood, studying both in Louisiana and then attending art school in Los Angeles. “I thought I’d never come back,” Rodrigue said of his time in Los Angeles. But after some time and thought, he did return to Louisiana, and it was that trip that sparked his career as an artist. “I saw a Louisiana I never saw. Everything was different,” Rodrigue said. “It became very interesting to me.” Born and raised in Louisiana, Rodrigue’s Blue Dog was inspired by the Cajun folklore of loup-garou, a werewolf or ghost dog that his mother warned him about as a boy. After his return to his hometown, Rodrigue painted the state that he saw. Landscapes of the land were dark, and he’d use photographs to place people under the big oak trees of Louisiana. Eventually, influenced by a picture of his then deceased dog Tiffany and the loup-garou legend, Blue Dog appeared in the scenes. But he wasn’t Blue Dog yet. “There was a show in 198856
AND HIS BLUE DOG
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1989, that I heard people called it the Blue Dog,” Rodrigue said. The name and the dog stuck. “I wanted to paint it as more of an icon,” Rodrigue said of the dogs development over the coming years. “You have to pick one size and shape. You write your own rules and follow them.” Blue Dog became brighter and bluer, taking a more pop look and an abstract form. “It gave me an idea that I could comment on today, instead of painting from the past.” To Rodrigue, Blue Dog is a symbol of all of mankind, and he’s asking the same questions we are. “We’re trying to find the same answers that the dog is looking for,” Rodrigue said. “The dog is at eye level asking, ‘Why? Where? What? ’. It’s the same old question, ‘Why are we here? ’. It helps get us through life.” The beauty of Blue Dog is that, though his questions call for complicated answers, his image is relatable. “It’s hard for a fourth or fifth grader to relate to Picasso, but they relate to a blue dog,” Rodrigue said. What’s reassuring is that the kids are getting more than just a relatable dog. Blue Dog is a vehicle to get them interested in the arts and to further their education, but he’s far from the characters the children find on TV. “I didn’t make it a cartoon,” Rodrigue said. “I’m serious about it. I’m not painting Snoopy.” Art in schools is so important to Rodrigue that he started The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. “We found a way to connect the dots and get the money into the schools,” he said of the organization’s growth over the past few years. Rodrigue receives thousands of drawings from children each month of their own Blue
Dogs, and at one point was posting them all online before the task became too great. The Foundation didn’t come to Rodrigue overnight though, it was a unforeseen realization that his art could make a difference when dealing with the devastation of 9/11. “It was an accident basically,” Rodrigue said. “After all day watching that tragedy, I went to my studio to paint to forget what was going on.” What emerged was a painting of a white dog, a “drained” dog with red eyes, in front of the American flag. The prints were sold to aid the American Red Cross and made over 500,000 dollars. “We realized we could do good,” he said. A few years later, when Hurricane Katrina struck, it was an especially close cause to Rodrigue. New Orleans had been home to his studio and his Blue Dogs for sixteen years. His prints of Blue Dog with his body submerged in water titled We Will Rise Again sold out and raised millions for relief. Out of both tragedies, Rodrigue realized that art held more power than he anticipated in aiding others. It was this ability to touch people’s lives that led him to starting his own foundation to teach children the complex problems that can be solved through art. While Rodrigue fully supports creativity in schools, he recognizes that for him it took much more than an innate ability and a dream to be a career. “You have to have the right qualifications that you have to either be born with or train yourself to do,” he said. “I get up in the morning. I go to the studio, and I look at a blank canvas. You have to have a work ethic. You have to want to paint... I don’t have many preconceived notions of my work... I know I’m going to paint a blue dog.”
