Take 2 – Mack & Dovakin

This week, we decided to feature two of our previous PALs who are still looking for their forever homes. In our opinion, TWO PALs are better than one ;)!! Remember Mack back in August? How about Dovakin? Well you haven’t seen the last of these two fellas. In fact, you can see them both below!

These two guys are still without homes, and just like our parents taught us… “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!” So, here we are giving you (and them) a second chance to scoop these cuties up!

Let’s start with Mr. Mack.

Mack is happy, go-lucky, and loves to snuggle. He hasn’t had the easiest life but you can bet that his tail just keeps on waggin’! He is so strong and resilient and we love him so much <3.

To me, Mack is everything I could wish for in a pup and it kills me I don’t have the space for this energetic dude. That’s right! Mack has some energy in him and is always up for a walk, run, hike, whatever!! But don’t be fooled, he’s down for a low key night at home too (see below ZzzZZz). And Mack clearly has a super cute smile and is often cheesin’ from cheek to cheek!

 

Now, it’s Dovakin’s turn!

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If you remember, Dovakin means “Dragon Born” so beyond him being a great companion, he will also help start some conversation when people see his big ears and ask his name lol. Dovy recently marked his 200th day at the shelter, which in our opinions is 200 days TOO LONG!

Dovy is about  7 years old and he has actually blossomed during his time at the shelter thanks to the dedication of the volunteers who love him!

This guy walks great on a leash and knows all of your basic skills. He is down to dabble in an outdoor run or hike every now and then, but he won’t object to staying at home either. Dovy must be in a home where he is the only dog, but he gets along great with kids!! This guy is a true gem and we know he will shine brighter than ever when he finds his forever home!

Look, maybe you read our original post on one or both of these guys. Maybe you scrolled right through. Maybe you thought about how cute they were (you’re right). Maybe you thought they MIGHT fit into your lifestyle. But this week, all we are asking is that you give them a second look – a second take. And if you aren’t looking to adopt a canine companion yourself, please just spread the word! We see time and time again that our adoption success comes directly from your support and engagement (THANK YOU AGAIN!!). It’s hard to understand why these guys haven’t found their forever homes yet, but all we can do is look to the future and dedicate this next week to them. They deserve it <3.

If you or someone you know is interested in Mack, please email One Love Pit Bull Foundation at info@oneloveaz.org.

If you or someone you know is interested in Dovakin, he is at MCACC East Shelter his ID # is A3938243.

❤ Kisses from Mack and Dovakin ❤

Sir Galifianakis

You guys.. meet Galifianakis, AKA Gali, AKA Sir Licks A Lot! This hambone is our latest obsession. From his block head to his little white socks on his feets, Gali has successfully captured the hearts of many at the shelter and it is easy to see why!

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This handsome fella is literally the total package. He has been described as “a feeling of coming home and extreme comfort” I mean, who couldn’t love this mug?!  We have been told that he is a rock star in play groups! He is good with other dogs and has been used to help assess new dogs in the play group and aids to help socialize selective dogs. That’s a tall order to fill and Gali seems thrilled to help. Case in point, his look in this photo below.. “Come on guys, let’s go!”

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He clearly enjoys being the star of the show and we can’t blame him. He knows basic commands such as “sit” and “down” and thoroughly enjoys working for food (don’t we all). Oh, did we also mention he walks great on a leash?! If you are looking for the perfect partner in crime, Gali is your man!

Gali has made kid friends in the past, but may be a little much for them, we would suggest he is probably best with older kids. He isn’t nicknamed Sir Licks A Lot for no reason.. he has the biggest smile and longest tongue to give you the best happy kisses! I don’t know about you but I love to annoy smother my pup with love, and I get so offended when he tries to get away from me.

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Don’t judge me. ANYWAY, back to Gali.. He is sponsored by One Love so he will come home microchipped AND free post adoption training. He is located at the MCACC West shelter at 2500 South 27th Ave. his ID A3992580

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Yo Momma…

Yo Momma is so cute, just gazing into her eyes makes our hearts melt!

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But on a serious note,  Momma is our super adorable and smiley PAL of the week! She is estimated to be about 3 years old and is affectionate. She participates in the “gently and dainty” play group, which means she prefers a more refined dog interaction, and isn’t interested in rough housing.  Momma definitely enjoys the more laid back dogs!

While she may be selective towards certain dogs, she has previously lived with other dogs, so while a dog intro is required prior to adoption to ensure Momma will be a fantastic fit to her new fur-ever home, there is definitely potential for her to have pup siblings!! Did we mention how beautiful she is?! Just take a look at her silky black coat.. but plot twist, when you look closely you see subtle stripes!

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You guys, did we mention that Momma is good on a leash? That means a new PIC for super adventures like hiking or going to your favorite local pet friendly restaurant. Just brace yourself for this cute face pictured below… trying to flirt her way into getting a bite of whatever you are eating.

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 But inevitably you may cave in and casually look around hoping no one saw you give in to the most adorable pup.. whoops!

