Last Hope Pet of the Month – Pepper

Check out the pet of the month at Last Hope, Pepper!

Pepper the Adoptable CatOnce upon a time, he had a home.  You can tell when you meet him that he remembers the warmth of having a family of his own, of being held and petted.  Sadly, that home turned out not be a forever home.  His family abandoned him at a shelter when he was just a couple of years old.  His beautiful green eyes became sad, and he was bewildered at this change in his life.

Happily, this handsome guy was spotted by a Last Hope volunteer, who saw the sadness and bewilderment in his eyes.  Now he’s in our program and has another chance to have the forever home – and love – he so much deserves.

Pepper has the most beautiful, thick coat, Russian blue in color, and those intense green eyes.  He’s very mellow and exceptionally people-friendly.  He will rub around your legs and give you little head butts as he asks to be petted.  In quieter times, he’s happy to sit close to a human friend.  When he’s feeling frisky, he plays like a kitten – dashing after toy mice and enjoying interactive play time.  He has an all-around great personality.

Could you be the one to give Pepper the forever home which he was deprived of the first time?  If so, he’ll reward you with an abundance of love and companionship, and his green eyes will be happy again.

For more information on Pepper, please email or call 631-988-5710. He’s residing at PetSmart, Route 110, Huntington Station, as he awaits hopefully for a loving,  forever home.


Allie the Adorable Pit Bull Mama

As a volunteer at Last Hope Animal Rescue, it’s hard not to fall in love with every dog that comes through those doors. Of course, any dog with a pitty face makes my heart melt. Each month, Last Hope selects a ‘pet of the month’. This month’s special pup is Allie, a sweet pit bull mama who just wants to play and be loved. She came into the shelter’s hands in October of last year, with a litter of 7 ridiculously cute puppies (who have all since been adopted).

Allie the Pit Bull

Hi there – I’m Allie – a friendly and happy Pit Bull. I’ve had a pretty tough start…I was picked up by the Town of Hempstead as a stray wandering the streets while I was pregnant with my puppies…and I’m only 2 years old! Our foster mom took wonderful care of me and all 7 of my puppies but now I am really looking forward to finding a home where I can relax and live a nice peaceful life with a family who will love me forever!

If you know of anyone who may have a spot in a forever home for Allie girl, get in touch with Last Hope and bring her home! Features RIC!

Check out this interview and chance to win a free RIC tee on! Original is here.

Note: is an affiliate of RIC by Stacey Lauren. Save 15% off your order with RIC by SL by using coupon code THATMUTT.

I love the dog-related graphic tees and tops from RIC by Stacey Lauren.

“Love Rock Live” is the brand’s motto, and each shirt makes a statement.

Stacey Lauren is the entrepreneur and graphic designer behind RIC. The brand is named after her late father Ric who Stacey said will always be an inspiration. She believes he continues to help her in ways he never could.

Dog-themed shirts to help animals!

RIC by SL offers three clothing collections – LOVE, ROCK and LIVE.

The LOVE collection features animal-related designs.

Stacey is quite the dog lover, and a portion of the proceeds from her LOVE collection are donated to the Humane Society of the United States.

“The reason I began designing animal-related graphic tees is so that animal lovers like me can proudly and fashionably display their passion for four-legged creatures,” Stacey said.

Some of the tees have specific messages of adoption and love for breeds, but hopefully each top can be a conversation starter, she said.

My favorite shirts from RIC by SL so far are the tops featuring a cute pitbull with the words “Lover not a fighter.” Ace and I are modeling it for you at the bottom of this post :) Although Ace is most likely not a pitbull mix, many of his friends are pit mixes.

Cute tan and red pitbull mixStacey owns a rescued pitbull mix named Theo.

“I love him immensely, and he has taught me so much about what it really means to rescue a dog,” she said.

While she would love to say Theo is perfectly behaved and the ideal representation of a lovable pitbull (and he is very lovable), she said he has many issues.

Theo is very fearful, she said. He was probably taken from his littermates at a very young age. He was a stray, and he may have been abused. He has developed a territorial aggression, which is clearly fear-based as he shakes and cries whenever the door bell rings.

“I do not blame any of this on his breed, but rather his circumstances,” Stacey said. “He is a learning experience for me, and I cannot wait to rescue more pitbulls.”

It is important that no matter what breed you decide to rescue that you are prepared to help the dog through any issues he may come with, she said.

In addition to the “Lover not a fighter” graphic, other dog-related designs from RIC include paw prints or various dog breeds.

I love “the golden life” shirt with a golden retriever and the “guardian” shirt with a German shepherd. Other designs feature the doberman, the Chihuahua, the bull dog and others. I’m hoping to see a design featuring big, black lab mixes at some point! :)

The ROCK and LIVE collections

Additional graphic designs are available through RIC’s ROCK and LIVE collections.

The ROCK collection features music-related designs and helps raise funds for kids’ music programs across America. I am a band geek at heart, and I truly appreciate these designs.

The LIVE collection features inspirational sayings such as “hakuna matata,” and proceeds from these shirts are donated to The Adventure Project to help fight extreme poverty.

