DLR + Winter Doga at St. Paul’s Winter Carnival!

DLR is SO excited to be part of the rich heritage of the St. Paul Winter Carnival this year!  It’s the oldest winter festival in the United States (predating the Tournament of Roses Festival by two years) and takes place January 23-February 2, 2020, next to Landmark Center at 75 W. 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN  55102.

Only one day during the festival is designated as dog friendly – Hops & Hounds day – January 26, 10 am-5 pm.  DLR will be selling our artisan-made wares AND founder of DLR and certified yoga instructor, Kristin Trudeau, will be teaching a FREE OUTDOOR doga session (yoga with your dog) 1:30-2:15 pm!  Dress like the hearty Minnesotans you are, bring those winter loving pups (that means mine are staying home!) and a mat, for a zen experience like no other!

There are plenty of other activities to keep you entertained…check out the dogs from the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Greater Twin Cities embrace the winter scene; meet celebrity therapy dog, Sgt. Fuzz; learn some training tips from Big Leap of Faith Dog Training and Services and so much more! A large heated tent will be situated on Market Street. A great gathering place for Carnival goers, the Bailey’s Warming House, will not only provide a cozy respite from the outdoors, but guests may enjoy assorted tasty signature cocktails, craft beers, games (trivia, bingo, pull tabs), snacks as well as live entertainment from local musicians.

Fun history fact:  Several Eastern newspaper correspondents kindled the start of the Winter Carnival by visiting Saint Paul in the fall of 1885 and returning home to report that Minnesota, in general, was another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.

A group of local Twin Cities business owners decided to retaliate by creating a wintertime festival which would showcase all the beauty of Minnesota winters. They worked with the City of Montreal, which already had a winter carnival in place, and lured Alexander Hutchinson, the designer of Montreal’s ice palaces 1883-1885, to blueprint Saint Paul’s first ice castle. The castle was constructed on February 1, 1886 at a cost of $5,210 with a height of 106 feet.  Compare that to 2018’s ice palace (below) that was 70 feet tall and cost $100,000 to construct.

Perhaps the most iconic annual event is the ice carving contest.  The 2020 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 23 and ends Saturday, January 25.

Each team will be given 48 suspenseful hours and several blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to all details. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest.

Be sure to check out the live ice carving and the completed designs, which will be on display in Rice Park for the duration of Winter Carnival!  Hope to see you and your pups on January 26th!

From Blank to Beautiful – The Chameleon Shoppes pop-up

Imagine a dedicated group whose purpose is to create vibrant downtown experiences by transforming empty retail spaces into equity opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. A group who is passionate about opening up business opportunities that may not have been possible before.

We have that very group here in Minneapolis! The Chameleon Consortium.

We were so delighted to be invited to join the Chameleon Shoppes on the skyway level in the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis for the holiday shopping season.  We are among 12 other local brands whose wares, talent, passion and philanthropic missions will knock your socks off!  (and one of the brands, Hippy Feet, will be happy to sell you some new ones! Ha!) The brands are:  B+D Custom Crafts, The Cat Lab, Create Laser Arts, EOcreations, Excelsior Candle Co., Hippy Feet, Jac + Violet, Oscar & Olivia, RighteouSouls, Siena Soap Company, Twiggy Fresh and Wondrous Crane.

What better way to check off the items on your holiday shopping list!?  Need candles, jewelry, body care, apparel, ceramics, home decor or dog goodies?  We got ya covered.  Founder, Kristin Trudeau, will be in the shop most Wednesdays, so come by and say hi! (so sorry to say, it’s not a dog-friendly shop.)

IDS Center – 80 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN

Grand Opening is Nov. 1, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

After that, open Nov. 6 – Dec. 20; Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mental illness awareness – DLR founder strives to erase the stigma

It was seven years ago to this date when I lost my dad to suicide.  When I founded DLR almost two years ago, I knew I wanted to not only delight dogs and humans who love them, I wanted to use the platform as a way of shedding light on topics I feel passionate about – issues that have touched my life.  Erasing the stigma of mental illness is one of these topics.