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Did we mention how great Momma is?! Well, we are about to continue some more! She is such a sweetheart and just wants to find her spot next to her human. Wait until you take her home to see her and her random spouts of zoomies! Momma is sponsored under the One Love which means that she comes home microchipped and FREE yes, FREE post adoption training to help further bonding and enhance her skills! She is located at MCACC East in Mesa, her ID is A381146

We know you can’t resist this face!

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Momma is at MCAC East on Rio Salado and the 101. Her ID is A3811466

Vibetality + Pup Tees = <3

Since starting Project PAL and specifically Pup Tees by Project PAL, we have had the opportunity to meet so many incredible, generous, and unique people that we never would have crossed paths with otherwise. This is most definitely the case with Erica!  We met Erica through the donation-based yoga class we did at her studio, Vibetality.

Not only did Vibetality generously offer this opportunity for us to raise money at their studio, but they even allowed us to bring one of our adoptable dogs (June) with us that day.  Their studio has such a great feel and we loved every minute of our morning there.

We were so excited to meet Erica, she is warm, genuine, adorable, and just an all-around wonderful person. (After providing us with so many ways to raise money she even personally purchased Pup Tees!).
Erica is an AZ native, and at the age of 15 she started doing yoga when she was diagnosed with scoliosis, she got her certification in 2008, and opened Vibetality in 2013.  Erica owns the studio with her partner, Patrick. The studio is truly a blend of Erica’s passion for yoga, health, and happiness combined with Patrick’s mission to use technology to enhance health and well-being.
Vibetality has everything from yoga, to a float tank, kettlebell workouts to massage, nutrition programs to meditation.  The goal is to offer as many options as possible to help people feel better and live better.  It is not a one-size-fits-all journey! Erica and Patrick also love giving back and helping local charities.  They have a heart for shelter animals since they have FIVE rescues of their own (a polydactyl senior cat, a sweet mutt pup adopted from AAWL, a pittie, a jack russell, and an orange tabby!). Peep this adorable family photo:
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So, let’s see what Erica has to say about styling her Pup Tees:
Outfit #1
I am a sucker for clothes that feel good and DO good! My sister turned
me onto www.theelephantpants.com  which gives back to elephants around
the world in need of protection and each style goes to a specific
elephant and they share the story of the elephant you’re helping.
I am wearing the “show me the shelter puppies” tank – I love this one!!
No shoes or fancy jewelry for me because I like the sense of as much
freedom as possible lol. Bare feet for yoga, no necklaces hanging in my
face for downdog, and no rings getting in the way of hand binds and
headstands!
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Outfit #2

I love that loose fitting clothes are making a come back so this tee is
a no brainer! I have a form fitting lululemon tank underneath so I can
practice any yoga pose w/o worrying about my shirt rolling up.
I have to admit to having quite a few lululemon pieces in the yoga
wardrobe. I held out for a long time but finally realized that they are
awesome and they last forever. I have this pair of capris in 3 different
colors!
I also support the heck out of our good friends at Peixoto Coffee House.
We carry their nitro cold brew at the studio and it’s kept me going
through the long hours of building your own business =) They are an
accessory I always have near by!

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Thank you, Erica for supporting Pup Tees by Project PAL and for sharing your style, story and studio with us!

To my new homie, Romie:

I’ll never forget what my dad said the first time he walked dogs at the Shelter….with the most sincere confusion, “Kim, there are so many good dogs here….?”. The obvious response to that comment seemed like it should be, “ummmm yes, correct? Thank you Captain Obvious”. BUT, to someone who hasn’t been to the shelter, walked the wings, and spent time with the shelter dogs individually, they have no clue that outside of the loud and overstimulating kennel walls are GREAT individual dogs. It’s so hard to walk through those wings and pick a dog out from behind their kennel gates…not sure what I mean? Here, let me show you something crazy:
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This is Romie….she’s a resident at MCACC West, and happens to be this week’s featured pup.  Romie has all of the right qualities and is flipping adorable. So, why hasn’t she been adopted? Well, if you ask me, it’s because potential adopters are walking through the wings, inevitably feeling really sad looking at 500 faces peering at them just willing them to take them out. They see the dog on the left (times 500), not the dog on the right! So, we can’t blame people for not picking Romie…it’s impossible to know who she is outside of her kennel unless someone tells you! So, we are here to tell you all about her so you can pick Romie.

Romie is a play group regular which means she likes other dogs ❤ ! She is quite the social butterfly and does well with pup personalities of all kinds.  Romie is sweet, soulful, silly and SUPER! How about that for some alliteration!
Here she is being sweet:


Here she is being soulful:

Here she is being silly:

And, here she is being SUPER:

Let’s help Romie stand out from the shelter dog crowd this week by sharing her adorable face and personality with our friends and family. Surely someone wants a well-rounded pup!

Romie is also sponsored by our friends at One Love which means she comes with a microchip, post-adoption training, and most importantly SUPPORT from a community of people that care.

