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You’ll Find the Best of Everything at Hot Diggity!

July 29, 2019

Dogs are always welcome at Hot Diggity!

What started as a kiosk in the Cape Cod Mall in 2004 has grown to two retail locations servicing mid and lower Cape Cod dog owners and lovers. Hot Diggity offers “really cool, really well-made things for you and your pup!” Ashley Lancaster owner and operator joined the pet industry after pursuing her dream of doing what she enjoyed every single day, and that was being around dogs.

“The background behind the fun and catchy name, you ask? “When I call people, and they see that Hot Diggity is calling on their ID, they answer with a smile in their voice,” says Ashley. “That is why we are Hot Diggity. It conveys the same happiness we feel when thinking about the dogs we love. I’m obviously biased, but I think it’s the best name ever.”

Smiling faces always await you.

The original Hot Diggity boutique is located in Mashpee Commons. That location offers customers premium products for dogs and their owners. Hot Diggity specializes in collars and leashes, USA made chews and treats, sturdy toys and gifts for dog lovers. The store has been carrying Up Country designs for almost 15 years and was one of the very first brands that was brought in. “You would expect the bestseller designs to be nautical because of our location, but by a landslide, it’s the Christmas plaid. It’s a staple every holiday.”

The newest and brightest Up Country styles are in stock.

“Shoppers will walk into our Mashpee store, thinking it’s a high-end boutique — not realizing it’s for dogs!” The second location in Dennisport offers all of the above as a self-serve dog wash and full-service grooming. Guaranteed to clean your pup right up after those beach romps. “At this location, there is no mistaking that we are pretty much the doggiest place on Cape Cod.”

Stop by and see this Best of Cape Cod boutique!

Because of Hot Diggity's location on Cape Cod, the popular summertime destination, the store brings in an abundance of tourists looking to spoil their pups both with them and those at home. However, Hot Diggity has a healthy dose of both locals and visitors and certainly caters to both. “In both shops, customers and their pups are our priority at all times. You will always be greeted with a smile (if you’re human) and a pat on the head and a treat (if you’re canine). While the visitors certainly make what we do possible, it’s the locals who make Hot Diggity who we are.”

How happy does this dog look?

 

If Hot Diggity didn’t offer enough, they also host several events throughout the year that have quite the following. Among the most popular; Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Annual Halloween Pawrade, Annual Howliday professional photos. “We are working on bringing a couple of new additions in 2019. Stay tuned!”

 

When asked what Ashley loves about the pet industry, her answer; “I get to be with dogs every day. It doesn’t get better than that!” So if you are visiting the hook-shaped peninsula of Massachusetts, be sure to stop by Hot Diggity and spoil your four-legged friends!


Incorporating Your Pet on Your Big Day

July 11, 2019

Do you hear wedding bells?  How exciting and congratulations!  Dress?  Check!  Venue?  Check!  Dog?  Che…wait, what?  Your big day can be just as fun for your pet too.  After all, saying yes means that you and your partner will be combining your lives into one happily ever after…furbaby and all.  You may want your dog involved in every aspect of the planning from the Save the Date to the I Dos, or you may just want Fluffy to be in the pictures.  Whichever way he or she is going to be involved, getting hitched can go off without a hitch with some simple ideas and preparations.

THE DOG HATES THE NEW HUMAN

You and your fiancé fell madly in love, but your dog hates his new human.  Don’t assume everything will fall into place once you get married.  Plan ahead.  Here are some great tips and tricks for getting your grumpy pooch to acclimate to – and possibly one day “like” – your new mate.  One of the most important things to focus on is to make sure Princess knows that her new human is a fun bonus (treats, playtime, etc.) and isn’t just the person that takes you away from her.

WILL YOU MARRY ME?

Corny or cute, having your dog do the proposing with ring in collar is downright adorable.  Not only does it create a lasting impression and a fun story to tell, but it also shows your dog that he is an important part of your marriage right from the start.  Ideas include:

  • Puppy Proposal – yep, you guessed it, you get a puppy AND a ring.It’s pretty hard to top that!And the added benefit is the dog is now your first (and probably best) wedding gift EVER.
  • Sign or Tag Proposal – a “Will You Marry Me” sign carefully draped around your dog’s neck or a specially made dog tag (there are a bazillion on Etsy) will do the trick nicely.They also then become treasured memorabilia.
  • Collar Proposal – our personal favorite way to go is the ring on collar proposal.Our Eternity Collar fits the bill in that it features intertwined wedding rings that will match perfectly with your very own attached engagement ring!

SAVE THE DATE

Another cute idea on how to incorporate your dog into the planning is to include her in the Save the Date photo.  Many couples use signs – and there are hundreds of examples on Pinterest and some good ones here - but we especially liked this clever idea of using t-shirts.

THE BIG DAY

“Here comes the bride, with doggie by her side!”  If that sounds like the perfect wedding to you, then you’re in luck!  We make several wedding-themed collars to make your dog feel special on your big day.  From traditional collars to rosebud rings, your dog will look magnificent walking down the aisle, in pictures, and pawing it up on the dancefloor.  Here are some other truly unique ideas for including your pet’s likeness in on the celebration.  We really like the pet-inspired signature cocktail sign we found here.

Lastly, if you “do” choose to include your pup in the “I Dos,” then you should know his or her limitations and prepare accordingly.  Invite a dog sitter or someone close to your dog who can monitor your pet’s needs throughout their time in attendance: everything from bathroom and water breaks to some quiet downtime.  By having someone else responsible for their care throughout the day, you can focus on soaking up every detail of your big day.


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