February 20 2011
My small niece has finally been given permission to buy the dog she’s been busy saving for. I have never understood the attraction of pets, but she is beside herself with excitement, so I would have been a churlish aunt indeed not to have responded to her request for donations to the dog accessories fund. I would also have been failing in my duty as her aesthetic guardian had my gift enabled her to acquire any of the pieces (pink collar and lead combination! Bone-shaped diamanté ID tag!) on her list.
Going off-list was clearly imperative. Fortunately, a friend had recently rung to tell me that she had just purchased a dog bed covered in vintage Barbara Brown fabric from niche e-store Bone & Rag. I logged on and breathed a sigh of relief. Here was a company that believed even dog accessories should be things of simple beauty. Here was a world of pleasing, hand-stitched leather collars, chic bean bag-style beds and modernist dog bowls.
Spun in the English steel town of Sheffield from 100 per cent pewter, these bowls are things of pared-down, functional beauty (they’re deep enough to stop spills, heavy enough stay put and suitable for any shape of nose), so I bought one immediately. I have to confess that my niece still has to warm to the bowl’s understated charms, but she will.
The pewter dog bowls come in three sizes: small, £55; medium, £65; and large, £75.