For almost 30 years I watched the father who once was so vibrant, life-loving and happy get slowly swallowed up by this disease.  Depression and anxiety is a disease, it’s not something one can just decide to fix by “snapping out of it.”  It’s as real as cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

Thirty years ago, the views on mental illness by society were not as progressive as today – though we still have a long way to go.  At that time, it might have been called a “breakdown” – something that conjured up a padded room and a straight jacket.  The person may have been called “crazy.” It was definitely something that needed to be kept private – especially when the person suffering is a junior high school counselor.

I was a young adult when my dad was diagnosed.  The instigator seemed to be empty nest syndrome.  Once we kids started our own lives, my dad felt lost.  I would come home to spend time with my dad and a small victory would be to get him out of bed to go for a walk.  Eventually he found an effective level of medication that allowed him to get his life back for many, many years.  When grandkids started entering the picture, it seemed to give his life purpose.  He was a kid that never grew up in many ways, so the kids just loved when “Boppa” was around.  There continued to be dark days too though, and the grandkids didn’t understand why Boppa didn’t make it to their birthday celebration or baseball game.  Talking with young kids about the effects of mental illness is tricky, but necessary.  Trying to relay in simple terms that they can digest – this in its own way can start to chip away at the stigma.

A few years before he died, my parents were divorced.  The culmination of events surrounding this divorce led to an added layer of mental illness for my dad – anxiety.  Anxiety is a completely different animal.  It’s acute and it can inflict physical pain like I’ve never seen.  I watched many episodes of anxiety cause my dad to writhe in pain – it was horrific.  When he no longer wanted to be in this world of pain, guilt, self-loathing and darkness, I understood.

I not only was an observer of what mental illness can do, I have experienced depression myself – in my case, it was situational.  I was able to work through the root of my feelings with a therapist, find the right medication and ultimately was able to change the situation that brought these feelings on – all which brought me to a more stable emotional and psychological state.  With this awareness and medication, I’m fortunate enough to be living now without severe symptoms.  I am aware that having a genetic disposition is something to keep at the forefront of my mind, and to be vigilant, especially when there are more turbulent times in my life.

Since my dad died and I’ve started sharing my story, every time, without fail, the person I’m sharing it with also has a story about how mental illness has affected their life.  We need to keep this dialogue open.  If you know someone who is struggling – ask how they are, ask what you can do.  We need to continue to bring the topic of mental illness out of the dark and into the light.

If you know you’re not ok, it’s ok to say so. There is help. One of the wonderful organizations that can help is National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

It seems a fitting day to announce we will donate 50% of net proceeds from today’s sales to NAMI.  Get your dog outfitted for spring and do good!

We would love to hear your personal stories about how mental illness has touched your lives.  Feel free to comment below or reach out to us at hello@dogloverepeat.com


Kristin, Trixie + Ziggy

Izzy’s Cause: Helping families afford their pets’ cancer treatments

We have been so sad to see some of our Instagram dog friends succumb to cancer in the recent months.  Once of those dogs was @izzythegiantschnauzer.  She was diagnosed with lymphoma about seven months ago.  Lymphoma is unfortunately not curable in dogs.

Thanks to the wonderful care and specialists at the Animal Cancer and Imaging Center (ACIC) in Canton, Michigan, Izzy was able to go into remission and live out many happy, healthy months with her family before the cancer caught up to her again.  She lost her fight last week.

Izzy’s family is well aware that many dog parents in the same position would love to extend the life of their furry family member, but the cost of treatment can be prohibitive.  Izzy’s one round of chemotherapy (6 cycles) and related check-ups cost nearly $5,000.

For this reason, they have started a GoFundMe page in Izzy’s memory and 100% of donations will go to ACIC’s non-profit organization called the Popeye Animal Cancer Foundation.  The foundation helps disadvantaged pet parents alleviate the financial burden that often accompanies pet cancer treatments.

We are excited to announce through this coming weekend, March 22-24, 50% of the profits of any of our Dylan Bandanas sold will go to Izzy’s GoFundMe page.  Izzy owned the above bandanas and they looked smashing on her.  We’re sure she’d love to see other furry friends enjoy a little color and flair around their necks while doing good!

We welcome others to share their stories here about navigating the journey when a pet is diagnosed with cancer.  So many could benefit from parents sharing their experiences, resources, victories and heartbreaks.


