You Gotta Have Friends!

You Gotta Have Friends!

The old, and very true words “It Takes a Village” ring true for so many things in this life.

Every single day, we share and network dogs in need from all over the country using social media and dog rescue groups on social media. We all share, and we all also
help when we can, whether it’s contacting a rescue, offering donations TO a rescue who can take a dog from the shelter to safety, or even offering to foster or adopt a dog,
we all do what we can, because we love animals. This is a cause we are all very passionate about and dedicated to. “We” are made up of all kinds of wonderful people.
Some are members of a dog rescue, including a volunteer, and many others are just people who care enough to take time from their day to click ‘share’ on a post about a dog
who desperately needs to make it out of an animal shelter.

It always takes a village to save a life, and I feel so blessed and fortunate to be a part of that, and to have made such wonderful friends along the way.

Shiloh’s Dog Boutique was never meant to simply be another retail site online where we sold cute things for dogs. We always had a bigger mission in mind, which was to help
animals in need via donations we generate through those sales. I’m not surprised that it’s become so much the focus that even WE forget we’re a store that sells things, I’m
just blown away by the sheer amazingness of the people we’ve gotten to meet, and I wanted to tell you about some of them here.

Randee Goldman, the Founder of Lhasa Happy Homes has come to be our very dear friend these past few years, and she is a true saint to animals. Like many rescuers, the word
“no” is rarely in her vocabulary, and she works hard every single day to save the precious lives she has devoted her own to. Though she mainly rescues “small, fluffy dogs”
She has been known to help save all manner of dogs, and has a special place in her heart for dogs who are senior, injured, or special needs in any other way.
I love her very much, and have found myself very grateful for her help where many a dog was concerned. Her Foundation is one that we support, and hope that you will, too.

Lhasa Happy Homes is located in Southern California, in the Santa Monica area, but they rely on volunteers and fosters all over Southern California. If you are interested in
volunteering or becoming a foster home to help them rescue even more dogs, please do visit them at the links provided below for information on just how you can become a member
of that most wonderful rescue family.

Another amazing friend I am thankful for is Kelly Anne Gerth, the Founder of Rose to the Rescue, Inc. Located in San Diego, her rescue mainly focuses on the dogs of Tijuana.
They face needs and challenges that most dogs here in California thankfully do not. These dogs are horrifically abused more times than they aren’t, and there are precious few
laws or resources in Mexico in place to protect them. This makes them the victim of cruel people who know they will face no consequences for harming them, and what happens is too
unspeakable to even begin to describe to you here. I hope you will visit her on Facebook or join her dog networking group (which is dedicated to dogs across America) and show her
your support as well.

To me, she is my hero because she goes where angels fear to tread. She is quite literally pounding the streets of Tijuana and right in the trenches of abuse that most of us could
hardly fathom, much less know what to do about. She goes there more than once a week and saves these dogs, even when she has to chase them through sewers or dangerous neighborhoods
to do it! She then takes them to her wonderful veterinarians and rescue partners in Mexico, where they are treated for a range of injuries and medical issues you will rarely see
in a dog here at home. This is because healthcare, vaccinations, spay and neuter etc..are virtually unseen in these poor dogs. They suffer from mange, and Cancer, they are victims
of horrible abuse, they are tossed outside and forgotten about in the elements, and they spend their lives running and hiding from their abusers.

Kelly saves these dogs, and shows them that not every human is bad. She heals their bodies, but also their spirits, and patiently spends as many months and dollars as it takes
to bring them back to health. When they are finally ready, she brings them to the United States so they can be adopted by loving families, never to face that kind of abuse or
neglect ever again.

Rose to the Rescue Inc, We LOVE you, and proudly call you our friend.

The links for her Facebook page, along with her dog rescue networking group are posted below.

I’d be honored if you would join our growing community of people who care, and thank each and every one of you who follow us on Facebook, read these blogs,
and each of you who have been with us on this crazy little journey into small business and animal rescue support so far!

We’re very blessed and proud to count all of you among our friends as well!

