Izzy’s Cause: Helping families afford their pets’ cancer treatments

We have been so sad to see some of our Instagram dog friends succumb to cancer in the recent months.  Once of those dogs was @izzythegiantschnauzer.  She was diagnosed with lymphoma about seven months ago.  Lymphoma is unfortunately not curable in dogs.

Thanks to the wonderful care and specialists at the Animal Cancer and Imaging Center (ACIC) in Canton, Michigan, Izzy was able to go into remission and live out many happy, healthy months with her family before the cancer caught up to her again.  She lost her fight last week.

Izzy’s family is well aware that many dog parents in the same position would love to extend the life of their furry family member, but the cost of treatment can be prohibitive.  Izzy’s one round of chemotherapy (6 cycles) and related check-ups cost nearly $5,000.

For this reason, they have started a GoFundMe page in Izzy’s memory and 100% of donations will go to ACIC’s non-profit organization called the Popeye Animal Cancer Foundation.  The foundation helps disadvantaged pet parents alleviate the financial burden that often accompanies pet cancer treatments.

We are excited to announce through this coming weekend, March 22-24, 50% of the profits of any of our Dylan Bandanas sold will go to Izzy’s GoFundMe page.  Izzy owned the above bandanas and they looked smashing on her.  We’re sure she’d love to see other furry friends enjoy a little color and flair around their necks while doing good!

We welcome others to share their stories here about navigating the journey when a pet is diagnosed with cancer.  So many could benefit from parents sharing their experiences, resources, victories and heartbreaks.

xoxo

Kristin + Trixie + Ziggy

 

Cherries Jubilee: our new Walker collection

One of Minneapolis’ most recognizable icons is the “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen – created for the Walker Art Center in 1988, and now resides in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the largest urban sculpture park in the world.

Oldenburg is an artist known for making oversized versions of everyday objects and food products. The spoon was Oldenburg’s idea, who had a habit of doodling spoons ever since 1962 when he was inspired by a spoon resting on a piece of fake chocolate. The cherry was van Bruggen’s idea.  She wanted to use it as a comment on the garden’s otherwise staid layout.  The cherry’s stem acts as a fountain which sprays into the bowl of the spoon and off into the pond beneath. Even the pond itself has meaning – shaped to resemble a linden seed, drawing attention to the rows of linden trees nearby.

Our new Walker collection is an ode to this icon.  Both our Downtown Button-down Shirt by Dog Threads and Dylan Bandana feature a gorgeous, lightweight cotton lawn fabric sprinkled with mini cherries on a black background.  So sweet and playful!

They’re the perfect pick-me-up in anticipation of spring weather and warmer days ahead!  It’s a limited edition so (cherry) pick ’em while you can!

xoxo

Kristin + Trixie + Ziggy

 

DLR pop-up at Spoils of Wear

One of my favorite parts of exhibiting at markets is meeting other like-minded entrepreneurs.  Inevitably I meet some pretty inspiring people who are passionate about making the world a better place in any way they can, one step at a time.

I met Jill Erickson, founder of Spoils of Wear – an online and brick & mortar boutique, at last month’s North Local Market in downtown Minneapolis. Her sunny and playful nature is so contagious, her style is to-die-for and we share a love of dogs.  We became fast friends.

Spoils of Wear is in a cute and bustling St. Paul neighborhood near the corner of Snelling & Selby.  There you can purchase all of the adorable outfits, jewelry and accessories that Jill would sport every day at the market and in her mirror selfies on Instagram.

What I found out is there is a very important mission and there are stories that need to be told behind the fashion.  The products found at Spoils of Wear focus on local production, organic textiles, and fair trade practices, among other socially and environmentally sustainable qualities.

They provide a broad range of opportunities for you to buy truly unique, lasting items at a fair price.  In turn, supporting artisans, Benefit Corporations, and other wholesalers dedicated to a common goal: ethical practices in the fashion industry.

Jill has said, “I strive to buy my clothes more consciously, it’s a fight against ‘fast fashion’ – an industry that values profits over people and artisanship.  My job is to ask the questions and serve up the spoils – the best of the brands that care about what their clothing is made of, where it’s being made, and who is making it.”  This is a fight we can get behind!