Dog Gone Dapper
Walking on all fours through the hustle and bustle of New York City, this man’s best friend passes up the half-chewed burger on the corner of Broadway and leaves the other canines to find another butt to sniff. B Y S H AY B A D O L AT O
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This dog prances through the streets with style on his mind, spotting the latest fashion trends and window-shopping his way to knowing what’s hot. He takes style cues from Ryan Gosling and can show you how to wow at a summer wedding. This dog is Menswear Dog, a character created by a bored pair that’s caught the blogosphere’s attention. The three-year-old Shiba Inu, named Bodhi, after Patrick Swayze in the movie Point Break, made his debut to the social networking world three months ago in his blog Menswear Dog. “The idea to dress up our Shiba Inu in men’s clothes was a result of a lazy Saturday afternoon,” David Fung and Yena Kim, the Menswear Dog creators, said. “We thought it would be funny to take a photo of our dog in Dave’s serious menswear clothes. We posted the first picture on Facebook as a joke and the response was explosive. That was the aha moment when we knew we had something special.” With an eye for fashion, Menswear Dog absorbs all media outlets like no other. He gets excited about anything pertaining to lifestyle and can take on different personas to crave his appetite to wear the latest blazer, bowtie, or bonnet. “When Bodhi is Menswear Dog, he is a confident, witty, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind,” said Fung, a Graphic Designer, and Kim, a Fashion
Designer. From appreciating House music by Daft Punk by sporting a sequined suit and gleaming robot helmet, to keeping it classy in cocktail attire inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, Menswear Dog takes on the things he loves best. He’s no different than other top bloggers, meaning lots of swag is coming his way with the attention. “Initially, all of the clothes featured on Menswear Dog were straight from Dave’s own wardrobe, but as the website grew, we’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with various designers ranging from high-end to street wear. We’re very careful to feature only the brands that we love and believe in,” said Kim. One would think that getting a dog into a starched collar, pressed suit, and striped scarf couldn’t be an easy task, but with Bodhi’s knack for style, he wouldn’t want it any other way. “Menswear Dog is rare”, said Fung and Kim, “because he calms down when we put clothes on him. He’s usually a trooper when it comes to photo shoots, but on days when he doesn’t feel like it, we don’t shoot. At the end of the day, he’s the model, so we have to cater to his demands.” Just like Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, Bodhi has “the best of both worlds,” with nearly 1,800 followers on Twitter, 8,000 likes on Facebook, and 32,000 followers on Instagram. But
Menswear Dog, Bodhi, is able to obtain a normal dog life beyond being known for the dapper dog that he is. From super-star status to standard Shiba Inu, “When he’s walking on the street, he’s usually just wearing a scarf. He likes to keep it casual,” Fung and Kim said. “He has been recognized a few times on the street even with just a scarf on. He’s always gracious about it and doesn’t hesitate to give out signatures.” Beyond the number of followers and likes, Menswear Dog has been seen all over, from GQ Magazines’s blog, The GQ Eye: GQ on Style, to the HuffPost Live. “I think the main reason why we’ve been able to gain the followers that we did is because it’s a lighthearted concept that makes people smile. It’s as simple as that,” said Kim. With the rising fame from support from dog lovers and fashion enthusiasts, Menswear Dog has a lot of plans for the future. Fung and Kim said, “His calendar just dropped on Amazon for pre-order and we’re working on a Menswear Dog coffee table book.” And wondering what Menswear Dog’s advice is for Maniac Magazine readers? “Do You. Style is about wearing things with confidence. If it doesn’t make you feel good, don’t wear it.” To see more of Bodhi’s style, visit mensweardog.tumblr.com.
When Bodhi is Menswear Dog, he is confident, witty, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind
WILD DOGS BY BRIDGETTE CUNNINGHAM P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y R E N N E T H E R L A N D A N D C O U RT E S Y O F P E T PA I N T A N D C O U RT E S Y O F DAW N O M B OY
2 4 Not long ago, Emma Watson was spotted toting a pink pooch, and women across the country realized that they too could customize their pup. The latest craze to come overseas from China, dog dying requires a lot of imagination and will get your pet a lot of attention. I talked to some of the country’s top groomers who assured me that the coloring process doesn’t require much more time than a normal grooming session, and that the safety of all products is verified. Lori Craig is President of the Creative Groomer’s Association and has won thousands of dollars in prizes for her designs. She recently traveled to Singapore to teach her techniques and believes that there’s a long tradition behind this trend. “Coloring of animals is not new. 60
Elephants have long been decorated and idolized. American Indians used to paint the horses before war. Dogs have been colored on television sets for decades. Do you think that ring around the Little Rascals dog was real?” she said. Her poodle, Falcor, quite enjoys being a lion. “The dogs strive on the positive attention they receive. When you show up with a pink poodle or one that looks like a tiger, people have to touch them, photograph them and love them. The dogs enjoy every minute of that kind of pampering. Two of my dogs have been registered therapy dogs so they can visit hospitals and nursing homes. To me, the thrill of having the doors open to a doctor who thinks an exotic animal is loose in the
hospital is reward enough.” If there ever was a true Maniac trend to try, this is it. Many colors of glitter, paint, and ink are available to make your dog a work of art. Is your dog ready for a walk on the wild side?
