Review: Bret Michaels Pets Rock Collection at PetSmart

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 This summer marked the debut of an exciting new collection of pet items at PetSmart locations in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and online. The Pets Rock™ collection, inspired by legendary rocker Bret Michaels (and his German Shepherds), the collection includes dog beds, clothes, toys, food bowls and collars and leashes designed to unleash your pet’s inner rock star.

“I know there are other pet parents like me who want to show off their pets in rock-star style,” said Michaels. “I’ve been a pet lover since I was a child so I created this line for everyone who wants something unique to rock their pets’ world.”

Michaels designed the new collection with his very own pets in mind and in his signature rock-star style, complete with tattoos, skulls, thorns and faux-leather trim decorations. The collection includes his trademark doo-rag made for dogs with guitar and flame prints.

Following our attendance at the recent BlogPaws conference in Salt Lake City, we got to try out some of the items in the Pets Rock collection including:

Pets Rock Cuddler Skull/Guitar Bed

This stylish gusseted dog bed features a polyester and cotton twill cover imprinted with rock-inspired graphics and high-loft polyester filling to give Rover a comfortable place to nap. Piping on the seams ensures toughness and adds to the bed’s appeal. A non-skid bottom keeps the bed in place. Our bed is sized for larger dogs and measures 36″L x 27″W. The bed is also available in smaller sizes and in different graphic patterns. Tiki and Irie quickly decided they liked their Pets Rock bed.

Pets Rock Food Bowl

This sturdy Melamine food or water bowl features a skull and barbwire motif in the bottom of the bowl and a flame pattern on the outside. The bowl measures about 9″ on the bottom, tapering up to a 6-1/2″ top, so it holds plenty for most dog’s meals. The bottom of the bowl is finished with a non-marring rubber edge which keeps it in place when in use. The Pets Rock Food Bowl is dishwasher safe (top rack) and is also available with skull and guitar and rose and thorns patterns.

Pets Rock Outlaw Tee

This vintage-looking dog tee shirt features a faded flag motif overprinted with a rock-minded legend reading “Rebel American Outlaw 1963.” It is constructed in a cool cotton/polyester fabric which is soft and crinkly to the touch. The Tee is hand washable.

Pets Rock Pleather Vest

This eye-catching fashion accessory exudes tough-guy sensibility with its metal stud accents and embroidered cross and skull motif. Available in a variety of sizes, the vest closes securely with velcro fasteners at the neck and chest.

Pets Rock Pink Dress

Bret knows that girl (dogs) can also rock out and this outfit proves it. The top is cotton and polyester fabric in black and hot pink stripes with a studded cross and skull pattern. The attached mini-skirt is pure black “pleather” with a mock belt. Your female pooch will definitely turn heads in this getup.

Other items in the Pets Rock apparel collection include:

  • Hoodies with Tattoo, Flame, or “Live Fast, Rock Hard” or “Stop – Drop Rock & Roll” designs
  • Bret Michaels approved Dog Bandanas and Doo Rags in various patterns
  • Hair Bows for Dogs in vivid metallic colors

We also had a chance to try out the Pets Rock Embossed Leash and Collar. Both are made from heavy leather with substantial hardware. They sport a Bret Michaels signature nameplate with a “thorn vine” pattern running along the length. They are available in brown or black leather. The leashes and collars are also available in other styles and colors.

Pets Rock toys include the Double Tennis Ball Bandana and the Plush Fox Toy with interior crinkle, the Plush Animal with Squeaker, the Plush Guitar Toy with Rope and the Tour Bus Toy which includes several “hide and seek” inserts to challenge problem-solving canines.

All in all, the Bret Michaels Pets Rock collection at PetSmart offers quality products with a unique style which any dog would be proud to own. PetSmart’s Vice President Of Hardgoods Merchandising Laurie Taylor says that,

”Partnering with Bret Michaels allows us to offer pet parents unique products that are reflective of their pets’ personalities. The rocker vibe of the Bret Michaels Pets Rock collection extends PetSmart’s assortment of exclusive products, adding yet another one-of-a-kind option for pet parents.”

Stay tuned for FOUR giveaways of Bret Michaels Pets Rock products starting Tuesday!

Disclosure: We received some of the Pets Rock™ items mentioned above for review; we were not paid for our review and all opinions are entirely our own.

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