Just Another Day at the Shelter

Volunteering at an animal shelter is such a bitter-sweet experience. On one hand you’re surrounded by all sorts of amazing and cute animals, and on the other hand you see how humans have caused so much hurt to such helpless and loving creatures.

First up are two wonderful chihuahuas, both at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter. Both are sad stories in serious need of fairytale endings.

Here is Tito, a resilient and shy little guy who just doesn’t know how to be defeated. Sometime in January 2012, someone found him laying lifeless in the middle of the street. Thinking that he got hit by a car, the good samaritan called up Animal Control. Tito was still alive – barely – so he was rushed straight to the hospital for emergency care. X-rays showed that Tito did not have any broken bones, yet he was almost dead. Some blood tests were done, and it was determined that Tito had been severely poisoned. The theory is that he wasn’t hit by a car, but instead ate some poison – either snail poison found in someone’s yard or from someone looking to hurt him. The poison took effect, and he collapsed in the middle of the road before being found.

In any case, the little guy was put on an IV drip for a month until his organs were able to repair themselves. I can’t imagine how expensive this would normally be (we’re talking thousands of dollars), but fortunately there are veterinary practices like Vet2uLA and Dr. Jones Animal Hospital that are kind enough to volunteer more than their fair share to help those in need.

A month later, and Tito rose from the ashes, full of life again. There are some minor bite marks on the top of his head (maybe some unrelated abuse he endured?) and he’s shy of strangers at first, but once he understands that you’re not out to hurt him he turns into a happy playful guy. Tito’s favorite thing to do is jump on your lap and lick your face until you can’t stand it anymore. After he gets to know you for a few minutes, he shows absolutely no sign of emotional trauma or distress. He’s just… Happy.

Next is Randy, who endured a similarly horrible event before coming to us. We found him with a twisted jaw, a patch of skin missing on his muzzle, and a bloody wound on his chin. His fur was really frazzled and dry (probably indicating malnourishment), and one of his nails had been ripped almost completely off.

We suspected that his jaw might be broken, so we rushed him to the hospital. X-rays showed that his jaw was still intact, but something (maybe a bite from a larger dog or a car accident) had punctured his jaw and ripped many of his teeth out of place. His injured teeth were removed and the wounds were stitched up, and now he’s on the road to recovery.

Randy’s mouth still looks a little crooked, but at least he’s able to eat normally. He forever has that sad look on his face, at least until he’s safely in your arms. Randy is very sweet and gentle, and would make the perfect companion for someone looking for a calm and loving dog.

Sad stories aside, the shelter also got some incredibly cute new additions.ย  There’s this little hamster, a friendly little critter with huge round ears. When I say “huge”, I mean ears the size of your thumb nails!

We be rollin'

We be rollin'

A homeless person turned the littly hammy in, saying that he found the critter somewhere. I have no idea how these things happen!

I'm on a pirate ship out at sea!

I'm on a pirate ship out at sea!

Though it’s hard to see in the photos, this hamster has unusually large ears, similar to a Dumbo Rat’s ears. This makes for one very rare hamster.

Look at my new set of wheels!

Look at my new set of wheels!

The shelter also got a litter of very young kittens:

Guess which one is the rebel in the family?

Guess which one is the rebel in the family?

They’re around 5 weeks old, and are waaay too young to be without their mother. But, sometimes you just have to make do with the cards you’re dealt with.

Sooooo CUTE!

Sooooo CUTE!

At this point they spend most of their time sleeping together or eating. In a week or two they’ll grow enough to start playing like the kittens everyone thinks of. We’ll eventually vaccinate them, and if all goes well in a month or 2 they’ll be adopted.

One of the kittens has a unique heart-shaped spot on the side, and I think this kitty will be adopted fast. Everybody wants a kitten with a heart-shaped spot! Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the spot, but maybe I’ll get one next week when I return to the shelter again.