1. PetPaint, $9.99 per can at petpaint.com 2. Davis Glitter Works, $6.00 at queenofcolor.net 3. Davis Studio Color, $9.95 at queenofcolor.net 4. Davis Glamour Glitter, $5.99 per tube
Tamari’s Beet Salad Recipe BY CHEF ROGER LI
Ingredients: Baby kale Red quinoa Red beets Pomelo Agave vinaigrette Asparagus
Agave vinaigrette: 1/3 c balsamic vinegar 2 Tb agave 1/2 c olive oil Salt and pepper to taste
Tamari Healthy Eating It’s not impossible to dine out and stick to your diet. With restaurants like Tamari, fresh ingredients help diners experience all of the flavor without the extra calories. Dr. Kathy Yeo joined us at the restaurant to talk about what aspects should be considered to make a healthy menu. Yeo recommends seeking out restaurants that ensure quality ingredients and good combinations. A good combination is a dish that features protein next to a complex carbohydrate and uses just the right amount of seasoning. “You should be able to taste the food, and not be 62
Cook red quinoa according to package. Let cool. Slice beets, pomelo, and asparagus. Assemble salad. Mix all ingredients for vinaigrette. Dress with Agave vinaigrette.
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overwhelmed by the sauce,” Yeo said. In addition to ingredients, the most important thing is the size of the meal the restaurant serves. “Portion is what distinguishes Tamari from the rest, because it’s a tapas restaurant and the portion is small,” Yeo said. “So between meals, people eat slower giving them time to digest the food, and don’t overeat. Everyone knows about low calorie, but one of the main weight problems in America is the portion. Many restaurants give you a huge portion which leads you to believe that it’s one serving, so they finish the whole meal.
The body simply cant digest well.” Tamari shared one of their recipes with us, so that you can make your own healthy, restaurant-worthy salad at home. Healthy eating is something that you can, and should, practice everywhere. Get inspired the next time you dine at Tamari, and make your own small appetizer plates instead of oversize dishes the next time you host a meal. For more information about Dr. Kathy Yeo visit www.drkathyyeo.com or call 724-933-3223
D O G S POTS
IN THE ‘BU RG H
Guide to the best dog spots in the ‘burgh...Whether your dog needs a relaxing day or some serious training, we’ve scoped BY LILA GABRIEL
out all the best pup hangouts in Pittsburgh. If you’re looking to spoil your little one, set up a play date, or want to adopt another furry friend, we’ve got you covered.
AU PURR, LLC
BEAVER ANIMAL CLINIC
WESTERN PA HUMANE SOCIETY
5TH AVENUE FIDO
Heather Long, Owner
357 Pennsylvania 68 | Beaver, PA 15009
1101 Western Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15233
20634 State Route 19 | Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
412.337.1006 | | http://www.aupurr.net\
724-774-8047 | www.beaveranimalclinic.com
(412) 751-2010 | www.wpahumane.org
724-772-5511 | www.5thavenuefido.com
Opened in 2003, Au Purr offers tailored pet care in the pet’s own familiar
Beaver Animal Clinic first opened its doors in the 1930’s, and has been
The Western PA Humane Society was based off of the ASPCA, the first humane
You never have to feel guilty leaving your dog at 5th Avenue Fido. Opened
home environment while owners are vacationing, working, or have a pet in
owned by Dr. Doug Knueven since 1994. The innovators at this thriving
society in the entire country. Nine years later, Western PA Humane Society was
November 2012 by Linda Beard and Janet Best, 5th Avenue Fido gives one-
need of specialized medical care. Canine group socials are also offered in
medical facility look at veterinarian care differently than others do. They
the first of its kind in Pittsburgh. The society helped those who couldn’t help
on-one attention in an intimate and luxurious setting. They’ve created a haven
which compatible dogs are matched up for playtime and exercise.
offer holistic pet care such as raw, natural diets, nutritional supplements,
themselves, and in the 1870s that was women, children, and even horses. Until
where every owner feels comfortable leaving their dog.
