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Ambassador: Rylee & Lenox

Ambassador: Rylee & Lenox

Rylee & Lenox, a pitbull terrier mix and a rottweiler/labrador mix, are the perfect duo. These ambassadors love the outdoors and can be seen in many trails of SoCal. They have us hooked with their gorgeous looks and incredible adventures seen on their account @rylee_lenox. Here are a few things to know about them. 

Hi Hannah! So where does your story with Rylee & Lenox begin?

I am currently a college student majoring in photography and I have had a love for dogs all my life, and photographing them is what started my interest in photography. I got Lenox long before Rylee back when I lived in Arizona. My mom was actually at Target when she saw a lady with a basket full of puppies she was giving away. They were only a few weeks old and Lenox and 3 other puppies were the only ones left. Lenox was the only one who had a cropped tail on account of being stepped on by horse on accident which is why his nub is a bit longer than the traditional Rottweiler tail. She also said that he was an ugly puppy and they were going to take him to the pound if no one took him, so we took him, plus my mom thought he was the best looking and he has turned out to be a handsome dog. The moment she brought Lenox home he was attached to me and he is one of my partners in crime (Rylee is the other). Rylee was quite a different story. After having lost my first dog of 10 years I wanted to get another dog not only for me but for Lenox as well. I knew I wanted to rescue one but it took me over a year to finally decide to start looking. I went to the local shelter and Rylee was the first and only dog that caught my eye. She was a very happy, spunky 2 month old puppy when I saw her, and while playing with her the shelter staff told me her story. She was just barley a month when she was brought to the shelter after being thrown out of a moving car. A good samaritan saw the incident and brought her to the shelter. Despite this Rylee was and is great with dogs, and loves people, and is a happy go lucky girl and I knew I couldn't leave her there.

pitbull & rottweiler siblings

My two accomplices...

Well, having one dog is entertaining in its self but having 2 is even better. Lenox is a Rottweiler, Labrador mix, he will be turning 8 this year already but according to everyone who meets him, even the vet, say he acts like a 3 year old (he has lots of energy). Lenox although acts young has a very wise and gentle soul. He loves kids and is extremely patient with them. Lenox is also obsessed with water, he enjoys playing at the beach, playing frisbee, swimming, dock diving, rolling in the sand, and his new favorite obsession is hoping on the paddle board with me and enjoying the ride. Lenox knowns lots of tricks. He knows German commands and has K9 training (although I have never had to use it). One of my favorite tricks he does is "give me kiss" which is where he jumps on my shoulders and kisses me (he is 85 pounds and just about matches my height on his hind legs and I'm 5'10"!) Lenox is off leashed trained but doesn't like to stray more than 10-15 feet from me. He loves any toy that squeaks and tug toys.

Now for Rylee. Rylee is a 3 year old American Pit Bull Terrier (she might have some hound in her). I like to call Rylee my smiley girl and also my bomb proof dog. She is extremely dog friendly and gets along with all dogs no matter the size or personality. She has lots on energy so one of her favorite things to do is hike with me. She also loves going to the river, dog beach, going on big 13-20 pack hiking with her dog buddies, anything outside she's game for it. Rylee is also trained in agility, dock diving (although it's not her favorite) and knows all her commands in German and English. She is absolutely obsessed with squeaky toys which is what I use to train and motivate her. Rylee knows lots of tricks just like Lenox but my favorite with her is she is trained to mimic mouth moments. She has also recently been fully off leashed trained, although she still needs some practice but I always use Lenox to help with that. I have been thankful that both dogs are so friendly and so they get along perfectly. In the 3 years of owning Rylee her and Lenox have never fought, been food or toy aggressive, nothing. Both are very patient and tolerant dogs so they are a perfect match. 

They light up my life...

One of the biggest lessons they have taught me is to be patient and love more, and to be open to accepting or more so willing to learn about others. The biggest reward in having them is the joy they bring me each day, even after they get punished they still run up to me with tails wagging and tongues flying (both are big kissers). They both have helped me through some very rough times and they motivate me to be a better person everyday.  

They say laughter is the best medicine...

It is very hard to pick a funny story that I have had with them due to the fact that there are so many! One thing that stands out for Lenox at least is that he is scared of his own farts! Every time he farts he looks back, farts, stands up and runs away! Rylee is definitely the clown of the house, so she is constantly making us laugh, but one of the funnier moment was the first time she saw, smell, and tasted a lemon. She continuously barked, growled and rolled on the ground playing with it until she finally took a bite and made the funniest face, a true face of a kid tasting something sour for the first time. 
ryle & lenox lasso ambassadors

My Lasso accessories...

