Saturday, October 1, 2016

Long Island Small Dog Boarding
TLC for little doggies...minis, toys and teacups.
Loving care for small breed dogs—15 pounds and under

As a stay at home doggie mom/graphic designer with two little Yorkies of my own, (one under 4 pounds) I understand the unique needs of these little bundles of joy as well as the concerns of pet parents. 

I became The Doggie Nanny several years ago after having difficulty finding a safe place to board my own little dogs.

If a small dog is a member of your family, you know that they require lots of love and TLC—but what happens when you have to leave town? Where can you send your little doggie to get the special attention they are used to?
  • To A family member who is not used caring for little fur babies?
  • To a dog boarding kennel that takes all sizes and breeds?
  • To your vet who will keep your baby crated except for a few potty breaks?
  • Should you keep them home alone waiting for a dog walker or pet sitter who visits your home a few times a day?
If you live on Long Island, there is a happy alternative—
Linda—The Doggie Nanny! 

The Doggie Nanny only caters to small breed dogs. Minis, toys and teacups have their own special needs which most dog boarding facilities and doggie day camps are just not equipped for.
If you would like to know morecall me at 631-742-4176

We are located north of exit 49 on the LIE,
Suffolk County, Long Island NY

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day from The Doggie Nanny!

Bella as the Valentine Princess

Last year I went to the 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show withBella-- my little Yorkiepoo. I created several dresses for the the event not knowing which one I would put on her.

She wore this dress inspired by gowns of the past worn by European Royalty-- (see my board on Pinterest).

I had some beautiful embroidered silk and coordinating trim that looked perfect for a Royal Princess.  I made a crown also from vaious materials--including a plastic soda bottle! She looked just grand!  
There were many amazing costumes on people and their pets at the Fashion Show-- people must have been  sewing for months in preparation for this annual event. I know I was sewing for at least 2 months to make my dresses and crowns for the event.

I made three dresses, two crowns and one cape but Bella decided she would wear the pink silk Princess Dress-- (on right)  :)

Here are some photos of Bella in her other outfit, which I decided would become her
Valentine Princess dress.

Bella as the Valentine Princess

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bella as the Valentine Princess

Bella as the Valentine Princess

Photos by The Doggie Nanny

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Doggie Nanny Boutique is open

Being a small dog lover has taken me down many roads. From pet sitting, to pet photography and now to pet fashion designer!  I am happy to announce the opening of The Doggie Nanny Boutique!

One of a kind items, handmade my me are on sale through this popular site where people sell unique items not found anywhere else.  I am especially proud of my Mini Top Hats which start out as a flat piece of felt and are sewn and decorated into a one-of-a-kind miniature hat that can be used for pets, dolls and even as newborn photography prop!

Great gifts for pet lovers, my items are made from quality materials, hand sewn and crafted by me!
After years of sewing my own clothing, drapes, pillows etc, I took on pet fashion as well and that led to the hat collection.  More hats to come!  They are just about my favorite thing to make now.

Be sure to visit my boutique and tell your friends!

Click here to visit The Doggie Nanny Boutique

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's the season of giving thanks. We have so much to be thankful for.

It is difficult to comprehend just how blessed we are in this country. Many of you know that we adopted a few years ago from Ukraine. Visiting the former Soviet Union was an eye opening experience. It dramatically demonstrated to me just how blessed I have been throughout my life; we have never been without food, heat, electricity, clothes or anything that we needed. We have always lived in abundance.

I want to take this moment to thank all our Doggie Nanny families who have boarded their little precious dogs with us over the years. Thank you for trusting us with your beloved pets. Thank you for letting us enjoy them while you were away. Thank you for your friendships!

We pray for God's blessing on you and your families this holiday season!

Here is a little video to enjoy of our guests from Nov 2007 to enjoy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Long Island Dog Boarding -- TLC for small breed dogs with The Doggie Nanny

Looking back...Long Island Small Dog Boarding
with The Doggie Nanny

I thought it would be a good time to post on somethings that happened over the years.

In 2010 I became a foster mom for Yorkie Rescue 911. So far we helped in the adoptions of 8 beautiful little dogs. It was wonderful to be part of the process of helping these little dogs find new homes-- helping them regain their confidence after finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings and later introducing them to their new families. If you are thinking about adding a new little dog to your family, please consider adopting from Yorkie Rescue 911. Visit the site to see the available dogs. The list is updated frequently. You might also consider becoming a foster family for one of these precious little pets. I guarantee you will find it very rewarding.

In 2011 we fostered a senior dog that has been named Van Gogh by Rescue911-- a perfect name for this little guy as was found with one crumpled up  ear on the streets of Brookhaven. 

 I was wondering if we could find this old little man a nice home where he can enjoy the rest of his life when a miracle happened!  Watch the video about Van Gogh and his incredible story!


