Come to the Dog Film Festival!

Come celebrate the Dog Film Festival’s arrival in Los Angeles at the Pooch Tea Party hosted by the festival’s honorary hostess, Melissa Rivers.

The Dog film Festival 2016-17 is dedicated to the Memory of quintessential dog lover, Joan Rivers. Ms Rivers appreciated her rescued dogs as her most constant companions. She went out of her way to find dogs for adoption and embraced them unconditionally, whatever their quirks. No matter where Joan was or how busy, her dogs’ health and happiness were always foremost in her mind.  We love her for that, and we do this in her honor.

The festival opens with a  pooch tea party. And what is a tea party without Alice and her friends? I am the official couturier for the festival. I’m a huge Alice fan, and then I saw the promo for the new Tim Burton movie, “Alice through the Looking Glass”. It all fit! I decided to bring some of that magic to the party.   Mila and Ezri from, the film, “Weiner Dog Nationals” will be a delightful version of tweedle dee and tweedle dum. I’m making them cute girls, because we need more female roles, and because these two sisters are adorable.  The fabulous Miss Coco Puffz will be Alice, Woofie will play the Mad Hatter, And Bear, the boy who loves dresses, is the queen of hearts.

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The Pooch Party!

Celebrate the Dog Film Festival’s arrival in Los Angeles at an Afternoon Tea Pooch Party with Melissa Rivers (Festival Founder, Tracie Hotchner’s goddaughter) who is Honorary Hostess of the Festival, which is dedicated to the memory of her mother, Joan Rivers (who was Tracie’s godmother!). Teen actor Lou Wegner – the founder of Kids Against Cruelty – will also be on the Green Carpet with his rescued dog Joey for photo opportunities. Enjoy a full catered tea party with finger sandwiches, pastries, and special canine treats. Dogs are welcome & encouraged to dress up for photos on the Step & Repeat. Everybody goes home with a deluxe doggy sWag bag valued at more than $300, filled with desirable goodies and coupons for free products. Adoptable dogs will be on hand from the Lange Foundation.

Tickets are only $75 and there are only 150 tickets available. Get yours quick, they’re almost gone!

50% of every ticket goes directly to the Beneficiaries: The Lange Foundation and Downtown Dog Rescue.

WHEN:
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VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital – 1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 –

See more at: http://dogfilmfestival.com/festival/dog-film-festival-program#sthash.LJdwUg73.dpuf

Dogs Rule this Summer

People love their dogs. I think it’s the one thing every polarizing platform in the nation can agree on — dogs ROCK!

They star in the best TV commercials. They join thousands of people together across the country through various meet-up groups.  They even host parties and star in movies! I love to dress them in the the latest that fashion has to offer.

dog-film-festivalThe middle picture was taken by Lori Fusaro during my very first rescue photo shoot. Lori captures the heart and soul of each dog she photographs. Her work can be found in this fabulous book!Lauras-book_Final

My designs have come a long way since that photo shoot, and my mission has become crystal clear:

To celebrate the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people.

 By making incredible works of art, getting them in front of audiences large and small, then promoting both dogs and dog causes.

I love being the voice of dog! It has even eeked it’s way into my life as a writer, inspiring a reality show and two pilots. And some fabulous summer fun events that will promote and celebrate all that is dog.

I am thrilled to be the canine couturier of the Dog Film Festival. I’ll be dressing darling pooches and people for what promises to be a fun and fabulous weekend of fashion, film and fun.

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Come to the Dog Film Festival!

There are two events.  A very special Afternoon Pooch Party hosted by Melissa Rivers in memory of her mother, and a film festival, with films by for and about dogs!  Bring your pampered pooch to the doggie events of the season.

Come to the Dog Film Festival’s Afternoon Tea Pooch Party!

Celebrate the Dog Film Festival’s arrival in Los Angeles at an Afternoon Tea Pooch Party with Melissa Rivers (Festival Founder, Tracie Hotchner’s goddaughter) who is Honorary Hostess of the Festival, which is dedicated to the memory of her mother, Joan Rivers (who was Tracie’s godmother!). Teen actor Lou Wegner – the founder of Kids Against Cruelty – will also be on the Green Carpet with his rescued dog Joey for photo opportunities. Enjoy a full catered tea party with finger sandwiches, pastries, and special canine treats. Dogs are welcome & encouraged to dress up for photos on the Step & Repeat. Everybody goes home with a deluxe doggy sWag bag valued at more than $300, filled with desirable goodies and coupons for free products. Adoptable dogs will be on hand from the Lange Foundation.

