Friday, January 30, 2009

Etsy Stalker and Curator Beatrice

Wow. Thank you Curator Beatrice for featuring Classic Hound as the solo exhibitor this week! Our tails are wagging hyperspeed over here we are so excited. Etsy Stalker is one of my new favorite blogs to read, not only because of the great finds, but Beatrice is quite the entertaining writer. We can't get enough! Plus each week's exhibit includes a free giveaway. Pretty sweet. That means some lucky reader will receive a free Classic Hound collar very soon. Hop on over and check it out, and who knows, maybe you'll be the lucky winner! Happy stalking everyone.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Introducing The Houndstooth Fashion Hound Handbag!

I am SO EXCITED about this new bag. It is simply GORGEOUS! The material is amazing and it is just the perfect size for a handbag. We're still working on tracking down a fantastic wool material to replace the grey fabric we used on our first handbag, and because we are being so picky, it is taking us a while. But I think we may have found it - so stay tuned! Meanwhile, enjoy a few more pictures of the new handbag.

I'd also like to take this time to introduce our additional doggie silhouettes:

Just shoot an email (or convo) our way if you don't see your favorite dog breed in the chart above, and we'll custom design one for you. We can do ANY dog breed you can imagine!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Amazing Story - Jasmine The Greyhound

In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England, opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had clearly been abused.

In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a greyhound bitch, to the nearby Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, run by a?man named Geoff Grewcock and known as a willing haven for animals abandoned, orphaned or otherwise in need.

Geoff Grewcock and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims: to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved.

They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

The dog had other ideas. No-one remembers now how it began, but Jasmine started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It wouldn't matter if it was a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, probably, a rhinoceros, Jasmine would peer into the box or cage and, where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Geoff Grewcock relates one of the early incidents. "We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them."

"But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them and it helps them to not only feel close to her but to settle into their new surroundings.

"She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose."

Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits.

And one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, 11 weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection and makes sure nothing is matted in her fur.

"They are inseparable," says Geoff Grewcock. "Bramble walks between her legs and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It's a real treat to see them."

Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.

Doing what she does best, being a mother.

Thank you Shelley with greytdays for sharing this with me! (Sources:; images: Caters News Agency Ltd)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Have a Facebook Account?

So do we! Brand spankin' new and still very wet behind the ears! Please feel free to join when you have a minute!

"Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends." I have really enjoyed being on Facebook myself. I've been able to re-connect with friends from both high school and college. Plus, chatting and sending messages has never been so easy to send family and friends. Love it. To start your own account, go to

Monday, January 12, 2009

Congratulations to our Photo Contest Winner Otter!

Congratulations to our January winner, Otter!

Otter enjoys a bright winter day in Boston while sporting a Silly Monkey Family Reunion martingale! Otter will also enjoy a $20.00 Gift certificate that she can use towards any Classic Hound collar or leash purchase! Learn more about Classic Hound's photo contest by clicking here.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I Hasa Hotdog!

I cannot stop laughing. You MUST visit this website. Hop on over and check it out

funny dog pictures

funny pictures of dogs with captions

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