Kristin + Trixie + Ziggy


Cherries Jubilee: our new Walker collection

One of Minneapolis’ most recognizable icons is the “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen – created for the Walker Art Center in 1988, and now resides in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the largest urban sculpture park in the world.

Oldenburg is an artist known for making oversized versions of everyday objects and food products. The spoon was Oldenburg’s idea, who had a habit of doodling spoons ever since 1962 when he was inspired by a spoon resting on a piece of fake chocolate. The cherry was van Bruggen’s idea.  She wanted to use it as a comment on the garden’s otherwise staid layout.  The cherry’s stem acts as a fountain which sprays into the bowl of the spoon and off into the pond beneath. Even the pond itself has meaning – shaped to resemble a linden seed, drawing attention to the rows of linden trees nearby.

Our new Walker collection is an ode to this icon.  Both our Downtown Button-down Shirt by Dog Threads and Dylan Bandana feature a gorgeous, lightweight cotton lawn fabric sprinkled with mini cherries on a black background.  So sweet and playful!

They’re the perfect pick-me-up in anticipation of spring weather and warmer days ahead!  It’s a limited edition so (cherry) pick ’em while you can!


Kristin + Trixie + Ziggy


DLR pop-up at Spoils of Wear

One of my favorite parts of exhibiting at markets is meeting other like-minded entrepreneurs.  Inevitably I meet some pretty inspiring people who are passionate about making the world a better place in any way they can, one step at a time.

I met Jill Erickson, founder of Spoils of Wear – an online and brick & mortar boutique, at last month’s North Local Market in downtown Minneapolis. Her sunny and playful nature is so contagious, her style is to-die-for and we share a love of dogs.  We became fast friends.

Spoils of Wear is in a cute and bustling St. Paul neighborhood near the corner of Snelling & Selby.  There you can purchase all of the adorable outfits, jewelry and accessories that Jill would sport every day at the market and in her mirror selfies on Instagram.

What I found out is there is a very important mission and there are stories that need to be told behind the fashion.  The products found at Spoils of Wear focus on local production, organic textiles, and fair trade practices, among other socially and environmentally sustainable qualities.

They provide a broad range of opportunities for you to buy truly unique, lasting items at a fair price.  In turn, supporting artisans, Benefit Corporations, and other wholesalers dedicated to a common goal: ethical practices in the fashion industry.

Jill has said, “I strive to buy my clothes more consciously, it’s a fight against ‘fast fashion’ – an industry that values profits over people and artisanship.  My job is to ask the questions and serve up the spoils – the best of the brands that care about what their clothing is made of, where it’s being made, and who is making it.”  This is a fight we can get behind!


When Jill asked if Dog Love Repeat would like to pop-up at her shop for their February 2-3 dog event, we couldn’t contain our excitement!  We’ll be set up 10-6, Saturday and Sunday.  I will be there in person with Trixie & Ziggy on Sunday and am so excited to show off our new twinning offerings – just in time for Valentine’s Day! (more on that to come.)  Also custom doggy sketches by local artist Kira Fenn are available by appointment.  $30 includes a 10-minute sketch session with Kira (one dog please), and you receive an 8″ x 12″ drawing to take home that day.  That’s an amazing deal!

If you’re not able to attend the event, we encourage our Twin Cities friends to check out this sweet, cozy, dog-friendly shop on another day and say ‘hi’ to Jill and shop dog, Daisy the pug!


Kristin + Trixie + Ziggy


How to help victims of the California wildfires

Our hearts go out to our friends, customers and all who have ties to California as more than 250,000 people have been evacuated from their homes because of the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

We want to do our little part to try to help.  Starting today through November 17th, 50% of profits from sales of our Sea Waves Dylan Bandana (printed design by artist Elizabeth Graeber) will be donated to the Humane Society of Ventura County to help animals evacuating from the fires.