Tickets are only $75 and there are only 150 tickets available

50% of every ticket goes directly to the Beneficiaries: The Lange Foundation and Downtown Dog Rescue.

WHEN
WHERE
VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital – 1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 –View Map

THE DOG WEDDING at Woofstock 90210!

Yes, Dog weddings are a thing! Popularized by John Legend & Chrissy Teigan’s pups Puddy & Pippa, dog weddings range from fun backyard celebrations to fancy charity benefits. The DOG WEDDING movie and the Beverly Hills Pupscouts will be hosting eight dog weddings at Woofstock 90210.

The-Dog-Wedding-Movie-Poster-Side-AAs covered by Popsugar, People and Dogster, over 500 canine couples’ wedding photos received over 250,000 votes (including from Sarah Jessica Parker) in #theDogWedding Photo Contest. Now, the top 100 photos— including rescue ambassadors Titus and Hailey, celebrity rescue Chloe Kardoggian and the inspirational Simon the blind pug — make their debut in the film’s unique opening credit sequence.

If you love your dog like any other member of the family why not throw him or her a festive party with their dog friends and family in attendance? Who doesn’t like to put on a beautiful dress and make promises of unity and honor? Who doesn’t like to celebrate the sweet tenderness that comes with dreams of love? Who doesn’t like pure silliness? Whether for fun or to celebrate the love between two pups, a dog wedding is a fun and charming way to bring friends and family together. THE DOG WEDDING movie will be offering free ceremonies to eight lucky couples. Where: at Woodstock 90210 in Roxbury Park. When:  on June 26th. Why: to celebrate love between people and pets, and maybe raise a little money for a dog charity. How: message us and we’ll take it from there!dog wedding 1

THE DOG WEDDING movie and the Beverly Hills Pupscouts will be your hosts. The booth will be a cross between a Las Vegas chapel and an elegant garden party. We will provide the attire, the ring bearer’s pillow with jeweled wedding bracelets, the officiant with playful custom written vows, the brides maids, the groomsmen, and the venue. We will make you with a digital invitation for you to send out to all of your friends. Instead walking down the aisle, the full wedding party will take a spin around Roxbury Park and all of its festivities. 

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ots of photographs will be taken. Pussy & Pooch will be at a nearby booth. If you’ve ever been to their paw bar, you know the delight that comes from a nibble on their gourmet treats. Dancing will follow.  It’s all free. Donations to one of the film’s charities will be accepted.pussy & pooch paw bar

THE DOG WEDDING movie is a sponsor of Canine Companions for Independence, Long Island Bulldog Rescue, Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, MSPCA-Angell and Juno’s Place. The film’s sold-out premiers and popular photo contest raised @20,000 in donations and gifts. A share of every ticket, copy and download sold will be donated to canine charities. the dog wedding lola woofie bear 2

THE DOG WEDDING is a fabulously fun movie, a bark out loud comedy where love at first sniff between two bulldogs sparks an unlikely romance between an overworked business woman and a pro wrestler. Making her US film debut, German star Rosalie Thomass plays opposite WWE’s Matthew Bloom, Bernhard Schutz and a delightfully eccentric cast. We will be mirroring the fun with this delightful booth. Join us and share the love.the dog wedding 6

My People Matching Pet Line!

My first foray into the world of people / matching pet clothes was back in 2012.

I noticed that the most searched item on my website was people / matching pet, so I made some cute tees for Dogs and there person.  

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Now, once again, I have jumped into the people matching pet world! Before I just made clothes.  This grouping is wearable art. What is it that makes one different from the other? True original artistic fashion is what happens when line and form come together with color, purpose, people and concept, creating a feeling that speaks to you about the times and what people need to feel good in those times. I hope, when you see what I have done, it speaks to you.

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I began the process with a bunch of inspiration boards, and the clothes grew out of that. It’s all about my vision—it has to be, as selfish as that sounds. You just hope people relate to it, and if they don’t, then you find another medium to create in.  The truth is, an artist, with her ear to the ground, finds a unique empathy as to the feelings of the times.  You can easily be totally off, choosing to amplify something unpopular.  The key is to not judge, and go with your passion.  It’s an all-in gamble. Your audience may be big and it may be small. If there is passion, someone will love what you do.

