earth day

we are probably not the first brand to wish you a happy earth day today, but we are likely the one who means it the most.  while posting about the worldwide holiday on april 22nd is wonderful, truly celebrating and cherishing our earth is a daily effort that is directly linked to our company’s core values. 

the first earth day was a grassroots movement driven by then wisconsin senator gaylord nelson in 1970.  nelson was inspired to create a nation wide “teach-in,” educating citizens on the environment after seeing the damage caused by the 1969 santa barbara oil spill.  the country’s overwhelming participation that day was the first step towards becoming a nation committed to environmental sustainability.  when reflecting upon that day nelson told the epa journal “it was on that day that americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources.”

molly mutt + earth day

earth day is a wonderful opportunity for us to express our passion for our planet, so here’t goes!

the molly mutt team is incredibly thankful for sunny days spent at the dog park and rainy days that encourage full-family cuddle puddles on the couch.  we are grateful for trees to pee on and grass to roll in.  we adore the clean air that pumps into our lungs and the dirt that clings to fury legs when out walking. 

WE LOVE THE EARTH!

(you know we really mean it because we never use caps.)

but you know as well as we do, saying something does not make it true – doing something does.  so what does molly mutt do to show our love for our beautiful planet?

we create duvet covers that eliminate 100% of the energy and greenhouse gas emissions associated with other bedding.

  • (100%?! say what?!  instead of relying on synthetic fillings molly mutt dog duvets come without stuffing, allowing pet owners to use their old clothing, bedding, pet toys, and other textiles that would otherwise be destined for the landfill for stuffing. that means no additional energy or carbon is used to create the stuffing for our beds.)
  • our transportation-related carbon emissions from shipping are 70% less than other dog bed brands.
  • our duvets and the materials you stuff them with are 100% washer and dyer safe, unlike pre-stuffed beds that are easier to replace than clean.
  • our wool-stuffed crate pads use 100% natural and sustainably sourced california sheep’s wool.
  • molly mutt products are made from 100% natural cotton.

although there are other eco-conscious dog bed brands out there, we are proud to be the industry leaders.  from design to shipping, our commitment to our planet is engrained in everything we do. 

we are thrilled to be releasing a new product later this summer that will revolutionize up-cycling for one household item that is currently not recyclable. 

stay tuned for new ways molly mutt is making life more beautiful and sustainable for humans and dogs alike.

have a beautiful earth day!

inspired by song: isakov’s amsterdam comes to life

acoustic-folk artist gregory alan isakov is inspired by a life full of travel when writing songs, capturing the unique feeling of a place with delicate guitar licks complimented by accompanying strings and piano.  it was his 5th studio album, the weatherman, that caught the attention of indie listeners in 2013 and propelled isakov into the mainstream.  the albums opens with easy melody “amsterdam,” which inspired a vibrant molly mutt pattern that is “easy on the eyes,” just like the subject of the song.

if you have been to amsterdam before, it is the meandering flower-lined canals and colorful windmills that visually characterize the city.  a meeting of water and wind, amsterdam is a bustling urban center than has somehow maintained a “quaint” european feel.  its narrow twisting streets lead to an endless source of seemingly undiscovered coffee houses, cafes and quiet doorways awaiting serendipitous moments.  the tight architecture of the city holds its visitors closely, allowing an intimate relationship to be built quickly.  like our own domestic apartments filled with treasures and knick-knacks, amsterdam is adorned with green spaces, quirky spots to dine and cultural gems like the van gogh museum and anne frank house. 

in the four verse song isakov makes reference to the streets, kites on the wind and hands coming together while moving through the city, painting a sense of familiarity similar to that which the city itself evokes.  the first 3 verses, quiet and almost quaint, build to the climax of the 4th verse where the ease of amsterdam is interrupted, leaving the subject of the song with a longing for home.  this song is about the simple comfort of belonging to a place and a person, the way that we belong to our homes and to our dogs, and vise versa.  the vibrant hue of the molly mutt “amsterdam” pattern is orange like the dutch football team’s color and features a rounded latticed pattern similar to that of a window in a quaint european town.

originally from south africa, raised in philadelphia and now calling colorado home, all of gregory alan isakov’s music is veiled in a sense of longing – searching for meaning and the proverbial home.  amsterdam is certainly open to interpretation, but the lyrics let the listener question whether he has found home in Holland’s largest city, where “all inside Our Amsterdam she hides.”  we like to think the answer to that is yes, mirroring the home we find when seeing our sweet dog lie on this beautiful pattern.

these happy, amsterdam-loving pups from left to right are: @juniper_carter_cash, @mira_yyc_pup, @rupert_n_tuna and @kingfezzik.

