PRADA.

This, here, is Prada. Prada has made quite a name for herself in the MCAC West playgroup crew.  Why? Because she is super confident, friendly, enjoys the company of other pups, and knows how to (peacefully but directly) tell her peers when she’s had enough of their antics! And, TBH, that is all one can really ask of a dog in playgroups! So, here she is…..in all of her love nub glory–PRADA!

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Prada is literally the complete package. One of the qualities that seems to be working in her favor for sure is that she makes people fall in love with her simply by existing.  The other day, one volunteer said something that made me LOL and then I realized it is so absolutely true. This is what she said:
Prada: *does nothing*
Me: I would die for you
22219889_10155758806924153_85108169226472829_oTruer words have honestly never been spoken.  I share those very same sentiments. I even feel that way about dogs when they deliberately ignore me as I actively seek their attention, which for some reason happens daily.

Prada is what a potential adopter should be dreaming of….gets along well with other dogs– check, is cute AF — check, is kind of chubs –check, snorts — check, flops on her back– check. Go meet Prada, you won’t regret it….and we bet you’ll be leaving with a new family member 😉 .

Oh. My. Gosh. I NEED HER. But, since I cannot have her….I need one of you to pick Prada.  Magical effing unicorn.

MCAC West (2500 S 27th Avenue Phoenix). ID A3990427.

Annabelle Awaits!

Meet Annabelle!

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Annabelle is the cutest and stockiest girl I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! This girly is about 4-5 years old and is extremely mellow and calm. I mean, look at the photo below… I’m talking caaallllmmmm!

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This angel is so sweet and friendly, and she gets along well with dogs (but a doggy intro is required prior to adoption). This gentle girl is definitely a lover not a fighter <3. But is also not above giving some serious side eye haha!

Annabelle is a resilient pup. She didn’t have the easiest start and the shelter thinks that Annabelle was purely used for breeding purposes :(. AB (Annabelle obvi) is still having a rough time at the shelter. She is understandably shy and scared and she needs our help finding a forever home!! We know Annabelle can fit in with basically any household because she is SO easy to love.

If you are looking to make a short, stocky, ADORABLE addition to your family, Annabelle is your girl!! Annabelle is at MCACC West (2500 S 27th Avenue PhoenixAZ 85009) and her ID is A3977572. Spread the word and let’s get this girl out of the shelter and into a home. Annabelle Awaits!!

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HEY-O….Twinkle Toes is in da housseeee (actually, he’s in the Shelter…but that didn’t have the rap-type ring to it I was looking for):
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When I first met Twink-T I thought to myself, “what the H kind of name is Twinkle Toes?” But then, I started posting all sorts of nicknames for him and have now realized his name was a gift from the creativity gods. G-R-A-Z-I-E (I was in Italy for 12 days – for work, so my Italian is pretty much fluent now.  JK on that too…you just saw the one and only word I know).

ANYWAYS, Twinkle Toes is honestly the ISH. He is super loving and gentle, plays nicely with others, (obviously you should still bring your dog in for an intro to make sure Fido at your house likes Twink) and he is all around a really delightful K9 companion!

At One Love Volunteer Orientation last weekend, Twinkie T tried to intervene and run the orientation himself:DSC_0036

Richard shut his efforts down, and sent him to the side to be adored by current volunteers (Richard doesn’t share the spotlight well):

Twinkle Toes got his name because he has one white toe nail on each front paw….and they totally twinkle.  So, his name is descriptive. BUT, before I knew that, I thought he got his name because he pranced around like a dancer (which I witnessed as he happily hopped across the room during orientation!).

Twink attended his first One Love Shelter Dog Training class last week with his new pal, Heather:

LOOK how cute they are together!!!! The best part is that he already has amazing leash skills (anyone with a dog like mine knows that having a dog with leash skills is truly a dream come true!). Twinkie is super food motivate and got DOWN on some of that fancy home-cooked chicken that Heather brought for training treats!  He kicked A at all aspects of training even the agility exercises!  Such a smart fella!

TT has done well with other pups in playgroup but we definitely suggest a dog intro prior to adoption!

Questions about Twink? Hit us up at projectpalaz@gmail.com….or go straight to the real source at info@oneloveaz.org haha!

This Is What Dreams Are Made Of

Hey now, hey now… this week’s PAL is Dream, and she really is what dreams are made of! Hopefully you understand the musical reference (Spoiler: It’s from the Oscar-winning film, The Lizzie McGuire Movie…Sing to me Paolo!)