They are bonded, insured and available 365 days a year. They are trained to
herbs, acupuncture, chiropractic, and therapeutic laser. They combine these
government programs like welfare and food stamps were instituted in the 1960s,
5th Avenue Fido caters to each dog sumptuously in a themed 6’ x 8’ cottage
administer special medical care, including First Aid, injections and IV fluids.
holistic therapies with conventional medicine to make for ideal pet healthcare.
social workers were the only community aid. After government programs arrived,
resembling a bedroom. They pride themselves on a no crate or cage boarding
They are experienced in dealing with special behavioral needs as well, and all
Three skilled doctors work there; Dr. Peter Kosturek practices conventional
they then began to focus their attention to the animals.
policy. There is a large play area for dogs to play all day and a “Quiet Room”
types of pets are welcome (including pet pigs and chickens!).
medicine, Dr. Ingrid Rheinhart integrates acupuncture with conventional
Ellie’s Pet Food Pantry is a food bank at the Western PA Humane Society for
with a sofa and large, fluffy dog beds for those who need more attention and
Owner Heather Long has future plans to create a private outdoor fenced
care, and Dr. Doug Knueven is certified in acupuncture, chiropractic care and
people down on their luck that need to feed their animals. There are about 500-
cuddles. All of the parks are indoors to keep dogs comfortable, and each park
sanctuary where Au Purr clients can escape to frolic or socialize with peace
Chinese herbal medicine. In fact, acupuncture and chiropractic care are very
600 animals in the shelter right now; their summer goal is to get 150 animals
is divided to keep those of similar size and temperament together. They also
of mind while engaging all their senses in a woodsy setting with dog-friendly
popular requests for dogs because they provide a safe and natural way for a
adopted per week, so help them out by adopting! They have over 1000 volunteers
offer daycare services. Every dog has the same benefits the boarding dogs do;
landscaping. This idea was born after seeing inappropriately acting dogs at
pet to maintain or regain health. Dr. Knueven is well versed in these methods;
and a dedicated staff to train obedience and therapy classes to dogs of all ages.
they just leave at the end of the day.
the local parks, and owners who are disengaged or simply unaware. Moreover,
he has been studying holistic treatments since 1994 and lectures at veterinary
Old dogs can learn new tricks! The society’s active therapy dog program brings
There’s a spa for baths and grooming, they even offer dog massages and
it will give clients who are reactive, dog aggressive and/or unsocialized an
conferences across the country. Many people have holistic services done
dogs to the Cathedral of Learning on Pitt’s campus for training. Not only does it
Reiki. There are private training sessions for socialization and good manners,
opportunity to safely reap the benefits of off-leash exercise. Long states,
for themselves, and it’s a natural next step to want them for their MANIAC
help dogs, but it also helps the overwhelmed students that miss their pups at
too. Your dog receives socialization with other dogs and staff all day. The
“Leashed walks are great for exercise. But nothing compares to the happiness
mutts as well. Beaver Animal Clinic cares for hundreds of pets each week in
home. They’ve recently bought property in the North Side to build a dog park.
small setting ensures no dog gets lost and receives proper attention, and the
a dog has after they’ve been able to run fast and free in a natural environment.
a friendly and homey atmosphere. They treat every pet as if it were their own,
The opening date is not yet known, but it will provide therapy dogs training in an
play area is maintained to make sure the dogs are having fun. Anyone who
I like to think of it as thinking outside the sidewalk. And in my opinion, every
and practice the best of conventional medicine and holistic care for your pets.
considers their dog a member of the family will love 5th Avenue Fido!
dog deserves this chance.”
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out why your dog gets sick, but holistic care has proven to help more than just conventional care alone.
ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE SHELTER & WILDLIFE CENTER 6620 Hamilton Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-364-4122 | www.mistypinesdogpark.com The Animal Rescue League is one of the oldest dog rescue organizations in Pittsburgh, dating back to 1909. It was founded by five animal lovers in Pittsburgh. The organization matches people to dogs that will fit potential owners’ lifestyles, so everyone can adopt. They use the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program to test dogs’ temperaments, and potential owners complete a questionnaire to see how they match up. They are careful about adoptions and will deny unsuitable matches and strive to find the perfect home for every dog. Their goal is lasting placements in forever homes. Studies show their adoption technique works best for just that. Their open door policy enables them to accept more dogs from fighting and disaster situations than any other shelter in the nation last year (as far away as St. Croix!). They use many enrichment tools such as DAP collars, relaxing scents, sandboxes, and kiddie pools to keep dogs healthy and happy. You can help them by adopting, donating, or volunteering your time. With over 100 years of business, The Animal Rescue League has sheltered hundreds of thousands of dogs, providing them with much needed veterinary care and helping them to find a home. They have over 500 volunteers that make sure each dog gets exercise and individual attention at least 2-3 times a day minimum. This is truly an amazing organization that helps out every dog at their door.