RIC by SL coupon code

I hope you will visit RIC by SL on Etsy! I think you will love the designs as much as I do. Check out some of the designs below, and don’t forget to use the coupon code THATMUTT to save 15% off your order!

Win a free shirt from RIC by SL

RIC by SL is offering a free “Lover not a fighter” v-neck unisex tee to one lucky That Mutt reader.  You will be able to choose the color and size from the available options.

For your chance to win, please visit RIC by SL’s site. Then leave a comment below telling me what other RIC designs you like. I will select one winner at random Feb. 12 and notify the winner by email and in the comments of this post. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

Cute white paw hoodie for women
Cute women's long sleeve Tshirt Keep Calm and Rescue On

Ace and I thought we would pretend we are models, too!

Cute pitbull themed tshirts for people, men and women

Don’t forget to check out the original post to enter to win!

Lemon Dear Interviews RIC by Stacey Lauren

Check out the original here!

Interview from Lemon Dear copied below:

Today we meet Stacey Lauren, who loves basics and followed her dad’s advise: “be independently wealthy, while helping others” and combined her love for animals with her graphic designer knowledge to open RIC, a wonderful t-shirt shop with a message: We talk about her collections and how they benefit different worthwhile causes such as helping animals, music for kids and the end of extreme poverty. Also, she advises sellers how to raise money for causes they are passionate about and takes us on a walk in a day of her creative life. Enjoy!


What’s the inspiration behind RIC?

First, I love basics. On any given day, you’ll likely find me in a t-shirt and jeans, or a long sleeve shirt and jeans, or a tank top and jeans.. you get the point. I wear jeans a lot. But I really love comfy, easy-to-wear t-shirts. If I could afford to own every item from LnA Clothing, I totally would.

Second, when I graduated college and still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, my father told me to “be independently wealthy, while helping others”. While that’s easier said than done, I believe I’ve stumbled on my niche to make it happen. I am a graphic designer and an animal lover, and I decided to combine these two passions and put them on the other love of mine, clothing. My dad loved the idea and encouraged me to achieve success with it. He took days off of work to come to meetings with me, and even offered to try selling my shirts door-to-door. Sadly, he lost his battle with prostate cancer last year. His name was Ric (always signed in all caps). I have changed the name of the line to his name so that he can always be a part of this adventure. I now believe he helps me in ways he never could before.

Could you tell us more about the causes you support through your shop?

The motto of the line is “Love, Rock, Live”, and for each there is a collection benefiting a different cause:

The LOVE Collection is simply based on my (near-obsessive) love for animals, with paw print designs and a soft spot for rescued animals. A portion of the proceeds from this collection is donated to the Humane Society of the United States to help protect animals from abuse and neglect.

The ROCK Collection is for music lovers. I grew up listening to rock ‘n roll, and played a couple different instruments in school. I believe a song can instantly change your mood. Also, my husband runs a music business, putting band programs into schools that don’t have them. He told me about the Fender Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money for kids’ music programs across America. A portion of the proceeds from the ROCK collection is donated to this cause.

The LIVE Collection consists of life quotes and inspirational messages, encouraging wearers to make the most of every day and live life to the fullest. My dad was an avid believer in pursuing your dreams, and so am I. I want to encourage others to do the same! A portion of the proceeds from this collection is donated to The Adventure Project to help end extreme poverty. This organization was established to “increase investments in positive social enterprises around the world”, contributing to projects that “spur economic opportunity, promote dignity, & save lives”. Who wouldn’t want to support them?

Could you please share some advise to fellow Etsians who would like to raise money for good causes?

Anyone can do it! Once you’ve picked a cause that means something to you, you have a couple of options. You can donate a portion of all of your proceeds to that cause, or a portion of the proceeds from any particular item you sell. Many organizations accept donations through PayPal, which makes it very simple for Etsy sellers to do, since that’s where most of your income goes.

On top of the good feeling you get for supporting a cause that’s dear to you, your customers get to know you a little better by learning what’s important to you. And it adds an extra special meaning to their purchases.

A lot of your creations are organic, why?

I print many of my designs on Alternative Apparel blanks because the quality is amazing and their fabrics are super soft (the most important feature in any t-shirt). They offer so many organic styles, and they’re all amazingly soft and flattering! Being good for the environment is a fabulous bonus. But not every style I use is organic.

Could you walk us through a day in your creative life?

Um.. it’s different every day, but usually goes something like this: Walk and feed Theo, gym (sometimes), breakfast, purchase blanks for incoming orders, print shirts that arrived that day, a trip to the post office, freelance graphic work (still a freelance graphic designer as well), upload things to Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, Theo rings his bell to be walked again, play fetch with him for a little, call my husband to see how his day is going, design a new shirt, read articles about entrepreneurship, photograph some samples, volunteer at the local rescue center (on Tuesdays), hubby comes home, maybe cook but probably take out something, watch reality tv, then go to bed and dream about the day I’m selling in Bloomingdale’s.

What is your favourite RIC item?

The pink Pit Bull Tank Top. I don’t know why I haven’t made one for myself yet.

What are the future plans for RIC?

Selling in retail stores and designing my own line of basics to print on.

Where can we find you and RIC?

Stacey Lauren
, facebook, twitter, and of course, etsy! Thank you!