Tails of Valentino

Looking for the purr-fect fundraiser? September 21 2014

With the end of summer, everyone is settling into their fall-winter schedules and routines. Now is the perfect time to start that group fundraiser, and we would like to help you.

It doesn’t matter if you have a cause for paws or if you’re a school, church or other non-profit, Shaggy Chic Apparel offers a couple of fundraising platform.  We can also tailor a program to meet your needs no matter how small or large your organization is. Some of the platforms we offer are:

  • Auction Items Donations– Live, Silent, Online! We offer single shirt donations to our popular T-Shirt-of-the Month Club, depending on the fundraiser.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Donation – To incentivize volunteer involvement or morale! The kindness and generosity of your volunteers can be magnified with the addition of incentives, which will encourage and empower them
  • T-shirt Fundraising – A portion of sales go back to you! No upfront costs, easy to implement and no minimum order. This can be facilitated through the traditional brochures or an online campaign where we provide you with a code specific for your organization.  We can also create a page that is localized with your organization information including logo.  Need marketing materials and tips for a successful fundraiser? Shaggy Chic Apparel can help.

 For more information, contact Kathy Beazley at Kathy@ShaggyChicApparel.com.  We would love to discuss your needs and see how we can help. 


    You Get Back What You Give July 13 2014

    “I have two instincts. I want to have fun and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.” - Bono

    We aren’t rock stars, but we think rescue animals and the people that rescue them are indeed just that.  At Shaggy Chic, we want to change the world. That's why a portion of all sales go back to animal rescue groups. 

    You may ask, “Why t-shirts?" It’s simple. Who doesn’t love a great t-shirt? And, who doesn’t love a great t-shirt that promotes a cause they are passionate about? Our goal with Shaggy Chic is to create unique and fun t-shirts people are proud to wear. There are so many worthy rescue groups that are 100% volunteer driven. They face the most challenges in fundraising and the majority of their expenses are paid out of their own pockets. Through the compassion of friends, family, local businesses and vets, they receive some assistance but the reality is – it takes money to rescue and foster.

    The Shaggy Chic team works with rescue groups to help create fundraising campaigns with minimal effort. Whether it’s a custom campaign directed at their support base or an online sale that benefits their group, we can help them meet their fundraising goals and use their profits to save more precious animals.  

    Shaggy Chic wants to make history by helping to put an end to animal cruelty, hunger and abandonment. Together, we can make the world a better place for us all – one t-shirt at a time.

    For more information on fundraising opportunities or auction item donations, drop Valentino a bone at valentino@ShaggyChicApparel.com.  


    Shaggy Chic Hosts “I Love Animals” Kids’ Art Contest June 01 2014

     

     

    Lauren Arnold and sister, Emma, showing off Lauren's latest Kid POV design. Photo credit: Loudmouth Photography 

    Shaggy Chic Hosts “I Love Animals” Kids’ Art Contest

    Twelve Lucky Winners to be Featured on ‘Kid POV’ T-shirts

    You know the saying ‘Kids say the darnedest things’? Well, Shaggy Chic believes kids draw the darnedest things and, to demonstrate this, are hosting an ‘I Love Animals’ art contest for children ages 5-17, with twelve lucky winners being featured as one of the company’s Kid POV collection t-shirts. The child may enter up to three drawings and can draw about any ‘animal’ they wish.   The deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 31st.  

    The Kid POV collection was created by 10-year-old Lauren Arnold, who is the company’s resident youth designer. Her whimsical shirts showcase the innocence and magic of childhood…and the loving relationship of animals through a child’s eye. 

    Currently, Lauren, who lives in Shady Shores, Texas, has two featured Kid POV shirts … Vincent van Dog, which highlights a dog painting a mutt-sterpiece on an easel, and Sit + Stay = Peanut Butter, an ode to a dog’s favorite snack. Three additional shirts will be revealed during the coming months.

    When asked why she loved drawing, Lauren stated, “It’s fun and it makes people happy.” Lauren also loves to draw because she loves animals, with penguins being her favorites. Shaggy Chic can’t wait to see a penguin shirt from her!

    The ‘I Love Animals’ art contest is open to all children from ages 5-17. Original artwork should be done in color and contain a message about the child’s love for animals. Artists should use white paper and place the page in landscape orientation, so that the paper is 8 ½ inches high and 11 inches wide.

