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Life with Up Country Dog Jasper Zen

April 19, 2017

Jasper, an eight-year-old Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix, known as Life With Jasper Zen on Facebook, strives to make people smile! Jasper enjoys showing off his tricks, recommending his favorite products and making his nearly 20,000 fans chuckle daily.

Jasper came into mom Jen’s life through her childhood best friend's family. “I always wanted a dog, so when the opportunity arose, I gave it some thought, and I got him! We love to go camping and for long walks and hikes. Jasper loves to be outdoors, no matter the weather! He loves the snow even though he knows that means boots and a coat are involved.”

When Jasper takes a break from outdoor adventures, he practices his 200 different tricks and behaviors, helped along by his love of food. “He will do anything for treats, and loves to please, so training is an easy task.”

Jasper’s fans are also aware of his love for his hometown and his desire to represent it by sporting his Up Country “Oh Canada” collar. “The first time I discovered Up Country was when I was shopping online for collars. Jasper's first collar was the “Oh Canada” collar, and I loved the quality so much I purchased the matching leash and harness. Jasper loves modeling his collars and leashes around town and gets many compliments. He also rocks the Sophisticheck pattern and in the colder months the Aran Cable Sweater and Christmas Chevron print.”

Check out @lifewithjasperzen on Facebook or Instagram and be amazed by this lovable sixteen-pound pup's impressive tricks and adventures! Are you an Up Country dog? Tell us all about yourself here!

Add Chez Le Chien to Your List of Reasons to Visit Paris!

April 11, 2017

Nanette and Pepsi.

Paris’s beautiful Chez Le Chien is located slightly off the beaten path not far from the Arc de Triomphe. In 2006 Nanette Dumonteil and then partner (and former Polo Ralph Lauren co-worker) decided to follow their pet loving passion and open a store they knew Parisian pet owners were missing.

Pepsi watches over the shop, located a few steps away from the Arc de Triomphe.

Pashmina, Nanette’s Labrador Flat-coat Retriever is to thank. Whenever Nanette visited the US she made it a point to shop at local pet boutiques and bring Pashmina back the latest and greatest fashion accessories. When Nanette couldn’t find the same special products in Paris, Chez Le Chien, translated as “At The Dog’s”, was born. “I give all the credit to my muse, Pashmina.”

The Up Country collars are a Parisian favorite!

“Chez Le Chien has the feel of a US pet boutique; brimming with treats, beds, collars, accessories and specialty food. Many of these products are imported from the US, which allows the locals to purchase truly unique items they cannot find anywhere else in Paris. We have been carrying Up Country collars and leads since the store opened in 2006. I first saw the brightly colored collars on Nantucket and fell in love with their designs. Today, our most popular styles are the Bandana, Hearts and Flowers, and Aztec Blue. The Union Jack pattern is a favorite for soccer matches! We carry at least 30 different designs at a time.”

Chez Le Chien also displays different artist exhibits on the vast walls of the store. “During the end of April and into May a young artist who teaches children ages 8 - 10 will be bringing in the children’s dog themed work they’ve created in her class. It will be a sight to see!”


A wide selection of the finest toys, bowls, beds and more await you!

You will feel completely at home in this beautiful boutique and enjoy chatting with fellow dog enthusiasts. “I love how the contact with pet owners is so easy and natural. People adore chatting about their dogs; how they got their dog, the sadness when the dog leaves and how much love we get from our dogs every day. I love that connection.”

If you are lucky enough to be a Parisian resident or visitor, be sure to stop by Chez Le Chien and say “Bonjour” to Nanette!

Chez Le Chien

10 Rue Villebois-Mareuil, 75017

Paris, France

Meet Dachstardogs, a Quartet of Four Legged Fun!

April 4, 2017

Meet Yippy, Jonah, Gracchus and Cherry known as @dachstardogs on Instagram and Facebook. Yippy a dachshund mix, the first of this adorable crew of fun-loving Dachshunds, was rescued almost thirteen years ago and the quad’s mom Christine, was immediately hooked on the breed. Soon after Yippy came home, Christine found an excellent, reputable breeder and along came Gracchus. Seven years later Christine added Jonah and a short four years later, Cherry made the perfect quartet.

When this sweet squad isn't posing for their thousands of followers, they are exploring the outdoors or snuggling up on the couch. “I like to describe the pups like this; Yippy is my proper princess, Gracchus is ball crazy, Jonah is my sensitive soul, and Cherry is a sassy girl. They all love clicker training and learning tricks. I like to think of myself as a doggie soccer mom. My dogs partake in many activities and have titles in agility, dachshund field trials, conformation, earthdog, barnhunt, and lure coursing”, says Christine.

Part of what makes this pack unique and even more adorable (if possible!) is their different styles. “We are long time Up Country fans! I used to work at Paw Prints here in Colorado when I started to collect Up Country collars. I've been collecting them for over ten years now. At the risk of sounding totally crazy, I own over 50 Up Country collars. All four pups are Up Country dogs; Cherry wears the cherry collar, (of course!) Gracchus rocks the tennis ball set, the Whale dog collar is Jonah’s signature and finally the Bella Floral for Yippy. Up Country makes it easy to match each personality with the perfect design”, Christine says.

For more on these fashionable short-legged, and long-bodied pups head over to their Instagram and Facebook pages to follow their everyday adventures. You will be sure to fall in love! 

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