Love wins ❤️

On February 10, 2019 a male pit bull was tied to a pole in a Richmond, VA park, covered with accelerant and intentionally set on fire. They named the dog Tommie and he was treated for burns to over 40% of his body at Virginia Veterinary Centers. Sadly, Tommie lost his valiant fight for life on February 15, 2019.  #teamtommie

Richmond Animal Care & Control and the RACC Foundation led the efforts in trying to save Tommie.  The Richmond Animal Care & Control Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting the agency’s success. RACC is the only open admission animal shelter in the city servicing over 3,000 animals per year that need immediate care. The Foundation collaborates closely with RACC to support the costs of critical emergency care, provide a part time trainer/behaviorist, increase marketing and outreach efforts through fundraising and volunteer coordination. Together, RACC and The Foundation are passionate about saving lives and excited to share the many inspiring stories of compassion towards our City’s most vulnerable animals. 

Here’s the link to buy your #TeamTommie shirts. ❤️

Website: Richmond Animal Care & Control

Wands For Wildlife

You have Lashes for days. I’m pretty sure you are using mascara to achieve that look. Just a reminder, don’t toss away your old mascara wands. Put them to good use and send them to

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. I will be going on my third year sending them my old mascara wands.

Did you know something as simple as an old mascara wand can help wildlife?!? Appalachian Wild uses mascara brushes to help remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of animals & our cleaned mascara wands are great for getting off all the little bugs that have become attached to their fur.

Clean off those old wands in hot soapy water and we can put them to good use!

Clean brushes can be sent to: Appalachian Wild, P.O. Box 1211, Skyland, NC 28776

Richmond SPCA

We visit quite frequently. There’s always something happening at the Richmond SPCA! Check out their calendar for upcoming fundraising, advocacy and adoption events.

The Richmond SPCA is a nonprofit, no-kill humane society in Richmond, Virginia. We love what they do, so we are so grateful to have our link on their website. It was such a happy day for me when I was randomly talking about my website to a stranger that just so happens to be the director of communications at Richmond SPCA!! I think my enthusiasm, passion and not being afraid to ask is what led my link on their website. Something so small still means so much to me, to this day. For me it was a big accomplishment at the time because I not only support but I admire everything the Richmond SPCA does and stands for because we too believe that every life is precious.


When I first came up with the idea of designing a website for a directory of dog friendly restaurant patios in the Richmond area, the name Patio Pups came into my mind and just kind of stuck. Creating our @Instagram profile and posting a picture using the hashtag #PatioPups and to see that we were the very first ones to use that hashtag. Now a little more than 3 years later more than 2,000 pictures have the hashtag #PatioPups. They come from everywhere too. We love looking at all the pictures and commenting on all the cute dogs chilling on patios. Knowing that people don’t just do the minimal of taking care of their dog’s, but to actually see people incorporate their dog’s into their daily leisure activities and lives brings a lot of happiness to use.

National Puppy Day

National puppy day is March 23rd. Back in 2013 I decorated a frame and put a picture of my dog when she was puppy in honor of National puppy day. I also attached her first collar and tag to her frame.

Every year I always do a little something for National Puppy day. I take that day and remember all the cute things she did as a puppy. She didn’t know how to bark, she couldn’t jump off the couch, she would try to run/hop and would nose dive in the grass. She has grown into such a good dog and loyal friend. Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, has never owned a dog.

Road Trip

Traveling to DC? Need to stay over night in a hotel? Want to travel and bring your Pup along with you? No worries, the hotel at SOFITEL WASHINGTON DC
LAFAYETTE SQUARE has got you covered. The hotel is located right in the heart of our nation’s capital.
They offer a classy blend of French flair and American style. Not only are they a pet-friendly hotel, they offer room service for your pup which is the icing on the cake.

  • Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
    806 15th St NW
    Washington DC 20005, USA
    Tel: (+1)2027308800
    Fax: (+1)2027308440