Meet our Model; Mattie

June 16, 2011

This week we are featuring one of our amazing doggie models, Mattie, who is now the face of our new collar and leash packaging and soon to be featured on the Kiss My Mutt website! Before becoming an adorable doggie model for Kiss My Mutt and an all around beautiful dog, Mattie had a rough past, but has since survived and is now living a happy, healthy life.

Mattie was rescued from her kind owner, Allison, in Santa Barbara, Ca from a local animal rescue. Although she was adopted out in Santa Barbara, she came a long way to find her new forever home, all the way from New Orleans! Read on to hear Allison’s story (below) from her lovely website about finding her best friend, and to see Mattie modeling for us…

(Mattie is modeling the Kiss My Mutt ‘Pink Dhalia’ two-toned braided collar and leash. Doesn’t she look pretty in pink?)

“My little dog, Mattie Mae, is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina.  In the storm’s aftermath, she was found in a flooded racetrack in Gorenflo, Mississippi. She weighed less than 20 lbs. when they found her (she’s now a healthy 33!).  She was taken by volunteers to a warehouse-turned-shelter in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she was given food and temporary care.

The huge numbers of animals orphaned after the hurricane overwhelmed local shelters.  Volunteers from around the country did their best to rescue pets and find their families, but many were lost far from home.   Pets were transferred to  shelters around the country that volunteered to take them in and give them a second chance.  Mattie – starving, shy, wounded, and with a bad case of adult heartworm –  waited at the Hattiesburg Shelter for her rescue.

Then, four volunteers from Santa Barbara’s Dog Adoption and Welfare Group (D.A.W.G) arrived in Hattiesburg in a van packed with supplies and ready to help.  At the end of their weeklong stay, the D.A.W.G. volunteers brought 7 dogs and 9 cats with them on their long trip back to sunny Santa Barbara.  Mattie, finally with a full belly and blankets to sleep on, was one of those 7  ’Lucky Dogs.’

Back in Santa Barbara, D.A.W.G. volunteers and doctors spent hours (and thousands of dollars donated by D.A.W.G. supporters!) grooming, treating, and caring for Mattie and the other Katrina Rescues.  For 13 months, Mattie spent her life either at the shelter playing with the other dogs, or at home with D.A.W.G. workers, while all of the other Katrina pets were adopted.  After a while, Mattie decided that she’d rather stay in a foster home than at the shelter, and D.A.W.G.’s Andrea Stout became my little girl’s foster mom.  At her foster home, Mattie began to come out of her shell and became friends with Andrea’s two other rescue dogs, Lola and Dutch, who helped teach her how to act like a dog again.

I first met Mattie on October 4th, 2006, and it was love at first sight.  We officially became a family in December 2006, and have been best friends ever since.  Mattie comes to work with me every day, and is our official ‘Lab Mascot.’  In our time off, we love walking at the Douglas Preserve or at Hendry’s Beach.   She’s also a celebrity on campus, where she makes her daily rounds to all of her fans who happily give her doggy treats.” - Allison

(Mattie is relaxing on a Kiss My Mutt ‘Green Knot Garden’ Eco-Friendly bed and is modeling the Kiss My Mutt ‘Blue Skies’ two-toned braided collarand leash.)

Mattie was by far one of our favorite doggie models thus far…She is such a sweet, adorable, and happy little girl full of love and happiness! She listened so well to Allison, and loved a good treat or two! It was so refreshing to hear the wonderful outcome for little Mattie from her difficult past. Thank you Allison for taking the time to help a dog in need, and we thank Mattie for being so darn cute and for modeling our products.

We hope you just enjoyed looking at Mattie’s photos as much as we have! Have a barking good day!

P.S. Although we have to give major credit to Mattie for being a great model, we also have to thank our photographer for once again doing an amazing shoot! Thanks Kristen!

