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As you may have surmised…le•top is chock full of animal lovers – with dogs leading in the popularity poll!  The big news at le•top this week is that our designers will have four new puppies to inspire them as they design the next fabulous le•top collection.

Sylvia and Brandi

Sylvia and Brandi

One of our great summer staffers – Franklin – announced that he was looking for homes for his litter of Golden Retriever/Labrador puppies.  When his SUV full of cute furry pups pulled up you would have thought we were having a fire drill!  The result?  Four of the puppies ending up joining our extended le•top family!  They were just too cute to resist!

Sweet Brandi went home with Sylvia (our EDI specialist and chief softy.) This is the ‘second time around’ for Sylvia’s family – she had already adopted Cosmo last year!

Tiffany and Zane

Tiffany and Zane

Tiffany (our Accounting supervisor) is happy to have Zane at home with her three children; why not have four to monitor!

Joy (pronounced Joe-ee,) one of our Order Packers, is “papa” to a new little girl, C.K., a name inspired by our corporate identity.

I couldn’t help myself!  I am the very proud new “mom” to gorgeous puppy Cali (short for California, our beautiful home state.)

Cali

Cali

The “new puppy club” agrees that adopting a 7 week old puppy is a lot of work!  Some of the ‘new parents’ have experience with animals – while some of us have zero experience – but we are all enjoying the rewards of ‘parenthood!’  Cali is great but quite a handful (to put it mildly!)  Housebreaking is one of the more difficult obstacles so far…or maybe it’s the fact that she wants to chew on anything and everything!  In spite of the fact that she bites our fingers and whines at night while we’re trying to sleep – I love her!

C. K.

C.K.

We are looking forward to a year from now…not just because they will all be trained, but because we have a celebration planned!  The “puppy club” is going to honor their first birthday with Sylvia’s homemade doggie cookies! I’m looking forward to that party!

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Doggles

photo courtesy of http://www.doggles.com

Riley – one of le•top’s “puppy crew” – is growing up!  His ‘mommy’ Marilyn, one of our extraordinary employees, fostered him when he was just a wee little pup. She fell so hard for him that she just couldn’t send him out for adoption… and, to be quite honest, we admit to nudging her to keep him!   He was a 9 pound pup when he first came to our office in January, and now, at 8 months young he is weighing in at 60 pounds!!! 

Riley GogglesMarilyn is a volunteer at the Martinez Animal Shelter and has made a troop of great friends (both the four- and two- legged variety!)  Marilyn told her shelter manager Cindy how Riley loves to ‘swim’ and run through tall prickly grass.  On one of these “field trips” Riley ended up with foxtails stuck around his eyes!  Cindy received a pair of Doggles  (doggy goggles) as a donation to the shelter and immediately thought of Riley!

Marilyn captured a photo at home of Riley wearing his new shades and brought it in to share with us.  We thought you would love a ‘puppy chuckle’ seeing this wacky picture of Riley in his Doggles!

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dog recipe

Personalized Gifts with Dog Biscuit Recipes for Fresh Breath, Fleas Be-Gone and more

Our loyal readers should know by now just how much we love dogs at le•top – so we can’t help but share our cute dog stories with you.  Dogs have always inspired us!  At this time of the year check out our puppy, please! collection while we share puppy celebrations that bring smiles to our faces.

Sylvia, our EDI expert, is mommy to a rambunctious 1 year old black lab named Cosmo…as in Kramer from the Seinfeld show. (déjà vu)  Cosmo was a rescue dog, and Sylvia was 1 of 7 chosen hand picked mommies from over 100 applicants that vied for the chance to adopt Cosmo, his brothers and sisters, and his “biological” mom.  This group of chosen mommies, and the foster mom who rescued the matriarch and her 5 day old pups, have banded together – creating a magical extended family.  They have become so close and are so touched by these pups’ story that they find it hard to separate these lucky dogs for too long.

Every three months these special owners bring the dogs back together for a “play date” of sorts.  This quarter they commemorated the pups’ first birthday – and they truly celebrated in style!  Sylvia baked custom cookies for each of the dogs, inscribed their name in doggie-safe frosting, and brought birthday hats for all the dogs to wear.  It was, needless to say, quite a fun birthday party.  By the time Sylvia got home, Cosmo was pooped!  He walked into the house and immediately passed out on the floor….What a fun day!
 
If you live in the SF Bay Area and are interested in donating, fostering or adopting an animal please check out the The Milo Foundation in San Rafael, CA. They found a happy home for Cosmo and his family.
 
Cosmos Photos

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It’s no secret that we LOVE clothes at Le Top! We are the invariable audience that goos and gushes over the sweetness of the le•top baby collection and laughs with delight at whimsical Le Top styles.  But we have a little secret here, behind the scenes…it’s the wildly creative fashions that our employees dream up for their four-legged friends (and sometimes office mates!)

Doggy Fashion copyCengx (our wonderful “style supporter” and A+ girl-Friday’s) incredibly energetic Pomeranian Charemie is always prancing in with the newest le•top outfit – an ‘original’ design that Cengx has customized in a truly unique kind of haute couture.  (We always know when Charemie is in the house – his little voice carries through walls!)  Karen loves to dress Olive (the wonder dog) in her New York Yankees outfit – whether to flaunt her loyalties at her sons’ baseball games, or make a simple fashion stroll around the office, aimed towards torturing loyal Giants and A’s fans!  Riley, Marilyn’s rambunctious rescued German Sheppard mix has long made his mark – he loves playing in his le•top namesake costume (Halloween will be a big day for Riley!) We would be amiss if we did not mention our more contemporary collection…Rolando, the head designer of rabbitmoon, is always pushing the trends! He loves creating fashion-forward garments for his Chihuahua Rooye. Why copy another rabbitmoon style – he creates chic styles for this fashion forward pup that we just had to share!

