Thank You! | A Love Fest

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I just wanted to pop in to let you know that I’m so grateful for all of you that take a moment out of your day to visit this little blog. I absolutely love the pet-friendly community and couldn’t be happier with the people I’ve met and the love we get on a regular basis.

With very little cross-promotion, we’ve gained quite a few followers. Without a Facebook page and a very inconsistent (:coughI’MSORRYcough:) Instagram account, so many of you have still found us and shown us love and support. Thank you for being super duper awesome and making this dude an internet mini superstar.

We hope you’re having an amazing holiday season! Stayed tuned for an extra special giveaway after the hustle and bustle of the holidays has passed. We love you and can’t wait to celebrate!

And now a poor quality photo of me embarrassing my dog this afternoon…

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Don’t let him fool you – he loves a good smooch.

Cheers!

 

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Falling in love: collars and accessories for your pooch

Fall is my absolute favorite season. The food, the fashion, the crisp air accompanied by endless mugs of lattes, hot chocolate, or coffee with cinnamon – it’s all perfectly lovely to me.

Oh, and pureed pumpkin? Add it to all of the things! This is something Rufus and I agree on wholeheartedly.

But I digress. Back to the topic of fashion and accessories, It’s about this time that I start scouring the internet for new pieces for myself as well as for my best furry friend. A man’s gotta look and feel dapper in the colder months too, am I right?

Here are some items on my wishlist that just scream “fall” to me:

 

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1. Woodsy” yellow collar by Sirius Republic. Rufus already owns about 5 Sirius collars, so what’s one more? Also, plaid. Plaid always wins in my book.

2. “Pictures of You” pillow pack by Molly Mutt. We already have a duvet cover in this print and I love the idea of adding a pillow to make Ru’s bed more couch-like. Maybe if he felt like he had his own little sofa, he wouldn’t be so eager to drool and shed all over ours?? Hah. Wishful thinking.

3. “Red Buffalo” plaid leash by Found. I’ve wanted a rope leash for years, but just couldn’t justify the price. Now that they’ve added a plaid handle?? I don’t know how much longer I can resist.

4.“Rescued” dog collar at Olive Green Dog. Just because I love spreading the rescue dog love.

5. Natural canvas owl toy by Simply Fido. Made from natural canvas and dyes, these toys are super adorable to look at and claim to be highly durable. Rufus has loved his hedgehog passionately for over two years now and today, he decided it was time to call it off by ripping the stuffing out of the poor little guy. I think it’s time to get him a new bff.

6. “The Maxwell” collar by Puddle Jumper Pups. How cute is this collar? All decorated with top hats and mustaches – it doesn’t get much dapper than that. I’ve purchased items from this Etsy store before and the quality is perfection! Check ’em out if you have the chance.

7. Plaid dog jacket by Billy Wolf Smith. I know it doesn’t get very cold in my part of the country, but we are hoping to be traveling a lot in the upcoming months, so you never know! Also, Rufus in a coat is kind of my favorite thing ever.

 

Do you love fall as much as I do? Any items you have your eye on, either for yourself or your pup(s)? Share them in the comments below!

A Hike at Smith Rock

Last month, we took a mini vacation to Bend, OR and hiked this beautiful state park. Oh, and then I totally forgot to share the photos with you guys. Shame on me.

Here are just a couple of pictures I snapped along the way. It was super hot that day, so we made sure to keep the pup nice and cool with tons of water and allowing him to splash around as much as his little heart desired. Despite the uncomfortable dry heat, the view was incredible and so worth it. All in all, we had a great day.

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Here he is, being a good boy by sitting for the photo. But of course also pulling a classic Rufus by turning his back towards me. What a punk.

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IMG_2828Having a blast, sniffing to his heart’s content.

IMG_2840Getting his feet wet.

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A tired, happy pup ready to go back to the hotel for some room service and air conditioning!

Peace, Love and Naps.

Over the past year, I’ve started to meditate more regularly. And while it’s had a ton of benefits for my own busy mind, Rufus has come to enjoy these quiet moments just as much.

If I even attempt to meditate without him in the room, he will stand outside the door and do his little under-his-breath whine that always melts me into a puddle of goo.

So he joins me, often laying by my side and completely still. I don’t know if you can tell, but the dude really loves to get his OM on. And if that can happen while also basking in a sun spot? Well, he basically reaches nirvana.

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Does your dog join you in any relaxing or another of your favorite activities? Rufus obviously walks and hikes with me, but it kind of means a lot to me that he seems to sense how peaceful this practice makes me – it just continues to remind me how incredibly intuitive dogs are.