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Well it just seems like a puppy sort of a week…not only do we have new puppy paw t-shirts but we also wanted to share with you one of our best selling rings. Our awesome Puppy Paw Ring.

After all…we all know how much we love our dogs. Wearing this ring is great way to be reminded of them when you can’t have them near.  We even carved a little heart on either side ’cause we love them so much.

Available is sizes 6, 7 and 8 from our ever so easy to order from website. I spend a LOT of time coding the website so I am always extra excited when we get orders. A lot of people do not know that aside from being a jewelry designer and riding horses…I am also an uber nerd. Who would have thought?

So make my Friday and go scoop up some Island Cowgirl.

…important holiday info…

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A little info for the locals… We’ve extended our flagship store hours to 8pm every night…

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and for the non locals… our last day to place orders for overnight shipping will be Monday the 23rd before 3pm pst!

Hope this helps all of our last minute IC shoppers!

XO

…nigels christmas card…

raindeernigel copyThis year Nigel really wanted his own Christmas card…
so naturally we made his christmas wish come true!
….But, we couldn’t forget little Miss Bonnie!

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…save a horse ride a sheep dog…

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Introducing our newest baby cowgirl Abbot Kinney (Abbey for short)

She is such a little ball of fur. Nigel is still acclimating to having a baby hanging around the studio, but he seems to be warming up to the idea of having a new friend.

I mean look at that smile on his face he’s obviously enamored by her cuteness.

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It’s our love of animals that serves for so much inspiration in the creative process here at Island Cowgirl. You look at a pair of furry, wet nosed angels like this and you cant help but think “fur is love” or have the phrase “unconditional love” come to mind.

Too precious. Especially with the 90 pound weight difference…. they are just the funniest pair. We’re all smiling ear to ear around here.

Heres hoping we could pass our smile on to you. XOXO

…happy day…sad day…

Nigel- 5 weeks old
Nigel- 5 weeks old


August 13th. Today is Nigels birthday.

I know it sounds silly to some to celebrate a dogs birthday. But around here…we embrace silly.

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…happy birthday Nigel

Three years ago today Nigel was born somewhere in Missouri. I wasn’t looking for a puppy at all. A puppy was the furthest thing from my mind.

For six months prior I had been nursing my Old English Sheepdog Dougal back to health. He was 10 1/2 years old and had broke his back. I had had him since he was six weeks old and he was born blind. He was the light of my life and my constant companion. On August 13th Dougal crossed over the rainbow bridge.

To say I was devastated was an understatement. My heart broke into a million pieces and for some reason losing this silly dog really took me out at the knees. I cried. Everyday. For months. Now I am not a big crier. I hardly ever cry. In fact I sometimes go years without shedding a tear.

But when I lost Dougal I cried so much that two months later I ended up in urgent care with such a severe sinus infection that I could not breathe through my nose or my mouth. Big problem. The Doctor said “you really need to stop crying…why don’t you get another dog..”.

Dumb idea. How could I? It was too soon. I couldn’t do that. That was crazy. But then along came Nigel. And when I first saw his face…somehow it felt right. And he was born the same day Dougal died. I felt that was a sign. We were meant to be.

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Nigel- 3 weeks old

Nigel has healed me in places where I was broken. I love him to pieces and every year on this day…It is hard. I am so profoundly grateful for Nigel…and I am so profoundly sad at the loss of Dougal. And such is life…We love and we lose and we learn to love again…

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This was my dog Dougal. I loved him like nobody’s business.

He was blind but he saw with his heart. He ate rocks as a baby, so his teeth were chipped. But he still had the most beautiful smile and the courage of a lion.

His favorite two things in the world were going to the park and his Grandma Sheila. He loved tummy rubs, car rides and Pugsley’s. He made me smile every single day for 10 1/2 years. That’s a lot of love when you think about it all added up. Love times infinity.

He’s gone now…and I can still hear the sound of him not being here.

I will always miss you Doodle-bug.

