Happy New Year!

Hello people of earth!  Another year is done, see ya later, 2015!  It was an amazing year of firsts for us, tons of travel promoting Peachy Keen Pets, and lots of pug snuggles and snorts in the office!  We were so happy to share all of the new and exciting stuff with you, thank you for sticking with us, passing our name around, sending us photos... we love it!  

Speaking of some cool shared photos... on New Years Day we received these super neat photos of pup Hazel hanging out in the sand dunes outside of Dubai wearing a Peachy Keen Pets Trekkie collar!  

If you would like to share photos with us, there are many ways to do it!  Email us at niki@peachykeenpets.com,  or post them up on our facebook page, www.facebook.com/peachykeenpets, or tag us on Instagram using @peachykeenpets or of course we can find your photos if you use #peachykeenpets!   I sit in my office about 12 hours a day on the average day, sewing, answering emails, etc, and it always brightens my day when I see your pets dressed up in our products! Keep it coming :)

I hope you had a wonderful year, and I look forward to all the new stuff to come in 2016! Thank you for being here!

 

Sincerely, 

Niki Geroni-Lajoie, Owner/Designer of Peachy Keen Pets  (with pug snoring background music provided by Miso & Leia)

 

Throwback Thursday!

About two years ago one of my favourite comedians, Maria Bamford, sent me a photo of herself with her two pugs, Blossom and Burt, wearing our Peachy Keen Pets harnesses!  It makes me endlessly happy!  We love Maria and her puglets!!


Pugalug fundraiser!

Hello Peachy Keen People!  We wanted to share far and wide that we are going to be raising some money for Pugalug Pug Rescue, the rescue that we adopted our dear Hummus from.

From today until November 2, the date of the Toronto Pugoween, we will be donating 15% of all sales from our Pug themed fabrics, and 10% of sales from everything else we offer, to Pugalug!

We are accepting pre-orders so that you can pick up your items at the event, so get your orders in sooner the better so I have time to make it for you!  We will post how much was raised on November 2 right after the event!

For people who want to get their hands on some new pet gear but won't be able to make it, your orders will still count in raising money for the rescue! But you must order before November 2 for it to count.

For other fabric options, go HERE.

To learn more about Pugalug, the dogs they have for adoption, and to read some happy tails, go to www.pugalug.com!  We've set up a table at almost all of their events for the last 5 years, adopted Hummus over 6 years ago from them, and have attended their meet-ups with Miso since he was a baby 11 years ago, so we have a lot of wonderful things to say about their organization.  Pugalug is 100% volunteer based, so donations go a long way in helping the dogs in their care.

Email me any questions, orders, comments,  & photos to niki@peachykeenpets.com

 

Pugs at the Beach!

Playful Pugs!

Peachy Keen Hoodies! - A Testimonial

Do you have a Peachy Keen Pets hoodie or turtleneck? Would you like to give us a testimonial to share with our other customers? Send us a photo of your pet wearing our products and what you think and we'd love to share it!  Email us at niki@peachykeenpets.com

Pug peeps, prepare yourself for cuteness!!

I was looking for a certain fabric to reorder today and I stumbled across something WONDERFUL.... PUG FABRIC! I cannot stand how much I love these two fabrics! I'll be making collars, leashes, harnesses, bandanas, bowties and neckties in it... And I think for the people who want it, I'll be making black hoodies this winter with PUG FABRIC POCKETS. Because that's just the cutest.  Behold!!!

Playful pugs!

Playful pugs!

Beach Day Pugs!

Beach Day Pugs!

These fabrics should arrive to our studio in 1-2 weeks, and we will be accepting pre-orders for them as we know they will go fast.  Email us at niki@peachykeenpets.com for yours!

Fan Expo in one week!!


Cookie, I am your master!

Cookie, I am your master!

Darth Miso, overlord of everything in the Empire (and the universe), has a message for everyone:  Fan Expo is approaching faster than warp speed; prepare your helmets, swords, phasers, and capes immediately! 

A selection from last year... this year will have tons of new surprises!!

A selection from last year... this year will have tons of new surprises!!