Dream is a white and tan American Pit Bull Terrier and is estimated to be about 7 years old. This girl has been at MCACC East for WAY TOO LONG – since April 27, 2017 :(. But, everyone who meets Dream says that she is perfectly named because she is just that, a dream <3. I mean, first of all, just look at that sweet face!!

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Dream gets along great with humans (kiddos too!) and she is super affectionate and sweet. She loves to make people happy and give them kisses. Dream gets playful and silly but still has moderate energy. She is super fun but is also pretty low key (she is what we call a #DreamGirl). She enjoys taking walks and walks well on a leash. Oh, most importantly, she is pint sized, which if you have been reading our blog you know that pint-sized pups are our FAVORITE (EEK!!!)!

Dream has seen real progress while out of her kennel at play groups. Initially, she was NOT about dog socializing and preferred solely human interaction, which is weird because I only prefer dog interaction ;). But, she is in the midst of a major transition. She has been attending small, controlled play groups and has been doing well! At first she only got along well with calmer male dogs but recently has been hanging out closer to male and female dogs in the play group. She has even recently played with a younger pup! While she is not “dog social” we do not necessarily believe that she requires being an only dog. However, a doggy intro is required prior to adopting Dream!

We all know the saying “Good things come to those who wait” and we are hoping that good great things are on the horizon for this cutie pie. She has so much love to give and we know whoever adopts Dream is the luckiest person alive! Dream is at MCACC East (2630 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201) and her ID is A3925658.

Jill + Pup Tees = <3

The best part about starting Project PAL has been seeing that there are people in our community who truly WANT to help. Our followers have been SO supportive and we would not be where we are without you guys, and trust us… we know it! So, for this week’s fashion series, enter Jill. Jill is one of the many amazing people who support our initiative through Pup Tees and we are so thankful for her <3.

Jill’s favorite part about Pup Tees is that 100% of the proceeds go straight to the Shelter Dog Program. Have we advertised that before ;)?! Of course, it doesn’t help that in exchange, Jill receives a soft, comfortable, AND cute shirt for her donation! We are SO grateful to all of our generous sponsors for covering all costs and allowing us to truly donate 100% of the proceeds to One Love’s Shelter Dog Program.

As you have seen, there are tons of ways to style the various Pup Tees on our website. Jill’s favorite way is a classic – denim shorts, comfy shoes, a Nixon watch, and beaded bracelets for a pop of color. Of course, in this Arizona heat no one bothers to have their hair down, so Jill opts for an amazing messy bun! Question… If I haven’t been able to perfect the messy bun, can I still call myself a Phoenician?!

In the colder dessert winter, Jill prefers to wear her Pup Tee with skinny jeans, converse, and an open cardigan (so that the cute phrases are still readable)! But sorry, it’s just too freakin’ hot in AZ to model a winter look right now but trust us, it’s a cute outfit ;)! Jill loves when people ask her where her shirt is from because she can help spread the word and send them STRAIGHT to ShopPupTees.com.

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After Pookie came into Jill’s life, she realized how important it was to help shelter dogs find homes. Jill, like the rest of us, wants ALL dogs to find a forever home and hopes to end the stigma that Pit Bulls currently face. Jill truly walks the walk and supports companies that align with her beliefs. Besides Pup Tees, Jill also purchases products from Max and Neo who donate a collar to a pup in need whenever a collar is purchased (modeled by Pookie!). Jill is a true role model who leads by example and we are just so thankful for her support and for her agreeing to be featured on this week’s Style Blog :).

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Briggie Smalls

“Briggie Briggie Briggie can’t you see, your eyes just hypnotize me”  Today we want to take a moment out of our day to talk about Briggie Smalls, A.K.A. Briggs.

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He is our featured pup this week at Project PAL!  This Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is going to make the best companion. Can we just take a minute to talk about those forehead wrinkles of his?!

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Briggs is estimated at 6 years young, but doesn’t look a day over 12 months ugh can’t we all have those amazing genes?  He has such a zest for life and loves people.  Briggs hasn’t given up on finding his new forever home, he exudes positivity and hope!

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Briggs was said to be a little bit reserved at first, but quickly warmed up once he was out and about on his foster day! He clearly enjoyed the car ride (if these pics of his gigantic smile don’t show it all, I don’t know what does!)

He does very well with other dogs, although we always want you to do a doggie intro prior to adoption just to ensure it can be a smooth transition.  He wasn’t super food motivated at training class but once he felt a little more confident in himself he appeared to feel like he was in his element. We were informed on his play date that Briggs thrives in his doggie playgroups and becomes such a goofball having so much fun enjoying himself and the other dogs around him!

