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Ambassador: Cora

Ambassador: Cora

This beautiful boxer here is Cora, and she is friends with fellow Canadians and Lasso ambassadors, Onyx & Reena. She, as well, possesses one of the most colorful collections of Lasso leashes and collars and is one of the first ambassadors to join the team. We asked Cora's human Quinn to tell us a bit about them. 

How did your story with Cora begin?

My name is Quinn. I am 23 years old. Cora and I live in southern New York. I work as a nanny and Cora comes to work with me. I was a senior in college when I started really becoming restless about not having a dog. I grew up having dogs and the worst part about going away to college was not having a dog around. Senior year, I moved off campus and started looking around for a dog. I knew I wanted a boxer as my mom had them growing up and raved about them. I started chatting with a breeder who just had a litter. I went to see them when they were around 5 weeks old. At first, I had my eye on another puppy, but Cora's little pink nosey, her brown spots and spunky attitude won me over. I picked her up and she snuggled right into me and went to sleep. She came home at 8 weeks and we've been inseparable since.

Cora's Lasso collection

Boxers are always a joy! How is Cora unique?

Cora is a total goofball. She is, for the most part, very well behaved. She sometimes gets a little TOO excited when meeting new people. Cora is a licker. She will lick a person till they are sopping wet.  She is absolutely amazing around kids and is incredibly patient with them. She's obsessed with balloons, bubbles, squirrels and frisbees. When she gets a new rubber toy, she whines and only bites it with the tip of her teeth.  Cora likes to burrow and sleeps under the covers at night or in her CoraCave during the day. She loves cheese but isn't a big fan of fruits and vegetables. 

How has Cora changed you? 

Cora has taught me responsibility and to be more laid back. Everything is going to go the way I plan and that's ok! My biggest reward in having her is a wiggly butt and a tongue bath every time I come home ( those times I do leave her). To have my heart burst with pride when someone compliments how good she is with kids. And just a wonderful dog who has become my little girl and who I'm proud to be a mom to.

Tell us a story of when she is being goofy.

One day at work, Cora spotted a squirrel out the window. She whines and carries on when she sees one. This particular squirrel was taunting her. Cora was going to try her hardest to get at the squirrel. Next thing I know, she's on her hind legs crawling up the window trying to get outside.  

Which Lasso would you go for immediately?

It is really hard for me to pick just one Lasso accessory. But, since they are twisting my arm... I would have to choose the Lasso Traffic Leash. We live close to the city and the leash is so convenient. It keeps Cora nice and close to me on the busy sidewalks. And because it's short, you aren't fumbling with excess leash. 

cora the boxer with lasso

Don't forget to follow them on Instagram @dipped.in.white!

Ambassador: Lily & Maceo

Ambassador: Lily & Maceo

 

All the way from Hawaii, Maceo & Lily have a story that will make you love them so much more. Our friendship with these two and their human started back in 2014 when we were searching for our first Ambassadors and came across their IG account. Instantly we forged a friendship and found Dominique (Lily & Maceo's human) to be one of the sweetest, kindhearted people we have met through social media. And so with that said, we asked her a few questions about her journey with her pups.

How did you meet Lily?

Aloha! Since as far back as I can remember, my childhood dream has been to have a dog by my side and navigate life with the security and loyalty of an off leash companion. This is the story of how a little boxer forever changed my heart and how in being her voice, she helped me find a voice of my own. Although grown and with kids of my own now, dogs have always remained a central part of who I am and as the years passed and Dexter got older, we thought it was time to introduce a more active family dog.  My husband has always been a fan of boxers and so we waited for some to become available and within 6 months we welcomed Lily into our hearts and home. From the day we brought Lily home she kept me on my toes with her boxer shenanigans. I was soon to find out that we didn't just welcome another dog into our lives, but an adventure with four legs and a nubby tail that was about to forever change my life. Lily was not satisfied unless she was jumping, digging, or boxing herself into trouble and because of her unpredictable and wild adventures soon found herself literally tied to my hip; literally becoming an extension of myself.  

When did you decide to share Lily's adventures on @aloha.domino?

About a year after Lily joined us, our family decided to embark on another adventure and moved to a Palm Farm where we would learn to live simply, off grid, with just the very minimum and without the luxuries that we once thought were necessities.  The first six months of off grid life challenged me in every way.  Living among the elements was getting the best of me as bugs, weather, and landscapes were constantly encroaching on my comfort zones. It was during these times that I found comfort and laughter in this crazy and carefree boxer. Even on my worst days where I felt like raising the white flag on this lifestyle, seeing her frolic among her acreage, happy and ears flying made me determined to continue to see the positivity in what sometimes felt like failure. It was then that I decided to pick up my camera and share with the world the smiles Lily shared with me.  I began to use taking photos of Lily as an outlet and found much reprieve in sharing positive messages with others as it made me determined to embrace every challenge and convert them into life lessons.   

lily from aloha.domino

Tell us everything about Lily! How has she inspired you and others?