~heather

…we LOVE our dawgs…

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Oh…the many faces of Nigel. Also known as Nigelicious, Fat Face and Angel of Love…(AOL for short).

For those of you who don’t already know him, allow me to introduce our brand mascot Mister Nigel. Heather’s Old English Sheepdog…

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And then of course there is Bonnie. Bonnie-Bell…who is not so amused at all by all the ruckus of the younger dogs here. She is a bit of an grumpy old lady…but we love her just the same.

All of us here at Island Cowgirl are dog lovers to the maximum degree. We believe dogs are just angels in dog costumes…and we love having them around. They make us laugh, give us a nice break in the day and most of all they are wonderful snugglers. Most of us have become impervious to dog slobber & dog hair…as a requirement of the job.

We are so blessed to work in a space that we can have our favorite animals running free, and stopping by to pay us little visits at our desks.

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So much of our jewelry is influenced by this love of furry friends.

One of our favorites is our ‘Fur is Love’ Bracelet. It’s the perfect little ode to your best friend.

Dogs bring a smile to our faces and on a tough day… just make the world a little bit better.

If you are a dog lover, you know what we mean.

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Wags and Kisses,

Island Cowgirl & Nigel-icious

…horse love…

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Here at Island Cowgirl a big part of our hearts are dedicated to horses…as you can tell by our past posts and much of our jewelry.

Did you know that the U.S. indirectly supports Horse slaughter. Kill buyers get ahold of unwanted horses in a variety of ways. They are stolen from pasture. A lot of them are trolling Craigslist and taking advantage of the economy by “adopting” horses that people can no longer afford and are offering to a good home for free. They then take these horses and put them up on “bail”. If no one pays their bail to save them…usually $300-600 they go off to Canada & Mexico to be killed for meat. Yes Meat. And yes, our lovely friends north of the boarder…Canada participates in this barbaric practice which has manifested this thriving industry of death down here.

Take the case a Buddy. Buddy & Dallas had been given to a family with a “special needs” child. They even came out to ride him with a crippled child. A few months later Dallas was found at a kill buyer. Someone paid his “bail” to get him out but Buddy was no where to be seen and his former owners feared he had suffered a similar fate.

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Thankfully, he was found through the power of Facebook and is on his way home, but countless other horses and owners have not been as lucky.

We are always looking for ways to help the horse community… Below is a great site for more information on how you can help stop this travesty taking place against the gentle giants that melt our hearts.

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I really encourage everyone to check out the AC4H website. It is such a tragedy that our friends don’t have their own voice… we must be the voice for them!

XoXo,

~heather

…helping hands…or paws…

This week around the studio we have been doing a photo shoot for our new website…It has been a lot of fun…but we battled some rain, some cold, a big praying mantis that kept buzzing us…but our biggest challenge was trying to keep Nigel out of the pictures. He assumed that it was playtime and kept covering the ground at our feet with toys.

This is the way it went…put on bracelet, pose model, arrange jewelry, throw dog toy and then very quickly try to snap the picture before said dog with toy bounded back into the frame…and ruined the picture. Needless to say we have more pictures of blurry white and grey fur than we do of jewelry. He especially liked posing with our doggie jewelry…Here you see him with our “Love Has Paws” bracelet.

Then of course we had to deal with this silliness…Bonny. Bonny doesn’t move much so we didn’t have to worry about drive by fur shots…however her sleeping poses were pretty distracting.

All in all we had a lot of fun with the photoshoot….and look forward to sharing all of these great new shots with you on our newly designed website! Lots of new inspirational jewelry & cowgirl jewelry coming up!

XOXO
heather

…it’s a dog’s life…

…i spend the better part of my life at the dog park, or so it seems…Rain or shine.

In Huntington Beach we are famous for accommodating dogs into pretty much everything we do. There is a dog beach, the bark park and even a dog restaurant called the Park Bench where dogs can order off the menu. (Nigel recommends the Frosty Paws Pupsicles)

What have I learned from all this? One thing.
Dog people rock!

~nigel & heather