Small Business Saturday & featured in Unleashed Mag!

​Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday! 

Join us in our support of small businesses in Jax!

Buy a copy of Too Licky at any of these fine stores!

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Marco Books and More!

And…

Gigi and Ryan will be signing books at San Marco Books and More 

from 10 am – 12 pm!


Lastly…HUGE thanks to Amy for our PAWsome feature in Unleashed Jacksonville! 

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We think not! 

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Jody, Gigi, Ryan & Sugar

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​A tribute to Hagan… the “shelter dog” featured in “Too Licky”

The story of Hagan didn’t make it into this edition of “Too Licky.” And it’s too important not to share.

Hagan was the inspiration behind this beautiful illustration of a “shelter dog” by our incredible illustrator, Cynthia.

She shared his story with me written by his foster mom, Susan Richard. 

Now, we want to share it with you.

Another tissue warning….

A tribute to Hagan, my foster boy extraordinaire! So blessed for my time with him.

I’ve been thinking about Hagan often since his passing. Just reminiscing through my memories of our meeting and short time together. I remember every detail of our initial meeting. Walking down the hallway between kennels I spotted him. The first thing I said out loud to him: “We are going to be best friends!” I knew in my heart at first glance that he’d be a favorite. It was his sweet older face and how it bobbed slightly as he wagged his tail, though it hung a little low, maybe a little defeated. His eyes were full of kindness, maybe a little weary, and full of wisdom. I loved him immediately. He was sharing a kennel with a small yappy dog and seemed completely unruffled by the noise of his rambunctious roomie. I thought Hagan must have the patience of Job.

Hagan, or so we called him, because we had no way of knowing his real name, arrived at the shelter one night after the shelter had closed. Someone brought him to our rural shelter, tied him to the fence, leaving him to be found the next day. They turned their back on him forever, abandoning him completely, but there were signs that they had forsaken him long before they tied him to the fence. When I got him out of the kennel, it was apparent that life had dealt him an unkind hand. Someone did not care for him to the best of their ability. Hagan was very thin, despite his big beautiful shoulders and bully head. There were some signs of previous scars on his face and body. It was not a body of youth. His ears had scarring from recurrent unmanaged ear infections and his teeth were yellow and frankly, horrendous. Tests showed he was heart worm positive; no surprise there either.

But still there was a beauty enveloping Hagan’s spirit. I immediately saw his potential and even now I cry thinking how unfair it was that his owners did not see what I saw, nor did they treat him with dignity and respect. What could have been for him was not. Someone chose him from that litter of puppies and then robbed him of a healthy, full life. It was an injustice and unfair. My heart melted.

Hagan was friendly and kind to everyone, winning over each volunteer met and greeting other dogs at the shelter with a friendly demeanor. There were a few of us that fostered him to give him a loving home, a place to rest, recover, and heal. We all adored him completely. He had finally met people that gave him our hearts and were willing to invest in his health and wellbeing. I know we all loved having him in our homes. I have such sweet memories of him snuggling with me as I lay on the floor and playing with toys, pawing at them like a puppy. He was content. He was relaxed. He slept so soundly. I giggle at his fear of tile and coaxing him to follow us through the house. I took pictures…so many pictures… and I’m so glad I did! We took him out in public and he would ride in the car like a boss and sit like a gentleman watching people go by, looking at each one, wagging his tail, hoping they would stop to speak or pet him. Just the perfect companion. I had high hopes for him. Big plans for his full recovery.

Very kind people saw his pictures and wanted him immediately. Even knowing he was old, they were undeterred. Mom had wanted an older, calm dog. They fostered him, planning to adopt when his heartworm treatment was completed. I know they spoiled him and treated him kindly. I’m so thankful for that. Hagan finally had many people supporting him and a home and family that loved him. But his sweet time of the good life was too short. As it happened, it was too late for a full recovery. He started to drop weight and lose fur. Tests revealed that he was in a state of advanced renal failure. Our hearts broke. Our disappointment was immeasurable.

Hagan’s wonderful being, his gentle presence, was surrounded by admirers when he passed. Those admirers brought the love and support of many others. This dog that had been discarded had amassed an army of devotees and found love. We adored him down to his last breath. He was not alone or fearful. I won’t forget you, Hagan. We all wished for a different ending and there is much heartbreak in not getting our wishes fulfilled.

I learned much from Hagan: Be open to the goodness that comes my way by receiving and reciprocating. Don’t dwell on the past. Old dogs can learn new tricks. Always be ready for a new start and a new adventure. Each day is precious. Stay kind. Love unconditionally. There is beauty at every age. A nap is to be relished, especially with some snoring thrown in. Not every human is cruel and inconsiderate. Likewise, not every dog that looks like a pit bull is vicious. We are all individuals to be appraised of our own merits.

Though my heart exploded because of the injustices & apparent neglect, amid that some of the most loving and compassionate people on the planet rallied to love and serve a forsaken dog and call him their own. I have the utmost respect for these people.

Long live Hagan in our hearts!