Lily captured the attention of many fellow dog and boxer lovers and for two years I shared the ups, downs, joys, and difficulties of our journey together.  As Lily transitioned from puppy to adolescent to adult, it was this community that became my biggest supporters and cheered me on as I struggled with Lily's boundary jumping, dog aggression, and health issues.  Although I was Lily’s main caretaker, I never felt alone as I had help at my fingertips no matter what challenge she presented me with. Besides keeping me laughing and on my toes, Lily inspired me in countless ways. She inspired my photography, my interest in holistic health for the four legged, my determination to find positive solutions for difficult k9 behaviors, and inspired me to embrace and accept my unbalanced love of dogs and everything they stand for.  Before Lily I loved dogs but after Lily, I truly cherish them. If it were not for Lily, I would not have come in contact with so many amazing people that have forever influenced and altered my future course. Many of which I have not had the opportunity to meet in person, but their presence in my day is still very much felt and appreciated.  Fellow photographers, artists, dog lovers, creative thinkers, we were all brought together through boxer love.  Among the first lifelong friendships forged through Lily was with Lasso Dogs. This product and its creators represented everything I wanted Lily to project: inspired and unique creativity.   Lily and Lasso will forever be a highlight of the things we’ve shared together. I am honored to be a Lasso Ambassador from the beginning and will be a loyal supporter as long as they continue to create wearable art. 

What was your experience transitioning from Lily to Maceo?

Of all the things Lily taught me, led me to, or brought to me, was the fulfillment of a childhood dream.  Because of Lily and my determination to help her thrive, I adopted Maceo, a mellow, people and dog friendly lab mix. Maceo is the living manifestation of everything I ever wanted in a dog. The dog that can accompany me anywhere and reflects my respectful energy towards all living things. Maceo was rescued in an attempt to save Lily, but he ended up rescuing me from overwhelming sadness when I was forced to accept that I was no longer enough for Lily and she needed a home environment that could help her work through her dog aggression.  I cant say I “rehomed” her because the past couple of months has shown that she's finally made her way home to where she was always meant to be.  She is thriving and I get to see her often.  I couldn't be happier to see her doing so well and receiving so much love and training.  

maceo labrador, bordercollie mix

As a Lasso family member, which is your favorite product?

I don’t know why some people think that you cant choose your family, I do it all the time, and I am so honored to be a part of the Lasso Family.  Ever since Lily received her first “Jib” collar, she hasn't worn any other product while with me.  My favorite Lasso product to date is the “Slip Lead” for all those times Lily was literally tied to my hip.  I also think that the “Traffic Leash” is a must have for all those with kids, its just their size and makes it so easy for them to walk kids best friend. I keep a Lasso in my car at all times even for when I borrow my friends dogs- I refuse to use anything else. Thank you Lasso for all of your love, kindness, and support you've shown Lily and I through the years. Your products are amazing and I love that it all started with family.  You allow your customers to be a part of the design process and each product reflects a little bit of us and a little bit of you. Its all intertwined in a unique design that reflects a person and their dog. Many “Mahalos” for what you do.

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Ambassador: Onyx & Reena

Ambassador: Onyx & Reena

Onyx & Reena are two beautiful boxers from Canada. They have been Lasso Ambassadors since the very beginning of the journey and own the most vibrant collection of Lassos we have seen. Here are a few questions with their owner Erin so that you can get to know them a little better.

For those that don't know Onyx & Reena...

My name is Erin and Onyx and Reena belong to myself and their daddy Gordon. I found Reena after I lost my first dog, a beagle, to a car. I swore to get a pup that would not run away, researched boxers and it seemed like a great fit for how active I am as well. She was all legs when I got her, and cute as can be! Onyx came in as a playmate for lonely Reena after I moved in with Gord. They have been attached since!

Tell us a bit about them.

Reena is the crazier of the two and is quite vocal, while Onyx is actually quite calm and chill. I find they balance each other well! Onyx is a bit obsessed with fruit, while Reena is my picky eater. Onyx is super quick to catch on to tricks and loves to learn, she knows them all. While bean would rather do it on her time. 

onyx & reena

What have been some challenges and rewards?

The biggest challenge I have had is likely to be Reena's dog reactivity, which can be so frustrating. She was in a bad dog situation when young and since then has never trusted strange dogs. Brought in as puppies they are great fun for her though! I just have to be careful walking her as she can get out of every piece of equipment designed. Biggest reward is just how much work you put into them and seeing the outcome. It's seeing the trust that comes from that work  

Do you have any random, funny story?

Because they are so different yet similar, there are too many funny stories to even think, but let me tell you this one story. One time my grandmother was puppy sitting for me, and she couldn't find miss O for the life of her! Calling and everything, but finally Reena sits down in front of a chair as if to say look here dummy. Little Onyx was just curled up on the chair, hardly seen. It's been her "cheat" spot ever since, as furniture is off limits there.  

onyx and reena boxers 

Which are you're favorite Lassos?

I love all of my lasso pieces, the stunning colors and durability, but I just could not live without my 4 ft. Cruiser Leash. So soft in my hands I can't imagine not having them. Collars are a close second!  

Don't forget to follow them on Instagram @onyx_reena_boxers !