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!

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

Welcome to the Kiss My Mutt Blog!

August 16, 2010

Hi dog lovers!

Welcome to the Kiss My Mutt Blog! We are so excited to bring you Kiss My Mutt product news, product giveaways, stories of animals in the news, great charity events around the country and more!

The Kiss My Mutt Blog will celebrate all things dog, with love for all, pure breed or mutt! We will be involving you, our dog lover readers, by having fun contests and giveaways, along with inviting you to post story submissions about your pets!

We also have great features on our blog, including a calendar of events, information about the top animal shelters in the country, a section called ‘Remember My Mutt’ where readers can submit loving stories about their pets, top dog names for the year, travel tips and more!

We look forward to updating you on everything going on over here at Kiss My Mutt and we can’t wait to interact with all of our great customers and readers!

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