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What we know about Briggs–

He thoroughly enjoys car rides

Does well with other dogs

Has room for improvement on his leash etiquette (he’s getting there!)

Would like another pup companion (but not necessary)

Would love a forever home and family to call his own.

Briggs comes home in his fur tuxedo, so you know he is always going to be the best dressed for any occasion!

If you are interested in Briggs, he is located at the MCACC East Shelter– 2630 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201 his ID# A3936595

 

A guy, his dog, and Pup Tees.

This week’s style series features the most wonderful guy in the world (ok, maybe I am a LITTLE biased), my husband, Justin French! It also features his soul pup, Hayley Marie French!
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(YOU GUYS, I cannot handle the level of cuteness here)

Justin is a Pup Tees by Project PAL supporter first and foremost, because he has to be one. Literally zero choice in the matter. BUT, I will say that after our family adopted Hayley last year, I think Justin’s whole world changed.  Prior to adopting Hayley, Justin and I would participate in the monthly Hope Whispers Walk at MCAC East. He would also always be on board for being the photog behind Pup Tees promo pictures for us except the very first shoot we ever did when he drank too much fire water the night before and disappeared after like the first 10 photos (he walked home without telling anyone…so that was hilar). Thank goodness for my dad who also brought his camera and saved the day.  Anyways, after we adopted Hayley his whole world changed. I’m talking nightly walks with treat pouches clipped on to his shorts, high-pitched words of affirmation when Hayley walks without pulling for 1/2 a second, and take-your-dog-to-work-days. ❤
Fast forward to a year and a half later and I truly believe that Justin is now actually a true Pup Tees fan. His favorite shirts are his Pup Tees. Why? Because he is tall and lean, and our unisex Pup Tees fit him literally perfect. Once our Mutt Life campaign came out, it was all over. I think Justin might actually be our best Mutt Life hat customer. Nine times out of ten, if you see Justin outside of the work day, he is wearing a Mutt Life hat. He has also had to purchase multiple hats at this point because he wears them to the gym and sweats through them (don’t worry, Justin pays full price for every Pup Tee he owns. #nofamilydiscountshere )

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Justin owns a Resurfacing & Paint company called SX Paint + Resurfacing. Even though he works in the construction industry, he dresses up every single day.  So, when he’s not working, this is his go-to outfit combo.

When I told Justin (the night before at 10pm) that he had to be a Pup Tees model the next morning…he was a little irritated that I had yet to do laundry that week. BUT, he pulled together two good looks. Enter the JORTS:

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BEHOLD! Check out how great the fit on this Mutt Life shirt is…and it is soft AF, which are the two main reasons Justin wears it whenever it is clean!

Also, can we just talk about how Hayley took a casual swim in the Scottsdale Civic Center pond?  Totally a no-swim zone. We are so classy.  BUT, we forgive her because LOOK AT HER:

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Our blog photog Monica Adalsteinsson really outdid herself on these photos of JF and Hayley!!!! Thank you, Monica!!! We appreciate you and your dedication!!!

#MeetMack

Everyone, meet Mack.  Mack is a really special guy…and we are about to tell you why.

A few years ago, Mack came to our friends at One Love from a suspected dog fighting bust in Laveen.  The Arizona Humane Society Animal Cops removed him from the scene. Mack was held as evidence, along with 13 other dogs until the owner signed them over. Unfortunately, most of the other dogs did not make it :(. Mack was valley fever positive at the time. Here is Mack, the day he was confiscated from his owner:


😦 To be honest, it’s hard for me to even stomach the thought of where Mack came from because it is so easy to let myself get sucked down the rabbit hole and end up writing hate emails to Michael Vick’s agent because he is the only dog fighting ass wipe I actually know of and we might be slightly insane end up forgetting the real reason we are here.

SO, while it is important to share where Mack came from to show his resilience and what a special guy he is, we want to focus on who he is now, and what he has been doing the past few years! Mack is simply a really happy go lucky, energetic fella who literally lives for snugs. He truly has a precious innocence about him and we just ❤ him to pieces.

Mack was adopted out to a family, and lived with them for a few years.  He was recently returned to One Love because, well, life happens and things change for people. Mack is still the same, fun-loving dog, but his family could no longer care for him after adding more dogs to their crew. Rather than pass judgement, our friends at One Love are taking this opportunity to pour their energy and resources into Mack so he can find his REAL forever. Mack has actually been enjoying a board & train visit with favorite trainer, David from ZenK9. Mack got rave reviews and we know he has enjoyed the company of other tolerant, similar-sized pups.

