“Pretty Pet-Friendly” Review

March 7th, 2010

Is your place pretty and pet-friendly? You can have both.

Pretty Pet Friendlyby pet style expert Julia Szabo offers many useful tips on preventing messes and furniture destruction, choosing pet-friendly fabrics, avoiding paw prints and pet hair everywhere, keeping air fresh and much more.


This pet bookeven looks stylish sitting on your coffee table. The dog on the cover is cute, but it’s the black-and-white cat with the sweet-curious expression that always made me smile. Pretty Pet-Friendlyis a hardy 182 pages, not counting a resource guide in the back. Szabo doesn’t leave you hanging as to where to get the items she discusses. Pretty Pet-Friendly also offers tips on avoiding toxic foods and additives, as well as watching out for allergens.

Szabo’s bookis full of advice you may not have heard before. One tip I thought was interesting: Cover the bottom of your box springs with a fitted sheeted upside down to prevent kitty from tearing into it. That also keeps the sides of your box springs looking pretty!

The author certainly seems like someone who has done a great job of integrating lots of pets into her life and home without compromising on style. My only complaint with the book is that it lacks color photos on the inside, something I might expect for a book on style. However, there are plenty of black-and-white prints to keep you company inside the book.

Overall, I’d recommend Pretty Pet Friendly for tips on keeping your home tidy, while also not compromising the comfort and playfulness of your pets. Szabo is also the author of Animal House Styleand The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts

Disclosure: I received a copy at no charge for review purposes.

2 Responses to ““Pretty Pet-Friendly” Review”

  1. Katelyn on March 7, 2010 7:40 am

    I may just need a copy of this book. My dog is fairly tidy and well behaved, but the puppy is another story. He’s always muddy, messy and very chewy. Any tips in there for a puppy that is over a year old and still chewing everything in sight?

  2. Peggy on March 7, 2010 4:37 pm

    Ah, sounds like you need a different book: “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” by Cesar Millan. I’m reading that one now! Or you could catch that episode (companion to the book) on National Geographic channel.

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