We know you adore clothes as much as we do – and we are betting that you dress your pets… just like this critter and fashion focused group!  Share with us! Send us a photo of your four-legged friend wearing a fashionable favorite!

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sleeptoysStuffed animals! How many can one child get?! I used to “collect” stuffed animals as I child until I was in high school, then I had to “send them away to a farm.” Who am I kidding? I either sold them at a garage sale or donated them to the Goodwill. Of course, my daughter has TONS of stuffed animals. In this picture (when she was 3 years old), she took all her stuffed animals and lined them up. Then she asked me to take a picture of her with her “friends.” Haha! How could I resist? It was too cute to pass up.

So as much as I would love to “send one animal to the farm” each month without her knowing, I just couldn’t. She LOVES them all and named them all. In fact, she also sleeps with a different “friend” each night.

Here is this week’s line up (as far as I know):

lineup

When we go on vacation somewhere, she carefully selects one to take along on the trip. “Hmm… Mommy, which sleep toy should I bring to San Diego? Can I bring two sleep toys so that Mr. Green Bear doesn’t get lonely in case I forget him in the car?” (Adorable, right?)

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Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

It’s official! The first kids have a new pup! They’re reportedly calling him “Bo”, and he’s about 6 months old. The dog pictured is not the “first dog”, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of the new pooch! This type of breed is supposed to be good for people who have allergies to dogs, which Malia Obama has. I wonder if President Obama will take him to work, as we do here at le•top?

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cxengs-doggyYou have heard us say over and over about how much we love our pups here at le•top. Well, I think we have taken it to a whole new level. Cengx (pronounced Chay-ng), one of our star team members in the le•top warehouse, brought in her new puppy awhile back with a very familiar, and yet, unfamiliar, outfit on him. We all did a double-take at what he was wearing because it was none other than our le•top “fireman” coverall from a previous season, which she had cleverly redesigned into a doggy romper (of sorts)! Did I mention that we are not only creative in our designs for babies and kids, but it turns out, in our adaptations for dogs as well?!? Although you can’t buy this one-of-a-kind doggy outfit anywhere, you sure can make an attempt at morphing your baby’s outgrown le•top outfits into pet clothes. If you do, make sure to send us a picture, so we can share it with everyone!

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Cosmo's in da house!

Cosmo's in da house!

If you call our offices, it’s highly likely that you’ll hear one of our four legged friends barking in the background wanting to talk with you! It’ll probably be Cosmo (no, not Kramer), a feisty black lab with floppy ears. Either he loves to hear his own voice, or he’s just begging you to come play with him!

We love dogs here at le•top, and we know many of you love them too, so it is always fun for us to share our dog-dayz with you! Our office companions are so much a part of our lives that we have devoted whole collections almost every season to our lovable poochs, and this season is no exception! Check out the le•top Spring Collection’s Ship Ahoy Puppy and Tug-Along Puppy…in stores now! Our handy store locator will show you how to make tracks to your nearest le•top retailer!

Ship Ahoy Puppy in infant and toddler sizes from the le•top Spring 09 Collection

Ship Ahoy Puppy in infant and toddler sizes from the le•top Spring 09 Collection

Ship Ahoy Puppy in newborn and infant sizes

Ship Ahoy Puppy in newborn and infant sizes from the le•top Spring 09 Collection

Tug-Along Puppy from the le•top baby Spring 09 Collection

Tug-Along Puppy from the le•top baby Spring 09 Collection

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gmwelcomeSweetie and I were in freezing cold New York City this past weekend. Brrrrrr! Wow, I really don’t know how people survive in those kind of temperatures. We got to walk around in a beautiful snowfall on Saturday afternoon, though…the kind of snowfall so soft and thick and heavy that when it falls on your face, it feels as if the big flakes are caressing you. It was enchanting. Further enchantment was waiting for us when we tucked into warm and welcoming Granny-Made at 381 Amsterdam Avenue.

Ooooh...aaaaah...adorable and cute and fun treasures everywhere!!!

Ooooh...aaaaah...adorable and cute and fun treasures everywhere!!!

This unbelievably charming store is full of very unique and wondrous things for babies and children (and women! more on that next week)…so of course we found our le•top and rabbit moon clothes there! Michael and Adele, the brother-sister duo of Granny-Made, instantly became our personal shoppers…they just innately seem to know what you might like, to better help you find the perfect purchase. I saw this happen over and over again with other customers in the store. We all admired each others’ purchases and marveled at the variety of offerings at Granny-Made. Ruthie (a huge talent in sweater design!) was also there and added to the conviviality. And of course, Gracie, Michael’s 6 year old Havanese was there orchestrating the whole show. (more…)

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Krypton, the Superdog!

Krypton, the Superdog!

In our very dog-friendly office, we have a superhero among our canine regulars – it’s Krypton! Our head designer Pat Landskron has diabetes, and needs to pay very close attention to her health. Pat is a very talented designer who creates whimsical and unique clothing – and needs to always be healthy and happy to maintain her unique perspective. Pat has created many designs through the years that were inspired by her kitty cats, but now we have the best puppy groups! (Just wait until you see the new collection!) Pat’s inspiration is fueled by her assistance dog, Krypton. Most people are unaware that dogs can be trained to help people with diabetes monitor their sugar level – it is really amazing!

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