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I love magic and whimsy. I love grace and charm. I love  the imagination fairytales fly on. I love lush fabrics. And I love clothes that make me feel like who I am, clothes that empower me. That means they can’t be stuffy. They need to make me feel young, yey fit the constraints of a not-young body, and it means there needs to be an economic efficiency to the items.  How much does it suck to spend hundreds of dollars for something fancy that you purchase for a special event, that you will never wear again? How cool would it be to look like a million bucks at the fancy event, but also to be able wear the separate items with t-shirts and jeans to more casual affairs? I’m a big fan of the paradox — leather and lace, soft and hard, hot and cold, dressing up the plain and dressing down the elegant. There’s energy in that. And energy inspires. Energy feeds life, which feeds love, which feeds loyalty, which feeds bravery… and suddenly fashion has turned us all into warriors and the world is a bold and giving place. 

Okay. That is the idealist’s rant. The simplified version —  I love wearing fancy tops with jeans, and confection skirts with t-shirts and combat boots. So I have designed a line of formal sportswear separates that fulfill all of the things that I love. I hope people love it so I can build a large audience to then have the power to promote causes that will make the world a better place.

Business is just a job if it doesn’t make the world a better place in the process of doing it.  

~ LOLA

Today We Earned our Ice Cream Fun Badge!

s-l225-2The humans ate ice cream, the doggies ate ice cream, all tummies were full and smiles abound.

The Beverly Hills Pupscouts earned their Ice Cream Fun badge as they planned the new year.  The only thing we didn’t get to was the resolutions, but we’ll get to that next time.  My resolutions are all built around one word — power, and it directly relates to my Pupscout plans, so I’ll start with that.

IMG_1805You need power to affect great change. My joy in life is in artistic creations that make the world a better place—sharing kindness, generosity, love, and goodwill with friends, new and old. So far, I am on track. I have filed suit against the people who have been bullying me for over a year—on contingency!  I have created an inspired collection of people / matching pet clothes, with an exciting plan in place to move forward there. I have finished my book and it is in the process of being published. I have created two television series that are ready and waiting when the right connections are made, and my pupscout troop has lots of new members, all very excited to move forward.    

Today we made big plans. Organizational stuff, like a business plan that lays out the year with targets, and activity plans.140-1 copy

We’re going to Woofstock!  We will be promoting the troop, telling people about the cool things we are planning while enjoying the activities of the festival. It will be a great opportunity to gain new friends and allies.

We will be earning our dog therapy badge! The plan is to take the troop into UCLA’s pediatric ward to brighten the lives of the young patients.  A member’s husband is a transplant surgeon in that hospital. He said they have a marvelous program set up and he thinks the kids would love us.  So first we must gain therapy dog status, then we will start making visits.140 copy 3

We’re going glamping in Arizona! This will be in the spring or fall. The men can go hard core in a tent if they want, the rest of us will be earning our, “camping like a girl” badge. There will be other badges earned over the weekend. There’s  the  storytelling badge, camp fire songs badge, the survival skills badge. I envision going canoeing, and of course the drinking lots of wine badge (that one is for the humans only!). Of course we will film it all to share with you.

We will earn our extreme makeover badge! We’re partnering with Home Depot and and the Veteran’s association for this one.

140 copy 2We have a member who works with the NFL, so we are planning something to go with their efforts to stop domestic violence. The details aren’t wormed out, but my gut instinct says go with an acting badge as we make some sort of a public service announcement.

We’re earning our modeling badge when the dogs become models in a professional photoshoot of my people / matching pet line.  And our fashion show badge when they hit the catwalk in a show we have been invited to be a part of.

96-1I would like to be the leader on the parade badge, where we start the Kindness / anti-bullying campaign that I intend to start. This is a subject near and dear to me, having cried the tears, experienced the feeling of entrapment and struggled to understand why anyone could choose to waste their time on this kind of hate when there are so many exciting things in the world to do. Bullying is not just kids problem, I can attest to that!

There will also be some just-for-fun badges, like the baking badge, pool party badge and movie night badge. We have two intellectual property projects that tie it all together. More on that after all this is done.

IMG_1815IMG_1809I do wish we had gotten to the resolutions, but maybe it’s a good thing. Resolutions often become points of failure. I think it’s because they aren’t thought of in direct association with actions. Maybe more clarity will come to everyone as each project develops.

We will keep you posted!

XOXO

Lola, Woofie and Bear

PS:  Woofie wants you all to know, he went on a diet and he now looks so slim and trim! At the vet, he weighed 9 lbs, and that is an unhealthy weight for such a little boy.    