    

When Jill asked if Dog Love Repeat would like to pop-up at her shop for their February 2-3 dog event, we couldn’t contain our excitement!  We’ll be set up 10-6, Saturday and Sunday.  I will be there in person with Trixie & Ziggy on Sunday and am so excited to show off our new twinning offerings – just in time for Valentine’s Day! (more on that to come.)  Also custom doggy sketches by local artist Kira Fenn are available by appointment.  $30 includes a 10-minute sketch session with Kira (one dog please), and you receive an 8″ x 12″ drawing to take home that day.  That’s an amazing deal!

If you’re not able to attend the event, we encourage our Twin Cities friends to check out this sweet, cozy, dog-friendly shop on another day and say ‘hi’ to Jill and shop dog, Daisy the pug!

xoxo

Kristin + Trixie + Ziggy

 

How to help victims of the California wildfires

Our hearts go out to our friends, customers and all who have ties to California as more than 250,000 people have been evacuated from their homes because of the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

We want to do our little part to try to help.  Starting today through November 17th, 50% of profits from sales of our Sea Waves Dylan Bandana (printed design by artist Elizabeth Graeber) will be donated to the Humane Society of Ventura County to help animals evacuating from the fires.

As the wildfires continue to rage, there are many ways we can help and support those suffering.  Here are some local, regional, and national organizations seeking help for relief efforts. (attribution: refinery29.com)

American Red Cross workers have set up temporary shelters and food sites across the state.
Donate to the efforts by visiting redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donors can even specifically request their monies go towards California relief efforts by writing the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check made out to the organization.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation supports the first responders fighting on the frontlines of the wildfires. They are currently requesting donations to put towards hydration backpacks for the firefighters.
The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports immediate recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as long-term preparedness efforts.
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is partnering with United Way of Ventura County to collect donations for its its Disaster Relief Fund.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation is raising money through its Fire Relief Fund.
Baby2Baby is working to get high-need items to children affected by the ongoing Camp, Hill, and Woolsey fires in California. Help them supply diapers, wipes, blankets, and other basic baby essentials to families in need by purchasing from their registry.
Donate directly to Direct Relief, which helps provide resources to healthcare agencies and first responders in wildfire-affected areas across California. Tito’s Handmade Vodka has pledged to match all donations, up to $15,000.
CNN’s Impact Your World initiative has created a page to collect donations that will go towards supporting seven organizations including The Community Foundation Sonoma County, Convoy of Hope and Direct Relief.
The Firefighters Charitable Foundation accepts donations to support volunteer fire stations and helps wildfire victims.
California Volunteers, a state office that manages volunteer programs in California, has created a list of services and donation options to help victims affected by the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires. Use this list to find information about making donations and volunteering.

Hounds & Hops Fashion Show

Signaling the end of Minnesota’s dog days of summer, City Pages Minneapolis is hosting their second annual dog-friendly event, Hounds and Hops, on Saturday, September 22 in the Minneapolis North Loop neighborhood. We love that a portion of the proceeds will benefit Secondhand Hounds.

We had such a blast hosting and emceeing the DLR dog and human fashion show last year, we’re doing it again.  We are recruiting some of our friends to walk the runway and rock our dog and human apparel, including Murrow the Frenchie, Leo the Lionpup, Gus Gus In The City, Waffles Vonfurryface, 3 of a Kind Plus 1, Dood Named Nelson and more!  Just a peek at what the runway looked like last year…

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To pay proper homage to human’s best friend, bring your (well behaved, leashed) pup and grab a local brew from 612BREW to enjoy an afternoon full of tail wags and wet kisses.  Experience treats from dog friendly vendors, mouth-watering food trucks (for two-and four-legged friends alike!) and a chance to meet local Instagram famous dogs including PointerProblems, Endeavors of Ego, Christopher Cline, Gus Gus In The City, Holly and Juneau & more!

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (fashion show 1-1:30)

901 N. 2nd St.

This event is for humans and rovers of all ages.
Ages 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-12: $5
Ages 13+: $10

Other vendors and sponsors:
612BREW
Duluth Coffee Company
Minnesota Lottery
American Rug Laundry
NutriSource Pet Foods
Edina Realty
Metro Dogs Daycare & Boarding
Dog Days St. Paul
Hewing Hotel
Psychic Cynthia
Darby’s Pub and Grill
HH Chrome for a Cause; Honeys Hats, LLC.
Envy Skin Clinic
Farrell’s North Loop
Smart Cookie MN
Loop Dental
Martin’s Clothing Boutique / North Shore Apparel
Raw Bistro Pet Fare
Lucy & Co.
Clear Health Chiropractic
1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
Brandi Warmbier- State Farm Agent
Twin Cities Obedience Training Club (TCOTC)
Turbo Tim’s Anything Automotive
Lifted Optics
Vals Brew Treats
9 Yum Yum Ice Cream
The Fabled Rooster
Thai Thai Street Food

We hope to see our local friends there!

