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Friyay Featured Pupstomers: Denver & Kota!! (PSA: double the cuteness!)

By Denie Jacobson

Friyay Featured Pupstomers: Denver & Kota!! (PSA: double the cuteness!)

Another Friday has come around, which means another Friyay Feature Pupstomer is among us! Lucky for us, this week we get a double-whammy of featured “pupstomers”! Two doggos means double the cuteness and these two definitely delivered on that. Kota & Denver are sporting their Ripley & Rue in sunny California and their pup-parents spilled the dets on their ADORBS brother-sister relationship! Read on to hear more stories about this duo!

handsome af bandana, total babe bandana

 

Age: Kota is 5 years old and Denver is almost 9 months!


Breed: Alaskan Malamute and Saint Bernard


Location: Orange County, California


Instagram Handle: @thebearandthemoose


How did you get the names Kota + Denver?

We were looking for names that start with 'D' since we (their parents) both have 'D' names. We decided on Dakota, but eventually, it just got shortened to Kota. For Denver, it just came to us before he was even born and we loved how unique it was. It also ended up being a coincidence that they're named after U.S. states/cities. Maybe our next dog will be Dallas!


What’s Kota + Denver's favorite thing to do?

Kota LOVES a good walkies and car ride. When we were purchasing our car recently, we made sure the window and seat were the right height for her to rest her head. (Yup, we're those kind of dog parents!). Denver is an avid drinker of fountains. He'll take them as a waterfall or sprinkler––he doesn't discriminate! Also, in classic little-brother fashion, he loves to bother his sister.


What’s their personality like?

Kota is so calm, sweet and smart but is not afraid to tell you what she thinks. Denver is just a lover of life; He gets so excited the second he opens his eyes and is ready to take on the day!


How many R+R bandanas do you own, and what's your favorite? Seven! Our favorites are the bandanas that says "Fluffy AF" and "Handsome AF"––they're just hilarious! Our human favorites are the "Dog Hair, Don't Care" shirt and the stickers!


What do you like about it? How do Kota + Denver like it?

We have quite a large collection of bandanas for the dogs, and we just keep coming back to Ripley and Rue. The combination of colors, witty sayings, and quality is something that is hard to find! Kota and Denver are not exactly delicate dogs so we can definitely say that R+R has passed the vigorous testing of these two. Plus, we love seeing people chuckle when they get a glimpse of their bandanas!


Any funny stories you’d like to share about Kota + Denver?

Kota is a professional counter surfer. She's taken so many different types of things, but the funniest was a BBQ sauce bottle that ended up leaking when she took it into the backyard. There is now a bottle-shaped stain in the concrete of that home. So, she definitely left her mark!

Denver's funniest and cutest thing is seeing what item he's going to greet you with today. Every time you come home, Denver picks up something to bring to you. They're usually shoes or a toy, but this one time, he tried to drag in the biggest stick--and he was only a few months old!

But we think their best story is a compilation of watching them grow together.

 

Make sure to keep tagging us when your pup is wearing their favorite R + R goods to have the chance to have their very own featured blog!  

Make sure to check back next week to see our next Friyay Feature Pup!

Cheers XO, Denie & Lucy
Writer for Ripley & Rue

 

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Lessons Learned from being a New Dog Mom

By Denie Jacobson

Lessons Learned from being a New Dog Mom

Hi all, it’s me Denie! I haven’t formally introduced myself yet but I’m a new writer for Ripley & Rue. Today I’m writing to you all to tell you about some of the lessons I’ve learned from being a new dog mom! I only listed 4 lessons out of the 10000, but I thought I’d spare you the time and pick ones I thought I would want to hear as a new dog mom. 


