Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Overcoming fear, one Pit at a time...




My heart melts every time I see a pit bull.  I can’t help but get a closer look each time I walk past one on the street.   13 years ago, I was terrified of them.  I was actually terrified of most dogs.  I was attacked as a child by a Chow, and later in life working as a Social Worker in South Los Angeles, was no stranger to the Pit Bull breed.  I’m not a fan of fear, so it’s no surprise that 13 years ago I adopted a little pitty named Sophie from the South LA shelter, and later a Chow mix named Louise.  In honor of Pit Bull Awareness Month, it is my privilege to share about the breed and dog that taught me how to love animals.  

From being frightened of dogs to adopting the most notorious breed, and then later starting a dog bed company, it does have a bit of a full circle effect.  There are just some dogs that have that effect on you.  Sophie is a play hard, rest even harder kind of a dog, which is how Luca For Dogs was started.   She is the entire reason I had to create dog beds that looked good, cleaned up nicely, and were overstuffed with super soft pillows.  She is Luca For Dogs.  
She could never wait for her bed to be washed.


 Today she is 12, but walks like she’s at least 17.  If she was any other breed, she would not be here with us today.  Two knee surgeries, tons of hard play bumps and bruises, and two dog attacks, have landed her at the vet too many times to remember.  You’ve heard of the “stoic” pit bull attitude, well she has it times ten.  Her will and mental strength, not her muscular body anymore, are what keeps her going.   She is my heart and soul.  I know she came to me for a reason, and that reason was to change people’s attitudes about the breed, and to teach me how to love dogs.   


There is a little pitty waiting to be loved at your local shelter, adoption agency, and rescue.  Find one today and give it all the love you have.  They will give it back tenfold.  

Kimi Proffer
Owner, Luca For Dogs
kimi@lucafordogs.com 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chicago English Bulldogs and their Luca story

 

There is honestly nothing better at Luca Headquarters than hearing stories from our customers.  These two pups are so awesome side by side enjoying their Luca Lounge Beds.  Thank you for sending in your story! 

 

By Casey Flaherty, Chicago, IL

 

My husband and I have 2 English Bulldogs, Tater and Stella.  Tater is the oldest, and one day, thanks to him, we discovered Luca beds.  Several years ago we took him to a local dog supply store, he found the Luca beds in the back, got up on his hind legs, put his paws on one, then looked up at us, as if asking for it.  We didn’t buy it that day, but the next time we were back in the same store he did the exact same thing.  We just had to buy it for him.  He loved it so much – it was the first bed he had that we didn’t come home to find destroyed and strewn all across our living room. 

 

 


A few years later, we adopted his sister Stella from the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue.  We ordered her a Luca bed before we even met her to welcome her into our home.  Of course we had to get Tater a matching one as well so he wouldn’t feel left out.  They both love the beds so much and sleep in them all the time – we always take them with us when we travel and they sometimes opt to sleep in their Luca beds over our human bed with us! 
                                                     

Above is a photo a photo of our bullies in their matching beds.  

Tater is on the left, and Stella and her Gumby are on the right.

 

We would love to hear your Luca For Dogs story!  Please send stories to Annie at annie@monikergroup.com.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What's better for my pup...Lounge or Nest?

It is important to be informative when choosing a super special sleeping spot for your pup.  Designer dog beds, like the Luca Lounge and Luca Nest, are two of our top selling beds, but which one should is best for your pup, and you?  Here is a simple comparison to help you make the best choice. 

Lounge Bed versus Nest Bed

  • Rectangle (fits nicely against a flat wall) OR Round (perfect for corners or a central location
  • Lounge includes a water-resistant Liner, Nest does not. (nice for dogs that piddle, drool, etc.)
  • Easy-wash removable "sheet" cover- the original Luca beds (rectangle, orthopedic, and lounge), all have removable covers that fit like sheets for quick changing.  The best part is getting extra covers for convenience and a brand new look!
  • Colors and Style- the Nest can add a nice pop of color to a room with the prints available on the outer bolster.  Lounge is a little more sophisticated and neutral, with solid colors on the outer bolster.  
  • Curler versus Stretcher- If you dog loves to curl, the Nest might be the best choice.  If your dog thinks of his/her bed as their palace, then the Lounge offers a nice large space to stretch and lounge. 
  • Center Inner Pillows- Both have pillows that will maintain shape, due to the channeled pillow in the lounge, and the four separate pillows in the Nest.
  • Large Dog-Small Dog- We recommend the Lounge for super-size dogs, and the Nest for teeny weeny dogs.  Medium and all dogs in between, take your pick!
  • Washing- Nest is slightly more time consuming to wash, but both have removable zippered covers and are 100% washable. 
  • Price- Nest is less slightly less expensive than the Lounge.
  • Replacement Parts- available for both beds. 
Both the Lounge and Nest have incredible washing features, stylish designs, beautiful high quality fabrics, so you really can't go wrong here.  We hope this list helps you narrow down your choices, and your pup is soon snoozing away in his/her new Luca bed.  Visit us on our website to see all of our styles, colors, and prices.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Absolute favorite FALL beds!