Reach out to us with questions or comments at hello@dogloverepeat.com

xoxo

Kristin + Trixie

Pretty Fluffy: a blog for stylish dog lovers

When you launch a brand new business, you remember those who believed in you and your vision at the onset.  Pretty Fluffy, the dog blog founded and edited by Serena Faber Nelson, has been cheering us on since the beginning.  We’ve been extremely flattered by their support, as their blog was an integral source of research as we worked to formulate our product line.

Pretty Fluffy is all about making life with your dog sweeter and easier – for both of you.  Whether it’s the latest on-trend dog bandana, a healthy dog treat recipe, or a handy tip sheet to take better photos of your dog – they’re all about keeping it fun, simple and stylish.

Founder Serena Faber Nelson is a writer, television producer and dog lover and currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

Told by university professors that reports on local dog shows were not acceptable forms of journalism, Serena sought out a career in lifestyle television. Over the past decade her work has been featured on award winning Australian shows such as RPA, Selling Houses Australia, Harry’s Practice and What’s Good for You.

In 2010 Serena created Pretty Fluffy as a place where dedicated dog owners could find stylish products, modern advice, and inspiration for living well with their pets.

Since Pretty Fluffy’s launch, Serena has been a regular contributor to publications such as Modern Dog Magazine, Cesar’s Way, Dogs Life and more.

Serena has worked as a recipe developer for Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine, and in 2012 released her first eBook, co-authored with Sarah Dickerson, 52 Weeks of Treats – Simple and Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Every Season.

A passionate advocate for animal welfare and responsible pet ownership, Serena has been featured on MamaMia and Hope 103.2 Radio discussing prominent welfare issues animals face today.

So much to explore and learn on Pretty Fluffy!

    

What were your favorites? Tell us all about it at hello@dogloverepeat.com

xoxo

Kristin + Trixie

@gusgusinthecity: Our hometown Instagram dog celeb & hero

One of our very favorite Instagram dog accounts happens to be a local Minneapolis pup – @gusgusinthecity.  His feed is full of gorgeously shot photos, inspired dog style and breathtaking back drops.  You can understand why we went gaga when we finally met Gus and his mom, Katie, at the Dog Day event in Minneapolis a fews weeks ago!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trixie pulled Gus Gus aside and asked him some hard hitting questions only another dog could ask…

Trixie: Gus Gus, I can’t believe it’s really you after seeing you in lots of photos!  You’re smaller than you look in pictures!  How did you end up living in Minneapolis just like me?

Gus Gus: When my mama found me, I was in North Carolina.  She took me to her home in Richmond, Virginia where we lived for the first 7 months of my life.  We soon moved to Minneapolis, which is where she grew up. So now I get to see family all the time and get spoiled regularly!  I am not too fond of the winters, but the summers make it worth it.  Our favorite place to walk is over the Stone Arch Bridge!

Trixie: Winters are brutal, aren’t they?  But when it’s nice in Minnesota, it’s REALLY nice.  The Stone Arch Bridge is such a historical and iconic landmark! What are your favorite things to do and eat?

I LOVE to sleep!! and eat!! I would love to be able to combine those two things together!! I also love playing with my pupper friends!! I have 3 Frenchie friends that I play with regularly and they keep me fit and lean. When I’m not doing any of those three things, I’m cuddled up with my mama!  The closer the better! I don’t discriminate when it comes to treats. I love everything from peanut butter to bison bites to carrots and lettuce! I don’t get a lot of table scraps, but I always get tastes of the veggies and fruits that my mama eats. If something drops on the floor, my motto is ‘eat first, ask questions later!’

Trixie: We’ve got a lot in common, my friend.  Doesn’t get any better than sleeping, eating and cuddling.  I know you’ve gotten to travel a lot…what’s one of your favorite trips?

Gus Gus: My all time favorite trip was this past January to SoCal! My mama and I went to San Diego and drove up to LA for one night. I met about 30 of my Instagram dog friends and they were even cooler in dog! One of my Instagram friends even invited me to be on a San Diego news channel with her. Her mama had landed a deal with “Shark Tank” and needed some models for the dog costume she made!

