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

We’ve been Youtubing!

You’ll have to pardon my lack of editing savvy and camera skills, but Shiloh does have her own channel on Youtube now, and while we’re planning better content to come, we recently did a little OraPup Review.

We plan to make some videos revolving around DYI dog treats, other product reviews, maybe some canine fashion shows..who knows? It seems like a really fun way to share in a like-minded community of dog lovers, so we look forward to getting some better stuff up there soon!

OraPup, “Tastes Better than Butt!”

 

 

We also made a “Dog Tag” Video where we answered 20 questions about Shiloh.

 

And, we’re happy to report that we were able to help rescue a dog in Arizona, so of course I made a little video about his rescue story here too!

 

 

Hope to see some of you give us a visit on Facebook or the Youtube!

xoxoo

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Shaking things up at Shiloh’s!

I am happy to report that we have found a local manufacturer, though I have probably already reported that. As they’re busily working on our first few designs, we’re re-thinking how we interact with our fans, followers and other friends online. We love our Facebook friends, and they’ve all been truly wonderful over this past two years or so.

And yet, things can get stale, leaving you looking for new and better ways to build your little corner of the web and expand things a bit, hence Youtube. I personally watch a lot of channels and tutorials which normally have nothing at all to do with dogs, actually. I’m a huge fan of vintage fashion, so I tend to stare at the hair tutorials and other related content quite often. I find it fun, and was also inspired by how these ‘vloggers’ don’t just stop at tutorials, but really build their own small community of fans and followers on Youtube. They have great conversations, take input from their viewers in order to make the videos people actually want to see, and so on.

Wonderful! 

Also a lot harder than it looks. I’ve been watching video-making tutorials, and photoshop tutorials, and buying all kinds of stuff. I’ve also clearedo out a spare room where we normally keep our inventory and otherwise use for storage, and have been setting it up as a kind of small “Shiloh studio”. That part has been fun so far, and I hope we’ll soon have a lot of great stuff to offer. I want to of course talk about Shiloh’s, and what’s new and/or shaking, but also go further by having little visits and interviews with the rescues we support, perhaps visit the manufacturer to show some of what goes into making a product, and so many other things.

Great Gatsby-inspired accessories and headbands. That’s already happening with the humans here at Shiloh and Company, so don’t be surprised if you find that on our channel once we have things up and running. I do realize that not everyone dresses their dogs up or uses clothing at all, and I completely understand. Sometimes though, a dog owner is looking for that special touch to jazz up a photo session or holiday, so the DYI projects we end up doing might appeal to them anyway.

Obviously, I like every product we offer on the site or they wouldn’t be up there, so I think it will be great to actually show them in our videos and kind of demonstrate them on the actual dogs. Images of a product can be very nice, but nothing quite beats seeing a real dog wearing or using it, not to mention…cute!

I love products that I have absolutely nothing to do with, too. A good example are those flat dog tags vs the type that dangle. I’d already been buying them for my dogs in the past, but our little Jax didn’t have one yet. He had the traditional, dangly dog tags featuring his name and address, and for about a year, that was just fine. Until it wasn’t.

Luckily, I was up in the main house with him at the time, because I heard some really horrible noises, and turned around to see poor Jax running through the houe like a wild thing with a heating grate stuck to his neck. Somehow, his tag had not only caught the grate (which are rather heavy and usually on the floor) but also snagged it, and pulled it right out!

So, there was my poor boy running around so frantically with that horrible, heavy thing clanging and banging around, and there I am chasing him, trying to catch him so I can free the poor little beast, all the while worrying that he was being injured. The sharp corners, the sheer weight of the damn thing..I was no happier than he was as I ran around trying to grab him. I finally did, and with some help from someone else in the room, I got it off of him, and spent the next several minutes consoling and checking him for injuries. His little heart was absolutely pounding, and he was clearly terrified, the poor darling.

So, the moment I knew he was fine, I went straight to the web site of the man who makes the particular kind I use.

http://www.boomerangtags.com

They look like this:

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They offer several styles to best fit your dog’s particular collar and the size of the collar, but you get the idea of what they are.

Collar tags can pose a safety issue as we saw firsthand with poor Jax, so these are clearly superior in that sense.

So, that’s just one example of a product I love, find useful for my dogs, and will probably be talking about. 

If you follow the blog, then you know I also spend a good amount of time reading news stories involving dogs, and the latest topics which are relevant to pet owners in general. All kinds of stuff of that general nature will definitely find its way into the channel once I finish setting things up and figuring out how it all works.

I hope some of you will join us on Youtube, and pretty please not to judge us based on the limited content there now, it’s under construction!

You can find it at: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-2AA6ht-Z-Uw1fAJZ8hntQ

 

So, anyway, that’s what we’re up to this week!

 

Life with Shiloh and Company!

Shiloh and Company is not only the name of our upcoming pet apparel brand, but our nickname for all the dogs who collectively make up this fuzzy little family.

Miss Shiloh has recovered well (knock wood!) so far from her Inflammatory Bowel Disease illness, and is still on a carefully controlled diet and medication regimen. The other small dogs are doing very well, and to celebrate ‘dental month’, Pippi and Jax had their teeth professionally cleaned by our vet a few weeks ago. Looking good!