As the wildfires continue to rage, there are many ways we can help and support those suffering.  Here are some local, regional, and national organizations seeking help for relief efforts. (attribution: refinery29.com)

American Red Cross workers have set up temporary shelters and food sites across the state.
Donate to the efforts by visiting redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donors can even specifically request their monies go towards California relief efforts by writing the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check made out to the organization.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation supports the first responders fighting on the frontlines of the wildfires. They are currently requesting donations to put towards hydration backpacks for the firefighters.
The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports immediate recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as long-term preparedness efforts.
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is partnering with United Way of Ventura County to collect donations for its its Disaster Relief Fund.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation is raising money through its Fire Relief Fund.
Baby2Baby is working to get high-need items to children affected by the ongoing Camp, Hill, and Woolsey fires in California. Help them supply diapers, wipes, blankets, and other basic baby essentials to families in need by purchasing from their registry.
Donate directly to Direct Relief, which helps provide resources to healthcare agencies and first responders in wildfire-affected areas across California. Tito’s Handmade Vodka has pledged to match all donations, up to $15,000.
CNN’s Impact Your World initiative has created a page to collect donations that will go towards supporting seven organizations including The Community Foundation Sonoma County, Convoy of Hope and Direct Relief.
The Firefighters Charitable Foundation accepts donations to support volunteer fire stations and helps wildfire victims.
California Volunteers, a state office that manages volunteer programs in California, has created a list of services and donation options to help victims affected by the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires. Use this list to find information about making donations and volunteering.

Hounds & Hops Fashion Show

Signaling the end of Minnesota’s dog days of summer, City Pages Minneapolis is hosting their second annual dog-friendly event, Hounds and Hops, on Saturday, September 22 in the Minneapolis North Loop neighborhood. We love that a portion of the proceeds will benefit Secondhand Hounds.

We had such a blast hosting and emceeing the DLR dog and human fashion show last year, we’re doing it again.  We are recruiting some of our friends to walk the runway and rock our dog and human apparel, including Murrow the Frenchie, Leo the Lionpup, Gus Gus In The City, Waffles Vonfurryface, 3 of a Kind Plus 1, Dood Named Nelson and more!  Just a peek at what the runway looked like last year…


To pay proper homage to human’s best friend, bring your (well behaved, leashed) pup and grab a local brew from 612BREW to enjoy an afternoon full of tail wags and wet kisses.  Experience treats from dog friendly vendors, mouth-watering food trucks (for two-and four-legged friends alike!) and a chance to meet local Instagram famous dogs including PointerProblems, Endeavors of Ego, Christopher Cline, Gus Gus In The City, Holly and Juneau & more!

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (fashion show 1-1:30)

901 N. 2nd St.

This event is for humans and rovers of all ages.
Ages 5 and under: FREE
Ages 6-12: $5
Ages 13+: $10

Other vendors and sponsors:
Duluth Coffee Company
Minnesota Lottery
American Rug Laundry
NutriSource Pet Foods
Edina Realty
Metro Dogs Daycare & Boarding
Dog Days St. Paul
Hewing Hotel
Psychic Cynthia
Darby’s Pub and Grill
HH Chrome for a Cause; Honeys Hats, LLC.
Envy Skin Clinic
Farrell’s North Loop
Smart Cookie MN
Loop Dental
Martin’s Clothing Boutique / North Shore Apparel
Raw Bistro Pet Fare
Lucy & Co.
Clear Health Chiropractic
1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
Brandi Warmbier- State Farm Agent
Twin Cities Obedience Training Club (TCOTC)
Turbo Tim’s Anything Automotive
Lifted Optics
Vals Brew Treats
9 Yum Yum Ice Cream
The Fabled Rooster
Thai Thai Street Food

We hope to see our local friends there!

Reach out to us with questions or comments at hello@dogloverepeat.com


Kristin + Trixie

Pretty Fluffy: a blog for stylish dog lovers

When you launch a brand new business, you remember those who believed in you and your vision at the onset.  Pretty Fluffy, the dog blog founded and edited by Serena Faber Nelson, has been cheering us on since the beginning.  We’ve been extremely flattered by their support, as their blog was an integral source of research as we worked to formulate our product line.

Pretty Fluffy is all about making life with your dog sweeter and easier – for both of you.  Whether it’s the latest on-trend dog bandana, a healthy dog treat recipe, or a handy tip sheet to take better photos of your dog – they’re all about keeping it fun, simple and stylish.

Founder Serena Faber Nelson is a writer, television producer and dog lover and currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

Told by university professors that reports on local dog shows were not acceptable forms of journalism, Serena sought out a career in lifestyle television. Over the past decade her work has been featured on award winning Australian shows such as RPA, Selling Houses Australia, Harry’s Practice and What’s Good for You.

