Monday, August 10, 2015

The Test That Makes Others Smile

Mama loaded me up in the car and we went for a ride, just her and I together. It's always an adventure with her, because the places she goes are so random and I get to meet a lot of fun people. This day was no different. Right up front

Saturday, August 8, 2015

What It Is And Why You Need It

Notice: This is a guest blog by mama, because she went out of town this weekend and didn't take me. She also took the computer with her. Not that I can use it, because of that whole lack of opposable thumbs thing, but we all know that I tell mama what to write and she makes the magical things happen. So... I'm home stressing because mama is gone. She has the computer. She's in charge of thinking of all the things to say this time.

I think Louie is disgruntled about being left at home. Geez. Take a dog for a weekend getaway once, and he thinks he's entitled to go every weekend. This time I'm on a business trip. I have a booth at a market somewhere or other almost every weekend, selling our dog collars and candles. I'm able to take Louie to a lot of these with me, and he's been loving them, but this one clearly stated, "no dogs allowed."  I'm a rule follower, so I didn't allow Mr. Entitled to come with me. The good news is that he's a dog, and he'll forgive me. Dogs are epic that way.

Since I have a rare opportunity to talk here, I'm going to share one of the most under valued listings in our stores.

Friday, August 7, 2015

I'm Looking At Some Changes Coming This Way

frenchie wearing nautical starfish collar by the water ocean sea lake
Louie has been wearing the Starfish collar all summer. We love nautical things here.

We have this brand-new Etsy store, appropriately called The French Dog. Guess who that's named after? Yep, nailed it. I actually voted for the name of Louie's on Etsy, but mom said no. (MOM NOTE: He didn't actually suggest that. He probably should have. I may have to now open another store just to name it that. For crying out loud.)

Mom has been on Etsy for years. Nine of them, as a matter of fact. Etsy was 15 months young when mom opened her very first Etsy store in 2006. She made shirts for the 2-legged variety of kids for a long, long time, and had fun doing it.

Mom has been raising 4-legged kids for 15 years, and last year she had the epiphany that she could sew for dogs. Mom is slow sometimes. It's why she hires me to do the thinking. (MOM NOTE: I never hired Louie to do any kind of thinking. The dog fabricates

Thursday, August 6, 2015

There's No Shame In My Game

I love my human. A lot. I show my loyalty by never leaving mama's side. (Rarely ever.)

If mama goes upstairs, I go upstairs, too.

If mama goes to the workshop to make collars, I go to the workshop too.

If mama goes to the bathroom, I sit at her feet.

If mama goes for the mail at the end of the driveway, I, too, go for the mail. Mostly. Mama makes me stay a dozen feet inside the driveway so I'm not near the road. But I faithfully wait for her there, because I never leave mama. Hardly ever.

When mom and I are running or speed hiking, she lets me off leash, because it's just easier to run without a leash attached to you, whether you've got 4 legs or 2. Mama she knows she can trust me to never leave her side.

When we were on vacation this past weekend,