MISTY PINES DOG PARK, CO
THE DOG STOP
2523 Wexford Bayne Rd | Franklin Park Borough, PA 15143
5880 Ellsworth Ave | Pittsburgh, PA 15232
2858 Banksville Rd. | Pittsburgh, PA 15216
724-774-8047 | www.beaveranimalclinic.com
412-362-7387 | www.petagogypgh.com
If you want a full service pet care and training center with plenty of experience,
MANIAC dogs are spoiled dogs, and Petagogy makes sure that your dog is just that.
Jesse Coslov and Chris Kane, owners of The Dog Stop, decided Pittsburgh needed an
then Misty Pines is the place for you. Started in 1975 out of passion and love
They specialize in natural, byproduct free and North American made pet food, treats,
all-inclusive dog care facility, and they created just that! They saw the need for a large
for pets, the company is still going strong! Their lodge and training center
supplements, toys, accessories, and supplies. Many products are eco-friendly and
enough facility to let dogs have a great time. With over 28,000 square feet inside and
is 12,000 square feet on 25-acres in Franklin Park in the North Hills. This
locally made. They’re located in Shadyside and have gained popularity in their two
out between their two locations, dogs are in paradise. Dogs and their friends run around
beautiful complex allows the staff to turn nervous dogs to relaxed dogs, and
years in business. Petagogy is a play on words with “pedagogy”, because they
all day to relieve stress. There are a variety of different room types for dogs of all sizes
“bad dogs” into great dogs! The certified staff provides patience, expertise,
educate customers about the best, healthy and innovative products for their pet.
or families of multiple dogs. The boarding areas are separate and removed from the
and experience that other facilities don’t. Their staff has well over a hundred
The staff is very knowledgeable about the products and thoroughly reviews the list
daycare and grooming, so dogs won’t be bothered by sounds. Services at the grooming
years of combined experience and education in the pet care industry.
of ingredients, manufacturing processes and sourcing before carrying the product
salon range from simple nail trims to a complex full groom.
The dog boarding facility has 50 rooms with private outdoor roof-covered
to make sure they’re safe and free of harmful ingredients. Petagogy opened with
The daycare at The Dog Stop is the best around. There’s a lounge for older less active
patios with skylights, allowing dogs outdoor access 24 hours a day. They have
the mission to give Pittsburgh-area residents access to a knowledgeable staff
dogs, and ample space and attention for more playful temperaments. Pup cam videos
floor heating in the outside exercise area so there’s no ice for them to slip on
about pet products. They help support small, family-owned companies, and all
are updated on their website daily, so owners can see what their dogs were up to. Each
in the winter. There are many activities available during their stay, such as
merchandise is all natural and safe without fillers and artificial ingredients. They
dog requires a temperament test before playing with others. However, any dog can stay
nature walks, playtime, and training. They cut no corners to make sure your
even support products from four different local Pittsburgh companies! Petagogy
at their facilities with a staff member’s one-on-one attention. Daycare means an active,
pets are comfortable. They have a dog park, pond, and outside fenced in
boasts carrying new-to-Pittsburgh products, and even some offerings are new to
healthy pup and less guilt for you. The Dog Stop also gives homeless dogs a break from
Obstacle Park and a pet supply and nutrition center. They’re a one-stop shop
Pennsylvania. They also participate in and host many community events, including
shelter life and help them find a forever home. With a retail store, daycare, grooming,
with grooming services, boarding, daycare, retail products, and training all
quarterly Yappy Hours, rescue events and fundraisers, pet photos with Santa and
boarding, training, and more, they really do it all!
on site. Their facilities are really astounding and they go above and beyond
an annual Anniversary Party & Pet Vendor Fair, and are the title sponsor of Bark
The Dog Stop’s original location is located at 1140 Washington Blvd
Shadyside. With a small staff and pet-friendly store, there’s plenty of customer service for pet and owner. Petagogy is happy to spoil any pet that walks through its doors with premium food and supplies.