About six months ago, I had a wild hair and decided it was time to get my very own dog. My parents were unsure where this crazy idea was coming from but for some reason, I just felt like she was mine when we met. As I brought her home the next day I was quickly faced with my first lesson of being a dog mom.

doodle mom

1. You must have patience.

I’ve heard maaaany horror stories about the troubles of potty training and boy are they REAL. I lived on the 5th floor of an apartment building and taking Lucy out every 20 minutes (then cleaning up pee as soon as we got back up) while juggling studying & writing for finals was no easy feat. I’m telling you it was the longest two weeks of my liiiiife. There were tears shed but at the end of the day being patient with Lucy and reminding myself that she was in fact just a puppy was what kept me sane. (and my roommates, ily guys). 

2. Nothing you own will ever be clean again. 

Before Lucy, I was OCD clean with about everything in my life. My room was cleaned every day, my car was always empty, and everything had it’s place. After the battle of toys everywhere, pee dribbling from excitement (anyone else have an excited pee-er??), and my personal favorite, MUD everywhere, I knew that I would never win. After letting go of having to keep everything perfect, those little muddy paw marks on my white duvet got a LITTLE cuter and crawling into bed to find a wet chew toy was nothing less than expected.

3. Planning ahead is KEY.

I felt like I basically had this mom life under control until just a couple weeks ago. My friends were headed to the lake for Memorial Day and when they asked me to join I said of course in a heartbeat. It wasn’t until the day that we were leaving that I had a moment of panic and was like “WAIT, I can’t just go!! I have a dog?!”. Lucy was able to come with me in the long run but if my friend wouldn’t have been so generous to let me take her I wouldn’t have been able to go or would have had to pay for boarding. Every time you want to do something when you’re a dog mom, you must make plans for your doggo!

 4. Treat others just as your dog would.

One of my favorite lessons I’ve learned from Lucy is to treat others the way Lucy treats everyone she meets. No matter where we go or who we see, Lucy gives people the same love she would give me. She doesn’t see their clothing, race, status, or assume their unfriendly from their first glance. (In some cases I wish she could read facial expressions a liiiiittle better. Not everyone is a dog lover as it turns out.) Especially in today’s world, it’s so easy to judge others just by our first visual impressions of them. Lucy has taught me that everyone deserves our love and kindness and a simple “hello” could be exactly what a stranger needed. 


Every day I feel like I learn something new with Lucy, but one thing I always know at the end of each day is that I looooove being a dog mom and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m so excited to be a part of the Ripley & Rue community and I hope you guys enjoy hearing from Lucy and I more!

Until next time, Cheers XO

Denie & Lucy 

 

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Friyay Featured Pupstomer: Bentley!

By Denie Jacobson

Friyay Featured Pupstomer: Bentley!

Happy Friday y’all, and welcome back to the Friyay Featured Pupstomer Blog of the week! This week’s featured pup from our Ripley & Rue community is the “FLUFFY AF” Bernese Mountain Dog, Bentley! He has one of the sweetest little faces (don’t stare too long, you might melt), and as it sounds, he has the personality to match! There’s a trend happening for our last two featured dogs and their favorite bandanas and I think it’s safe to say we have the worlds fluffiest pupstomers! (And I for one am not mad about it!!) Hope you all enjoy getting to know Bentley and have a great weekend!

fluffy af bandana, dog bandana

Bentley

Age: 24 weeks (5 months :))

Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Instagram Handle: @bentleythebernese360

How did you get the name Bentley?

It's my mom's favorite car. She's bougie like that. ;)

What’s Bentley's favorite thing to do?

Napping, eating snacks and snuggling with my parents is pretty much a tie for his favorite things to do.

What’s their personality like?

The most chill, loving and sweet, pupper in the world!

How many R+R bandanas do you own, and what's your favorite?

We own 5 and counting! We also bought one as a gift for our favorite bark ranger at the Bark Bar (off-leash bar in Little Rock). I check the website every day and put things in my cart on the daily and try to convince myself not to buy every single one. LOL, Our favorite is the Fluffy AF once since it makes people laugh when they see it and I mean, he is Fluffy AF!!! Haha

What do you like about it? How does Bentley like it?

