In Loving Memory of Kali

May 21, 2014

It is with a very heavy heart I am writing here today. We lost our sweet girl, Kali, this week. She passed away from complications of cancer. She was our first rescue. We rescued her from the shelter when she was between the ages of 5 and 7 and we had the privilege of having her in our lives just under six years.

She was beautiful. She loved her family, she loved her brothers, Brody, Riley and Jax, and she loved her cousins Bear and Bailey. She loved cookies (we called her the cookie queen), going for walks, exploring the backyard, and sticking her head out of the car window.

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Kali wasn’t just our dog. She was our sweet little girl, a sister, a best friend, a coworker, and of course our little mutt. Kali leaves behind paw prints of the life she lived and the love she gave in each of those who loved her. She will live on in each of us with her memories, love and spirit.

Kali’s best friend, Brody, learned how to love other dogs, how to dance (it’s true!), and how to play through her guidance. Kali taught her brother Riley the importance of a good cookie and a good meal (always serious business), and she taught her brother Jax to frolick through the grass at the end of the day (he loved to follow her through the yard).

Kali, you always showed your Daddy and I gratitude and gave thanks with a big smile everyday. You found happiness in the little things, so we will strive to find pure joy in moments just as you always did. Your spark for life, your smile that melted my heart, and your almond shaped eyes will forever be ingrained in my memory.

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Kali ignited my spark for creativity, love and compassion for rescue animals. I hope her legacy will continue to remind myself and others there is always a dog that needs a home, and, no matter the shape of their body, the lumps and bumps they carry, or the age they may be, their hearts are all the same and the happiness they will give you and your family is immeasurable.

We hope Kali is now at peace, running, and eating cookies with her two older brothers Rocky and Cody, and watching over the rest of our clan together. We love you so much baby girl, you will always be our princess, you will always be our beautiful little girl, and you will always be our boss lady. We really won the lottery with you and are so lucky to have known you.

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Kiss My Mutt® at Petco®

April 2, 2014

Select Kiss My Mutt® products are carried at Petco and Unleashed for Petco locations across the US for their spring run right now (February to May)! You can find our signature braided collars and leashes in select color combinations, available in multiple sizes to fit your pups needs + an exclusive style you can only find at Petco® stores!

These products will be carried in stores through May 2014 with more surprises to come soon!

 

Saving Jax and Riley, part 3

March 19, 2014

As the third part of our Saving Jax and Riley series, I will share about our sweet little Jax. Here is Jax’s rescue story…

A road trip from Nevada back to California became a life changing event in the form of a regular old pit stop (no pun intended).

It was a Sunday afternoon and my boyfriend and I were on our way back from a weekend visiting family. After driving for a few hours we decided it was time to stop for gas and snacks in an area we weren’t too familiar with. There was traffic and it was difficult getting off the highway. We missed the first exit we were trying take, so we headed a few more miles to the next exit. This “wrong” exit ended up being the best “mistake” we ever made.

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While sitting at the stop light at the end of the exit, we noticed a man that seemed a bit off. This man was holding a dog, and pacing around the intersection, acting erratically, and didn’t seem like he was in his right mind. Neither of us felt good about the situation and knew we needed to follow our intuition and keep an eye on him. Our intuition was right, and we watched as the man picked the dog up over his head and threw him down onto the sidewalk. We gasped and rushed over to the man and dog, and quickly discussed how we could handle this situation to get the dog away from this person. While we were parking the car, the man had taken refuge in between two buildings and the dog had followed behind him. We approached them slowly, asked if they needed help, and without much of a response from the man, we decided to ask if we could adopt his dog. He didn’t hesitate and said we could take his dog. Now that the situation was calm and the dog was in the safety of our hands, we realized this was just a young puppy, and a malnourished puppy at that.

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As we drove away from this “wrong” pit stop, we knew it was all so “right” and we were meant to be there at that moment to save this puppy. We named him Jax and brought him home for our clan of dogs to meet. While we weren’t sure whether we would be able to keep Jax for life or adopt him to a loving home, we knew we helped this little guy and gave him a second chance at living a life he deserves to live.

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Jax has become a part of our family and our three dogs fell in love with him just as we did. He has already been on family vacations up to the snow, he loves to play on the beach, and above all, he loves to tease his older sister Kali, and play with his brothers Brody and Riley. As we mentioned in Saving Jax and Riley part 1 and part 2, Riley and Jax have formed a bond that is unbreakable. They are best friends and are lucky to have one another. Jax is growing up to be a sweet, loving, and kind puppy. Like all of our dogs, Jax is the perfect example why we rescue dogs; to give innocent animals a second chance at life. He now lives a fulfilling life with his brothers and sisters, has play dates with friends, and loves to snuggle. We are so proud of him and will forever be thankful he is now a part of our lives.