In 2010 Serena created Pretty Fluffy as a place where dedicated dog owners could find stylish products, modern advice, and inspiration for living well with their pets.

Since Pretty Fluffy’s launch, Serena has been a regular contributor to publications such as Modern Dog Magazine, Cesar’s Way, Dogs Life and more.

Serena has worked as a recipe developer for Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine, and in 2012 released her first eBook, co-authored with Sarah Dickerson, 52 Weeks of Treats – Simple and Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Every Season.

A passionate advocate for animal welfare and responsible pet ownership, Serena has been featured on MamaMia and Hope 103.2 Radio discussing prominent welfare issues animals face today.

So much to explore and learn on Pretty Fluffy!


What were your favorites? Tell us all about it at hello@dogloverepeat.com


Kristin + Trixie

@gusgusinthecity: Our hometown Instagram dog celeb & hero

One of our very favorite Instagram dog accounts happens to be a local Minneapolis pup – @gusgusinthecity.  His feed is full of gorgeously shot photos, inspired dog style and breathtaking back drops.  You can understand why we went gaga when we finally met Gus and his mom, Katie, at the Dog Day event in Minneapolis a fews weeks ago!








Trixie pulled Gus Gus aside and asked him some hard hitting questions only another dog could ask…

Trixie: Gus Gus, I can’t believe it’s really you after seeing you in lots of photos!  You’re smaller than you look in pictures!  How did you end up living in Minneapolis just like me?

Gus Gus: When my mama found me, I was in North Carolina.  She took me to her home in Richmond, Virginia where we lived for the first 7 months of my life.  We soon moved to Minneapolis, which is where she grew up. So now I get to see family all the time and get spoiled regularly!  I am not too fond of the winters, but the summers make it worth it.  Our favorite place to walk is over the Stone Arch Bridge!

Trixie: Winters are brutal, aren’t they?  But when it’s nice in Minnesota, it’s REALLY nice.  The Stone Arch Bridge is such a historical and iconic landmark! What are your favorite things to do and eat?

I LOVE to sleep!! and eat!! I would love to be able to combine those two things together!! I also love playing with my pupper friends!! I have 3 Frenchie friends that I play with regularly and they keep me fit and lean. When I’m not doing any of those three things, I’m cuddled up with my mama!  The closer the better! I don’t discriminate when it comes to treats. I love everything from peanut butter to bison bites to carrots and lettuce! I don’t get a lot of table scraps, but I always get tastes of the veggies and fruits that my mama eats. If something drops on the floor, my motto is ‘eat first, ask questions later!’

Trixie: We’ve got a lot in common, my friend.  Doesn’t get any better than sleeping, eating and cuddling.  I know you’ve gotten to travel a lot…what’s one of your favorite trips?

Gus Gus: My all time favorite trip was this past January to SoCal! My mama and I went to San Diego and drove up to LA for one night. I met about 30 of my Instagram dog friends and they were even cooler in dog! One of my Instagram friends even invited me to be on a San Diego news channel with her. Her mama had landed a deal with “Shark Tank” and needed some models for the dog costume she made!

Trixie: Whaaa??? That is crazy incredible you got to be on TV!  My mom was on TV once and she didn’t bring me (*sigh*). I know it’s not always fun and games for you.  You have an important job as a therapy dog, right?

Gus Gus: I do! I love bringing joy and happiness to those that need it. You are required to pass a therapy dog test to volunteer as a therapy dog. A lot of testing sites will require you to go through their training program first. In addition, I took the canine good citizen test for good measure. It isn’t required, but I wanted to make sure that I was ready to do the job!

I volunteer every other week at a hospital. Each time I am there, I feel like I have made someone’s day. One time a war veteran asked for a therapy dog to visit him. When we got to his room, I told him that my name was Gus and he said, ‘well that’s perfect! I lost my buddy overseas and his name was Gus – I feel like he’s here with me now.’

Trixie: I have to say, I’ve got goose bumps hearing that story.  You are a special dog in more ways than one, Gus!  You have over 40,000 followers who think the same.  What do you think are the keys to becoming an Instagram influencer?

Gus Gus: I get this question a lot! I think the best advice I can give is to engage with others and have a genuine interest in them! Other than that, I think bright, crisp photos with funny captions help!