    Twelve drawings will be selected and reproduced as a Shaggy Chic Apparel Kid POV t-shirt. Each chosen artist will receive a $100 Toys R Us gift card and their winning shirt for each member of the immediate family.   Drawings should not be folded or stapled and must be received by the July 31st deadline.

    Entries must include the artist’s name, parent name, parent email, mailing address, phone number, age and should be mailed flat in a large envelope to: Shaggy Chic Kids’ Art Contest; Attn: Valentino, the Director of Wag; P.O. Box 670483; Dallas, TX 75367-0483. For an official entry form and detailed submission rules, email kathy@ShaggyChicApparel.com.


    More Pharrell William's HAPPY with dogs..and one surf boarding cat May 08 2014

    We just can't get enough of the viral videos of Pharrell William's HAPPY with dogs.  However, this one is really cool! It has a surf boarding/swimming kitty. 

     


    It's Katy Perry! 'Dark Horse' parody kitty-style April 22 2014

    Who doesn't love Katy Perry?  This video parody of Katy Furry takes it to a purr-fect level. 

     


    Cats versus Hamster Balls...Who Will Win? April 18 2014

    Watch as these cats try to figure out how to get the toy out of the hamster ball, while in the process getting themselves stuck inside!

    This is a purr-fect way to keep a kitty occupied, if you ask us. 


    Who loves Easter? These Corgis do! April 17 2014

    On behalf of all the hounds, kitties and humans at Shaggy Chic Apparel, we wish you a wonder Easter weekend. 

     

    To get you in the Spring Holiday spirit, watch these Corgis having fun with the plastic eggs. 

     


    Well-mannered dogs...Who Knew? A Lesson for All Dogs! April 16 2014

    Have you seen the latest viral sensation? Dogs who pray before they eat. On what is a Holy Week for many, we thought this was fun, and a great lesson we can teach our pups. What's even more amazing is that the dogs know how to take their bowls to the sink after eating. How many human kids do that???

    Do you like Pharrell's HAPPY? Then, you'll love this! April 10 2014

    Do you love the fun loving HAPPY song from Pharrell?  It makes us smile and definitely want to dance.  Even the dogs and cats get into the action.

     

     

    Check out this puppy version!  It will definitely get your tail waggin'. 


    Valentino says, 'Eat More Turkey!" March 16 2014

    I’m Valentino, the Director of Wag and the bones behind the operation of Shaggy Chic. If this is your first visit, welcome and be sure to check back often because I have a lot to bark about including scoop on contests, new product line announcements, event appearances and more!

    You may think this is an unusual blog for a t-shirt company, but I wanted to bring you all things FUN and informative.  This post is all about food. Yummy! Drool is coming from my mouth now. 

    This is an important subject in our house. Why? I'm a rescue Pekingese. (Don't feel sorry for me. I think I'm pretty lucky!) My mom, who took my late sister Greta to the groomer a few years back, noticed a sign that said 'Free Dog to Good Home.' That's me!

    Mom immediately fell in love with me. She liked the way I wiggled on the floor when I am happy and couldn't resist my big, brown eyes.  When she adopted me, Mom took me to the vet because I had severe skin problems. In fact, they wondered if my hair would even grow back.  After months of doctor visits, pampering at the groomer with special shampoos and more, the vet said I was probably allergic to chicken.  WHAT???  Mom changed my diet and started reading labels. She noticed that even the beef meals had chicken in it.

    That was the start of our journey to homemade food for me and my siblings, Zasu and Busby. 

    Mom said I should tell you about homemade food and give you recipes every so often.  She says it's not as expensive to make as you think, and it doesn't take long to make. 

    With that said, here's the first recipe...

    Tino's Turkey and Cranberry Dog Bones 

    Ingredients:

    • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 cup shredded cooked turkey
    • 1 cup dried cranberries
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth, or as needed

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk the whole wheat flour and baking powder together until thoroughly combined, and stir in the cooked turkey meat and dried cranberries. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and drop the egg into the center; pour in the olive oil and about 1/2 cup of broth. Mix into a soft dough. If mixture is too dry, mix in more broth, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is of desired consistency.
    3. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, and knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick, and cut out with your favorite cookie cutters.
    4. Bake until the treats turn brown, about 25 minutes. Turn the oven off, and leave the dog treats in the oven an additional 30 minutes to dry out.
    5. Refrigerate leftover dog treats.  They will last about two weeks.