-Jennifer

Saving Jax and Riley, part 2

March 12, 2014

As all of you probably agree, adopting your dog(s) is one of the best decisions you have ever made. You may also agree that your dogs have taught you a thing or two over the years, and rescuing our boy Riley has taught us how resilient dogs can be.

Here’s Riley’s rescue story…

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Riley was found wandering the streets of a not so nice part of town, with ears that had been cut by a person that had no business doing so. His ears were infected, he was in serious pain, and had clearly been in the wrong hands. With Riley weighing in at 90 pounds and a muscular physique, all we can assume is that somebody decided to take advantage of him. Luckily there are more good people in this world than there are bad, and a wonderful rescue helped bring Riley back to good health. He had some healing to do, but was ready to find his forever home. We were aware of Riley’s story and were ready to bring this handsome boy home to our family. We fell in love with Riley pretty quickly. Why, you ask?
1. As Riley would probably agree, it was love and kiss at first site. The moment we brought Riley out of the shelter he planted a big smooch right across my face and we knew we were friends for life.
2. This 90 pound sqeezealicious dog (yes, I said sqeezealicious!) doesn’t really know he’s 90 pounds. Riley believes he’s 5 pounds, 10 pounds, at most. So, naturally, we nicknamed him “Tiny”. He leaps onto your lap like he’s light as a feather, he climbs onto your lap while you’re sitting at your desk, and he thinks he can fit into small spaces, like your pillow, while you’re sleeping.
3. Don’t be fooled by his macho exterior, Riley is a love bug. He just wants to cuddle. And kiss. If anyone needs a hug, Riley is your man.


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4. Riley loves everyone. He finds a friend in anyone, any person, any dog, any cat.
5. Through the heart ache, pain and difficulty this dog has faced in his short life, he is trusting, loving, and kind to all living beings. Even though he may not have been shown the same kindness, he has been able find compassion and forgiveness in his own heart. And for this, I will forever admire Riley. How could this dog be so kind, so gentle, and so loving after all he’s been through? I’m so proud of him and proud to call him a member of our family.
Riley is the reason our family rescues dogs. Even though he may have a past that is unknown or difficult to understand, he is not broken, he is just misunderstood. Riley’s story represents the countless number of homeless animals across the world, and we hope his cute little self will inspire others to adopt.


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Now Riley has a family of people and dogs, and has accepted a new puppy and best friend into his life, our little Jax. Learn about Jax and his rescue story in part 3 of this series coming this week! You can see the inspiration for this 3 part series in Saving Jax and Riley, part 1 by clicking here!

-Jennifer

Saving Jax and Riley, part 1

March 3, 2014

This is a personal post by owner, Jennifer Beinke.

Hello! For those of you who don’t know me personally, I have some incredibly exciting news to share; my family has rescued a new puppy named Jax. It’s time to tell the story of Jax and his new best friend, Riley, another one of our recent rescues. It’s a story about two dogs, coming from different backgrounds, with two things in common; they were both looking for love (and found it!) and a place to finally call home (they found this too!).

Kiss My Mutt® began with a dream to combine two passions, dogs and design. Dogs make life happy and fun, and I couldn’t imagine a life without one, or a few! Rescue is very important to me and helping innocent animals in need is a gratifying cause our family is committed to. Rescue dogs are animals just looking for love, and when given the opportunity, they can teach us a few things about friendship and family.

Jax and Riley have not only found a place to call home, but have also found a best friend in each other. While they have connected with our other rescue pups, they have decided the sun rises and sets with one another. They look out for one another, love one another, and live for play time together. And, as you can see, they love to snuggle! We never expected the bond Jax and Riley would form in just a few short months, but we’re so happy they’ve found each other. We’re so proud to have these two dogs a part of our family and will share both Jax and Riley’s individual rescue stories in part 2, ‘Saving Riley’ and part 3, ‘Saving Jax’ next week!

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-Jennifer

Happy 2014!

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year from Kiss My Mutt!

Wishing you and yours (including your pups) lots of love, many dreams to fill, and moments to cherish in 2014!

Customer Appreciation!

October 4, 2013

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