Rachel Chappell,

Owner of Shiloh’s Dog Boutique
Shiloh’s Dog Boutique page on Facebook:
Shiloh’s Dog Rescue Corner on Facebook (Our small, but growing networking group for dogs in shelters across the country)

Our awesome friends, Lhasa Happy Homes small dog rescue in Southern CA
Visit them on Facebook too, at:

Rose to the Rescue, Inc. on Facebook:

Rose’s Dog Rescue Networking Group, called “All Breed Dog Rescue Network”- (We admin for that page, so we promise you’re invited!)


How to End Puppy Mills

Hello, dear readers!

Someone on our Facebook page was upset over a post about puppy mills, and wanted to know how it’s been allowed to go on for so long, and who had the power to stop it. The answer is actually really simple. WE have the power to stop it. Consumers have the power to make or break ANY industry, and puppy mills are not immune to our all-powerful shopping fist.

There are thousands of ‘commercial breeders’ (and those are ony the ones actually registered with the USDA). So, for all these thousands of facilities, how many inspectors do we have? The horrifying answer is about 85. So, when we wonder how they get away with so much mistreatment, and why so many agencies such as the Humane Society have to step in and pick up the slack, this would be why.

Yes, the problem is MASSIVE, but you, and I have all the power we need to stop it. We can do it using only our mouths and wallets, in fact. I have compiled a handy-dandy list of everyday, simple things we can all do, and it doubles as a set of talking points to share with your friends, family, co-workers, strangers in line at the grocery store, and anyone else who will listen.


1. Puppy mills operate under a nice veil of secrecy thanks to the sale of dogs and cats online being oh, so easy and currently legal.

Don’t buy a dog or cat online, and if anyone you know is even thinking about doing that, hit them in the head with a magazine and say “NO!”.

2. Write your city, county and state authorities and urge them to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Cities across America are doing this, so urge your authorities to join the good fight. This is literally as simple as googling the person, then shooting them an e mail.

3. Feel free to write the federal government, and ask them to ban the sale of dogs and cats online. There are several agencies which may have power, but ultimately, your Congressman or Senator will be a good go-to. I realize asking most of them to DO anything is a hard sell, but you know what they say. The squeaky wheel gets greased.

4. Do not shop in any pet store that sells dogs and cats. Not even for pet supplies or a shiny new goldfish. Just don’t do it! Some pet stores work with local animal rescues and offer dogs and cats for adoption. This is a wonderful thing, and something we should support, but make sure they don’t sell any animals, and that the rescue group they claim to be offering pets for is one you can actually meet with and contact. A reputable rescue will make you formally apply and go through their process, so if anyone gives you a price and is ready to hand over a dog or cat, that’s NOT a rescue animal.

5. Please don’t fall for the ‘designer dog’ craze. Maltipoo, Puggle, Morkie, Goldendoodle, etc..these are all simply mixed breed dogs. They are wonderful, but they are not ‘special breeds’ despite what someone may tell you. Our animal shelters and rescues are literally flooded with dogs of all mixes (and lots of purebred dogs too) so always go to your local shelter or peruse to find rescues in your area who will likely have the ideal dog for you.

6. If you’re looking for a dog or cat and want a specific breed, leave your criteria and interests (and all contact info) with your local shelters and rescues. Just because they don’t have what you’re looking for on Monday does not mean they won’t have it soon!

7. Report, report, and report! If you suspect any dodgy breeding activity in your area, witness any kind of animal abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to report it! Your local police department and/or animal control will always allow you to make these reports anonymously, and this includes dogfighting. In fact, special hotlines have been set up for the reporting of dogfighting, so don’t be shy!

8. Last, but never least..educate. Yourself, your friends, your family, and anyone you can.


Here are some absolutely wonderful resources.

To report puppy mills, contact the USDA.

The Humane Society of the United States also wants to know if you suspect a puppy mill!

(They’re very accessible and friendly, and will usually respond promptly with more help and advice to make sure your report goes where it should)


National Mill Dog Rescue, inspired by a very special girl named Lily, has done amazing work saving thousands of animals from puppy mills, and educating the public about these horrible places. Here is their Facebook information:

Their official site is here:

They, along with the HSUS have some very gripping, educational, heartbreaking and amazing videos all over Youtube. They take you along as they expose puppy mills, and show you firsthand the condition the dogs are found in. But it’s not all tears, because they also show you all the happy endings, amazing transformations, and the recovery of even the most severely abused, injured or starved dogs.

