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Confession: I need your help.
Topics and products I need to address on this blog are piling up, but I don’t know where to begin.
So, I’m letting you decide.
With a comment, let me know which of these things you want to see me write about tomorrow.
1. The Pooch Pouch
2. EzyDog Shock Absorbing Leash
3. Lincoln Bark treats
4. Pretty, pretty little Princess
I’ll do what you say! Vote with a comment by 10 p.m. CST time.
Whichever topic gets the most votes will be the thing I write about on this blog tomorrow!
In the meantime, take a moment to enter my Diamond Pet Foods grain-free giveaway!
Scooby put on his old rooster costume for a Halloween party at Queen of Paws Boutique last Saturday.
But he walked out of the shop wearing something else entirely.
In addition to advocating and celebrating dogs, blogger Terri G. also makes beautiful pet accessories by hand. Her knit bandanas and more are sold right alongside my Beer Paws merchandise at Queen of Paws.
Scooby and his friend Roxy patiently allowed their mamas to slip them into various pieces from the Sophia & Niko line.
Scooby looked so handsome in his new salmon-colored bandana that we didn’t take it off until last night!
Head over to Time for Poodles to see a great portrait of him wearing it!
You can also see more highlights from the Bow Wow Ween party in today’s post at BeerPaws.com.
Recently, I announced that I founded a little business.
Well, it’s so far so good in Beer Paws land.
And the sales – with a portion of proceeds directly supporting Tessa, a Midwest Adopt-a-Bull dog – are happening.
My first product, Beer Paws button style bottle openers, adorn the collars of many Kansas City area dogs, including:
Beer Paws have also been seen on dogs who live very far away!
It’s so exciting for me to see Team Beer Paws growing.
And, of course, I want it to get even bigger.
So, I’m hoping you all will help me spread the word, in exchange for an opportunity to win something cool.
Here’s the prize:
1 Stainless Steel Water Bottle for Dogs + 1 Beer Paws Button Style Bottle Opener
The bottle is awesome. The screw top lid opens two ways. The bigger opening allows you to fill it with fresh water for your pooch. The smaller, top opening contains a ball bearing that controls the flow of the water so your dog can drink from it. You can find similar bottles all over the internet for $10-$20. One winner will get this one for free plus one of my bottle openers.
Three ways to win:
- Leave a comment below telling my why you want to win (mandatory – 1 entry)
- Tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #beerpaws (bonus entry)
- LIKE Beer Paws on Facebook and leave a Facebook comment related to the giveaway (bonus entry)
This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook. Entries close at 12:01 a.m. CST Sunday, June 2. One winner will be randomly selected via random.org and contacted by email. If the winner does not respond within three days, a new winner will be randomly selected.
U.S. residents only, please. (Sorry – I promise to do an international giveaway soon.)
Somebody out there sure loves me.
Yesterday, I received an email from Yellow Brick Home, informing me that I have been “anonymously gifted a custom mini, modern portrait” of Scooby the elderpin.
I’m so excited I could almost cry!
If you’ve never seen the awesome pet portraits that Yellow Brick Home offers through its tiny division called The Pet Shop, go check ‘em out now. You might even recognize some familiar fuzzy faces from the blogosphere in the pet gallery!
Meanwhile, I’m now furiously sifting through pictures of the elderpin that I can send to Yellow Brick Home for inspiration as they turn him into a piece of fine art!
To whoever is responsible for this beautiful opportunity:
Thanks with all my heart - and Scooby’s, too!
Are you our secret admirer? Do you have a portrait of your pet?
Stories of people who strike out to follow their dreams are always inspiring.
Christine Gregory is the Queen of Paws – well, she is the woman behind a pet business of that name, anyway. Through her shop and QueenofPaws.com Christine offers her four-legged customers an assortment of posh and local products, from apparel to treats and bath supplies. I envy her for the days she gets to spend at her Prairie Village, Kansas, shop, surrounded by fun pet stuff and the dogs who come in for grooming, aromatherapy and a romp in her day play studio.