While my personal assistant finishes polishing my black Vader helmet and ironing my cape, I figured I’d jot down a few thoughts about the 2014 Fan Expo here in Toronto.  If you’re like me and you love all things sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, and comic book, then it is a must!!  Fan Expo Canada, the Comic-Con of the north, is celebrating its 20th year, and my Mum will be there again with tons of really cool merchandise.  Pets are geeks too!  Peachy Keen Pets will be at booth #5424 in the North Building, sharing, as always, with the completely awesome Suspect Video, and this is right across from Rue Morgue Magazine area.   My Mum says I can’t go, but we’ll see about that!! She can’t stop me!! I’m crafting a plan right now to be in her suitcase or my assistant’s bag! I will not miss out on meeting Ray Park about light saber dueling tactics, and I need to talk with Stan Lee about a comic book idea I have – The Adventures of the Mighty Most-Awesome Master Miso!

I’ve been supervising my Mum’s work for this event, helping her pick out fabrics and advising her on what things geek dogs will want to buy.  Some of this gear I already own, so you know it’s totally super cool.  Some of it I’ve tried on just to see if I need it in my closet.  Let’s just say I look awesome in everything, and your pet will too.  Here’s a sneak peak at some of the totally awesome gear my Mum is bringing:

(1) Doctor Who - we have super special AND super limited prints available, never before seen on our products before!  Here’s a teaser:

Exterminate!!!

Exterminate!!!

(2) Game of Thrones – Win or Die!

(3) Superheroes – all your super favorites like The Avengers, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and more!

(4) Star Trek – Kirk, Spock, Uhura and the whole gang … Classic!

(5) TMNT – Turtle Power!

(6) Zombies – For those walking dead walks!

(7) Star Wars – The Force will be with you!

We also have Hello Kitty, Monsters Inc., Big Bang Theory, classic Movie Monsters and so much more! Don’t forget we all these cool fabrics come in collars, harnesses, leashes, bowties, neckties, poop bag holders… Choices, choices!

Well I’m polished, pressed and ready to go.  Darth Miso is ready to rule the ‘Con!

TMNT bowtie, a must for every geeky dog!

TMNT bowtie, a must for every geeky dog!

Best regards,


Master Miso,

Excelsior, for PKP

Pawlooza 2014!

We had such a fun time last weekend at London, Ontario's premiere dog event, Pawlooza!  As per usual we had a bit of rain, but that didn't stop people from coming out and enjoying the day regardless!  We saw some familiar faces and made some new friends. We are always so happy when to do these events so we can actually meet the people and pets that keep Peachy Keen Pets going!!  Here are some of our awesome customers from Pawlooza!

Moustache harness for a moustachioed pooch!!

Moustache harness for a moustachioed pooch!!

The awesome Dane, Zephyr, in our Batman collar!

The awesome Dane, Zephyr, in our Batman collar!

If you have photos of your dogs in PKP, hashtag us on Instagram #peachykeenpets, post to us on facebook at www.facebook.com/peachykeenpets, or email us at niki@peachykeenpets.com!

The vegan Three Amigos dish, plus the best margaritas in town!

The vegan Three Amigos dish, plus the best margaritas in town!

This Boston Terrier/Pug mix was KILLING ME.  Wearing a limited hearts collar that was the last of it's kind!

This Boston Terrier/Pug mix was KILLING ME.  Wearing a limited hearts collar that was the last of it's kind!

Suki in her new Peacock collar! Gotta love that underbite!!!

Suki in her new Peacock collar! Gotta love that underbite!!!

This lovely pooch left with our grey Sugar Skulls collar!

This lovely pooch left with our grey Sugar Skulls collar!

And to top off an amazing day, we landed at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto for margaritas and vegan tacos! MMMM!!! 

 

Next up:  Fan Expo Toronto!  I hope to see some of you there! We will be sharing a booth with Suspect Video, as always, so look for their name on the map when you want to find us! August 28-31 at the Metro Convention Centre!

 

From the bowl chair of Master Miso (CPO, CBO, CSM; Master of Everything),

This is me on my bowl chair, where I do my most inspired thinking. Being upside down really helps. Don't judge my process.

This is me on my bowl chair, where I do my most inspired thinking. Being upside down really helps. Don't judge my process.