It’s a super exciting time here at Luca Headquarters.   In my opinion, change is always a good thing, and the changing seasons are no exception!   The crisp cool air, warm earthy colors, and the pups seem to be enjoying a little less heat.  We have been planning fall fashions for over 6 months, and FINALLY, the leaves are a fallin’!   

Here are a few of our absolute favorite beds for fall...

If you love earthy warm colors, you will definitely love the new Solids, available in both the popular Luca Nest and the NEW Crate Cuddler.  For a tweed textured look, check out our new Oyster and Cobblestone, both represent the warm collared sweater look for fall.

 
We love the Luca Nest for its cozy bolster wrap-around, and triangular center pillows that keep fiber in its rightful place.   The NEW Crate Cuddler is seriously our most prized possession right now.  Crate training has never been more comfortable with our extra wide bolster, and soft orthopedic center pillow.  I love how lightweight this bed is, which also makes it a perfect travel bed.    

Does your pup just sink into the super plush cuddle fabrics, and wouldn’t expect anything less?  Try out the Luca Nest and Crate Cuddler in our Luca Chinchlla fabrics.
After Labor Day Sale is now on.  All Solid Luca Nests are 20% off, yeah we said it!  

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dog Personality Drawing


Welcome our newest personality ad, Ozzy, our aspiring artist. He is much more free spirited than our venture capitalist, Bentley. Of course, Ozzy digs his Funky Mutt sheets, loves bones and good vibes. Check out Ozzy and Bentley up close and personal on our website at ww.lucafordogs.com/press.html.


Dog Personality Drawing

We want to hear all about your best friend. Is he or she a rockstar like Ozzy, a little more on the classy side, or an all out ham? Post a photo on our Luca For Dogs facebook page, along with the unique personality traits of your pooch (i.e. hobbies, favorite toy, bad habits, funny stories, etc.). All entries are entered into a random drawing to win a Luca Studio Mat. Deadline: 5/31/11- do it now!

Ozzy is featured in the spring issue of The Modern Dog magazine. Bentley was featured in the winter issue.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sneak Peak at Spring Fabrics

It’s my favorite time of year again at Luca headquarters. There is nothing more exciting than adding new fabrics to our current collection. The process takes several months and is never easy, but so much fun! It takes a lot of staring, many wardrobe changes, and then one day, the decision is final.


Criteria for choosing a pattern that is simple, sensible, and stylish:

1.) Must look stunningly gorgeous, regal enough to display, or just plain adorable.

2.) Preferably goes well with more than one lounge bolster. I love to mix and match. It's what Luca beds are all about.

3.) Washable and dryable fabrics are a must! Nothing more to say there.

Let the preview begin...
Here are a few of my personal favorites. Could you see any of these patterns in your home? Would your precious pooch look gorgeous on one of these beds? I really think they're fabulous, but I have enough dog beds, so what do YOU think?

Name That Print
Do you have a special talent for naming fabric? What feelings do these fabrics stir up in you? We would love to boast about your creative names, so please share.











Sunday, January 30, 2011

What's For Dinner


What is it about the New Year that kicks everybody into high-gear? While it was simple for me to get my priorities straight (at least for now), it was surprisingly a little more complicated to get my dogs living their best 2011!

Healthy, Affordable Food

I’m mostly talking about their diet. It seems to be what everybody is talking about these days: organic, raw, home-cooked, filler-free, the list goes on and on. I’ve actually been steaming vegetables for the past year to help my Pitty keep her girlish figure (post two ACL tears). I am committed to the cause, but wanted to step up the kibble, if you know what I mean. With all of the great choices, I was seriously overwhelmed. Is the most expensive really the best? How can you go wrong with middle-of-the-road? Raw food and two large dogs, I knew it wouldn’t fly. I wanted quality, affordable, simple food.

When In Doubt, Ask The Experts

Retailers, like Pussy and Pooch in Long Beach, are quick to recognize the confusion. They have launched an annual Pet Wellness Campaign, bringing in experts in nutrition and health. My Pet Naturally in LA, is also leading the way with great information on their website. It’s actually not that difficult to get quality information and quality food for your pets.

Ask the experts at your local retailers or vet. Plus, some great sites are putting together great content. Big box stores are carrying higher quality foods, but it seems the strongest opinions are coming from reps pushing their own products. You can certainly do your own research.

We all love making our pooch's day with a special treat or two. I like the colorful blog Phetched.com for their reviews on the latest treats and food. Dogster.com also gives a super-thorough review of four-legged foods.

Share Your Ideas

If you have a great nutrition tip, or nutrition website, spill it!