When my husband and I first thought about getting a dog, we started to make a checklist of what we needed to buy before we brought our new furry family member home. We looked at websites that had checklists of everything you needed to buy – a crate, food and water bowls, poop bags, 6 foot long leash, some chew toys, and a few other items.
After reading article after article about how to acclimate and train your dog, we were READY. Those videos on how to make your dog come when called? Watched and DONE. I mean, the girl in the video made it so easy. Just go to a beautiful park where the weather is perfect, calmly say “Come”, and the beautiful Golden Retriever immediately runs over to her like it’s the only mission it needs to accomplish.
Neither of us had dogs, so obviously we had no idea what was coming.
Fast forward 4 years later. Boy, were we so wrong about a lot of things, but others were easier than we thought. As I reflect on how fast (and slow at the same time) it has gone by, I thought I’d make of list of things our little furry Boston Terrier has taught us. Things that go beyond just how to take care of a dog. Life lessons that I will always carry.
1. Do not buy a monogrammed Pottery Barn dog bed. Just don’t. I’m sure one day I was reading a magazine, and there were photos of adorable puppies laying on their burgundy and navy beds with the words “Buddy” sewn in beautiful letters on the front. I had to have one. $75.00 later, our dog managed to chew up the mattress INSIDE the zipped cover. Now we just have the cover, folded up in some closet, never to be seen again.
The infamous beds. Does that dog get 6 plates of food if he sits pretty?
2. Make sure your iCloud storage is activated for the 1,546,890 photos you’ll take of your dog. Because he looks sooooo cute cuddling in his blanket. Wait, let me get one from the left side. Up close. Black and white filter. Instragram that.
3. You want what you can’t have. My dog’s favorite game to play is chase me with the ball in my mouth. Then if you lose interest and walk away, he drops it on the floor and leaves. Because it’s only fun if someone wants your ball.
4. Forget buying a vacuum. You have a free one already! Dropped that cheese on the floor? Buddy to the rescue! Spill a bunch of yogurt? They’re ready to lap it up! The best part? Once you’re done cooking, they’ll go over every inch of your kitchen and make it shine with their drool.
5. No matter how big your bed is, you’ll only have 5% of it to yourself. See diagram below.
6. Everyone needs a best friend. My dog does not like to walk outside unless it’s perfect pleasantville town weather. But when he sees his BFF Millie, a black lab/golden doodle mix, he will just about go anywhere. Find someone who will make you go that extra block, mile, town, or whatever it is that pushes you just a bit further.
7. Be kind. If we were kinder to humans, dogs, and just to our society in general, our world would be a much better place. Working with a few dog rescues, it’s clear that if people were nicer to dogs, there would be a lot less of them in shelters.
8. Celebrate every small (and big) accomplishment. Had a good day? Have some chocolate (you, not the dog). Greeted someone without jumping on them? Celebrate with a bone. Begged at the table for only 10 minutes instead of 30? You deserve a piece of bacon.
9. Stop buying toys. You know how you buy your child a really cool playset, but all they want to play with is the box? Same thing applies to my dog. I head to the pet store, find an adorable $15 stuffed toy that looks like an aligator that claimes to be indestructable, bring it home, my dog excitedly plays with it for 30 seconds, and then moves on to an old beat up tennis ball. Everyday he goes into his toy box, dumps all the toys, and finds it. I never learn this lesson. Just buy the dang $5 can of tennis balls on Amazon. Oh, look! A pig toy wearing a cute apron and hat! I’ll take it.
10. (Last but not least) As long as you’re together, life is A-ok. As long as our dog is with us, he’ll glady fly on a plane across the country, be a passenger on roadtrips, or hang while we grab a quick meal. For me, as long we are together, we can go on any adventure.
A couple of weeks ago, I was at the vet (my dog had an ear infection, but he’s fine!), waiting for my appointment, and I took a few minutes to observe the different dogs and their owners, anxiously looking for their names to be called. There was a woman who had a tiny Yorkie, telling me he was suffering from epilepsy, and this was their weekly visit; two older Beagles were getting weighed; a beautiful Husky was curiously sniffing the dog food in the display shelves; and a sweet little Frenchie was there for an annual checkup.
While it is obvious that there are a lot of devoted dog lovers out there, it was really apparent at the Vet. All of us were making sure our furry family members got the best treatment possible. We would do anything for them.
In honor of the devoted dog owners, each month I am going to showcase fun, unique and just plain awesome gifts for dog lovers of a certain breed. I will of course include Rescues, as they are just as important!
This month, I am going to feature great gift ideas for ANY dog lover. These are perfect for when you need something that will please just about any “dog mom” or “dog dad” out there.
“Dog Person” Pouch, Society 6 $15.99 – Carry all your essentials in this adorable carrying case. Comes in a variety of sizes. Click here to buy.
“Can’t Get Up” Socks, Etsy, $14.35 – The perfect excuse to “wear” for not getting up. Click here to buy.
“Go Fetch” Bottle Opener, Uncommon Goods, $15.00 – Don’t just use any ordinary bottle opener. Smile everytime you open a cold one. Click here to buy
“No Need to Knock” Doormat, Etsy, starting at $39.95. My dog barks at EVERYTHING, especially a knock or ring on the doorbell. Place this outside your door, and guests will be less likely to set off your dog(s). Click here to buy
“True Friends Shit On Your Lawn” Art Print, Wolf and Badger, $41.00. While there are a ton of hilarious dog prints out there, they all tend to have the same 10 quotes. This one definitely made me laugh. I would hang this outside on the porch. Click here to buy.