 Hello humans.  I’m Miso and I am Chief of Pug Operations (CPO) at Peachy Keen Pets, and in the office with me are my senior sidekicks and roommates Luke and Leia. Since I’m the smartest one, that makes me the obvious leader, so I’m C3PO – Chief of 3 Pugs Operation (Yes, my mum, Niki, is a HUGE Star Wars fan and a vegetarian, as if it wasn’t already obvious by our names).  But I’m not just brilliant and witty; I’m also devilishly handsome too.  I’m a guy with beauty AND big brains (I’m also single, ladies), and that’s why I’m the CBO (Chief of Brain Operations) and CSM (Chief Super Model) as well.  I’ve been here since day one, helping with designs and new product innovation, and I’m the last original PKP spokes-dog.  Last year, we lost my brother and partner in crime, Hummus.  I miss him a lot, but I must carry the brand forward and onward with Mum and try to honor his memory.   One day when PKP is the #1 brand of dog gear in the world, when we take over the planet, I’ll make sure to have a giant mural of Hummus and I painted for everyone to see and bow down to.  A picture with me in the front though, after all I am the brains of this business (and the apartment as well).

 I guess I should also talk about my Mum too, as she does all the labor at PKP – the sewing, the fabric sourcing, the tradeshows, the customer correspondence, etc. – you know all the stuff that a smart guy like me has no time for. I’m just far too busy making plans for world domination.  If I’m the brains of PKP, she’s the heart … and the thumbs (she has those things, and that helps with all the sewing and typing stuff … and food opening too …. I need to create some thumbs, then the fridge and its contents are all mine!!).  She started PKP to give herself a new, creative and fun career path, and she knew Hummus and I were very unhappy with the dog gear the stores had – So plain, difficult to size properly for our burly, manly bodies, and often made of synthetic fabrics that are not very nice on the skin and fur.  She really wanted to show the world that dog harnesses, collars, and leashes could be both fun and functional, and that every dog deserved better than blah.  With Hummus and I modeling, it was so easy to see she was right.

This is my mum, Niki. I'm the gorgeous one eating my greens on the right. Luke is in the middle and Leia is on the left.

This is my mum, Niki. I'm the gorgeous one eating my greens on the right. Luke is in the middle and Leia is on the left.

 My Mum is a smart, savvy, Canadian business lady, and given the amount of hours she spends sewing and the huge amount of cool fabric roles and piles in the office (which sometimes I like to sleep in when she’s not looking) she’s really made this small business a success story … with my expert help of course.  She is a pretty smart cookie – sometimes she even catches onto my schemes before I get a chance to complete them (sometimes she’s too smart for her own good!)!  I love my Mum though, she loves me and my roomies: she feeds us good stuff, gives us yummy treats, takes us for walks, dresses us in cool gear and custom made PKP hoodies, and snuggles with us A LOT. She also cares a lot about other animals too, and she often does fundraising stuff for dog rescues like Pugalug Pug Rescue, After the Track, Canadian Dachshund Rescue and Boston Terrier Rescue.   She’s good people – the best really.

During our board meeting the other day, over some very yummy veggies and dip, we talked about ways to spread the word about PKP.  You know, make that global domination I want … I mean ‘we’ want …. a reality.  We both felt that since I’m the brains and the master of eloquence and wit here, and I’ve been with the company since day #1, I should be the one to write a blog about the company and tell the world what’s new, what’s happening, and why we are so damn awesome.   Since I lack the aforementioned thumbs, I hired a ghostwriter to sit by my bowl chair and write down all my musings, plots, schemes, and the happenings of PKP.  Her name is Kim and she’s my personal assistant as much as my ghostwriter, and she’s got a PhD, which makes her almost as smart as me.  Almost, but not quite.  So, today we kick off my blog writing debut.  I’ve talked about myself, about Mum, and now I think some marketing is in order.

Your dog is your best friend and most loyal companion, but also a reflection of personality.  This is why you go together like peanut butter and jam, or chips and dip; something just clicks and it feels so right.  This is exactly why you shouldn’t settle for some plain, old, boring, generic, brown harness and leash or something everybody else has – be the unique dynamic duo you are! Whether you see yourselves as Batman and Robin, Mike and Sully, or the Dr. Who crew, be proud walking about town being who you are. It doesn’t matter if your companion is a dog, cat, ferret or pig  - we do custom orders.  And this gear isn’t all fun and games with no substance; it’s functional, strong and comfortable too.  For all things cute, comic book, sweet, kitschy, pinstripe, polka dot, sci-fi, geek, retro, zombie, and everything else in between, it’s gotta be Peachy Keen Pets!   You can see our goods by going HERE.

