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KISS MY MUTT® was at the Hero Dog Awards featured on the Hallmark Channel thanks to Modern Dog Magazine! Their amazing team provided us with tickets to the show, and it was an honor to attend the event at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. We laughed, we cried, and learned so much about service dogs and the bond and love they provide to their human counterparts.
The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ is an annual national competition to search for and recognize America’s outstanding Hero Dogs. What does it mean to be a Hero Dog? A Hero Dog will unconditionally avail him or herself to us in so many important ways, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, providing therapeutic support to children suffering from cancer, or just greeting us with a wagging tail at the end of a hard day.
The dogs honored included Search and Rescue Dog, Bretagne, Military Dog, Chaney, Service Dog, JJ, Law Enforecement Dog, Kota, Arson Dog, Kai, Therapy Dog, Susie, Emerging Hero Dog, Xena, and Guide Dog, Xxon. The dogs are all heroes with unique stories to be told. You can learn about their stories here!
Not only did we learn the stories of some amazing Hero Dogs, we also learned about the great work The American Humane Association is providing to military dogs and their handlers. To ensure that all our heroes come home from serving our country overseas, American Humane Association is working to bring back retired military dogs and reunite them with their former handlers. They help raise funds to pay for these heroes’ transport home, where the once-inseparable pair can be reunited and enjoy the peace and freedom they earned while away in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. The benefits to both soldier and dog are immeasurable and they want to make sure the four-footed veterans who served our country receive the hero’s welcome, dignified retirement, and loving, forever home they deserve. After learning that many military dogs are not brought back to the states after serving overseas, we were truly shocked to say the least. We believe more should be done to bring military dogs home and hope to share more information soon.
The value service and hero dogs bring to humans everyday is absolutely amazing. The connection and hope they bring to our lives is immeasurable. We all know dogs are amazing, and the Hero Dog Awards really proves how much we rely on our pups as they do us. The connection we have with our dogs is something we’re so thankful for everyday and we thank the Hero Dog Awards for reminding us how awesome dogs are!
KISS MY MUTT® was honored to be at the Hero Dog Awards 2014!
You may have seen the new Modern Dog Magazine’s Fall Cover with puppy mill rescue, Harley on the cover. Harley modeled our KISS MY MUTT® ‘Electric Blue Geo Print collar’ on his cover debut and we knew we had to share his story with you. This little guy isn’t just a cover model, he and his new family have raised awareness, funds and rescued puppy mill dogs since his rescue in 2011. He is now the spokesdog against puppy mills and works with National Mill Dog Rescue. Here’s Harley’s story;
Harley was born in a puppy mill and selected as breeding stock. He was confined to a small wire cage, with no bed, toys, human touch or love, and no clean water. He then began to get sick, and the staff learned he had heart failure and was no longer a use for the puppy mill. He was actually tossed into a bucket to pass away (so terrible!) but one of the staff members there seemed to have a heart and turned him over to a rescue. This is where Harley’s luck would begin to change…
Harley’s rescuer, Barbara, wrote about his first night of freedom, March 18, 2011: “He is small, but also badly crippled on the back legs and walks with his elbows out on the front legs, and he carries his head low to take weight off the back legs. His nails are so long. He has one eye missing. His mouth is full of rot. He is so very sweet. As soon as I got him, I bathed him. He was frightened but stood still. I soaped him up three times to get the stench off him. I then towel dried him and put a sweater on him to keep him warm. I cleaned his ears, which were nasty and clipped his nails as much as I dared. He is about five pounds and sable coloured. He’s loved me since the moment I took him. He slept with me—the first time he’s ever slept in a soft place or bed. He wanted to snuggle so close and he licked me over and over. I let him even though his breath was so bad! He will go to the vet the first of the week to see if he is strong enough to withstand anesthesia for a neuter and dental. In anticipation, I started him on antibiotics. He has diarrhea, parasites, and some other issues. This boy has waited a long time for this freedom, and while we have to play games and be nice to the breeders who so badly neglect, it is necessary in order to save the dogs. We will find him a wonderful home, with someone who will adore and love him for whatever time he has left.”
To the vet Harley went. He got neutered and most of his teeth were pulled. He was X-rayed so they could figure out his spinal problems—the cramped cage he’d lived in most of his life was hard on his bones. He had congestive heart failure and his stomach and lungs were filled with fluid. It was even coming out his nose. Added to that was a level-five heart murmur, plus a few other things: a broken tail, deformed toes due to his nails never being trimmed, arthritis, an eye with cataracts—in short, he was a mess. You may have noticed Harley only has one eye? The puppy mill breeders didn’t take the dogs out of the cages to clean them; they just power washed the dogs along with the cages. Harley had a couple of buddies with no eyes.
When Rudi and Dan Taylor heard about Harley they knew he was meant to be with them. To meet Barbara, they drove to the middle of Kansas, accompanied by their two Chihuahuas Cricket and Zoie who cuddled with Harley on the long ride home.
Harley’s new vet didn’t think he’d live three months, but he’s proven her wrong. It’s been nearly three and a half years and Harley’s still going strong.
Today, Harley is a spokesdog against puppy mills and works with National Mill Dog Rescue, an amazing organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing mill dogs. So far, Harley has helped raise more than $150,000, every penny of which has gone toward saving mill dogs and helping with their medical expenses. And this past May, Harley and his new family spearheaded an effort to save 364 mill dogs.
Harley is an inspiration to us. While he may be small, his fight and heart are big. His parents, Rudi and Dan are amazing people who should be honored for all their lovely work. We appreciate great hearts and strong minds full of determination and will power. Thank you to all of those who work hard to save innocent animals in need! We’re honored to have Harley wear our collar on the cover of Modern Dog Magazine, we couldn’t have asked for a better model to represent the love we have for rescue dogs and what they mean to us!
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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.
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.
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.