Mack is no lazy bum either. This pup is always up for a walk, a run, a hike, or a swim! He is a true gem.

This week, we’d love to help our friends at One Love find Mack a home. We would even settle for helping them find a foster home for Mack that way he can have a bed/couch to relax on since that’s the life he’s grown accustomed to these days!

Look…here’s the deal. Mack is a really special guy and he deserves a really special family. One that will choose him, every day….even when life happens. If you are interested in meeting Mack, or learning more about him contact our friends at One Love info@oneloveaz.org ❤

Laid back and lovely!

GUYS, we totally dropped the ball on last week’s Style Series. We are sure you were all super devastated so, don’t worry, we’re BACK.  This week we are featuring Nikki Maggio!  Nikki is one of the co-founding members behind Project PAL.
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We are super excited for Nikki because she actually just had a major life change…she changed jobs!  Nikki literally just finished her final days working for Cutter Aviation at Phoenix Sky Harbor, a private FBO where general aviation aircraft fly into. She says that working for Cutter was one of the best jobs she has ever had, she loved the variety it offered from greeting guests on the ramp, pulling catering and personal vehicles for passengers, to working dispatch and billing. This week, Nikki started her new job as an Administrative Assistant for DriveTime where there will be more room for personal growth! We are so pumped for her!

While working for Cutter, uniforms were required each day.  SO, obviously as soon as she walked in the door from work the first thing she did was take off her bra change into comfortable clothes. Guess what her go-to shirt is….our vintage Pup Tee, Turn Up For Pups campaign! LOLing at my use of the word “vintage” since this campaign came out less than a year ago, but guys…you have to act fast with Pup Tees! Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Anyways… here’s what Nikki has to say about styling her Pup Tees:

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This tee is my absolute favorite! It is comfortable, extremely soft, AND you can literally wear it with ANYTHING.  My personal favorite happens to be to pair it with my signature Lululemon Inspire crops accompanied by my favorite pair of flip flops by Rainbow. I have to be in heels or running shoes constantly for work, so you could say that my feet are a little claustrophobic.. I wear flip flops almost 365 days out of the year, yes sometimes even in winter.  Like I said, my style matches my personality!

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Now, having left Cutter Aviation and starting a new adventure as an Administrative Assistant at DriveTime, I had to find a whole new wardrobe of clothes to wear to work (okay, so maybe uniforms I had to wear at Cutter Aviation weren’t THAT bad..) so when I’m not seen in my uniform or yoga pants which is a RARE occurrence, you can find me in my absolute FAVORITE pair of jean shorts ever. Enter the Hudson jean shorts! These have a sewn cuff, which makes washing extremely easy as I don’t have to fuss with re rolling the cuff and it not staying put. And again pairing it with my favorite pair of flippy floppies.  You can find me also wearing a few of my most loved accessories, a dainty gold bracelet my sister got as a gift for me on her Eurotrip, accompanied by two gold rings (links above), and my favorite necklace of life—the gold bar necklace (link above).

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We are actually obsessed with our brand new campaign “Puppies/Evertyhing”  Be sure to visit shoppuptees.com today to pick one up while we have inventory!! They’ll go quick!!! Remember 100% of the money you spend on a Pup Tee goes straight to the Shelter Dog Program!  How can you not want one of these new v-necks?! Look how effing cute it is on Nikki!!
HUGE THANKS AS ALWAYS TO MONICA ADALSTEINSSON FOR BEING THE BEST BLOG PHOTOG EVER!! WE ❤ YOU!

Mr. Shy Guy

This week’s PAL is named Harley! Harley is a sweet and sensitive 7-year old Pit Bull/Lab mix. He is quite shy and takes a bit of time to warm up to people but he eventually comes around!

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It takes some patience to get this fella to open up but one volunteer said that after spending some time with him and giving him (a lot) of treats, he was feeling much more comfortable. He even wagged his tail a little when they walked by his kennel afterwards <3. Apparently you can buy friends with treats haha!

Harley is extremely mellow and gentle. He likes cuddles and *gentle* pets and would probably do best in a quieter home environment. However, Harley gets along GREAT with other dogs. He has a kennel mate and they get along GREAT! He loves to be around other dogs and they seem to make him very happy, like the below picture!

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Recently, Harley had his first training class and did very well! He completed many confidence building exercises and commands. He responded very well to the hot dog treats, which I FULLY understand. Harley is at MCACC West (2500 S. 27th Avenue) and his ID is A3542718. Come and meet this cutie today! This is the week to find his FUR-ever home <3.

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