This week we celebrated National Dog Day. In our house everyday is National Dog Day - How could it not be? If you have a dog you know exactly what I mean.
Dogs have always been a part of my life and they have had a huge impact on what we carry at Lattice House. Years before I even thought about developing a store like Lattice House - I flirted with the idea of opening a very high end dog boutique called Woffingdale's. The concept of Woffingdale's was to only sell the world's best dog products. This was years before the internet and the mega pet chains of today. Back then pet stores smelled like dirty hamsters cages and offered an uninspiring array of products. Alas my 25 year old self was too focused on my advertising career to really do anything about Woffingdale's!
When I was young I had a paper route. The neighbor's dog Sparky used to come with me almost everyday as I rode my bike from house to house. This was back when both dogs and children roamed freely during the day. I never gave Sparky much thought to his safety as he was pretty street smart and when he got bored or tired he headed back home.
Our first family dog that I remembered was a mutt - a mix of German Shepherd and Beagle that we named Sybil because she was a Shepherd and Cybil Shepherd was the "it" girl of the moment. She lived outside during the day and slept next to my Dads bed at night. She was simply a member of the family and was part of everything we did - she was even in our formal family portrait.
It wasn't until I was out of college and living on my own that I got my own dog.
Sally, an American Cocker Spaniel, arrived in my life when she was 9 weeks old and stayed with me for 18 years. Sally was beautiful, spoiled and wore pearl necklaces to dinner parties. Some years later Sam, a very handsome Golden Retriever, joined the family. Sam was big and goofy and a very dependable friend. These dogs moved around with us as our lives rapidly changed in those years - and were perfectly happy living in a 250 year old house in Newport, RI to a modern high rise on the Upper East Side to our house in Southport.
Our next pair of dogs Scout and Henry were true Southporters and spent their lives walking all over town with their dog walker Stephen. Henry was the classic Golden Retriever - beautiful, sweet, as soft as cashmere and very very mellow. Scout, well Scout is another story - she is a Shih Tzu - Poodle mix, she is smart, a perfect mix of tough and sweet and rules our house with an iron paw as only a 22 pound dog can.
When Henry (pictured upper left) died last September, Scout (pictured upper right) went into an immediate decline. She not only lost a lot of her spark but lost her eyesight as well. Scout still works with me at Lattice House everyday. She gets up at 6am, eats breakfast, takes a nap and waits by the door to go to "her" shop. She may be slower these days but she still rules the house and our lives.
All of these dogs have had an enormous impact on what we carry at Lattice House. Sally and Scout would not be caught dead wearing a cheap collar and Sam and Henry needed collars that were good looking but washable. Personally, I'm not a fan of cheap looking dog toys, and I could never find dog bowls that were good looking and didn't say "Woof Woof" on them.
So I guess a little bit of Woffingdale's did make its way into Lattice House after all. We carry beautiful Swiss and English style leather collars and leashes, high quality nylon collars that can be washed in the dishwasher, handmade dog bowls, good looking and fun dog toys and other dog related items.
While Lattice House is not Woffingdale's, I think my 25 year old self would have been pleased with what we have to offer. We are always on the outlook for excellent quality, affordable dog inventory - you never know what's out there!
I invite you to peruse our online shop, and check out all of our new items, and you are always welcome to come visit me and Scout in the shop. She loves visitors!