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We often say that Dublin Dog is more than just a brand, it’s a lifestyle. That could not have been more true this past weekend in Wilmington, NC as the Dublin Dog Foundation, our 501C(3) non-profit presented a $25,000 check on behalf of 11-year old Lexi Haas of Charlotte, NC to cover the expenses of her new service dog “Gus”.

The Dublin Dog Foundation partnered with paws4people who are the driving force behind the actual breeding and training of the service dogs.  The process takes close to 1.5 years and begins with a highly selective breeding program that selects only the best traits for their labs and golden retrievers. These dogs then enter the federal prison system, you heard me right, where they are trained 24/7, 365 by female inmates who have earned the right to be admitted to this highly sought after program of highly skilled trainers. Finally, a “bump” occurs where potential recipients, including children with special needs, our Nation’s service men and women suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and everything in between meet the dogs. What makes this so unique is that the dogs choose the recipient, and not the other way around.  “When it’s right, it’s right and you just know”, says Kyria Henry, the CEO for paws4people.

So a huge thanks to the countless volunteers and Dublin Dog supporters who have helped to make this dream a reality for Lexi Haas and her family. Lexi is living with Kernicterus, which has left her wheelchair bound, and unable to speak. However, there is no denying her joy and the dramatic impact “Gus” has with her mobility, physical therapy, and overall companionship. So yes, Dublin Dog is more than just a brand, we’re a driving force in fostering the wonderful partnership between humans and their K9 companions. Lucky us!




What’s not to love about the city of Austin, TX? Beyond being the capital of Texas, Austin boasts being the “live music capital of the world”. The city is filled with eclectic music venues, great restaurants, and funky shops, one of which is our very own crown jewel retailer, Dogadillo. (Who can’t love that name?)

Dogadillo, is a family affair with owners Mike, wife Lauren and daughter Lisa leading the pack when it comes to premium dog boutiques in Texas. Having been in business for over 4.5 years, they are tenacious at finding the best quality foods and products available on the market today. Owner Mike Conrad is a former biochemist which lends itself well to his discriminating eye for only premium ingredients when it comes to looking out for the health and well being of your pet.

For the Conrads, hanging out in Town Lake proves to be one of their favorite things to do. With amazing trails, an off-leash park for your buddy, and lots of opportunities to take a dip in the wet stuff, it's an outdoor enthusiast's dream. When asked about their favorite part of their job they said “Getting to meet new people, playing with dogs everyday, and turning customers into friends”. It’s no wonder Dogadillo was named Retailer of the Year for Outstanding Pet Boutique 2011/2012 from Pet Product News International. And it’s no wonder why the Dublin Dog Co is so proud to have them as an official retailer of our products. 12912 Hill Country Blvd. F155  Austin, TX 78738.  (512) 402-WOOF.


Join the Dublin Dog Foundation, along with a whole host of celebrated artists from around the country to participate in Luck. Powerful Art. Positive Purpose. Artists were commission to create an original piece of artwork around the theme of "luck" or good fortune. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these original pieces will go towards our goal of raising $25,000 in order to help 10-year old Clarke get a service dog. Clarke was born with a genetic disorder that has left him without the ability to speak or walk, however with the use of a service dog we hope to increase his capabilities.Please check out this video of Clarke and artist Edwin Gil, as together they create one of the cornerstone pieces for the Art Show taking place on August 25th, 2011 at the Gil Gallery in Charlotte, NC.


So the swing of Spring is certainly here, with days in the Carolinas (Dublin Dog’s Headquarters) already reaching the mid 80’s. That’s got me thinking, how do I get out there and enjoy the wonderful weather, while at the same time giving the dogs a new form of exercise and excitement?

While many of us are already contemplating bathing suit season, and “finally” getting in shape, let’s discuss some new ways of doing just that with your best exercise buddy, your dog.