Trixie: Whaaa??? That is crazy incredible you got to be on TV!  My mom was on TV once and she didn’t bring me (*sigh*). I know it’s not always fun and games for you.  You have an important job as a therapy dog, right?

Gus Gus: I do! I love bringing joy and happiness to those that need it. You are required to pass a therapy dog test to volunteer as a therapy dog. A lot of testing sites will require you to go through their training program first. In addition, I took the canine good citizen test for good measure. It isn’t required, but I wanted to make sure that I was ready to do the job!

I volunteer every other week at a hospital. Each time I am there, I feel like I have made someone’s day. One time a war veteran asked for a therapy dog to visit him. When we got to his room, I told him that my name was Gus and he said, ‘well that’s perfect! I lost my buddy overseas and his name was Gus – I feel like he’s here with me now.’

Trixie: I have to say, I’ve got goose bumps hearing that story.  You are a special dog in more ways than one, Gus!  You have over 40,000 followers who think the same.  What do you think are the keys to becoming an Instagram influencer?

Gus Gus: I get this question a lot! I think the best advice I can give is to engage with others and have a genuine interest in them! Other than that, I think bright, crisp photos with funny captions help!

Fast and the Furry: dog-friendly run/walk & pet expo

We met the founders of Fast and the Furry last summer at a Minneapolis event and fell in love with their mission…More than just an athletic event, the Fast and the Furry event proceeds directly benefit People and Pets Together, one of the nation’s first surrender prevention programs.  This provides a unique opportunity for participants to fundraise for any Minnesota-based animal charity.  Find out more to set up a personal fundraising campaign.

The 7th annual Fast and the Furry is one of the Twin Cities’ premier outdoor pet-friendly events! Runners, walkers and their pups participate in a 5K run/walk or an 8K run. Both distances are open to participating with your canine companion.

Here is where Dog Love Repeat comes in…we’ll be set up at the Pet Expo – free and open to the general public – where sponsors and vendors offer interactive stations and promote their products and services.  In addition, you’ll be able to check out our colorful spring/summer line on adorable dogs in the doggie fashion show! DLR founder, Kristin Trudeau, will be emceeing the show.  We would love to see all of your friendly faces and fur babies there!

 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 19, 2018!  Register and get in on a fun bonding experience with your pooch while doing so much good!

Kelley’s Landing – Harriet Island
200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102CE DAY – SATURDAY, MAY 19TH

7 a.m. – Packet Pickup and Registration Open
7 a.m. – 12 noon – Pet Expo Open
8 a.m. – 8K Race Start
9:15 a.m. – 8K Awards
9:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk Start
10:30am – 5K Race Awards

Mother’s Day gift ideas for fur moms (to buy for yourself!)

May 13th is fast approaching and we KNOW your pooches want to show you how much they love you…they just need a little assistance!  Consider us their personal shopper.

Wear Wag Repeat: a blog for stylish dog moms


A month or so after we launched in May 2017, I came across the blog, Wear Wag Repeat, founded by Tori Mistick.  Of course I was first struck by how similar our business names were and immediately thought, ‘I bet we have some similarities.’  Indeed we did.

Tori’s blog started in 2013 as a place to share her personal style, great photos of her dog and lifestyle tips. She tries to have as much fun as she can every day and to enjoy life as much as her dog, Lucy, does. She is the quintessential renaissance woman with expertise in social media, event planning, modeling, acting and community organizing.  Her DIY ideas are so fantastic – ranging from creating frozen watermelon dog treats to fabricating floral back drops for your dog photos.

Fast forward 10 months and I find myself chatting with Tori via Skype about Dog Love Repeat for Wear Wag Repeat’s Episode 18 podcast.  I had never talked in person with Tori before this interview, but it felt like we were old friends chatting on the sofa.  She was so relatable and her questions were so insightful…many aimed to give insight to listeners who have similar entrepreneurial dreams or aspirations, on how to make those a reality.

It’s such an honor to be featured, especially among many amazing women all over the world who are inspired by the joy, fun and pure love that their dogs bring to their lives. These women have named their companies after their pups, created products to help them, and raised money to help other pets in need.  Take a listen below at how the conversation went down, then be sure to check out other inspiring stories and the women behind them.