I have a confession to make: my dog’s two bowls cost more than all of my dishes and flatware. I don’t make this statement furtively or with embarrassment; while I use mine regularly to eat (and sometimes host others), North’s bowls sit out all the time. Similar to a vase, function plus decoration equals a higher allowable price tag… and that’s reason enough.

I couldn't help doing my research – I was so excited for my puppy pick-up date that choosing supplies was the only thing that could curb my enthusiasm! In the end, I splurged on "Lil' Pup" Dog Bowls ($69.95).

There are plenty of great alternatives out there in all styles and price ranges. To check out some of the fab ones you PetMarked (without PetSugar's help, I might add!),