I absolutely LOVE the fantastic quality, styles and the ability to customize the bandanas with his Instagram handle and name! Also, the fast shipping and customer service is EXCELLENT! Bentley LOVES them so much that sometimes he tries to eat them. haha But really, he enjoys the attention he gets from them!

Any funny stories you’d like to share about Bentley?

There are so many but it's hard to think of them on the spot!! I'm drawing a blank!

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Make sure to keep tagging us when your doggo is sportin’ their favorite R + R goods to possibly have their very own featured blog!  

Make sure to check back next week to see our next Friyay Feature Pup!

Cheers XO, Denie & Lucy
Writer for Ripley & Rue

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Dog Dad Gifts: Gift Guide for all the Dog Dads

By Denie Jacobson

Dog Dad Gifts: Gift Guide for all the Dog Dads

 

Gift Guide for the Dog Dads

With Father’s Day happening this past weekend it had me thinking about all the dog dads out there that don’t get the recognition they deserve. We all know that the reason our doggos are the good boys and girls they are is because of the love and care they get every day at home. Many times the “Dog Moms” get the recognition for this hard work but this week I want to give it up to those dedicated Dog Dads putting in the effort as well. Luckily here at Ripley & Rue, we celebrate both dog moms and dads so we have a lineup of 5 products all dog dads deserve to have!

The shirt said it not us... but we agree completely! ;) Unisex fit, true to size. This thick cotton t-shirt makes for a Dog Dad essential! It's comfortable, soft, and its tubular construction means it's less fitted. 

• 100% ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem
dog dad shirt
This is the perfect dog dad hat that is personalizable to any Doodle baby's name! It's available in white, baby blue, or pink!

The hat has a low profile with an adjustable strap and a curved visor.
• 100% chino cotton twill
• Unstructured, 6-panel, low-profile
• 3 ⅛” crown
• Adjustable strap with antique buckle
• Head circumference: 20 ½” - 21 ⅝” 
These are custom and made to order, cannot be exchanged or returned.
dog dad hat
Treat your Dog Dad to his morning cup of Joe in his very own BIG Dood Dog mug. It's sturdy and glossy with a vivid print that'll withstand the microwave and dishwasher. 15oz mug holds alotta coffee.

• Ceramic
• Dishwasher and microwave safe
• White and glossy
doodle mug
When the weather's cold but the Doodle still needs his/her walk, the Dog Dad must stay warm! This Doodle Dog embroider cuffed beanie is snug, form-fitting, and an essential accessory for a Doodle Dad's wardrobe. Available in white or gray!

100% Turbo Acrylic
12" in length
Hypoallergenic 
Unisex style
dog beanie

Last but not least, the 'Dad is my BFF Bandana' by Ripley + Rue with light blue fabric finished with a yellow hem for a pop of color. The bandana says it all! No better way to show the Dog Dads some love like having their doggo's wear this perfect accessory. 

Classic tie-on bandana comes in two sizes, small & large. 

  • Made in the U.S.A
  • Cotton Fabric
  • Machine washable on delicate. Line dry or tumble dry low.

dog dad bandana

So whether you supportive Dog Moms are looking to get your hubby some new gear or the doggos are looking for a gift for their dad these are my picks for you! That's not all we have, of course, there are plenty more options all over our website! Happy (belated) Father's Day to all the Dog Dad's out there and thanks for all you do for your pups, keep up the hard work! 

 

Cheers XO,

Denie

Ripley & Rue Writer

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Ripley & Rue bandana featured in The Wall Street Journal - Chewy's Stock Surge

By Jeannie North

Ripley & Rue bandana featured in The Wall Street Journal - Chewy's Stock Surge

Our Pupstomer, Bailey, was featured front and center of the Wall Street Journal article detailing the IPO surge of Chewy.com wearing our InstaLove Bandana! Bailey and his mom attended the New York Stock exchange for Chewy this morning and was snapped by photographer Andrew Kelly. We're so honored to be apart of your big moment! Thanks for reppin' R&R to your first stock exchange event, Bailey!