    Can't stomach the wheat flour?  No worries. These dog biscuits require the use of wheat flour, which some dogs are sensitive to digesting. If so, it's so easy to modify the recipe. Simply substitute 1 cup of wheat flour for 1-1/4 cup of rye or oat flour, or ¾ cup of rice, barley or potato flour.

    Finally, don't forget to get your tees! Be sure to check out our 'Rescue in the House' shirts for both dog and cat lovers.  $5 from each sale goes to Dallas/Fort Worth rescue groups.  Now, that's something to WOOF about.

    Ciao...until next time!

    Valentino 

     

    Photo credit: Loudmouth Photography


    Let’s ‘Irish Up' and Raise Funds for D/FW Rescues! March 13 2014

    I’m Valentino, the Director of Wag and the bones behind the operation of Shaggy Chic. If this is your first visit, welcome and be sure to check back often because I have a lot to bark about including scoop on contests, new product line announcements, event appearances and more!

    Well, I have been super busy with the launch of Shaggy Chic Apparel. My first appearance was at the North Texas Irish Festival a couple of weeks ago. It was a blast! I met so many people, dogs, and even a couple of cats and rabbits. Boy, those Irish Setters and Scotties know how to party! Tails were wagging for days!

    “Why is a Pekingese appearing at an Irish festival?” you ask? Good question. This year's theme was Gaelic 'Bark of the Irish' Tee
    Erin Go Bark!, and celebrated the unique role of dogs in Celtic culture. It is also the largest gathering of animal rescue groups of any festival in Dallas. WooHoo! Put your paws in the air! That’s super important to me and everyone at Shaggy Chic. My fur siblings, cousins and I are all rescues!
     
    My paw-see and I met so many incredible rescue groups at the festival. To help raise funds for them, an important mission of Shaggy Chic, we have partnered with North Texas Irish Festival to have $5 from each Gaelic shirt sold go to North Texas Irish Festival, who will then disburse funds to the attending animal rescue groups. Available shirts include ‘Choirt an hÉireann’ (Bark of the Irish) and ‘Is é mocatnipper’ (My cat is a nipper).
     
    Adults (in both women’s and unisex styles) are $19.95 and youth are $15.95. Shirts are available at Gaelic 'My Cat is a Nipper' Teewww.ShaggyChicApparel.com.  
           

    You want to look like a Top Dog or a Cool Kitty? Purchase one of tees. And, make it a game. Have people guess what your shirt means. If they guess wrong, they have to buy you a drink. That’s what any fun loving lad or lass would do. ;-)

    Ciao for now!

     


    Time to raise the ‘WOOF’! Shaggy Chic is here. February 06 2014

     

     

     

    Welcome to my blog! I’m Valentino, the Director of Wag. Mom and my aunt tell me I’m the bones behind the operation of Shaggy Chic. I don’t know what that really means, but I do like bones.
     
    Be sure to check in often because I have a lot to bark about including scoop on contests, new product line announcements, event appearances and more!
     
    My first appearance will be at the North Texas Irish Festival, February 28 – March 2. “Why is a Pekingese appearing at an Irish festival?,” you ask. Good question. This year's theme, Erin Go Bark!, celebrates the unique role of dogs in Celtic culture. It is also the largest gathering of animal rescue groups of any festival in Dallas. WooHoo! Put your paws in the air! That’s super important to me and everyone at Shaggy Chic. My fur siblings, cousins and I are all rescues!
     

    At the festival, Shaggy Chic will be raising the ‘woof’ with the launch of our new Gaelic t-shirts, designed just for the event.  Available shirts include ‘Choirt an hÉireann’ (Bark of the Irish) and ‘Is é mocatnipper’ (My cat is a nipper) with a portion of sales benefiting North Texas Irish Festival and attending animal rescue groups.   

    So, come see me at Dallas’ Fair Park! Get one of these cool shirts, and be sure to post a photo of you and your friends wearing your Gaelic shirts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag your post with #NTIF2014 and #ShaggyChicness for a chance to win an upcoming Gaelic designed shirt.  While supplies last, we’ll also have complimentary photos and refrigerator magnets (I love anything that comes from the fridge!).

    It will be a paws-itively fun time at the Shaggy Chic booth! For more information on the festival, visit http://www.ntif.org/.

    Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

    I’ll post soon, and see you at the North Texas Irish Festival! There is always something to bark about at Shaggy Chic.

     

    Photo from Loudmouth Photography