So, the short answer to a very long question is: YOU!

You can stop this.



Rachel Chappell,


Owner of Shiloh’s Dog Boutique

“Where Fashion Meets Compassion”

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Be the Scissors! (Cutting the Red Tape in Rescue)

This morning, I saw the most adorable little dog’s photo on Facebook. It was posted by a dog rescue group, and was asking for ‘approved fosters’ to contact them about going to go and get this little guy out of the pound. Many people responded, some saying they could go get him right away. Their response?  “Are you an approved foster?”

This little dog was in a kill shelter with a deadline. When repeatedly asked by many people which shelter the dog was in, the question was completely ignored. Did I mention he was in a KILL shelter with a DEADLINE?

We know animal rescues are wonderful, vital and amazing organizations. Shiloh’s Dog Boutique was created largely in part to help animal rescues, after all. I am not writing this to wag my finger at any specific group, because that’s not how we choose to behave as a company. Rather, the goal of my post inspired by that most disappointing Facebook conversation was to point out some ways in which rescues can actually do more harm than good for the animals they want to help.

In the above example, why couldn’t they just tell everyone where the dog was? Surely, if someone wants to go and adopt directly from the shelter, there is nothing wrong with that. I suspect the reason is that this particular rescue wanted to be in control of this particular dog. Maybe out of worry that he wouldn’t find a good, proper home if adopted by someone they didn’t personally deem worthy of adopting him?

Not the best reason, to be sure. Surely, a person who fell in love with the dog’s photo on Facebook and offered him a home would be much better than simply leaving a dog there, in high danger of being killed, because you chose instead to be a control freak bureaucracy rather than a rescue that day.

As someone who volunteered in dog rescue for a long time, I made observations over the years. Often, it was an unintentional oversight or other miscommunication, but other times, it was a bit less excusable.

I remember being asked to drive about sixty miles away to ‘check the temperament’ of a dog in a certain shelter. I had been there many times, and knew the rescue coordinator who worked in the shelter. She saw these dogs the moment they were brought in, and was part of their care until the moment they were adopted or destroyed. No one knew those dogs better than her, and I should point out that I am not an animal behaviorist or other trained expert. I was simply a volunteer.

I asked the rescue why the coordinator, who knew the dog and spent all day interacting with them in the shelter couldn’t be asked to report on the temperament before anyone made the trip. “Oh, no..we want one of OUR people to do it.” they said.

Pardon my French, but what kind of bullshit is that?

It’s not that I was lazy, you see..I just didn’t want to skip work that day and drive all the way out there and back for a ‘maybe’. What I hoped they would do is dial the coordinator, then trust her judgment when she said yes, the dog was a good candidate for adoption, or no, he was not. They knew her too, you see. She was our main contact and resource at the shelter. So, why the red tape? Why build another brick wall between that dog and a home?

Let’s just get to the point. Why make that dog more likely to die than to live because you’re choosing to behave in such a selfish, inconsiderate way toward your volunteers, the shelter’s staff, and that poor dog, too?

Here is how it should have gone:

“Hi, Rachel. We’ve spoken to the rescue coordinator, and dog A5551212 has a good temperament. Would you please go and pick him up for us today?”

“Oh, great! So, you’re definitely taking him, then? Of course I’ll go!”

Here is how it worked instead:

“I’m sorry, but I can’t really afford to lose most of my day at work if you’re not sure you can take him. If you’d just be willing to let the coordinator tell you about his temperament, I will call my boss and tell him I won’t be in. Please let me know.”

Never heard about that dog again. I wish I could say they probably found someone else to make the drive, but I don’t think that’s likely. So now, as a volunteer, I got to feel bad and guilty, too. It would not have been the first time they’d sent me to check in on a dog only to find he or she could not be adopted for some reason. Either they were already claimed by an owner or another rescue, or they were aggressive or feral or whatever.

So, we can start the list with those two things.