We’re still scrambling to set things up for Shiloh’s Youtube channel, and look very forward to creating adorable, informative and fun content. So many ideas, so little time!

Buddy is the eldest member of our dog family, and is about fourteen years old now. Over the weekend, I noticed he had some mouth or cheek pain and was yelping with the slightest touch, so I took him to his vet first thing yesterday morning where he underwent a bit of surgery to remove a couple of small masses in his mouth (we’re waiting on biopsy results), one badly decayed back tooth, and he is now also being treated for a possible infection in his throat. We ran blood tests among other things, so hopefully all checks out well, and he’s feeling back to himself soon.
For now, my sweet boy is still pretty out of it, and not really up and moving about too much. He’s managed to go outside twice today, and is eating and drinking, so I’m just keeping a close eye on him.

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That’s my Buddy! The photo was taken at the vet’s office a while back. He generally wears that smile all the time, and is an aboslute gem.

Things are progressing with our own brand, though we are still working on creating our patterns and first round of samples, so these things DO take time!

What matters is that we finally found a local manufacturer who can fully help us design and produce all of our products right here in the USA.

We had a horri-bad disaster with a very fraudulent company within the pet industry, but can’t go into detail here. Not yet. Litigation, and all that.

Hopefully that issue can finally be put to rest soon, and it’s onward and upward from here!

I’m super excited about the Youtube channel. Not only is it a great opportunity to create some good dog-related content and do some DYI projects geared toward dogs, but we’re also hoping to go out into the community and speak with some of the rescues we support, and also the other companies we love. We will of course talk about products we carry, but we love to promote the products we love, even if we don’t happen to sell them. Flat dog tags and specialized dog foods, to name two. We love to support other small businesses and look forward to sharing why we love them.

Going into business for yourself is quite the undertaking of course, and so there will probably also be some chatter about that! The good, the bad, the catastrophic, and all the other trial and error involved in such a journey.

We hope to be able to offer something for everyone, so stay tuned! Once things are decently up and looking good, I will share all the channel info here.

The channel is here, for those of you who want to hit ‘subscribe’ even in the ‘construction phase’  : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-2AA6ht-Z-Uw1fAJZ8hntQ

Life at Shiloh and Company is always busy, always adorable, and never dull, that’s for sure!

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^ As always, you can visit our store there!

My Fuzzy Little Valentine

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

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

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

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

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

He was adopted from the East Valley Animal Shelter.

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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.

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

She was adopted from the South Los Angeles animal shelter.

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And what are they wearing?

Jax is wearing The Kalo Vest by Ruff Ruff Couture, which you can find on our site here: http://shilohsdogboutique.com/product/clothing/the-kalo-vest/

Pippi is wearing The Little Black Dress by Ruff Ruff Couture, which you can find on our site: http://shilohsdogboutique.com/product/clothing/little-black-dress/

Shiloh is wearing The Little Red Dress, by Ruff Ruff Couture, which you can also find on our site: http://shilohsdogboutique.com/product/clothing/little-red-dress/

And Oliver is sporting the handsome William Vest, which, you guessed it, is right here: http://shilohsdogboutique.com/product/clothing/the-william-vest/

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.

www.petfinder.com – An excellent resource to locate a shelter near you and browse adoptable animals! Many small rescue groups feature their dogs there too!

www.aspca.org – 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!

www.shilohsdogboutique.com

 

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Holiday Fun and Madness

It being cyber Monday yesterday, I was feeling a bit self-congratulatory after getting a lot of Christmas shopping done online. So quick, so efficient, and kind of fun with all the interesting sales. I tend to favor smaller web sites as I know they are owned by small businesses, not unlike my own. I found a lot of great things for family members and friends. Next on the list? Gingerbread supplies of course. Last year, the dogs may have snuck onto the table and eaten the roof of our gingerbread house, but it was still great fun.

This year, I’d like to take a family photo with the dogs, all of us decked out in holiday garb, so I just finished buying their little outfits for that. Naturally, I went with one of our own suppliers who makes incredibly cute Mr and Mrs Santa outfits, and anticipate some adorable-ness will ensue.  The Thanksgiving costumes were a huge hit, but those were custom made for my fuzzies by a very talented lady on Etsy.

Looking through albums, I realize there are very few photos of me with the dogs, because I’m usually the one holding the camera, so the goal this year will be to create something memorable and fun that we can not only share with our social networks, but also keep and cherish in our family albums.

When our Loki passed away last year, I realized I had only one photo of myself with him. One photo in his nearly twelve years of life.

I know the memories are what truly matter, but photos are cherished tokens of those memories, so I will strive to work on that as one of my resolutions this year.

In other news, I’ve been in contact with some very promising local manufacturers, so our fingers are crossed for the bed styles we’ve been trying to make. Nothing is set in stone yet, but should things pan out, I will be over the moon thrilled to have our products made right here in California. Being made in the USA was a given for me, but to be able to work in my local area is nothing short of incredible.

Here’s hoping!

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Our Shiloh, in one of her first fancy dresses.

 

 

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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

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