I'm a lion, watch me rawr!

I'm a lion, watch me roar!

We at Happy Six support volunteer work such as animal care and food drives for the needy. If you find a cause you truly believe in, we encourage you to jump in and make a difference!

Update on 4/24/12: The little hamster was adopted! Yay!

-HC

How To Be A Monster (Or Just Look Like One)

First, you will need a disguise. This is assuming that you don’t already look like a monster. If you already do, then skip this step.

Otherwise, you will need to put on some combination of horns, monster ears, spikes, scales, claws, monster eyes, and some big sharp ferocious teeth.

One option is to put on a zip hoody by So So Happy. With fabric dinosaur spikes, printed scales, claws, and sharp teeth, you might even be able to scare your dog.

Another option is a fun Zoodorable hoody with embroidered monster teeth, eyes, and fabric monster โ€œearsโ€ sticking out of the hood.ย Even your own mother won’t recognize you. And if she does, that must mean she always thought you looked like a monster.

If that’s not enough of a disguise for you, you can transform into a bright furry monster in one of these Happy Hoodie Friends furry hats. The attached furry “arms” have little white claws on the ends and can double as a wrap-around scarf, complete with big sharp teeth.

And the last part of being a monster? Hold up your claws, bare your teeth, and say… RAWRRR!!!! Happy Monstering! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello Kitty Makes Us Happy

This super cute wallet by Loungefly made us so happy, we just had to share. We even made it our Facebook profile pic. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a Happy Day!

A Bit of Worldwide Love

At Happy Six, we put the “happy” in “shipping internationally”… Go ahead and check, all the letters are there ๐Ÿ™‚ …

We often get asked if we ship to countries outside of the U.S., and the answer is YES to most countries you can think of. During checkout, if your country is listed as an option, it means that we can ship to you. You won’t get free shipping, but you’ll get something unique that you might not be able to find locally.

While we’re at it, we’d like to give a shout out to our new international friends in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, The Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, and Sweden. Oh and Maryland. Can’t forget about Maryland (even if you’re not a country). You guys rock!

So So Happy That Spring is Here

So So Happy has all new monster tees for this spring, and we just got them in! It’s hard to not be happy when we’re surrounded by such colorful characters…

All of these tshirts include high quality prints on the front, and some also have extra features such as burnout fabric or printed spikes and scales on the back. It’s just a matter of choosing the right monster friend for you.

So So Happy Shirts at Our Boutique

So So Happy Shirts at Our Boutique

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

It’s interesting to observe how some people who visit our boutique for the first time become confused about who we are. At first glance it would seem like a contradiction – much of what we carry is playful and has themes from children’s books, yet it’s fashionably stylish and made for adults. However if you think about it, there’s no contradiction at all… as long as you’re young at heart.

Here’s a little reminder that we don’t cater only to adults. We also carry an entire selection of onesies, pants, shirts, bibs, and other merchandise for children of all ages.

Introducing Tookata People

We’ve recently discovered Tookata People, and now they’re the latest addition to our boutique and online store! Founded in 2006, Tookata People has many eclectic lines of bags, wallets, apparel, and shoes. We’re starting with just two of their many collections – Geisha Lime and Geisha Karma – and will be adding more in the coming months.

Tookata People Geisha Lime Collection

Tookata People Geisha Lime Collection

Tookata People Geisha Karma Collection

Tookata People Geisha Karma Collection

Tookata People Geisha Lime Kate Wallet

Tookata People Geisha Lime Kate Wallet

Tookata People Geisha Karma Ellen Clutch Wristlet

Tookata People Geisha Karma Ellen Clutch Wristlet

This is just a small sampling of their many gorgeous prints. The bags shown here are well-priced in laminated canvas and faux leather. Coming soon, we’ll be adding their more luxurious pieces in beautiful high-quality leather.

Stay tuned – this is definitely a hot brand you’ll want to add to your wardrobe!

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