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From the Field:


Sit. Stay. Love.


Last month was truly one for the dogs, but it was also one for the… >

From the Field: Sit. Stay. Love.

Last month was truly one for the dogs, but it was also one for the record books: our fifth annual Sit. Stay. Love. efforts helped over 150 pets find new homes and countless shelters stock up on supplies. In short, the events were a smash and we, along with our four-legged friends, would like to thank each and every one of you who stopped by our stores to participate. Now, before we get on with planning for next year (let the countdown begin!), here’s a quick look back at the festivities.

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Bridgeport Village, Tigard, OR

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Highland Park, IL

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The Shops at Willow Bend, Plano, TX

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CITYCENTRE, Houston, TX

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Louisville, KY

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Bakery Square, Pittsburgh, PA

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Highland Park, IL

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Atlanta, GA

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Vancouver, BC

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Alexandria, VA

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Louisville, KY

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Pamper Your Pup:
Sweet Potato Jerky Treats


What’s the best thing about fall? For us it’s a no-brainer…>

Pamper Your Pup: Sweet Potato Jerky Treats

What’s the best thing about fall? For us it’s a no-brainer: food! Think butternut squash soup, pumpkin pie, roasted root vegetables…we could go on and on. Canine lovers that we are—it is #SitStayLove month, after all—we didn’t want to leave our four-legged friends out of this year’s autumnal eating frenzy, so we dreamed up a flavorful and healthy treat recipe that your dog will love.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
3 sweet potatoes
1 tsp cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE IT
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet and set aside. Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick pieces with a sharp knife or mandoline. Lay the slices flat on the baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for one hour, then flip the slices and rotate the sheet in the oven. Continue to bake for another hour. Let the treats cool completely before sharing with your pup.

Treats should keep in a covered container for a week.

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A Darling Interview:
Tuna Melts My Heart


We’re up to our ears in pup culture this month—pardon the pun—as… >

A Darling Interview: Tuna Melts My Heart

We’re up to our ears in pup culture this month—pardon the pun—as we’re ramping up for the fifth anniversary of our #SitStayLove pet adoption campaign. We’ll be celebrating all month long with in-store events , puppy paraphernalia and, of course, our very own #DogsofAnthro crew at the Home Office. Naturally, we thought we had dogs covered, but our dear friends at Darling Magazine introduced us to Courtney Dasher and her sweet, funny Chiweenie named Tuna, whose story tugged at our heartstrings so strongly that we just had to hear more. Take it away, Darlings!

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Darling Magazine: With an Instagram account (@tunameltsmyheart) with over 500,000 followers and appearances on the TODAY show, Anderson Cooper and Inside Edition, Tuna is truly a sensation. More than a social media success, though, Tuna’s story is one of friendship, redemption, and love. Intrigued by how much joy Tuna brings the world, we asked Courtney how his presence in her life has taught her and others about what really matters.

DM: Tuna obviously has a “unique” look, why did you choose to adopt him?
Courtney Dasher: My initial intention was to foster a puppy. When I saw Tuna, I was immediately drawn to his sweetness and his physical differences. After those first few days, I fell in love with Tuna, so I decided to adopt him because I wanted him to know how much he would be loved by me. He’s my best buddy now.

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DM: How did Tuna’s popularity grow?
CD: In December of 2012 someone anonymously posted one of his pictures on Reddit.com, which apparently generated a lot of buzz. A few days later, @instagram posted a #weeklyfluff feature of him on their personal Instagram page which is how he initially garnered his following.

DM: Why do you feel Tuna brings people so much joy?
CD: Since he has developed a personality through his funny expressions, coupled with my commentary, I think that people find him humorous and endearing. However, beyond his silly faces, he challenges what most people would find to be beautiful and adorable, which is what makes him unique. I am told daily that he has changed someone’s day and/or has melted their heart.image

DM: What would you tell someone who is considering adopting a dog?
CD: Definitely adopt! Whoever you choose, it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Rescued animals are so grateful and appreciative that they were saved, so as a result, they make the greatest, most loving companions.

See more of tuna here. Photos by Jen McDonald / www.jenmphotography.com.

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Where I Work:
Tami


Go ahead, call her tastes particular: she certainly won’t mind… >

Where I Work: Tami

Go ahead, call her taste particular: she certainly won’t mind. Meet Tami, the woman once voted “most bizarre” in high school, whose askew point of view has been guiding our store merchandising teams for over 13 years. The former Brooklynite and Boston terrier devotee is the brains behind those meticulously detailed nooks in our stores—things like an individually labeled 54-drawer cabinet filled with staffers’ personal belongings and a wall of ruffles that took four days to sew by hand. This month, Tami lets us poke around her wonderfully particular workspace.

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"I’m not really into sweets—I eat maybe one piece of candy a day—so these jars are purely aesthetic. The yellow candies are a mainstay and I swap out the others each season."

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"A way to stay organized. I believe it was an orphaned prop."

"I’ve had this $10 yard-sale pineapple girl for 20 some years. It’s one of my favorite things."

image"This is a photograph of my grandparents, to whom I was very close. They were both a little nuts, and I’m kind of obsessed with peanuts, so I clipped them to this card."

"How can you not love that face?"

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"Our team is always trying to outdo one another when it comes to decorating our desks, but this fall we somehow managed to agree on the same birch-tree pattern."

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"A parting gift from a former colleague and friend. I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside some brilliant, creative people in my career."

"I keep a fake egg inside this cookie jar. I’m not sure why."

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"Pairing these deer with our woodsy wedding photo seemed right."

"One of the best gifts I’ve ever received. It was handmade by my friend Ann, who chose all 29 fortunes. May you grow rich. A personal is never too old to learn. Keep true to the dreams of your youth."

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"I love dogs. I imagine myself as an old lady, taking care of a bunch of pups. In the meantime, I collect all kinds of dog figurines and hope to do something amazing with them when I have thousands."

"I think everything is ‘bananas.’ I use the word a lot. "That’s bananas!’ ‘My day is bananas!’ This is driving me bananas!’"

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