Celebrating 6 Years!

September 2, 2015

KISS MY MUTT® celebrated our 6th birthday this summer…with 5 of those 6 years being open for business! As many of you can probably agree, you sometimes forget to stop and smell the flowers along the way.

Walking down memory lane with my sister, Kristen, (as many of our store buyers and colleagues know, my tradeshow partner and photographer) this week, I realize that we’ve accomplished a lot in very little time, yet there have been mistakes and failures along the way, and there is so much more to accomplish now and into the future. We’re constantly asked how we started this business and what our journey has looked like so far, so here is a quick recap of the last few years!

©KISS MY MUTT Pet Products – Jennifer/KISS MY MUTT office

In year 1, I had a dream to start a product line, and so KISS MY MUTT® began as a small operation out of my garage. Through endless hours of research and development, the help and support of family and friends, I finally manufactured a few dozen dog beds. Now it was time to bring the product to market, which was a whole new beast in itself. Who was going to purchase KISS MY MUTT® products? Were people going to like our products and name? Along with the support of my family and friends, I took a leap of faith (with the knowledge I had acquired about the pet industry) put the KISS MY MUTT® name, website, catalog and product out into the market in year 2, and quickly added reversible bandanas, collars and leashes into the product line.

I literally drove up and down the California coast for a good 2 months, going from store to store, asking buyers to bring the product into their stores. I was so nervous, but had success, and buyers were kind and receptive to the product line. What a relief!

The next step was to head to my first trade show and see what a large audience thought of the product, and thanks to our buyers in the pet industry, they were receptive and brought the product into their stores.

We’ve since attended dozens of trade shows (both pet and gift) and added a number of products to our product line, including apparel for people, bracelets, harnesses, and of course adding new styles in collars and leashes are always a must.

©KISS MY MUTT Pet Products – Jennifer/KISS MY MUTT office

©KISS MY MUTT Pet Products – KISS MY MUTT office

We’re now in year 6 and are proud to say we have an office location (we’re no longer in our garage as of year 4 – whoop whoop!), we have two part time employees, and you can find KISS MY MUTT® products in 2000 independent stores across the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and South America! We have a number of International Distributors and have worked with Petco on quartly runs in a number of their 1300 locations across the United States. We also work with a number of other companies including PetSmart, Wag, PawPack (coming soon!), One Kings Lane, GILT, Rue La La, TJ Maxx (coming soon!), HomeGoods (coming soon!) and national catalogs for pet and home.

©KISS MY MUTT Pet Products – Jennifer/KISS MY MUTT office

From that first store picking up our products, to our first trade show, to successes and triumphs, and yes many mistakes and failures along the way, it’s been a wild ride so far! There are so many things I could say I wish I did differently, but it’s been a learning process and I’m just as thankful for the mistakes as I am the successes. Thanks to all our wonderful customers, colleagues, friends and family for supporting KISS MY MUTT®… you all make this journey special and worthwhile!

©KISS MY MUTT Pet Products – Jennifer/KISS MY MUTT warehouse

Where do we want to go from here? We have so much we would like to accomplish and perfect, and hope to continue to grow the product line for you all and your pups! We would like to spend more time with charities (our other passion) and educate the public on adopting pups from shelters across the country. So much to do, so little time!

©KISS MY MUTT Pet Products – Jennifer and pup Jax/KISS MY MUTT office

We can’t wait to see what the next 6 years have in store for us…stay tuned!

xoxo – Jennifer, owner and founder of KISS MY MUTT®

Customer Love!

July 16, 2015

We LOVE our customers! You guys make KISS MY MUTT® exactly what we want it to be; fun, social, and meaningful. From brainstorming for hours, even days or weeks, to manufacturing and waiting for months for product to come to market, it is so rewarding to finally see you and your beautiful dogs sporting KISS MY MUTT® products. You are what make this all so special for us! We can’t thank you enough for your support. Without you all, this dream would still just be a dream. Thanks for sharing your love for KISS MY MUTT®!

@louie_the_bully , @the_great_caspy

@ariatheaussiee , @scvitkovic1

@abbeybellacavalier , @yohane_1110

Hello, December

December 11, 2014

KISS MY MUTT® has all the gifts and stocking stuffers you need for the dogs and dog lovers on your gift list! From our adorable collars, leashes, and easy-step-in harnesses, to our cozy and easy to wash dog beds, and apparel for people, we have everything dog related!

Hero Dog Awards 2014

October 31, 2014

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!

Meet Harley!

October 20, 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’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!

In the Press – ‘Modern Dog Magazine’

September 9, 2014

We are SO excited to announce the awesome feature of our ‘Geo Print, Electric Blue Collar’ on the cover of Modern Dog Magazine! The collar is modeled by adorable puppy mill survivor, Harley! More on Harley’s rescue story on Modern Dog Magazine’s article here!

Customer love!

September 8, 2014

With our design smarts and canine adoration, our striking collars, leashes, harnesses, dog beds and accessories are perfect for showing off your furry friend and the love you have for him or her.

Check out some of our awesome customers loving their KISS MY MUTT® products! Thanks for sharing! Keep ‘em coming on Instagram; @kissmymutt #kissmymutt

© – @kim6bougies, © – @lazaropress

© – @mr_olliethefrenchie, © – @bonjourbrie

© – @quinnhotel, © – @nillabeanthedog

We need your vote!

September 1, 2014

Would you take a moment to vote for KISS MY MUTT® and help us win a small business grant by Chase Bank? It’s really quick! Just click on the link provided below, you will be directed to Facebook, and then click vote!

Our awesome name, passion for dogs, durable products, and great sales team are all ingredients to our secret sauce. With our design smarts and canine adoration, we are continuing to bring our customers what they need and love; drool worthy products for their dogs, and cool accessories for them!

We need your vote to help us win this small business grant!


If you haven’t decided you’re ready to click VOTE just yet, learn more about our female owned company (two sisters of course!), here!

Kiss My Mutt® + Rue La La

August 22, 2014

KISS MY MUTT® is working with RueLaLa.com again! For just 48 hours, you can find Kiss My Mutt® products on Rue La La!

Rue La La is the destination for the most desired brands in the US! Each day, they curate Boutiques filled with the best of the best in women’s and men‘s fashion, home, travel, kids, and pets. We’re excited to be a part of this great site!