-Jennifer, Owner and Founder of Kiss My Mutt

Meet our Model; Bear

March 25, 2011

Here at Kiss My Mutt, we have a number of human employees, but we would also have to say that we have a number of dogs that “help” us in the office, and of course when it’s time to take some ADORABLE photos! Meet Bear; our lovable, handsome, and funny golden retriever who is so caring and kissable, and who of course LOVES to play with his brothers and sisters! Bear also has his “part-time job” with Kiss My Mutt, that consists of ripping up our papers in the office, and the occasional snooze on his Kiss My Mutt bed! We know his photos speak for themselves; but we must say Bear has one of the cutest smiles in town!

Although this is just an adorable shot of Bear, he is also modeling for Kiss My Mutt here! He’s proudly wearing our Love for Daisies Reversible Bandana!

Bear is posing on our Autumn Olive, Outdoor/Indoor Dog Bed!

Here is an outtake of Bear posing for a photo with one of his best friends, Macy.

xoxo Bear and the rest of the family at Kiss My Mutt

Meet our Model; Kali

November 19, 2010

We have amazing dog models here at Kiss My Mutt, and we think they are all worthy of gushing about. This week we are introducing you to Kali. We are sure many of you have seen photos of her throughout the site (she has become quite the little model this year)!

(Kali is modeling our Lucky Stripe Reversible Bandana as seen in OK! Magazine)

Kali is a rescue dog and when she was first adopted, she was very quiet and shy, and didn’t seem to have much confidence in herself or in humans. But now, after a few years of complete love and devotion by her owners, Kali has blossomed into a very confident dog who knows she is beautiful inside and out.

(Kali is modeling our Green Knot Garden Eco-Friendly dog bed.)

She is so caring and LOVES everyone around her, and although she is so sweet, she also has a little diva side to her. She is a dog who knows what she wants, and what is that you might ask? It’s COOKIES! She loves eating dog treats almost as much as she loves her family and walks.

(Kali is taking a snooze on our Grey Sunrise Eco-Friendly Bed.)

Kali is an amazing dog who we hope can inspire others to adopt shelter dogs who just want a loving home. We know Kali is so grateful to have a warm roof over her head and someone to love on her everyday. We are so proud to have this beautiful model as part of our team and we couldn’t be more honored to call her our own.

Meet our Model; Lucy.

September 20, 2010

This past week we had an amazing photo shoot with an adorable little dog named Lucy, rescued by a popular design blogger, SFGirlByBay, shot by our very own photographer, Kristen Beinke.

We first saw photos of Lucy from her “Mom,” and one of our favorite bloggers, Victoria Smith, on her popular design blog, Lucy was recently rescued from an animal shelter in the Bay Area by Victoria, and quickly became the most stylish dog in town (with the help of her mom of course)!

We knew that Miss Lucy would make the perfect model for Kiss My Mutt, and couldn’t resist inviting Victoria and her pup up to Santa Barbara from their recent trip to LA.

(Lucy started out modeling the ‘Sea Breeze’ reversible bandana. This bandana can be worn 4 different ways. Coming soon!)

Lucy’s blue eyes are absolutely stunning, and her beautiful white coat is so pretty; we just couldn’t wait to meet her for the shoot. As you can see, Lucy is so darn cute. But there is something else you learn about her when you meet her; She is a sweet tempered soul.

At just about 1 and 1/2 years old, Lucy is a calm dog that seems very happy and content with her new home. And although Lucy is so sweet, she was also the perfect little model that definitely knew how to work the camera!

We went out on location to shoot our “signature” Kiss My Mutt shots where Lucy modeled our new line of collars and leashes, in the beautiful blue two toned colors.

How stunning is this photo? Lucy looks beautiful and made our Kiss My Mutt ‘Eco-friendly Autumn Olive’ bed look so comfortable and pretty! This bed is water resistant, and it’s plush fillers are made from recycled plastic bottles turned into a cozy fiberfill. The perfect combination of style and usability for the home.

Lucy also took a snooze on the ‘Eco-Friendly, Scavo Willow Bed!‘ As all of our beds, this bed is also made with eco-friendly fillers, and is also water resistant, durable, and oh so comfy!

Thank you so much to Victoria and Lucy, we had such a great time!

xoxo Jennifer and Kristen