Accessories for Dogs – Do We Need Them?

The same as there are many types of dogs in the world, we now have an increasing amount of accessories for dogs.For years dogs have been the best friends of humankind.All over the world, they live with us and as civilization has expanded they have increasingly come to be a part of our communities and societies.In times past, kings, queens, lords and generals had the social status that allowed them to own dogs as pets, rather than as animals with a specific function. The explosion of wealth and the growth of the middle class in many countries means that more of us now have the privilege to be like the kings and queens of yore.As our societies have developed, we have come to integrate our dogs more deeply into our lives. They become a part of our own identities: the way we see ourselves and the way that we express ourselves to the world around us.This is the main reason why we see a huge growth in the popularity of accessories for dogs.Historically, dog clothes and accessories for dogs were used for the purpose of finding them on the field of battle, or to identify them as having a specific role, or duty in the community. But as dogs have moved to mainly being pets, we are exploring how to use fashion to create an identity for our dogs and, importantly, to create a deeper bond with them. A great example of this is the young couple that has their BFF (best furry friend) as a surrogate baby. They get to nurture, feed and clothe their dog as a test for a baby to come.There are also very practical reasons to accessorize your dogs. Collars for identification. Clothing to protect them from excessive cold, or dirt. This is particularly important as dogs increasingly become acclimatized to indoor living and require clothing in the same way that we do. Not all breeds were bred for where they live, so dog clothing can provide protection from dirt and weather and keep our dogs healthy and happy.Is it crazy to think that our dog will look better and feel better when they are ‘accessorized’?Obviously ‘looking better’ is our own subjective opinion. But it is important to remember that if we feel that they look good when we stroll out in society, then we feel good too. And as we all know, healthy and happy dogs are usually seen with healthy and happy families!

Skating Hardware and Accessories

Skating is a popular pastime with millions of people all around the world. In order to skate you will need to own several items of skating hardware. This article takes a look at some of the most common types of skating hardware and accessories that are currently available on the market.DecksA skateboard deck is that main part of a skateboard, while the kicktails are the upward bent tips of the edge of the deck. Skateboard decks are available is a variety of sizes, but most are from 7 to 10.5 inches in width, and between 28 and 33 inches in length.They are available in a huge range of designs, so that you can pick a deck that complements your personal style.TrucksTrucks are metal devices which are designed to be attached onto the underside of the deck. The truck is composed of a baseplate, and axle and a hanger, and it also has bushings which cushion the device to allow it to turn smoothly. A bolt called the kingpin holds all of these parts together.Trucks are available in a range of sizes, the size that you choose should depend on the shape and size of the deck that you plan to fit it onto.WheelsThe skateboard wheels are attached onto the trucks. Skateboard wheels come in all different colours, so that you can choose a style of wheel that goes with the deck.BearingsThe wheels are mounted onto the truck’s axle with bearings. Bearings typically come in an industry standard size. They are also graded with the ABEC scale according to their tolerance level.Apparel, Footwear and AccessoriesHaving the right clothing is essential for expressing your love for skating. There are a variety of shirts, hoodies, crewnecks, jackets, shorts, pants, jeans, t-shirts and caps that are available to purchase. Many of the pro skaters will be sponsored by some of the leading skate apparel brands.Skating footwear not only looks great, but it will adequately support the feet and allow you to skate with ease.You can pick and choose accessories to complement your deck and your personal style. Accessories include belts, bags, watches, sunglasses, bracelets, socks and iPhone covers. DVDs featuring your favourite skating legends and moments are also available.Famous Skating BrandsThere are a huge number of clothing, shoe and hardware brands that create skating products and accessories. Some of the most famous brands include, stussy, OBEY, Huf, RADYO, DC, Vans, Supra, G-Shock, Modus and Skate Mental. Major sporting brands such as Nike and Adidas also manufacture a range of clothing that is skate inspired.Where to Purchase Skating Hardware FromThe best place to purchase skating goods and accessories from is a specialist retailer. They will have the latest products all under one roof. All major skate suppliers will have a website where you can view images and details of all of the products that they offer, along with their contact details. You can also order online and they will be able to deliver the goods directly to your door.