(More pictures to come…)

Looking Ahead into 2016 With Pupscout Fun

It’s gonna be a good year with lots of Pupscout fun!

We will open the year with our annual ice cream fun party. Everyone brings a unique topping and we have a sundae bar.  But the true action of the meeting is to plan out the coming year, individually and as a troop. Pupscout fun

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First we each will write out our personal New Year’s Resolutions, then we will put them in a time capsule and bury them in the back yard until the 2017 ice cream fun party.

I love making New Year’s resolutions. You get to look at life from above and envision your personal greatness.  And, best of all, you get to set your intentions in motion.  And when you do it with a supportive group, you get to have helpers to make your dreams happen! As an artist, I’ve been the CEO of my own life for the past 20 years, so planning my dreams has always been an integral part of my life.

Next we will plan the year for our troop, and we have some big plans! Our big spring fling will be a Glamping trip with the pups.

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We want to hose a dog Easter Bonnet Parade…

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A fun Artists Badge project…

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And our Fashion Model badge…

Photo by Cindy Quick Photography
Photo by Cindy Quick Photography

We will end the year with our Holiday Fundraising event.  It’s not decided who or what that will be, but we like the idea of doing something for our soldiers.

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More fun will be added, but this is a good start!

See you in 2016!

xoxo
LOLA

A Season of Saving Dogs

The Beverly Hills Pupscouts holiday fundraising badge raised $965 for Wings of Rescue.

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Most of it we raised at the flyout event.  It’s hard to hit up your friends because crowdsourcing has everyone asking for money for something important.  But at the flyout, when you see the greatness of this organization and you are committed to helping it, writing a check is easy.  We plan to keep raising money for them, so feel free to donate here or on their page.

12244674_506213289541372_4345903222096592804_oI’ve written a lot of blogs so far telling about what Wings of Rescue does and what we did up to this point. So I’m just going to talk about the actual weekend of events and how rewarding it was to be a part of it. It’s the coolest feeling ever. No matter what problems you have beating you down, when you see this many passionate people unified and saving this many lives, it is intoxicating. I’m convinced it is the same quality of energy that our forefathers felt when they came to America, and the same feeling when a person wins an Olympic medal.  Your heart fills with so much love, and there is no better feeling in the universe than feeling your heart so full that the love starts to fall out of your eyes.

It began on Friday morning when we arrived at the Van Nuys Airport.

12265800_506213616208006_2077382644523825024_oWe left most of the pups home because we wanted to help and not be a distraction. Coco Puffz and Leo represented for the troop. They manned the donation table while the rest of us were on sticker duty. People made $50 donations and they got a Wings of Rescue pin, and they got their name on a sticker that we put  on a crate. Rosie’s Barkery donated doggie cookies. We made sure that the planes had on-board treats on hand for their doggie passengers.12241015_506213632874671_1306697899874826097_o

All told, 1600 dogs were flown from our high-kill shelters to rescues and no-kill shelters in areas that don’t have a lot of dogs for adoption and therefore have kennel space. Wings of Rescue has become a hub of information between high-kill and no-kill shelters, so they’re constantly making lists of which places have animals, which places have room.  This was the holiday flyout, but they  have freedom flights all year long.11242436_506213582874676_1710733340747580283_o

FOX was filming the flyout for their Thanksgiving day special, “The All-star Rescue Dog Celebration” a heartwarming show honoring rescue heroes  from all across the country.  We were lucky enough to be invited to the filming of the show the next day.   At one point 45 Bulldogs graced the stage. When Dogs on Deployment were honored, an organization that fosters the pets of servicemen and women when they are deployed, servicemen and women filled the stage.   And all of the famous dogs of Instagram were there.  The show ended with a grand procession of the last two hundred dogs taking their freedom flight as they walked from the stage to the plane they would fly off on. I was so excited because I had my cell phone camera held high, and I could see the fantastic footage I was getting.  But it’s an ewn phone, and I had pushed the wrong button, so it wasn’t turned on!

This dog didn’t even make if off the tarmac! This boy and his mom fell in love with her and took her home.

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If you love dogs, watch the show. It is not only a heart-warming and powerful series of stories, it alls helps save thousands of dollars through the money and awareness that it raises.