CAMP BOW WOW Greentree, Highland Park, Ross, Castle Shannon
WOODY’S DOG WASH & BOUTIQUE
412.276.WAGS (9247) | www.campbowwowpgh.com
5843 Brownsville Rd | Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Camp Bow Wow offers a home away from home for all dogs. The camp is allinclusive, so boarding, dining, treat-time, play, and even special requests are part of the package. Dogs participate in all-day play daycare activities instead of spending their time in a kennel. Their playground brags 6000 square feet between indoor and outdoor space, along with K9 Grass, play equipment, and puppy pools. There are multiple play areas, so dogs are grouped by temperament and size for their appropriate playgroups. The indoor space is climate controlled with unlimited potty breaks. The web cams in every area allow owners to see their dogs are well taken care of and having fun. The dogs are not lacking space or comfort over night with private spacious cabins, cozy cots, fleece blankets, and campfire treats. Teacup dogs get dedicated play areas and cabins to ensure even the smallest campers are safe and happy. MANIACs, you can have peace of mind because this is a national franchise, so all of the policies and procedures incorporate the best practices in the country with certified camp counselors. We know how busy everyone’s schedule is, so they provide tours of the entire facility at any time without an appointment. The pampered pup can have luxury suites with TVs and private webcams. The first day of camp is always free. Their philosophy is “It’s all about the dogs!”, and it truly is!
412-714-4644 | www.woodysdogbath.com Woody’s Dog Wash & Pet Boutique, owned by Ann Cipriani, has been open for six years and is a unique concept in the area. Cipriani got the idea from friends who told her about a self-serve dog wash in their area. The self-service allows owners to bathe their own dogs with high-end products and no mess to clean, so both parties are stress free. Grooming services are also offered, followed by treats and free bandanas. Woody’s offers Self-Serve bathing and nail clipping (without appointment), Gentle Grooming and We-Do-It Bathing (with appointment). They have waist high, large tubs with easy in and out for all size dogs. All shampoos, conditioner, towels, ear cleaner & dryer are included. Benson, the longest tailed dog in the world fit in their bathing tubs! Adopted dogs are eligible for a free bath and goody bag, and senior dogs can get a therapeutic bath. While Chrissy the groomer has a wait list for her services, the self-service bath is always open.Woody’s boutique is filled with healthy pet products, most made in the USA. Cipriani curates the collection, only choosing items with the best and most reputable quality. They have holistic and healthy supplements and even 5 Star rated foods. They’re the first in the area to carry many items. Boutique services include harness fittings, food consulting and special orders! They also participate in many dog-sponsored activities in Pittsburgh throughout the year.
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MANIAC kicked off our summer with an opulent event at The Brix at 26. We couldn’t think of a better way to start the season than with this elegant event. MANIAC had plenty of food and drinks to go around, along with a warm and luxurious atmosphere. MANIAC Magazine recently teamed up with The Brix at 26 for the event Mix at the Brix. The Brix at 26 is a new, modern apartment complex located just steps away from the Southside Works. Being right next to the business district makes dining, shopping, and nightlife easily accessible, and both groceries and a fitness center are only steps away. Some nights tenants may just want to stay in and enjoy the in-house social lounge with catering, or enjoy rooftop sunbathing and the outdoor courtyard. At the event, this trendy East Carson Street apartment building was lit up throughout the lobby and entranceway. A bartender greeted guests as they walked in, offering delicious drinks from Pittsburgh Winery and Pittsburgh Brewing Company. The weather may have been rainy, but it didn’t rain on MANIAC and the Brix’s parade, we still had a great event. The masterminds behind this new upscale apartment complex are Burns and Scalo, who designed this “urban chic” apartment space in a desirable neighborhood. The apartments feature high ceilings, walk-in closets, and one-of-a-kind floor plans. Guests at the event were able to explore the beautifully decorated lobby and patio area, while sampling food from Savoy and desserts from The Pie Place. Stunning floral arrangements by McCandless Floral
adorned tabletops. Realtors were available to help interested guests and show them to the model apartment. The event began with a media tour, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Brix at 26 exceeded all urban apartment expectations with their ample space, convenience, and views of the neighborhood. These upscale, sustainable apartments meet all of MANIAC’s style expectations. It was obvious nobody was disappointed here, and everyone at the event enjoyed themselves. Pittsburgh Winery’s delicious white wine and IC Light’s Mango Beer made their rounds around the room, ensuring guests were in high spirits. Local Dj Pete Butta kept the crowd dancing. Rooms are filling up quickly, so apply for your urban dream apartment now at www.brixat26.com.