Recently, I asked Christine to tell me more about her business and how it came to be.
How did you become a dog person?
When I was a little we got our first Shihtzu, Shasi Ling. Since I never had 2-legged children, the 4-leggers have been my babies. I can’t imagine my life without one.
Tell us about the special dog in your life.
Mykonos “Myko” Tai Ling which he’s named after my favorite Greek Island & he was also given the middle names of Shasi Ling & Tashi Tai. Never considered a male doggie but when my mom & I met him we fell in love! When my days are sad or even happy, Myko is always right there to brighten my day even more.
What do you want Queen of Paws to be for customers?
We cater to our clients’ loved ones, providing them with a day of relaxation and pampering. Our belief is that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance, and we’re commited to meeting those needs. Customers love the intimate setting and special attention they get along with their pets. Our boutique offers unique specialty items for the pet that likes the best!
How long did you have your online store before you were able to open the brick-and-mortar location?
Prior to the brick-and-mortar location my mother & I traveled the midwest setting up a booth to sell my designer collars and other boutique-related items for 6 years. Three years ago an opportunity came my way to rent space within a co-op to sell my designs along with a broader array of items. During that time is when I started my online store and August 1, 2012, is when I branched out on my own.
What is it like to have a pet-based business right now?
It’s a dream come true! It’s not about being self-employed and my own boss. It’s truly a labor of love. Being surrounded with pets day after day, giving them the love and attention they deserve is so fulfilling. I worked in corporate America for 22 years and knew it was time I go after a dream that my mother and I shared for many years. Besides being with my 4-legger clients and carrying on a dream in memory of my mother.
How do you choose products to feature in your shop?
I travel to pet trade shows to see the new trends. A lot of research goes into selecting what I will feature in my boutique. If it’s not something I would give Myko, then I won’t have it here. Quality is very important to me. If I don’t believe in it, then I obviously can’t sell it.
How does supporting animal rescue help build your business?
There are too many pets that are homeless and in need of medical care. I believe in giving back to the community and to the animals that give us unconditional love. I host adoptions in my facility along with events benefiting local charities for animals and humans. I don’t believe in profiting from the sale of animals and supporting puppy mills and backyard breeders. Please spay & neuter. Adopt, don’t shop.
Queen of Paws is giving Wayward Dogs readers a chance to win a locally-made product that will help make your pet more kissable for Valentine’s Day.
For your chance to win an 8-oz bottle of Rupert’s Smoochable Doggie & Kitty Mouth Spray, just follow the directions at the link below!
***************Click here to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway is now closed. The randomly selected winner is Krystal Miller.
Check out the ad for Queen of Paws and other fun pet-based businesses in my Valentine’s Day gift guide for dog lovers.
To learn more about the giveaway prize, check out my Rupert’s review.
This post and giveaway is sponsored by Queen of Paws.
Linda Brown has never met my foster dog but in a rather direct way, she touches him every day.
She made his collar.
Linda’s handiwork (literally the work of her hands) graces the necks of dogs all over the world.
She’s the designer behind waggiwear™ collars and leashes, a cheery line of colorful pet accessories handmade in Mission, Kansas.
Prior to meeting Linda, I had never purchased a handmade collar for a dog. When it comes to dog accessories, I tend to opt for utility over fashion.
I hate to see my rough and tumble pups destroy something beautiful.
However, I noticed the durability of waggiwear collars on other dogs. And after Charlie Machete returned from his failed adoption, I felt the need to celebrate him with an accessory that would help catch people’s eyes.
So, I reached out to Linda.
She met me at a coffee shop, and I bought the “dante,” a beautiful blue collar named after a dog that belongs to Amy of Fido Fetch Photography.
Although he hasn’t found a forever family yet, the pop of blue against Charlie Machete’s coal black coat never fails to earn him attention at adoption events and anywhere he meets people for the first time.