Check out this promo for “THE ALL-STAR DOG RESCUE CELEBRATION” airing this THANKSGIVING ON FOX 8-10PM! We need ALL RESCUERS to share and promote the show on social media. It’s crucial we get great ratings so that Fox continues to air this special each year to encourage people to rescue!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Help the Pupscouts Help the Pups

Honorary Wings Sponsors Stickers FinalBecome a part of the Wings of Rescue Holiday flyout by donating $10. We will put your name on a sticker like this one and attach it to one of the crates. This is the Pupscouts gift to the pups.

On Friday, November 20th Wings of Rescue will be sending over 1,000 dogs and cats to new homes around the country in their 2015 Annual Holiday Airlift.  This will be the largest airlift that they have initiated to date and the largest one on record anywhere.  Wings of Rescue will be giving these special animals the gift of loving homes and families just in time for the Holidays. You can help by helping to sponsor a dog. Each dog costs $80 to fly out, so we need to sell a lot of stickers for those crates! For larger donations, and for a pin with wings, you can donate directly to Wings of Rescue: http://www.wingsofrescue.org/donate/  The Pupscouts are separate from that. You get no pin, just the feeling of helping a great cause.
We chose Wings of Rescue to be the recipient of our Christmas fundraising project. They help so many dogs through their hard work and generosity, we wanted to honor that.  The pupscouts earned their sewing badge making their wings.  They will earn their Halloween badge on Oct. 31st when they host a fundraising booth at the Santa Monica Pet Expo. And they will earn their fundraising badge when they put all of the stickers representing the donations from all of you on the crates of the dogs flying out.
My personal vision is to have crates that are covered with stickers, for all to see the generosity of the dog community.  We will be posting a gofundme page in a few weeks, but feel free to donate here if you want.
Thank you!
LOLA

#MEANPEOPLESUCK

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My Kickstarter Campaign

 I wanted to start an anti-bullying campaign.  But promoting a negative felt wrong. I felt like a victim, and I refuse to become that.  So I came at it from the other direction, and I’ve started a kindness campaign!

It started from organic impulses. I have been being bullied for the past year. The fear and pain inflicted has been overwhelming. But whenever I hit that point, I would make something beautiful (I’m an artist) and that would always pull me out of it.  Art is like kindness, in that it’s what happens when you reach outside of yourself, add yourself to whatever you find out there, and then make something bright and new. 

Here is how it works. Give your heart to a stranger, take a video of it and post in on youtube with the hashtag, #MEANPEOPLESUCK

How cool would it be to build an army of individuals choosing to reach outside of themselves to a kinder and better world, rising above the mean people who try to bring them down. I designed an image that I feel communicates this — a heart, delicate and fragile with color, and, as it fills with kindness, the poison drips out.  It’s an expression of the power kindness has to overcome the pain that mean people inflict.

Get a group together and hit the streets. Draw your own heart if you want!  I you will most certainly come home smiling and feeling a little richer for your actions. 

You will help me stop my bullies by choosing one of my perks on my Kickstarter page.

I’m offering 10 holiday vests. They are sparkly and lush, designed to resemble body jewelry more that clothes.  For more details, click on my website: LOLA couture d’chiens.

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We Tried Out Our Kissing Booth!

It was our first fundraising event in our Wings of Rescue campaign, and we made $46! For two hours the dogs kissed their way into the hearts of West Hollywood and a delightful pet lifestyle show, HOW MY PET LIVES, filmed the story. Our part of the story begins at 3:12.

Last week Kelly Jackson, weekend anchor on KSDK (Channel 5) and morning-drive radio host at KTRS, called. She’s helming a project called “How My Pet Lives,” a show that uncovers the unique life of pets and their people, and she invited the Beverly Hills Pupscouts to be part of the first episode. So we fast tracked the kissing booth and hit the streets of West Hollywood.

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Healthy Spot lent us their sidewalk. Without permits, we needed to stay on the side street, so we ventured off in search of recruits. Tracy’s approach was great — A loud spontaneous utterance, “DOG KISSES, 25 CENTS!” My approach was not as successful. I told people who we are and what do. One of the sharktank guys said it best: “It’s not my job to listen, it’s your job to make me hear.”  Wendee knew the right pitch: “we need good looking people to be filmed.”  With that, they came in droves.

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We made lots of new friends, human and pup. Some might even join the troop!

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And the crew was fantastic! They got some wonderful dog closeups and dog tricks — and dog kisses!

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The dogs smiled the whole time. And the booth held up perfectly!  It was a bit of a design school project, made mostly from things in my apartment. The plan is to set it up  on Halloween on the Santa Monica Pier for a few hours before we head off to the Santa Monica Pet Expo. Stop by, if you’re in the neighborhood!