now that you know all of this you will likely want to…

watch the stunning animated video directed by laura goldhamer

hear the ‘other version’ featuring the colorado symphony orchestra

book a trip to holland STAT

inspired by song: celebrating dire straits with lattice pattern dog bed

a song so iconic that it has been covered by the killers and the indigo girls alike, “romeo & juliet” by dire straits retells shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.  in this upended version, romeo (frontman mark knopfler) pines after a flighty juliet (his ex-girlfriend) who writes him off as “just another one of [her] deals.”  the grammy winning brit band released the single in 1981 and it has appeared on 90’s soundtracks such as empire records and can’t hardly wait.

opening with a gentle guitar melody similar to the opening chords of their biggest hit “sultans of swing,” the instrumentation is simple during the verses and builds to a rock arrangement during the chorus.  these quiet verses transport the listener to a simpler time (perhaps 16th century verona) where images of a vines crawling up a stone balcony and latticed windows creep into their subconscious.  as the narrative unfolds the deep love and heartbreak of the singer becomes apparent, not unlike that of romeo’s when he believes his beloved has taken her own life. 

although this classic play is traditionally read in high school english it becomes increasingly relevant as we grow up and experience our own epic loves, heartbreaks and losses.  often those that are most supportive, don’t come in human form.  for some, our dogs are our greatest loves and losses in life.  what matters most are those quiet moments spent together, looking out the window at the sky, feeling content.

our “romeo & juliet” duvet pattern features a deep blue behind a white lattice pattern, resembling the window that romeo & juliet first met under.  this pattern is classic, like a shakespearean play, and one of our most popular, like romeo & juliet.  and we promise that your pup will be smitten with the eco-friendly design that encourages you to up-cycle old garments and linens for the duvet stuffing.  its familiar smell will remind your pup daily of the lifelong romance you two share, just like their contented face when they sleep will remind you.

meet the dogs with a love for this pattern that lives up to its name: romeo & juliet

(in order: @adventures.of.roxy.and.zoey, @nikkii.j.cullen, @prestonjenkinsiii, @joyfulgolden, @baxterthebossydachshund, @littlemissveda)

things you’ ll want to do after reading this blog post:

buy the duvet

watch the song performed live (yes, there is a keytar involved)

re-experience the amazing fish tank scene between claire and leo circa 1996

small changes can mean big things for little puppies

i know you didn’t miss it, national puppy day was march 23rd and your instagram feed was full of the sweetest, fluffiest, teeniest puppies you’ve ever seen!  (gah!)  plus it’s spring and you celebrate puppy season the way your boyfriend celebrates baseball season.  (anyone notice that season never ends… ever?… i digress.)  so if you are like me and are perpetually in the market for a new furry friend, you need to get your home puppy-ready should the mood strike you.  it’s not that hard, i promise.  but trust me these few tips are critical for both the puppies and your happiness (re: sanity).

puppy feng shui

reality check.  the thing you love about most about your new puppy is also their greatest weapon of mayhem: they are tiny!  if it is on the floor, close to the floor, can be pulled to the floor or within jumping distance of the floor they will get it.  (this includes shoes.  don’t make this amateur mistake, people.)  put it all on a shelf until they are done teething and / or can be trusted.  this includes covering up low-to-the-ground outlets and cords, removing area rugs, and looking under the bed for the first time since you moved in. make it easy on yourself and simply shut the door to all rooms that are have not undergone “puppy feng shui.”

the nest (aka the den)

whenever i move into a new space (this includes hotel rooms), i like to get my lay of the land, unpack and immediately mark my territory with clothes, toiletries and the smell of my favorite perfume.  i think of it as “nesting,” a term generally reserved for pregnant women but i think it applies here.  similarly, dogs need to understand their home via sniffing and have a space all their own that nurtures comfort and confidence in their new home.  their den should be a soft and quiet space in the main gathering room of the home but off-set from the hub, perhaps in a corner, and other pets and tiny-humans should not be allowed in the den.  it is best practice to crate train your new pup making a perfect place to create a den all their own. the molly mutt sheepy crate pad is the perfect soft solution for accident-prone puppies as they are filled with sheep wool that is naturally anti-microbial.  if sleeping is an issue, we’ve got you covered (literally) with our chic crate covers that can be rolled up and down making their den dark if needed.  (they also dress up less-than-attractive dog crates.)

live by a schedule

having a set schedule is wonderful for new pups as it sets basic expectations that are reinforced daily helping them learn and feel comfortable in their new world.  it also ensures that you make time in your undoubtedly busy life to walk, feed and play with your new family member.  this doesn’t mean a dry-erase board or day-planner (but it can!), it just means being consistent in their activities through out the day.  many mornings will start with an adorable face-licking alarm followed by a trip outside to use the potty, a walk, breakfast and den-time while you get ready for your day.  evenings can look similar – potty, walk, dinner and chill-time (+ final trip outside before bed.) 

we know that if you can incorporate these easy tips into you life, you will be set up for success for being the proud owner of a non-destructive, well-behaved and dearly loved puppy.  happy puppy season, 2017!