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!
Love,

Rachel Chappell,

Owner of Shiloh’s Dog Boutique
Shiloh’s Dog Boutique page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ShilohsBoutique
Shiloh’s Dog Rescue Corner on Facebook (Our small, but growing networking group for dogs in shelters across the country)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShilohsCorner/

Our awesome friends, Lhasa Happy Homes small dog rescue in Southern CA http://www.Lhasahappyhomes.org
Visit them on Facebook too, at: https://www.facebook.com/LhasaHappyHomes

Rose to the Rescue, Inc. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rosetotherescuedogrescue

Rose’s Dog Rescue Networking Group, called “All Breed Dog Rescue Network”- (We admin for that page, so we promise you’re invited!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/608003949297076/images6OA28YD2

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The Shiloh Family

Every good blog should begin by introducing you to the thing or person you’ll be reading about, right? Some of you already know us from our Facebook page, so if that’s you, hi! Welcome to our blog!

I thought I would start with a more intimate portrait of Miss Shiloh herself, and of course her furry “siblings” who make up “Shiloh and Company”.

This is Shiloh as a puppy.

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You can probably see why I fell so madly in love with her, I mean..just look at that little face! Knowing she’d survived a puppy mill just made me melt that much more.

I had always had male dogs, so a little girl was a new experience, and opened up an entire world I’d hardly given much thought to in the past..dog fashion! Of course, we’d always bought our belated Shih-Tzu sweaters in the Winter, and other basic things like that, but this…this was a whole new world for me, and I got hooked.

By the time Shiloh turned two, she had nearly as many outfits as I did, and I wanted to start my own business. One which would be fun and creative, but would also benefit animals, and thus Shiloh’s Dog Boutique (www.shilohsdogboutique.com) was officially born. I won’t bore you with every little detail, because..they’re boring, but we’ve finally reached a point where we offer a lot of great stuff by various designers, are working toward our own label, and have been blessed to make those monthly donations as we pledge.

We’ve taken part in auctions for rescue groups and for individual causes, such as dogs in need of funds for vet care. We’ve gotten to participate in the celebration for our local dog park’s grand opening. It’s been a bumpy ride at times, and continues to be, but we’re making headway!

Enough about me though, this is supposed to be Shiloh’s intro.

Random Shiloh-ology.

Her middle name is “Rose” because the first time she explored the yard, she marched right up to the rosebushes and took a chomp from one of them.

She had a lazy eye and a gap in her teeth, but grew out of both things.

She doesn’t just love food, she turns into a crazed beast at the sight of it. Ever seen a shark on TV when their eyes roll back as they zoom toward the bait? That’s her with a cookie.

You cannot say the word ‘cookie’ around her unless you intend to give her one. Instead, we actually spell it, lately I suspect she’s figured that one out, too.

Shiloh does not know how to growl. She makes her ‘ugly face’ which I’m sure she imagines looks very scary and mean, and combines that with odd, random sounds that bring to mind images of a drugged hippo or something. She just looks like a demented Jack O Lantern when she does that, so naturally, we laugh. Don’t tell the dog trainer..he thinks we’re scolding her each time.

When Shiloh walks, her back end just naturally sways. Yes, she has booty. I’m always tempted to make Youtube videos of her walking to the tune of “Lady Humps” but remind myself that it would be inappropriate. Or..would it? Yeah, no that’s probably in bad taste, but I still sing it to her when I’m walking behind all that jiggly fluff.

And this, is our darling Oliver (“Ollie”). We adopted him from a shelter in Orange County CA when he was about two years old. They said he’d been a stray. Whomever lost this precious boy, it was certainly our gain!

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Ollie is about five years old now, and this photo pretty much sums things up! He’s a perfect lounging companion, howls along with squeaky toys, tolerates his adoring ‘baby sister’ Shiloh like a good sport, and is just generally an absolute joy. A pudgy little pooh bear. A perfect pumpkin every Halloween thanks to his roundness. He loves car rides, but you must always lock the window button or he WILL find a way to step on the buttons, then, when the window comes down, he kind of tries to make a break for it. We had at least one terrifying moment in the car before realizing it was no accidental fluke. Evil genius can take many forms, you know.

Oliver inspires me to design soft, comfortable hoodies for the full-figured gentleman. As you can see, he rocks those clothes.

This is Pippi, our little redheaded wonder.

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(Halloween Costume day at agility class)

I was volunteering for a local dog rescue group when they called one day to ask if I could go to the South Los Angeles animal shelter to get this little six month old puppy. “She has a broken leg and has been there for three weeks.” They told me. Before I could say anything, they added “If no one picks her up by 4 today, they’re going to kill her.”

We took her in as a temporary foster. She immediately saw an orthopedic surgeon and had her leg repaired. She was spayed and received all of her vaccinations. We took care of her cast changes, check ups, x rays..the constant battle just to keep the darn cast ON her little leg for four week or so..and did our best to foster her. Temporarily.

That was two years ago or so now, so I suppose we failed Fostering. We have no regrets.

Pippi is our very feisty one (redheads!) and tends to play mother hen with the other dogs even while she kind of pushes them around sometimes. She loves agility and is an absolute natural, and is a very good listener. She definitely makes life more interesting.

Speaking of interesting..meet our failed attempt at Fostering II.

Jax!

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Jax was rescued from a shelter after being left there by his former owner (backyard breeder). His brother had already been adopted, and there was Jax. Sound asleep and pretty oblivious to everything going on around him. I took him because he supposedly already had a home waiting, but when that fell through, I wasn’t too sorry over it. Jax is one of a kind! He finds mischief everywhere, and is constantly making us laugh. He has this constant expression of wide-eyed confusion, but I think he’s smarter than he lets on. Very sweet, affectionate, silly and just so much fun. Shiloh does not like anyone disturbing her when she’s sleeping, so naturally he does it all the time, and is rewarded with her ‘ugly face’ for his efforts. No one can rock a hat like our Jax!

Our home is full. With love, with laughter..with dogs. We have our limit, so you can see why I choose now to show my support for rescue in a more financial and less literal way. We are endlessly grateful to each and every customer, not only for being our customers, but because they make our donations possible. They may be small some months, but we hope to see them become larger and larger as Shiloh’s Dog Boutique, and her upcoming clothing line, Shiloh and Company progress.

Without you, we couldn’t do anything. When you buy a sweater or collar or even a squeaky toy from Shiloh’s, you do so much more than that. You are a vital part of what we do as a company, and as dog lovers, and we hope you will always be proud of what you help to accomplish.

We heart you!

The entries to follow will likely revolve around news, updates, and recounting another crazy day with our beloved furballs, so I just thought we’d cover the important stuff in this one.

xoxoxoxoxo

www.shilohsdogboutique.com

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