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2012 Dog and Cat Calendars

The RiverDog Prints Team has been designing for hours to create its first calendars! (“Team” is really Cyn and I provide the moral support necessary to get the job done.)

Printed on recycled cardstock, the calendar is colorful, eco-friendly in its paper/printing/packaging and each 5×7.5″ calendar page can be cut and then sent as a 5×5 card when the month is over.

Available in our Etsy shop:  click for cats or click for dogs

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Spring Collars on Brown Fur


I’m not a girly-girl, but I do like to freshen up my look with a new collar from time to time. My favorite place to shop for a collar is at Sugar Plum Collars on Etsy. If you’re a fan of color and pattern (and I am!), this shop is full of some fantastic eye candy. Above and below, I’m modelling The Paisley. It’s a little more subtle than my usual choices, but I thought I’d try understated for a bit. I like it.




A bolder choice and a collar that really pops, I’m wearing Secret Garden. It’s a bright and happy kind of design. There are so many fabrics and patterns to choose from at Sugar Plum Collars, it’s difficult to limit yourself. They are all handmade to order with sizing just for your dog and Christine makes each collar durable and beautiful.


If you Like the Sugar Plum Collar Facebook Page, you can post your dog’s photo to enter the monthly collar giveaway for one lucky dog. You’ll also hear about sales and 2-for-1 deals. That’s how I purchased these bad boys and I’m so happy I did.

An interview with Tascha :: Sophie’s Choice

Today, we are mixing things up a bit.  In my many searches for handmade dog products, I come across artists who may not necessarily sell things for dogs, but use dogs in their art.  Intrigued, I thought I’d ask these artists about their dog inspirations.  One such artist that grabbed my attention is Tascha, a painter and illustrator who lives in Toronto, Canada.  Tascha’s art is so bright, cheerful, and full of passion.  The vibrant colors and lovable characters jump off the page as if daring you not to look…and smile.

Tascha's shop

Sophie: How long have you been painting?
Tascha: I have been painting since I was a little kid actually. My mom is an artist and I used to work on a little table in her art room along side her as she worked on her illustrations. All throughout my childhood I was given art supplies to play with, creating art was just a normal play time for me. As an adult, I did graduate from The Ontario College of Art and Design where my focus was more on sculpture and illustration.

Sophie: Why did you choose this medium?
Tascha: I chose painting to focus on because I love the deep rich hues you can get with acrylic paint. Watercolor or pencil crayons just can’t seem to get the intensity of color that you can achieve with acrylic paint. I love how fast it dries too! I can complete a project in one sitting from start to finish.

Sophie: I love the bright colors and whimsical characters in your paintings. What influenced your style?
Tascha:  I am influenced by all things child-like. Such things as brightly colored candies and toys. I grew up with a lot of colorful storybooks which always stuck with me. I have a real soft spot for Japanese cuteness known as kawaii.

Sophie: You use animals quite a bit in your work. Besides your loving cat, Lily, do you have any other pets?
Tascha:  Currently Lily is my only pet. I grew up with both dogs and cats. As an only child, the pets were always like my brothers and sisters. Now as an adult my pets are like my children. I can’t image never having a pet in my life.

Sophie: Are any of the dogs in your paintings based on real dogs?
Tascha:  Growing up we had Bichon Frise dogs. They were 3 boy Bichon dogs named Basil, Harley and Andy. All very dear to me. My mom just adopted a new little Bichon now that the others have passed away. This puppy is a girl Bichon! Her name is Flossie and she is just the cutest! I am completely influenced by her sweetness and have painted a few little Bichon paintings because of her.

Sophie:   Congratulations on your new line of licensed merchandise! Will we find any of your ornaments in the US?
Tascha: You will find all of them in the USA! It might be harder to find them outside of the USA. Keep up to date on my blog and Facebook to find out where they will be available. I am really looking forward to their release this upcoming Christmas!

Sophie:  Please tell us where else we can find you online (etsy, facebook, twitter, flick, etc).
Tascha: You can find me at:

etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tascha
Facebook fan page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tascha-Parkinson/117199748451?ref=ts
Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tascha/
My blog:
http://www.timewithtascha.blogspot.com/

Thank you, Tascha, for taking the time to share your art with us!

Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans. Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

Snow day :: Sophie’s Choice

giclee print of fine art photo “Buddy 1″ by Scott Clarke
giclee print of original oil painting by Patricia Christensen
print of original pastel “On a clear day you can see forever” by Talchen
fine art photo “Just the two of us” by Larry Nicosia Photos


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.

Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.


Be mine, Valentine :: Sophie’s Choice

Art for dogs – Brilliant Red Happiness (Kong III) by StrayDogArts
Mon Amor print by Marcia724
Dachshund plushy by SweetLittleBirdie
Yogurt rawhide dog treats by MuddyPuppys
Red hood/cape and kisses bow tie by HappyDogClothes

Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.

Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

Winter time blues :: Sophie’s Choice

Pinky Novak postcard by LucySnowePhotography
Good night mister owl print by JAustinRyan
Pointer art print by GoingPlaces2
Spotted puppy dog print by JZRoszell


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.

Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

The colors of Autumn :: Sophie’s Choice


a walk with Henry original woodcut print by serendiptyartist
Thanksgiving Doxie and Owl pillow by persnicketypelican
brown primrose collar by restowe
plaid personalized play coat
by TerrierTrousers
confined, original watercolor painting by LaurenAlexander
pumpkin patch plaid dog leash by jenniebgoode


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans. Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

tasty tail wagging treats :: Sophie’s Choice


pawtune cookies by Shorty’s Gourmet Treats
personalized vegetable cookies by KbOriginalSetc
beefy BBQ bites by Posh Pets Bakery
puppy pretzels by Rufffalicious Dog Treats
the Farm Dog dozen special by Farm Dog


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.   Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

the hounds of Halloween :: Sophie’s Choice


Minni Mouse costume by Young Urban Puppy
The Count collar by Beantown Handmade
Spooky night Scotty folk art print
by Todd Young Art
Sweetheart neckwear by Green Bean Dog
Bulldog mummy print by Noosed Kitty
Halloween dog collars by Retro Animals
Paw readings sign by Olde Time Gatherings


Sophie is a year old Weimaraner who has a nose for great handmade finds for dogs and their humans.   Her human, Linda, is the owner of à la mode (a line of modern products for humans and their homes) and creator/editor of alamodestuff blog.

To Do[g] Lists :: Dog Plus Pattern Notepads

Happy to announce some new Dog Paper designs!

Some of our favorite dogs are rendered here (maybe you recognize a few?)
Check out the notepads in the RiverDog Prints’ Etsy shop here. They’ll be added to our regular store very soon!


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