By Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson, “Animals Are Delicious” isn’t as brutal as one might think. In fact, the kids’ book explains three of the longest food chains within the animal kingdom—in a bright and playful way. Each food chain (terrestrial, avian and aquatic—our favorite is the underwater iteration) is given its own tactile foldout, so kids can exercise several senses at once.
Embrace the warmer months and your inner child at your next pool party or grilling session and make four popsicles at a time with Zoku’s round pop molds. Totally BPA- and phthalate-free, the silicon-made molds make it easy to peel away your popsicles once they’re frozen. The set comes with one mold; four removable, individual molds; and four sticks (complete with drip guards) to make all your summer parties a little sweeter.
While dogs can fall asleep just about anywhere, there aren’t many spots as alluring as a couch cushion or a human bed—two places our four-legged friends might not be welcome. Mr Dog presents a beautiful solution: a pet-dedicated mattress-cushion hybrid in a charming cabbage rose floral pattern. Inside, shredded latex and cotton rag lend it durability and firmness. And as it is for pets, an array of features (from the urethane moisture wicking coat to internal air vents) make it a durable and lasting product.
From South Korea-based brand Bad Marlon comes a set of minimalist, design-forward pet homes even humans with envy. Our favorite is the Deauville House, which is built from eco-friendly wood and held together by super-strong magnets, allowing for a quick and tool-free assembly. Cut-outs let pets peep into the outside world while a polyester cushion provides a comfy bed for them to snooze on.
Lovers of pets and the planet, SF-based P.L.A.Y. offers an Under the Sea collection with a clam, turtle, starfish, crab and—our favorite—a giant squid to make your beloved dog go crazy. Inside each plush toy is a squeaker but also eco-friendly, certified-safe filler made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles; it’s built to last for hours and hours of entertainment. For even more feel-goodness, 2% of the purchase price will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Always ensure your pup remains hydrated with a collapsible pet bowl. Wacky Practicals’ foldable dish squashes down to fit into almost any pocket and extends to hold enough water to quench the thirst of a Great Dane.
South African designer Porky Hefer pleases dogs and adults alike with Rogz Grinz, a hilarious throw toy that turns your pup’s mouth into an ear-to-ear grin.
Beware of the dog, cause this handsome hound is making one serious fashion statement. Luxury dog clothing and accessories brand Ware of the Dog is inspired by the graphic sensibility and humor inherent in “Beware of the Dog” signs. From their stylish collection come these brightly hued nylon leashes and collars, which can be purchased separately, or as a set.