In the Dog House: And Loving It!
Cat lovers and dog lovers are fundamentally different — it's just a fact. Growing up, I always had dogs (a Siberian Husky, a Cocker Spaniel, a toy poodle, etc.). When I rented my first apartment in NYC ,fresh out of college, my best friend/roomie and I decided the spot wouldn't feel like home without a doggy — and off we went to adopt the cutest little mutt ever, who we named Shane (apparently, his former owner called him O'Shay or something very similar and very Irish and, if I remember correctly, we didn't want to change the dog's name because we worried it would confuse him… In retrospect, our reasoning was a little ridiculous! lol). Years later, I dated a cat person — and I discovered two things: one, I'm deathly allergic; two, he tended to mimic his cat's behavior and just wander off to sleep in strange places, as opposed to being a loyal companion (like a dog would do). Yeah, we'll call a scuzzy, no-good man a "dog," but really, we should call 'em cats.
Which brings me to the next fact. Whether you're a cat person or a dog person (or one of the rare few who adore both), you're probably pretty passionate about your given stance.
If you have your own little brood of puppies or you're just the type of gal who gets all wide-eyed and yells out, "Hey, puppy!" whenever she spot a cute dog on the street, you'll appreciate these cheeky pieces by Diamond Dog New York, a fun jewelry line launched by Suzanne Mates. These gold and silver rings, necklaces and charm pendants all pay homage to (wo)man's best friend — but they manage to do so with the right mix of sophistication and spunk, utilizing premium materials like pavé diamonds, yellow or white gold, onyx stones, and more.
Just check out the Poodle Charm pictured at top, which features hand-set pavé diamonds the (total CW is .92), three onyx stones (for the eyes and nose), and your choice of blue or pink sapphires for the bows — all set in either matte yellow gold or white gold.
If you want a less cutesy piece, check out the Paw Charms (pictured third from top), which are available in yellow gold or white gold with onyx stones or black diamonds (the chains are sold separately). Or you can ice grill onlookers with the disgruntled-looking pup on the Mean Dog X Ring pictured second from top.
Make this your own Year of the Dog!
Poodle Charm, $2700; Mean Dog X Ring in White Gold, $4000; Black Diamond Paw Charm, $2500; Black Onyx Paw Charm, $2400. Visit DiamondDogNewYork.com