As an Art Driector/Graphic Designer I have always had an interest in photography.  Over the past year, I expanded my equipment and have been working on flash photography.  I have done still life food photography for several years now for a local bakery, but this year I did my first out-of-house photo shoot using a professional flash set up.

December 2013 I was the photographer at a Christmas photo shoot at Petsmart for Yorkie 911 Rescue--complete with Santa. Their regular photographer was not available so I had the opportunity to fill in. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, so we didn't have the hoped for turnout. But still, we got some very nice dogs and pet parents to sit for us.  Here is a sample of some of the photos.

If you are having a pet event and need a photographer--give me a call!

To see all the photos from the shoot-- click here
Photography by THE DOGGIE NANNYPhotography by THE DOGGIE NANNY Photography by THE DOGGIE NANNYPhotography by THE DOGGIE NANNYPhotography by THE DOGGIE NANNY

And of course if you are looking for someone to care for your little doggies while you are away, give me a call!  631 742 4176.  Or visit: 

Celebrating St Patrick's Day on Long Island!

Happy St Patrick's Day
From The Doggie Nanny and Bella!

Long Island Small Dog Boarding
with The Doggie Nanny
TLC for Little Doggies--Minis, Toys and Teacups

Cageless, home boarding for little fur babies.

Here is our little Bella, all dressed up and
ready for a parade...bagpipes and all!
Costume designed and made by The Doggie Nanny


The Doggie Nanny and her little doggies celebrate St Patrick's Day

#stpatricksday #stpaddysday #stpatrickdaycostume #stpatrickdog

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Frenchie's Kitchen Dog Food at the 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show

Frenchie's Kitchen-- 
fresh dog food, served at the
2014 New York Pet Fashion Show

A number of vendorsThe 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show, but none of them had the reaction from the dogs that Frenchie's Kitchen generated!  

Absolutely yummy looking portions of this all natural, frozen dog food were offered
to all the dogs in attendance.  It was noted by many, that the dogs ate up every morsel
on their individual servings-- and wanted more!

The food is not over processed.  It looks like food you would make
in your own kitchen for your fur baby.

Based in Texas, Frenchie's Kitchen is available in a limited number of locations
at the present time, but their products can be purchased over the internet.

Doggie Nanny Recommended!

My dog Bella was at the show, and she loved Frenchie's Kitchen Chicken Dinner.
I was tempted to have some myself it looked so good!

Here is one of the dogs at the Fashion Show about to enjoy
a sample of Frenchie's Kitchen.
Dinner is served!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 New York Pet Fashion Show at the Hotel Pennsylvania

The  2014 New York Pet Fashion Show at the Hotel Pennsylvania was very well attended this year--a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Mayor's Alliance of NYC to help homeless pets.  Not only were there lots of beautiful dogs of all sizes in costumes, many fur parents went all out for the occasion too.

There were vendors with many unique products, great food, a cash bar to start the evening off.  Then the fashions began on the catwalk-- or this time, the dogwalk--with models and pups showing off designs by several Pet Fashion Designers --but the best part of the evening was the finale, when pet parents and their doggies got to walk the runway and show off their own designs.  What fun!

Many of New York's Doggie Celebrities were there as well as some of NYC's top Pet Fashion Designers.

Here is a short video with my photos -- hope you join us there next year!

Bella's Dress for the 2014 Pet Fashion Show
by The Doggie Nanny
inspiration: Crown Jewels

Dress by The Doggie Nanny for the  New York Pet Fashion Show  -- 2014
Bella's Gown for the New York Pet Fashion Show
click to enlarge
Dress by The Doggie Nanny

MTV Covered the event too!

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A great video by the Wall Street Journal explains the event:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Finding Inspiration for The Doggie Fashion Show of the Year in NYC! | The New York Pet Fashion Show

Getting inspired for the 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show!

(Formerly know as the Pre-Westminster Dog Fashion Show) 

How do you get ideas for a new design? 

The theme of this year's NYC Dog Fashion show is

 "Crown Jewels of Fashion and Rescue"

One way to start a new design is to look for inspiration from the past.
I found some images for inspiration for a doggie gown
If I have time, I plan on sewing a few costumes.

To start, I have some embroidered silk that I think would make a beautiful skirt to a doggie gown, with a coordinating silk for the bodice.  I pulled some bling from my embellishment box and began to work out a design.

This is where I started:

And the final result:

2014 New York Pet Fashion Show
Bella's Gown for the New York Pet Fashion Show
Bella's Gown designed and sewn by The Doggie Nanny

Here are some beautiful gowns and jewels I found for inspiration.Visit my Pinterest board for more inspiration.

When I think of "Royal" red velvet and white silk seem to come to mind immediately, so I think I will have to create something in that color scheme too!