There, I think that went brilliantly.  Now I think a cookie and a nap are in order, and then I’ll attempt to see if Mum will feed me early …. I’ll see if I can trick her into thinking it’s 5pm when really it’s 3:30pm.   

This is Kim, my trusty ghostwriter. 

This is Kim, my trusty ghostwriter. 


Best regards,


Master Miso,

Excelsior, for PKP!



 

Fantastic Pet Parent Contest!!

Hello, people of earth!

In my line of work, I come across some truly amazing people. Animal crusaders, incredible rescue leaders, volunteers and champions. We meet caring and wonderful people who are such great pet parents, we think they should be rewarded!

I would nominate my husband, Matt, who is amazing pug dad! He has such a big heart and always wants to snuggle our puglets, even when they are too tired to reciprocate the love (see above!).  He is a big supporter of rescue pets, and If he had his way I think we'd have a small farm of  rescued creatures!!  I love when when the dogs do something he thinks is cute and he has to grit his teeth to bare the cuteness!!!!  

I would nominate my husband, Matt, who is amazing pug dad! He has such a big heart and always wants to snuggle our puglets, even when they are too tired to reciprocate the love (see above!).  He is a big supporter of rescue pets, and If he had his way I think we'd have a small farm of  rescued creatures!!  I love when when the dogs do something he thinks is cute and he has to grit his teeth to bare the cuteness!!!!  

Do you know someone in your friend circle, your family, or your work who you think is deserving to be nominated for the Fantastic Pet Parent Contest? Great! Send us an email to niki@peachykeenpets.com, or leave a message on facebook!  Tell us who you nominate (tag them if you know how), why you think they are so darn fantastic, and if you can, add a picture!  i will pick my top 10 answers, and then the winner will be chosen at random! They will receive a brand new collar or harness of their choice, with a special hand stamped name tag, all made by Peachy Keen Pets :)

Let's spread the love, everyone!  The contest will continue through the weekend and end on Sunday, August 3 at midnight!

xoxo from the Peachy Keen Crew,

Niki, Miso, Luke & Leia!

pet tags for your pooches!



Saying goodbye to our sweet boy Hummus

We are so sad to say that we had to say goodbye to our hilarious and wonderful pug, Hummus, recently. It took me awhile to even write this, as it has been to hard, but I thought we should share, as many people have read our bios and have met our guy over the years. He was the funniest dog with the weirdest habits, and would make us laugh so many times a day. We were lucky to have him in our lives for the 6 years we lived with him. We adopted him when he was 5.5 years at from Pugalug Pug Rescue and he was a puppymill guy. He must have had a hard early life, but the second he stepped in our door he just decided that life was amazing and happy and perfect and he was going to love everything to the max! And he really really did.  We love you, little Humbug!  

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Fall is here!

I'm someone who loves the heat, I love summer and want to hibernate all winter. But fall is okay because my pugs LOVE IT, especially Miso! 

Miso catching leaves

Miso catching leaves

Hummus doesn't do so much except wade around, but I think they are both thankful to not be sweltering hot. I love kicking the leaves for Miso so he can catch them.  We stumbled on this video going around of a Husky playing in the leaves that really cracked me up today, so i thought I'd share. Enjoy! 

The Season of Spook!

Here at PKP, we love spooky things! Whenever I see fabrics with skulls and monsters, I've got to grab it!  Some of our current Halloween collars include old Movie Monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolfman, we've got pumpkins, skulls, bats... 

 

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Our boys tried modelling some collars today, but they were falling asleep!  It took us forever to snap some shots where they aren't yawning. Don't let anyone tell you that modelling isn't hard work! 

Miso in Spooky Squares

Miso in Spooky Squares

Hummus striving for cookies in a Bats collar

Hummus striving for cookies in a Bats collar

To order any items you see here that might not be in the shop yet, just email us at niki@peachykeenpets.com.  We are adding stuff every week to the shop, and these items are available as collars, leashes, harnesses and cute bowties!