I had the best four days in Dallas! Rory sat with us on the plane (you can register your pup as an emotional support animal, as well as monkeys, pigs, and miniature horses… not sure how those would work out) and patiently posed for pictures before staring out the window for the remainder of the flight. He was much better behaved than either Will or I could have hoped for and was rewarded with approximately 139,038 treats from Will’s mom when we arrived in Dallas. The perfect little pawsenger. 😉

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This trip was truly the best way to unwind for a few days before revving up for the busy holiday season. Rory got to run around outside (it hit 70 degrees there on Thursday and Friday!), play fetch in the park, and ride around with us for errands. We had delicious meals at Mi Cocina, Neighborhood ServicesOddfellows, and Toulouse and a champagne-fueled evening with Amy and her husband Wade. Thank you all for your recommendations! I definitely missed my family (who celebrated in Rhode Island) but I was not mad about the warm weather or reveled in the chance to see more of where Will grew up. I already can’t wait to go back!

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This week, we’re moving inventory into the pop-up shop on Monday, doing a shoot in the space on Tuesday, hosting a blogger/editor preview on Wednesday, and opening to the public on Friday (73 Spring Street #401 in SoHo!). And I have Will’s company holiday party on Thursday night so I’ll try to snap a few pictures on my way out the door. I’m a little crazed (between the pop-up shop and Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, it feels like I’m running two boutiques!) but I’ve always said I’m better when I’m busy. Now to survive the next four weeks and finish out the year with four days in sunny Saint Martin!!!

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P.S. If you’re getting your Cyber Monday on, don’t miss this cheat sheet to the best deals at my favorite online retailers. And a shameless plug to score 20% off at designdarling.com — we’ve temporarily sold out of a few favorite goodies but still have a ton of our best-selling acrylic pieces still in stock! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and here’s to an even better December!!!


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  1. Ahh I’m so happy you enjoyed your time in Dallas! How amazing were Neighborhood Services and Toulouse? My family goes to NHS so often that everybody that works there knows us…feels like home to me!

    Best of luck with the pop up shop! I can’t wait to see pictures.

    1. I would LOVE to know this, as well. We are moving from Hawaii to Georgia in a few months and having our Monster dog with us would be much easier. He is small enough to go as a carry-on, but would be much more relaxed if he were in my lap. Thanks!

    2. Ditto! We fly from CT to CA once a year and it’s a small fortune to have our Schnoodle stay with a family for two weeks. I’m super nervous about having him fly with us just because of the new environment and the overall anxiety of being on an airplane. I would love to know the process of registering Rory!

      I bet you didn’t know you’d become a dog-flying expert in addition to a professional blogger! 🙂

    3. I’m actually extremely disappointed that you did this.

      Per http://www.nsarco.com, this is the requirement: “The ADA defines “emotional/psychological disability” very broadly and does not limit the type of disability for which an emotional support animal can be used. The essence of the law states that if you have any emotional or psychological condition that prevents you from performing normally on a day to day basis, then you are qualified.”

      Forgive me if you have an emotional or psychological condition that prevents you from performing normally on a day to day basis, but just because you only have to check a box and pay $64.95 doesn’t mean that you should.

      1. Yes, I completely agree. I understand that it’s becoming trendy to do this in NYC and elsewhere, but it’s WRONG. A lot of people are even buying fake “therapy dog” or “emotional support” vests on Ebay to disguise their dogs.

        Why does it matter? Because it hurts those folks who actually do have severe psychological issues or use a service dog for a physical disability. Because of the increasing prevalence of people skirting the system, bringing dogs where they are not typically allowed (restaurants, planes, etc) means that legitimate service dogs are treated with suspicion.

        Mackenzie, you live in NYC. You purchase expensive clothing and tons of other items on the regular. You can afford to pay for your dog to travel with you. If you’re not willing to do that, please leave your dog at home.




        1. I completely understand the concerns listed above and apologize if I mentioned it too casually. I only mentioned it in passing to explain how he was able to travel with us instead of being dropped off with my parents’ dog in Connecticut or flying beneath the plane. As my boyfriend and I are considering a move to Dallas in the near future (which I have mentioned on my blog before), it was important for me to bring Rory with us so we could visit dog parks and see how he might adjust to living in a new city as well. It has nothing to do with convenience, finances, or gaming the system at others’ expense. I assure you that I took all the necessary precautions — filling out an online questionnaire, yes, but also speaking with a therapist and calling the airline to ensure they had space for him — before boarding the plane. And for what it’s worth, since you don’t seem to have considered the possibility, I do have an anxiety disorder that I have dealt with since my sophomore year of college and delving into that — or not — on my blog is an extremely personal decision and one that I hope you will respect as much as I respect your right to a differing opinion.

          1. I only reiterate Elizabeth’s statement:

            “just because you only have to check a box and pay $64.95 doesn’t mean that you should.”

            Your own response indicates that the decision to have your dog fly with you in-cabin is at least partially disassociated from your anxiety disorder (ie, that your motivation for doing so had to do with checking out dog parks in Dallas, rather than–in in addition to–quelling your own anxiety about flying).

            Since your blog/online persona is also part of your livelihood, I assume that hearing this type of feedback from your readers/customers is valuable to you.

            Mentioning that you took your dog in-cabin also inspires others to try the same behavior (Evidence: this comment thread). Caroline upthread indicated that she’s now interested in doing the same thing–not to quell anxiety, but because, and I quote, “having my dog with us would be much easier.”

            So. It’s wrong, or at the very least, irresponsible.

        2. Since I can’t reply below, let me tell you here. I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I have a prescription for medication, but have chosen to try to take a more natural route to dealing with this. My dog is very much a part of that natural path. Monster IS small enough to ride in the cabin. We had planned on having him ride in cabin either way. Now, if he can ride in my lap to make our travel easier, i.e., so I don’t have an anxiety attack in the middle of the Pacific, that would be wonderful. I HAVE checked into ways to register him as an emotional support animal, but I have held off because of the nefarious nature of many of the sites available because I think it is wrong to patron somewhere just willy nilly handing out vests and certificates.

          All that being said, I didn’t want to broadcast to the world that I have depression and anxiety when simply making a comment interested in the way this particular person went about making her travel plans. I haven’t been able to find anyone else to tell me about the process they went through to register their animal. It isn’t irresponsible to ask for advice, when in fact, it would make travel easier for me. And I agree with you, doing this just so it is easier, without health considerations, is wrong. But don’t throw me under the bus when you have no clue where I am coming from.

          1. Mackenzie,
            I read your blog quite regularly but have never commented before. But this is a topic i feel strongly about) I have had my dog registered as an emotional support animal for the past five years (my documentation came from a psychiatrist). I have anxiety traveling especially alone which happens to be very much part of my life as I live far away from my parents and inlaws. I don’t wish to medicate myself before every flight, so having my dog travel with me has been a huge relief. It does irk me (much like some of the above comments) because I am young, attractive and have nice things, that I couldn’t possibly have anything wrong with me to require the ESA resulting in people making inappropriate comments.

            For those who are uninformed, traveling with and ESA or any other service animal does not count toward the maximum number of pets allowed on in cabin, they are in addition to that number. So you are not taking away from anyone else being able to use an ESA or Service animal on the flight. Also, all airlines do a very good job checking to make sure the documentation is valid and comes from a reputable source.