“Wine Dogs of California, Volume 3” Book, Winedogs.com, $35.00. Know someone whose a wine AND dog lover ( I mean, who isn’t?), then this book is just for them. Features over 130 wineries from around the Golden State with stunning portraits of their loyal pooches. Volume 1 is sold out, but there are several other volumes available. Click here to buy
“I Speak Dog” Mug, 20 ounces, Saccostudios.com, $15.00. Only us dog lovers can speak the language. Click here to buy
“Custom Toy Bin”, Etsy, $24.99. Get a stylish (and hilarious) place to store your dogs endless toy supplies, with custom wording. Click here to buy.
This post is not sponsored or affiliated with any links. All the products were carefully researched by Sacco Studios.
In honor of coming back to Sacco Studios, I want to do an awesome giveaway to my loyal customers – the ones who buy, follow, like, and tell other people to check out my website. That’s right, I’m talking about YOU!
Need a new mug for your morning coffee? Or midnight hot chocolate? Maybe a great gift for your favorite “dog mom or dad”?
This sturdy mug holds up to 20 ounces of your favorite beverage. Because sometimes, you need that much to get through the week.
To enter, please “like” and comment below, telling me who you would think should get this awesome mug. If it’s you, I won’t judge! We all need a gift for ourselves. Contest ends Sunday, July 15th. Winner will be announced first thing Monday, July 16th.
Until then, see you next time dog lovers!
One of the most important things a small business owner needs, especially one that has to do a lot of designing, printing, assembling, mailing, is an office. It needs to be functional so you can stay organized and easily get anything you need within reach.
That’s why when we first moved into our home, it was one of the first things I started designing. In my old office, it was way too small, and had no place for all of my supplies. The tiny closet held all my clothes, as the bedroom could only fit my husband’s wardrobe. All of my shipping materials were stored in the basement, so I would have to schlep down there everytime I shipped an order. During the busy seasons, I brought up a bunch of materials so I could easily have them on hand. However, they just sat there, leaning against my desk. I would trip or fall over them constantly.
Second, my binders that held all the important documents – invoices, billing statements, and tax information were stuffed into tiny cabinets, which made it difficult to take them out easily without everything else coming out with them.
This new office had to have plenty of storage, space and reflect my personality. I want to feel relaxed yet motivated and ready to tackle each task.
Here is my corner, the place that fuels my passion to work on my business everyday.
After some repainting, putting together furniture, and getting the right carpet, it’s finally complete!
My little workspace. A minimalist desk so my area stays clean. Just the essentials – my computer, a mouse, planner, some pens, a stapler, and a motto: Ready. Set. Go! Helps me keep motivated everyday.
My EPSON printer, where all the printing happens. Without this thing, I would not be able to get the quality I want for my custom portraits.
The little extra details: A chair for brainstorming, and a cute Boston with glasses! I found it at HomeGoods and couldn’t resist.
My shelf is full of little treasures – including a photo of when my husband and I first met, a group picture of some of my CT friends, and pieces of my artwork.
Of course, my supervisor is always on hand to make sure I’m staying focused!
He’s tired and needs to take a lunch break.
Want to know where I got some of my office furniture and artwork? Check the sources below:
-Writing Desk: Project 62 for Target, $170.00 Click here
-Printer Desk: Project 62 for Target, $150.00 Click here
-Rug, Opal House for Target, price depending on size (mine is a 5 X 7), Click Here
-Shelf, Target $162.00, Click here
-Boston Terrier/Frenchie Artwork – HomeGoods (not sure it if it’s still available, as it was awhile ago). Here are some cute alternatives here, here and here
-I Speak Dog Mug, I’d Rather Be Home With My Dog Art Print, and Life in the Years Print, are available via my Etsy shop here
-Orange Chair – Overstock.com, $209.00, Click here
-Pillow, Target (noticing a theme here?). Just google “Blue Aztec pillows” on Target.com and I’m sure you’ll find some great choices!
-Chair, Target $180.00, Click here
It feels so good to be back. After a brief hiatus, I have finally re-opened my Etsy shop, got a new website, and am ready to get back to business.
Why was I gone? Let’s go back a bit. Well, as you know, My husband and I had been living on the East Coast for almost 8 years. After a few different career paths, and figuring out what my passion should be, I decided to open my own Etsy shop, Sacco Studios. I combined my artistic talents and my love for dogs to create products for the modern dog-lover, including stationery, custom pet portraits, apparel, and other fun gifts.
As the years went on, the word of mouth and revenue increased. I went from only having 10 orders for several months to having 50 over the holidays! It was truly a dream to not only be doing something that I love, but to actually make money doing it.
Flash forward to earlier this year, where my husband and I were discussing the next chapter. We knew we were ready to take the next steps, including buying a house and him exploring other opportunities.
After several job searches, debates, discussions, and finding the right career, we landed in Florida. The weather, more affordable housing, and career possibilities couldn’t be passed up.
While my husband had a “next step” in his path, I was undecided. While I loved running my own business, financially, it wouldn’t work. I didn’t want to give it up, as I had worked so hard to get Sacco Studios to where it is now.
So, after a long period of exploring, debating, discussing, brainstorming, and everything in between, I knew I couldn’t give step away completely. So here, I am, back and ready to go. My office is finally set up, the printer is on, the supplies are organized, and my drawing skills are ready to go again.
I can’t wait to help you find the perfect dog-loving gift, whether it’s for you, a family member, a friend, or just someone who loves dogs and needs that perfect thing to express it.
You can click the “shop” link on the top of this website to view my Etsy shop. As always, shoot me an email with any questions – lindsay@saccostudios(dot)com.