1. Taking the time to post a dog’s photo on social networks, but refusing to tell anyone where he/she is.

2. Not valuing your volunteers’ time and efforts, thereby creating more problems, not less, and quite possibly causing those volunteers to seek out different foundations to work for.

3.  Applications and house checks are important. There is no denying this. However, if you allow that process to drag on and on, fail to respond to applicants, or can’t get the house check scheduled soon, you do run a high risk that the dog will no longer have a home. Instead, the person will become frustrated and find another rescue, or simply hit the pound to adopt one themselves.

4. Please always remember that people can adopt from the pound, which is something you should encourage at all times, and never impede by violating #1 on this list.  The goal is saving animals, not just the ones you can take credit for. Keep in mind that it is not supposed to be about you, but about the dogs and cats in need of homes.

5. Strive for an organized operation. Lost paperwork, missed phone calls, a lack of communication with shelter staff or volunteers, poor communication of your needs and expectations where events, adoptions or fosters are concerned all make a nice recipe for disaster.

The shelter system is already full of red tape. Be the scissors, not the dispenser!



The dog in this photo is my Oliver. I adopted him directly from an animal shelter afer I applied to adopt from a rescue, and ran into some of the issues I outlined above.

Just wanted to clarify as some have e mailed to ask where they could find the adorable dog in my photo.

He’s not for adoption. = )



Rachel Chappell

Owner of Shiloh’s Dog Boutique

My Fuzzy Little Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day from Shiloh’s Dog Boutique!


We had a lot of fun getting them all dressed up!

From left to right, we have Jax, Shiloh, Oliver, and Pippi.


Shiloh is of course, the boss around here, and Queen of Fuzz.


Jax is Head of Stealing Stuff off the Kitchen Counter, and Chief Nose Nipper.

He was adopted from the East Valley Animal Shelter.


Oliver is ‘big brother’ to Shiloh, and our President of Pudge. All snuggles, all the time!

He was adopted from an Orange County animal shelter.


The uncooperatve little red head beside Shiloh is her beloved ‘sister’ Pippi.

She was adopted from the South Los Angeles animal shelter.


And what are they wearing?

Jax is wearing The Kalo Vest by Ruff Ruff Couture, which you can find on our site here:

Pippi is wearing The Little Black Dress by Ruff Ruff Couture, which you can find on our site:

Shiloh is wearing The Little Red Dress, by Ruff Ruff Couture, which you can also find on our site:

And Oliver is sporting the handsome William Vest, which, you guessed it, is right here:

All of their outfits are made by Ruff Ruff Couture, and each item is Proudly Made in the USA.

Because most of our dogs are adopted and were rescues, we’d like to share Animal Adoption Shelters with You. – An excellent resource to locate a shelter near you and browse adoptable animals! Many small rescue groups feature their dogs there too! – The most well known animal rescue agency in the world. We are proud to support their work.

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Logan’s Law

I’ve decided to share Logan’s story in our blog, because we are offering a 15% coupon code discount, and will be donating a percentage of all those purchases made when you use the code “Logan” at checkout.

Logan’s Law has already made amazing progress, but they can’t do it without support, and so we hope you will consider it, and pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested. Shiloh’s already donates 15% of proceeds to animal causes, but if you want proceeds from your purchases to go directly to Logan’s Law, then just use the code “Logan”.

Here is Logan’s story, as told on

      Logan, A sweet 11 year old Husky, who in March 2012 suffered a terrible burn when an unknown person came       into his yard, unprovoked,  and threw an acid based chemical in his face while Logan was in his kennel.
After many weeks, countless prayers, and lots of love, Logan’s wounds steadily healed but the scars remained.
It became the mission of Logan’s family to get an animal abuse registry law passed in the State of Michigan. This Law would make a registry of those convicted of animal abuse, and require all animal shelters to refuse sale or adoption of an animal to anyone on this list. This new Law would be named “Logan” after the dog.
On July 9th, 2012 Logan lost his fight to the treatment and side effects of the attack. Logan is gone, but the fight continues. Help us make sure no other animal suffers like Logan.
Please help us by supporting Logan’s Law.”
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Your support allows us to fulfill that promise.