What impresses me most about waggiwear, though, is the fact that the collar never slips off his head.
Prior to outfitting him in waggiwear, this was a serious problem in our household.
I can think of at least three separate occasions when I grabbed Charlie Machete by his old, cheap buckle collar, he wiggled his head out of it and rushed immediately into a tangle or the street.
This never happens anymore.
I can honestly say that since he began wearing it every day, Charlie Machete’s waggiwear collar has saved us a lot of trouble, if not his life.
We don’t have one yet, but Linda also makes leashes to match the waggiwear collars. And she debuts fresh designs of all her products throughout the year, including around holidays, such as Valentine’s Day.
Waggiwear isn’t just for dogs, either.
Last year, Linda introduced an accessory for dog moms – wristlets.
These handy items are available in the same designs as the collars and leashes. They’re ideal to use for your keys, or to turn almost anything into something with a wrist strap that just happens to match what your dog is wearing.
If you think these wristlets are super cute, then you’re in luck…
One lucky Wayward Dogs reader (with a U.S. mailing address) will win your choice of a “sweetie pie” or “lover boy” wristlet.
********To his giveaway is now closed. To see the winner’s name, follow this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Whether or not you enter the giveaway, check out the waggiwear website. You might even recognize the handsome dog on the homepage! (Hint: It’s Charlie Machete!)
For even more fun Valentine’s Day gift ideas for dogs and dog lovers, check out my Valentine’s Day gift guide!
This post and giveaway is sponsored by waggiwear.
The words “rescued and loved” accurately describe every dog that resides in my house.
Often, I can imagine them describing me the same way. In particular, I can almost hear how Scooby the elderpin might describe me to a new friend. “That’s my Crystal. It was love at first sight when we met. And it’s a good thing I came along. That girl needed a man in her life with some maturity.”
A few weeks ago, I won a Toby and Max “Rescued & Loved” necklace in a giveaway at Pawsitively Pets.
Like the saying, the pendant can actually pull double duty – as an accessory for you or your pet.
So far at our house, my neck is the only one it has decorated. I always get compliments when I wear it.
Toby and Max is the jewelry company of designer Sandy Comstock, a longtime advocate of animal rescue organizations and a big time dog lover. Toby and Max was named after her beloved rescue dogs.
The all USA-made line of products includes an array of inspirational jewelry in sterling silver, pewter, and bronze and a whole category of Dog Lover designs, several of which appear in my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers.
The current Dog in Residence at Toby and Max’s Oregon headquarters is Oscar the Poodle, who reportedly gives all Dog Lover designs his paw of approval before they’re offered for sale. (Oscar even has his own Facebook page.)
The Toby and Max “Rescued & Loved” pendant/pet tag was featured at last year’s Emmy Awards gifting suite benefiting the Humane Society of America. A portion of all sales of that item benefits animal rescue organizations throughout the U.S. and Europe.
As the sponsor of today’s post, Toby and Max has also offered to reward one lucky Wayward Dogs reader with a “Rescued & Loved” pendant just like mine!
One winner with a U.S. mailing address will be chosen at random via random.org. Winner will be announced as an update to this post on Saturday, January 26.
To enter, click on this link:
This giveaway is now closed.
The randomly selected winner is Diana S.
As a man of a certain, indeterminate age, Scooby the elderpin isn’t usually one for toys.
Yet when I dangled in front of his nose a stuffy that came in the mail yesterday, he snatched it decidedly.
Puzzled, the big dogs tailed their Napoleonic pal as he trotted into the living room. Charlie Machete once tried to steal the loot right out of Scooby’s mouth.
He was met with a growl from the old dog and a mean “No!” from foster mama.
Scooby then settled into one of his three new beds and began to gnaw softly at the toy’s furry appendages. Less than three minutes later, he decided his new friend made a better snuggle buddy than a chew.
Can you blame him?