Bikejoring- Think urban mushing on streets or trails versus snow. This is a great low impact exercise for you; bicycling, and some wonderful running for your dog. This may take some getting used to, however for those breeds, human and canine alike that want to get out there, this could be your calling.

Rollerblading- Now don’t go and pull out your walkman, knee high socks, and daisy dukes, this is active blading. I’ve found this to be a blast, however ensure that your brake pad is in good shape and that you’re in control of your own actions before introducing a dog into the equation. I’ve also done this with a longboard style skateboard and have had a great time. My dogs love it, however I've found it easier to do the longboard while only having one dog pull, versus both. With two big breed dogs, I've picked up some serious speed and got the speed wobbles. Should have been on youtube, you would have died laughing.

The main thing this Spring is to find activities that make you sweat and increase your heart rate while allowing your dog(s) to get some much needed exercise in the process. Be sure to check with your vet to ensure your dog is in good health prior to establishing a routine.

What’s your favorite routine? How many times a week do your exercise with your dog? Below is a video from youtube showing a bikejoring club up in Boston.


Our sister organization, The Dublin Dog Foundation has named it recipient for this year's fundraising efforts. We have partnered with Freedom Service Dogs to help Sgt. Charles Berninghausen obtain a service dog named "Tux". Sgt. Berninghausen lost his leg to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while serving in Iraq. Through the efforts of the Dublin Dog Foundation, we are raising funds to help pay for all the costs associated with raising and training his specialized service dog. "Tux" will serve to help our wounded warrior regain balance, aid throughout the rehab process, and serve as a true partner for all of his handler's needs. Dublin Dog and the Foundation are both humbled and honored to be able to give back to the men and women who courageously serve our nation in the armed forces. Unfortunately, there are many more soldiers like Charles who need the assistance of service dogs and so the need for donations and support will not stop. Please check out Dublin Dog Foundation to learn how you too can help Charles, while at the same time entering to win a custom Jeep Wrangler in the process. The Dublin Dog Foundation will announce the winner of the Jeep, Saturday, November 13th at Connolly's Irish Bar in Charlotte, NC during our final fundraising event.


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Ever get tired of all the same ol' same ol' Christmas and holiday cards? Cute kids, adorable baby, and that questionable holiday sweater with the blinking lights? Yea, we do too. So upload your funniest, craziest, cutest holiday or winter inspired picture of your four legged friend for all of us to see! Every person who uploads a photo from now until Dec. 25th will receive a 10% coupon code via email to spend on the Dublin Dog website good towards the purchase of our limited edition "Winter Bliss" collar.(*coupon will arrive at the end of the contest) One lucky winner with the best holiday/winter photo will be chosen by the staff of Dublin Dog Co., & the Dublin Dog Foundation and will receive a $150.00 gift certificate to use at your discretion on the Dublin Dog website. So get your cameras ready, and get that precious photo of "Fido" chowing down on your holiday Turkey, or "Princess" frolicking in the snow with 4" snowballs hanging from her belly! On behalf of the entire team here at Dublin Dog Co., we wish you lots of luck and joy during this wonderful Holiday Season.


It’s Friday afternoon and the work week is almost over….at least for some. However when you’re fortunate enough to love your job, no day is ever truly work in the traditional sense. I’m heading out this weekend to meet up with fabricator extraordinaire, Brock Warwick. Brock has volunteered his time to help create the Dublin Dog Foundation dream sidecar. This sidecar will be part of a major fundraising drive to raise enough money to provide a disabled individual with a service dog, while our donation will go to cover every expense for the life of the dog, as well as the dog itself. Anyhow, you’ll hear a lot more about that in the very near future. Back to the point, I’m heading out to meet up with Brock to see our progress and to then determine the final paint scheme for the bike and sidecar. I’m very excited. It’s taken me over a year to bring this idea to life, but now we’re almost there and I’m so pumped. Be sure to check out the Dublin Dog Foundation website and blog for more details.


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