 

We felt Hagan and his legacy are so important that he’s featured TWICE on the pages of “Too Licky.” 

As the deemed “shelter dog” inside the book as well as on the back cover. He is helping to share the message that with your purchase, Gigi and Ryan are able to give back and help more dogs like Hagan find their forever homes.

Thanks for your support of this great project!!

Pawful gratitude,

Jody, Gigi, Ryan and Sugar

What’s the story behind the cover of “Too Licky?”

​Many of you have asked about the cover illustration for “Too Licky.” Who is that dog? Who is that little girl?


There are two things I love about this illustration. One, the girl represents every child who knows the love (and lick) of a dog. And two, the story of the dog on which this illustration is based.

To best share that story, I am sharing with you a ‘sneak peak’ of our illustrator, Cynthia’s preface for “Too Licky.”

Warning: grab a tissue. And, enjoy.


My daughter, Jillienne, and I are avid rescue advocates who have a passion for fostering shelter dogs and finding them loving, forever homes. From a very young age, Jillienne loved bully breeds and always wanted to be an ‘end of life’ foster for a dog with terminal illness. On November 16, 2015, both of her wishes came true when we became foster parents for Trucker, a six-year-old Pitbull mix who was brought into Clay County Animal Care and Control as a stray. Thanks to the shelter’s compassionate vet, Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst and FOCCA, a volunteer organization that pays for the medical treatment of the shelter animals, Trucker was not euthanized and was given a second chance. This sweet little lowrider was diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer and Advanced Heartworm Disease and simply needed a loving home to live out the remainder of his days.

We fell in love immediately with Trucker’s gentle demeanor, adorable grunts and grin that made everyone smile. We created a Facebook page for him appropriately named “Trucker’s Bucket List” and began our journey of giving Trucker the life he deserved. From beach visits to special treats, we wanted to make his remaining time with us as special as possible. But Trucker had a different plan and decided that he wasn’t ready to leave us any time soon. In March of 2016, his vet told us that he was doing so well on his medication that he could possibly live another two to three years! As much as we loved him, we knew that this boy deserved a forever family of his own. So, we began our journey to find a home for a six-year-old Pitbull who had heartworm disease and cancer.

We were not entirely optimistic that we would find someone who would be willing to adopt a dog that may or may not be a part of their lives for very long, but once again, Trucker proved us wrong. Everyone who met Trucker fell in love with him. He had such a special way of drawing people to him. Three different families wanted to adopt him, but each one fell through. We were becoming discouraged, but on May 21st, Jillienne decided to take him to an adoption event. It was there that he met an incredible family who fell for him instantly. He did a sleepover at their home that evening and found his forever home! He spent his days basking in the sun, sniffing the warm breeze off the lake and spent his nights snuggled in his human sister’s bed. His family adored him and continued to share his journey via his Facebook page.

Sadly, just six months later, on Thanksgiving weekend, Trucker unexpectedly became very ill and the Morales family helped him cross the Rainbow Bridge. For just a little over one year, Trucker touched so many lives, made so many people smile and was an incredible ambassador for his breed. Trucker was the sweetest, most loving dog we have ever fostered, despite the mistreatment he experienced at the hands of his former owners. The illustration of him sticking his tongue out while Jillienne kissed his head was based on a photo taken at the dog park, and it was also the inspiration for the name of this book, “Too Licky”.

As I painted the illustrations for this book and read each dog’s story, my mind kept wandering back to Trucker. A dog that most people would overlook provided so much joy and love to so many people. I encourage you to visit your local shelter and adopt a dog rather than purchasing one. Shelter and rescue dogs seem to have an innate sense that they have been saved and have a special way of changing your life. I also encourage you to get involved with your local shelter or rescue organization.  

As the illustrator of Too Licky, I hope to honor Trucker’s memory, and dedicate this book to all of the shelter dogs who are still waiting for their forever homes.”    

Cynthia Inks

How beautiful is that?!

Sending love and licks!

Jody, Gigi, Ryan and Sugar

P.S. If you’re waiting for your cop(ies) of “Too Licky” from Kickstarter, they will be mailed out soon!

We are waiting to confirm the final (physical) proof from the printer and then will launch this work on art and love on AMAZON!

“Too Licky” Kickstarter update, book pre-orders & TIPS for finding the ‘just right’ rescue

“Too Licky” followers!!

The book production is under way… our illustrator, Cynthia, is cranking out the illustrations of the precious rescue dogs we are featuring in the book!

In case you missed these updates…here’s a sneak peak of “Too tongue-y,” “Too toothy,” and “Too drooly.”


If you would still like to pre-order a copy of “Too Licky,” you can now do it on our website.


CLICK HERE: http://toolicky.com/pre-order-copy/

And lastly, we’ve added “TIPS for finding the ‘just right’ rescue” on our site.

CHECK IT OUT HERE: http://toolicky.com/rescue-tips/

We are grateful for your support!

Sending love,

Sugar, Gigi and Ryan (and mama Jody)!!

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