She is at MCACC West and her ID is A3975898.

Amazing Amelia

Amazing Amelia. This 2-year year old girl is a spunky mama! Her body may be pint-sized but her heart is big! Amelia is happy and wiggly… two of our favorite things!

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Amelia LOVES her humans (just look at her look of love below!). She loves to snuggle and of course get belly rubs! She is so sweet and loving and would make a wonderful addition to your home. Don’t you want to come home to this smiling face and wiggling bottom every. single. day?! The answer is YES.

Amelia is not only sweet, she is also well-behaved! She is already potty trained and knows how to use a doggy door. She also knows “Sit.” Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!

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Amelia had a litter of pups and has always been the one taking care of other. Now, it’s HER turn to be taken care of. If you want to meet Amelia (and you should), please email info@atfcaz.org. She is being taken care of by our good friends at Almost There Foster Care!

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And here is a picture of Amelia sitting on a table just because I think it is hilarious how casually she is sitting haha!! I ❤ her so much.

A Style Feature Unlike Any Other: Michael Klose.

WEEEE’RREE BAACCCKKK!!! We have a feeling you guys have missed our style blog immensely, and we’ve missed putting it out there for you! Too many irons in the fire as they say! BUT, we are getting our life in order and this week’s style feature will not disappoint.  The photos alone are l-e-g-i-t.

This week we are featuring Michael Klose. Michael is an Arizona native, he has worked in the wine and spirits industry for over 12 years. Michael is one of the chosen ones who truly loves what he does for a living! And one thing we’ve learned about Michael is that he does not half ass anything. Not one thing in his life is done half-heartedly.  Literally, if you’re going to hold his camera flash for him,  you better hold it perfectly (amiright Dana/Aidan?).  This style series is literally unlike any we have ever seen before.  Michael paired together the things he loves most in life to create the most epic feature of all time:
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Yep, you are seeing this right….a wine pairing with Jaxon. Look how good his hat and t-shirt detail look! (YES we know Jaxon is stealing the show in this photo, but try to focus on what’s important). The wines featured here are Rodney Strong Vineyards, Cline and Duck Pond Winery. Jaxon is wearing a collar from Mighty Pit

And here they are mixing up some Tito’s Handmade Vodka, (fun fact 1: Michael actually represents this brand and he is the reason we get to include Tito’s Handmade Vodka in our upcoming Fall Fundraiser. Snaps for Michael!). But, of course, Michael could not pour himself a drink and forget about the dog model on set with him:

YEP. He poured one out for Jaxon….in his own martini glass. L.O.L. I think Michael’s dog gets better treatment than most humans I know.

Even though it is literally impossible to focus on the Pup Tees (and other apparel) in the photos, we’ve got to tell you what he’s wearing, because after all, this is a style blog. The jeans are from h&m (affordable, pass the stretch test, and the ripped design shows off the leg tat nicely). He’s got Aldo Acrucia mid top sneakers on, his Mutt Life shirt and Mutt Life hat!  You can get a bottle of Tito’s Handmade Vodka at your local grocery store (if you are 21 and older, duh). Jaxon is repping his Tito’s Handmade Vodka bandana!

When they aren’t being mixologist or wine connoisseurs, Michael and Jaxon like to BBQ and hang by the pool:

Pictured here wearing swim shorts from chubbiesshorts.com (again, showcasing the leg tatts nicely), Bose Noise cancelling headphones (must-have for traveling…..or noisy households), Sandals Olukai.com (olukai hokua sandals), and Sunglasses are Oakley Holbrook Polarized Sunglasses oakley.com. 

So, why is Michael wearing Pup Tees by Project PAL and participating in our style blog?  Well, because as they all say “it starts with one” and even though Michael has been a long-time lover of big dogs, the first dog he and his wife, Dana, got with their son, Aidan, changed everything for their family. Adopting Jaxon (pictured above) initially ignited a passion within Dana to get involved as a volunteer.

Michael was inspired by Dana’s commitment, but wasn’t sure how he could contribute to the cause in his own way. It wasn’t until he caught the photography bug that Michael realized photographing dogs was way better for his quality of life, than trying to do shoots with his wife and son, who quickly lost patience for the process, and constant camera in their faces. And, right there, in that moment, Michael realized how he could give back and make a difference in the shelter dog world! Michael has been working on a huge project for months with us (but it’s a secret so you’ll just have to wait and see).

Coming full circle, even though it took Michael years to find his place in this crazy world of volunteers, rescues, shelters, etc the only reason he’s here on team #MuttLife today is because he encouraged his wife to take a chance on a homeless puppy, with a misunderstood breed label.

We’d like to add that we are so dang grateful that Michael & Dana adopted Jaxon (and then Chloe….).  They have both become such HUGE parts of what we are doing and even their son volunteers his time. Michael told me that he was blown away by the love and dedication that so many people give so selflessly……..but I’d like to go on record saying that he and his family are paving the way for innovative efforts to support important causes.