 

 

Ripley & Rue bandana featured in The Wall Street Journal - Chewy's Stock Surge

Photographer: Andrew Kelly

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Our FIRST Friyay Featured Dog, Scout!

By Denie Jacobson

Our FIRST Friyay Featured Dog, Scout!

Hi all, Denie here! I’m very excited to be introducing some very special pups to you with our new Friyay Feature Dog Blogs! Every Friday we will be interviewing a featured “pupstomer” so our Ripley & Rue community can get to know the pups behind the cute bandanas more and more each week! Make sure to tag us when your doggo is sportin’ their favorite R&R goods to possibly have their very own featured blog!

This week I want to introduce you all to a cutie patootie Goldendoodle named, Scout. I chatted with Scout’s pup-parent and got the low down on some of the doodle’s favorite things to do and a funny story about him barking at fire hydrants and backpacks. (Lol ??) So keep on reading to get to know this very good boy, Scout!

Age: 10 months old
Breed: F1B Goldendoodle
Location: San Francisco, CA
Instagram Handle: @somedoodnamedscout
How did you get the name Scout?
The name Scout was added to our shared family Apple note at the suggestion of a coworker, and voted on by all family members after we announced we’d be getting a puppy. Unanimously selected!
What’s Scout's favorite thing to do?
Scout loves to find things he shouldn’t have (socks, underwear) and coyly bring them to his Mom, go on walks with all his walk group pals, and EAT. Wow, can Scout eat.
What’s their personality like?
Scout is a joyous pup that is up daily at - or before - sunrise, waking his parents up with dozens of kisses and ear nibbles. He loves life and everyone he encounters along the way. Scout always makes his needs and wants (more food!) known by slapping his crate door for loudly attention.
How many R&R bandanas do you own, and what's your favorite?
Our first ever R&R purchase was the “Puppies” sweatshirt for Scout’s human sister, Emerson. From that point on, we’ve collected quite a few bandanas, stickers, towels, and other products. We love the Instagram handle bandana, but our custom FLOOFY AF is our favorite!
Scout always gets extra attention in his Floofy AF bandana and we LOVE when children ask what AF means... “AS FLUFF!”, of course. We all receive so many compliments on our R+R products, especially our custom beach towel!
Any funny stories you’d like to share about Scout?
While Scout’s personality is quite large, so is his fear of things that seem out of place. He frequently barks at trash cans, fire hydrants, piles of laundry, and misplaced school backpacks.
You can catch Scout wearing his R&R bandanas on his Instagram @somedoodnamedscout as well as follow all his adventures as a #doogler (Google Office Dog) for he was just featured on Google's Instagram this week in his R&R bandana!! 
 
Make sure to check back next week to see our next Fridyay Feature Pup!
Cheers XO, Denie & Lucy
Writer for Ripley & Rue

 

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We're Featured in Modern Dog Magazine!

By Jeannie North

We're Featured in Modern Dog Magazine!
OMG OMG OMG WE’RE FEATURED IN MODERN DOG MAGAZINE!!! We're so excited to be featured in the Summer Issue of @moderndogmag as “coolest new products." Grab a copy of the magazine in stores and news stands near you. We're on page 81! 

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Pride Month Bandana! Limited Edition Rainbow Heart Pride Dog Bandana

By Jeannie North

Pride Month Bandana! Limited Edition Rainbow Heart Pride Dog Bandana

Happy Pride Month! Our pre-order embroidered rainbow heart bandanas have already been a hit! (And might be my favorite). We’re opening up regular sale on these today. If you pre-ordered, those are shipping today ( a few days earlier than expected 🙌) Quantities are limited on this bandana, so if you love it, go grab it before it sells out!

Grab your Limited Edition Rainbow Heart Pride Dog Bandana here!

 

 

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