THE MIX AT T H E B R I X BY LILA GABRIEL
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BY HELEN CESTRA, P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y L E AW N A B U R E K
Taking it Back to Gatsby Days Just off of Butler Street in Lawrenceville is the home to a unique place where an unexpected story is told. Tender Bar+Kitchen tells the story of a transformation of the late 1800’s Arsenal Bank into a new and vibrant watering hole for Pittsburghers. While there are many drinking and dining spots in the city, Tender has a distinct character and vibe unlike anywhere else. Classic cocktails become the spotlight over food, while the Gatsby-era feels alive with the décor and attitude of Tender. The menu 74
features traditional cocktails alongside imaginative craft cocktails and popular American dishes from different regions of the country. From the environment and menu to the bartenders and live music, Tender allows for its story to be felt, heard, seen and tasted by patrons in an experience unique to Tender. Tender Bar+Kitchen’s most astonishing aspect is the atmosphere. The décor uses pieces from the original bank (the restaurant’s namesake, for the ‘legal
tender’) with new furnishings to seamlessly mash together the concept. Owner, Jeff Catalina, of Verde Mexican Kitchen and Cantina said, “From the very beginning, it was clear that the building’s legacy would heavily influence its reinvention.” Catalina has kept the bank’s original marble and wainscoting. Several historic artifacts, such as the bank’s vault are displayed in the dining area. In the lounge, arsenal checks dating back to 1895 are repurposed on the wall. The main room has funky, red patterned wallpaper and a piano where diners can hear live jazz, ragtime, and swing music.
Off of the main room is an extension of the dining area, but plans to transform to a lounge are in the works. Downstairs features eyecatching exposed brick walls that lead into a bright yellow room, specifically reserved for private functions. Tender is also canine friendly. The outdoor seating area to the side of the building is open for dogs of all shapes and sizes. The customer service and employee culture is evident when dining here. Fabulous wait staff, bartenders and managers will go the extra mile for you. The bar is the main focal point of the interior. Shelves upon shelves of spirits, hard to find in other local drinking haunts, are displayed on a library-like bookshelf, some so high, bartenders climb on ladders to reach. Also behind the bar, the bartenders wear 1920’s-inspired fashions. Do not expect to stand at the bar if seats are not available. Tender has a strict no standing room rule to add to the refined and intimate atmosphere. Handcrafted cocktails take time to create, and the idea is to relax as the bartenders concoct your drink with love. It is a refreshing break from crowded Southside or Shadyside bars. The names of the drinks are just as creative as the combination of ingredients. Try the Fruitful Union, the Old Bond Street Fizz, the Irrational Exuberance, or the Strip District Sequel. Clove-infused cucumber water, egg white, and terragon are trendy ingredients, yet refined choices. No soda guns will be found at Tender, but instead seltzer in bottles from Pittsburgh Seltzer Works and homemade phosphate sodas ranging from original cola to seasonal selections can also be found on Tender’s diverse menu. Chef Neil Heidekat, formerly Verde sous chef, gained inspiration from Verde’s modern take on Mexican. Chef Heidekat fashioned a menu at Tender that does just this, but with American popular dishes of the era. The menu takes a trip around America and features ionic dishes from each region. The southern section includes, Hush Puppies, which are pleasant and comforting. Yaka Mein, a delicious and flavorful soup like dish, with cola-braised BBQ and house noodles. Traveling to the northeast one can enjoy fresh Lobster Rolls with real chunks of Main Lobster, a palate pleaser. The Americana section features deviled eggs, house-made potato chips, macaroni and cheese, and the cheeseburger. The cheeseburger was small, but an inspiring blend of flavor deliciousness. Cheddar cheese, a quail egg and house cured bacon all put together on a sesame bun create a burger which could be, even for lack of size, hailed as one of the best in the ’burgh. Take a trip West to enjoy seafood ranging from oysters to poke. Coming back home to the great state of Pennsylvania’s section, includes City Chicken, herb-breaded and fried pork, scrapple, a Philadelphia favorite and a Penn’s Corner Salad that features seasonal greens and vegetables. The food at Tender takes a back seat to the atmosphere and drinks but is still enjoyable, fresh and creative. Tender is not the right spot for dinner if craving large entrees, but perfect for meeting with friends to have a drink and small bites, a date night or to see the story of Tender Bar+Kitchen for yourself.
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