I can definitely jump on board with any company (for canine or other) that adopts an “old school” state of mind. Best in Park does just that, and with such style too. I highly recommend you get to know this Australia-based company and check out some of their gorgeous products.
(Psst….anytime I endorse a store or product, it’s because I truly do love it. Plain and simple. And if an exchange of money were to ever come into the picture, I would fess up and let y’all know. We are an honest team in this House and I aim to keep it that way. It’s the least I can do.)
One day, during an intense internet dive, I happened upon the gorgeous blog, Sitting in a Tree. It was one of those miraculous internet finds (I am sure you can relate) where you suddenly find yourself digging through months and months of content, getting lost in a never-ending abyss of loveliness. So when I found out about Tori’s two adorable pups, Violet and Briar, I knew I had to finally reach out. Let’s get to know these two rescue dogs a little better, shall we?
What breeds are your dogs?
Violet- a white golden retriever (rescue) & Briar- a pound puppy
How old are they?
Violet is 2, Briar is 7
How did you and your dogs come to be together?
We found Violet when we were looking for a second dog for Briar. We had lost our first Golden Retriever, Lola, to cancer at the early age of 6 and poor Briar was just as devastated as we were. It was a hard time around our house. A lady was re-homing Violet because she had an underbite! Can you imagine!? I think that underbite was the best thing that ever happened to Violet because now she lives in a house full of love. I found Briar after searching every pound in San Diego for the right dog. I knew when I saw her there was something special. She reached her paws through the cage to touch me… I was sold.
In one word, how would you define your dogs’ personalities?
Violet is happy and easy- a typical golden retriever. Gentle, loves kids, loves all animals – what you see is what you get. Briar is so unique. Incredibly smart and calculating. You can always see her wheels turning. She’s also an incredible watch dog – always taking everything in. She takes longer to warm up to people, but once she does, she loves them forever. I’m her favorite, that’s for sure!
What are your dogs’ favorite toys/treats/playthings?
Violet loves a tennis ball or baby toys! Briar likes to slowly deconstruct stuffed toys.
If your dogs were human, what careers do you think they would have?
Violet would be a happy, beachy California actress type. Briar would be a mathematician! Ha!
What celebrities do your dogs most resemble?
Oh yikes, this is hard…
Where are your dogs’ favorite places in the house?
Violet owns the couch. She sleeps on it, legs in the air and belly exposed. Briar prefers anyplace where she can secretly watch everything that is going on around her.
What do you love most about your dogs?
So cliche – but the unconditional love. They remind me to slow down and enjoy the little things. It’s so simple to make them happy. And I absolutely adore the relationships I’m watching unfold with them and our 8-month- old – that’s just magic. We really love animals and being able to teach another human about loving animals and respecting them is such a beautiful thing.
Finish this sentence: The love of a dog is__________________
…is better than human love. It completes me. Humans can be grumpy and pessimistic. My dogs aren’t as complicated and make my house a home.
CHECK OUT MORE PUP PROFILES HERE.
photo of Tori by Joielala; all dog and family photos courtesy of Tori Hendrix
I’m obsessed. You’re obsessed. We are all obsessed. Share your favorite pin in the comments and let’s share some canine-spiration!
Here’s one of my fave pins so far. How can you deny the wonderfulness that is this image? I originally saw it on this Ban.do post and had to add it to my collection. I’ve tracked down the original photographer and have pinned some more from his “coiffed pups” series on my “Dog” board. Simply amazing.
It’s a crazy obsession, but I can’t deny a gnome. They simply make me smile and I just love their charm. For several years now I have been filling my home with gnome trinkets, and recently I came across this gnome dog toy (see above) and knew that I just had to do a round up of some of my favorite gnome items.
Enjoy…and I dare you not to smile. These guys are just so happy!
Hey all…I apologize for the lack of posting, but “swamped” doesn’t even begin to define how I have felt this week. I’ve wished for a Friday every day. Speaking of, is it Friday yet?
I thought today might be a good day as any to share a thought that has been bouncing around my head. I have had the honor and privilege of being embedded in the blogger world for more than four years now (through my own projects and working with some other AMAZING blogs). And throughout these past four years, I have noticed a bevy (more like a deluge) of new blogs popping up–some with a unique point of view and thoughtful postings and others, well, not so much.
I truly feel like there is a space for everyone on the web…truly…everyone. But as of late, I have been thinking about how one can really go about finding their niche, showcasing their personal point of view, and not be covered by the shadows of others. It is a VERY hard process, one I am figuring out on the daily.
As a creative individual since birth (I thought I was going to be the future of PIXAR at the age of 9), I know that there is this constant inner-struggle to present yourself as the most unique thinker, with the most original ideas (or maybe that is just me). I struggle with being different enough and noteworthy enough that at times, I forget how to just be me. My House of Harvey experience has been such a true joy for me and game changer because, for once, I put aside all of the inner-stuggles of wanting to be this avant-garde, stylish, mold-breaking, innovator of the blogoshphere and decided to just be me and focus on the things I enjoy most: dogs + design.
The experience has been truly liberating and I have all of you to thank for that. You have not only been encouraging, but have been uplifting and reassuring that there really is a home for everyone in the blogosphere. They may be built differently, painted different colors, and house different families (human and other), but the blog neighborhood is always growing and welcoming new members.
So moral of this story: don’t let your inner-fear or the appearance of competition scare you off from speaking your truth and passion. Just do what you do best and stay honest to your voice. There is room for all.
Thanks y’all. Mr. Harvey and I are so blessed to have you at our house.
He hates the water, but for some odd reason, Mr. Harvey is not opposed to baths. I guess that’s where he takes after his mom: cleanliness is the most important. I think he also has an appreciation for some of the great swag that comes with bath time. Here are our faves.
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