There are a few Lasso accessories we love so it's hard to pick! But if I have to choose one, or two, I would say we love the Skipper collar and the Rig collar. We have a few of each!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @rylee_lenox !

Ambassador: Puka

Ambassador: Puka

From the very first moment we saw Puka on IG we knew she had to be a Lasso Dog. She has been a very big part of our company since the beginning of our story and we are incredibly grateful to have come across her & her human. Here is a short interview for you to get to know Puka. 

When did your story with Puka begin?

I adopted Puka from my friend Roxy after she rescued Puka from the streets of Los Angeles. Roxy spotted Puka sitting on a bus stop bench. She was tiny and was wearing a cute little bow tie. As soon as she brought her home Roxy called me to come meet the puppy. The first time I met Puka, she was asleep on Roxy’s patio basking in the sun. She was so small and innocent, and she looked so happy to be in a safe environment. I needed a companion and she needed a home, and deep down I knew we were meant to be together. I took Puka home and we’ve been inseparable ever since.  That was in 2011. 

Tell us more about your partner in crime.

Puka’s most noticeable trait his her cleft lip. She was born with it. It’s very endearing and no matter what day of the week it is, she is always smiling. When I look at her after a long day of work, and I see the sun beaming off her glorious snaggle tooth, I am filled with happiness. Puka can make me smile even on my worst days. She LOVES to play fetch and snack on vegetables. She is very playful, silly, adventurous, attentive, and so loving. We spend every day together, sipping on lattes, snuggling on the couch, planning our next road trip. Puka is my favorite adventure buddy. We love exploring new places and open spaces. Together we’ve stood on the Four Corners, tanned on the beaches of Hawaii, toured tobacco farms in Kentucky, run through corn fields in the Kansas, watched the sunset in New Mexico, gone 4-wheeling in Arizona, devoured Orange Creamsicles in Tennessee… Ok, I won’t mention every trip we’ve been on… I’ll just say wherever I am, you’ll most likely see Puka right by my side.

puka is my homie

Puka is a superstar on IG! How did it happen?

When I started my Instagram account @chilberg in 2013, I had no idea it would be all about Puka and her life.  I would post random pictures here and there but I noticed every time I posted Puka’s smiling face, my account would get a lot of positive comments and attention.  One day my friend Tom commented on one of Puka’s photos, “Puka is my homie.” That’s when I knew that Puka and her pictures had a positive affect on people, and I wanted to continue in that direction. The hashtag #PukaIsMyHomie came from that interaction and my Instagram account evolved into a mobile source for instant smiles, laughter, happiness, a whole lot of drool, and ultimately a place where Puka and I have made a lot of great connections with amazing folks from all over the world.  Puka also has a website PukaIsMyHomie.com, giving humans the opportunity to order some Puka swag in support of No-Kill Los Angeles, a movement to make L.A. a no-kill city by 2017.

Anything hilarious she does?

Even if you’re out of town, Puka is really good at staying in touch. My boyfriend, Puka’s other human, Davis, travels a lot for work. Whenever he leaves, I make sure he still gets his daily Puka fix by calling him using FaceTime. Puka will stare at the screen, head-tilted and confused, not totally sure how she can see and hear Davis.  After a loud cry and a couple jabs with her paw at the phone, Puka will do everything in her power to save Davis from the mobile device. She will frantically begin searching behind the phone, as if Davis will be there and she will be able to pull him out. It’s always a good laugh and a nice reminder that Puka really loves us and would do anything to be by our side.

Which is your favorite Lasso accessory?

I am such a big fan of Lasso Dogs that I have one of every accessory for Puka.  One of the first collars I ordered for Puka was a pink Jib collar, and to this day it is my favorite.  The thing I love most about Lasso Dog products is that they are all handcrafted, and I know that takes time and a lot of love. Mari and Manuel use the finest rope materials to create a unique product made special for your dog. Puka has worn her pink Jib collar all over in the country, swimming in the sea, running through grassy fields, rolling in the mud, but no matter what the conditions, Puka’s Jib collar has maintained its color and shape. Lasso Dog accessories are high quality, durable, unique, beautiful, and I think Puka looks super adorable when she’s wearing one.

puka is awesome

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