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Mulligan + Krauft Cookies teamed up to host our first ever Instagram cookie auction! I had never even heard of a cookie auction before, but Liz – the owner and unbelievable baker behind Krauft Cookies – filled me in on how they work and what to do!

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Liz created cookies that represented Mulligan & some of his favorite things! The cookies included Mulligan red bow ties (his signature), chicken broth popsicles (his favorite summer snack), tennis balls, dog bones, and #MulliganMovement cookies.

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When I saw the finished product, I couldn’t believe my eyes! The Mulligan cookies looked just like Mulligan and the cookies looked too good to eat. Seriously, Liz is absolutely PAWSOME!

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On Friday, June 19th at 8 p.m. we launched our first cookie auction! Auctioning off two dozen cookies representing all things Mulligan! Our goal was to raise money for a local shelter. We decided to donate the funds raised to Springdale Animal Shelter, the shelter where I found Mulligan.

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The auction went from 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. on the @KrauftCookies Instagram account. We were lucky enough to raise $70!!!! Thanks to this cutie, Sophie, who’s mom Rose bought the cookies for her!  All of those funds were donated to Springdale Animal Shelter where, like all funds raised through the Mulligan Movement, were donated to help provide health care and supplies needed to maintain a healthy living environment for the current residents.

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Liz Krauft has been in Fayetteville since 1992. Her family moved here from Fort Smith, Arkansas when she was around 7 years old. She has been here ever since and now is raising a family of her own here!

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Liz’s work is so amazing! And trust me… the cookies taste as amazing as they look! I had to know how long she had been baking and how she learned to do this magic. Liz answered “Not long ago, actually. I have a slight obsession with Pinterest. I kept seeing these fancy little cookies, so in October 2014 I decided to give them a shot. I failed miserably. But, I tried again. And again. After a few dozen failures, I came out with some decent tasting and looking cookies! After that, I was hooked. I sold my first batches of cookies to the public in November. I made up a bunch of turkey cookies and pitched them on one of those yard sale pages on Facebook. I sold a bunch of them! I couldn’t believe it!”

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Liz started Krauft Cookies around January 2015. She had been having success selling Thanksgiving and Christmas themed cookies and with people trying to get in contact with her she decided to start a Facebook page! But what to name it? Her husband filmed her baking one day and posted to social media using #KrauftCookies, thus the name stuck.

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So what goes into making Krauft cookies? Liz described it as quite a long process! She starts off by chatting with clients to make sure she understands exactly what they want. Liz doesn’t want to miss any key details.

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Every batch is made FRESH FROM SCRATCH! Each and every detail in the baking process is very precise; the oven temperature, the dough mixture, the countertop temp, and the icing consistency. All must be perfect! She says, “These cookies are not forgiving! My cooking style is very opposite from baking cookies. I normally will just toss in ingredients, and never measure a thing. With the cookies, I make sure that I go so far as to use the same utensils to measure and brands of ingredients every time to ensure uniformity”. Liz says the icing is the most important part. Every single drop of water counts, not one drop too much or too little will work. The cookies bring a lot of joy to people, and that is the best part. It is truly a labor of love for Liz.

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Liz & her husband have a nine-year-old brown lab named Parker! She is both diabetic and epileptic, requiring daily medical needs. Liz used to do work with one of the non-profits that helped to benefit Fayetteville Animal Shelter. It was there she was exposed to the needs of local shelters and is one reason she was inspired to help the Mulligan Movement!

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Want to order some? Liz books up quickly so you will want to place an order a month in advance. Cookies range from $35 – $50 per dozen depending on complexity.

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HUGE THANK YOU to Krauft Cookies for teaming up with the Mulligan Movement & helping to raise shelter awareness, as well as money for Springdale Animal Shelter, in a unique and fun way!

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YOU ROCK, LIZ!!!!

Want to keep up with Krauft Cookies?! Here’s how!! {Links below!}

Instagram: @KrauftCookies

Facebook: Krauft Cookies 

XOXO

-Lindsay & Mulligan

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The Drive-Thru

Since Mulligan goes ANY & EVERYWHERE with me he has started a new trend.  IMG_0125

A rather funny one.

When I first got Mulligan, he hated the car and like I said in my previous post, up until he came home with me, he associated car rides with ending up at the shelter and getting his balls chopped off! Can’t blame him for despising the car with a burning, fiery passion.  When we first started making the rounds together, Mulligan would lay down in the passenger seat with his head on the arm rest relaxing or in the back seat singing & doing his best Miley Cyrus impression.

After driving for a couple weeks, I started picking up on all of the dog friendly drive-thu places around town – and so did Mulligan! This changed EVERYTHING!! Mulligan began to love riding in the car.  So much so, that now when I pull up to a drive-thru, he crawls over to the speaker like it’s their life purpose to give him a treat! I mean after all everything DOES revolve around Mulli.

Not only did I love seeing the companies that were dog friendly, but it made me want to support their company more! It also helped tremendously with changing Mulligan’s perspective on car rides! So where are all these secret golden eggs hidden around town? Let me share! IMG_9653

  • Starbucks! We love coffee – it may be the soul reason we survive all the craziness at our house!  We make frequent Starbucks runs throughout the week and discovered they have what’s called a “Pupachino”- which is pretty much the best invention ever! It allows Mulligan to enjoy the amazing bliss and key to survival we call Starbucks & makes him feel special! Just when I thought we couldn’t love Starbucks anymore… We found out they were dog lovers AND WE LOVED THEM EVEN MORE!
  • Chick – fil -a! I don’t have to explain the awesomeness of Chick-fil-a  because there is a universal understanding of it’s greatness!  They invented the chicken sandwich and for that we are all forever grateful BUT did you know that they hand out dog biscuits at the drive-thru window?! Now I can distract Mulligan from the smell of the chicken long enough to get my to-go bag into the car!DSC_0558
  • McDonalds!  Next time you run to get your Big Mac or Egg McMuffin’ and your furry lover is in the car, McDonald’s also hands out dog treats at the window!  Which is great because it means I don’t have to share my fries with Mulligan – go ahead, judge me! But I can’t say no to that sweet baby face when he wants to know where his stuff is! The treat makes me feel better about being selfish with my fries!
  • Sonic (Not ALL): Several Sonic locations, offer you a dog treat when they bring out your meal. Since they have the perfect set up for customers to dine in their car with their dogs, one of the workers said “they see dogs all the time!” If you happen to go to a sonic that doesn’t serve dog treats, for 50 cents they will bring out your pup a mini hot dog!
  • Ice Cream Places: Many different ice cream places offer what is called a “Pup Cup” which is exactly what it sounds like! A miniature cup of ice cream for your dog! Mulligan HIGHLY approves of the pup cup and the beautiful girl he swooned into feeding it to him!
  • The Bank: Depending on which bank you use, bank tellers will often send out a treat to Mulligan in the car! It IMG_9650makes dealing with the bank that much better!

Needless to say, these are just some of the places that have “pet-friendly” drive-thrus and we are all about them! They just secured our coming back again, and more frequently! Obviously, choosing a pet-friendly place over a pet-unfriendly place! For all of of you “pet-unfriendly” drive-thrus, Mulligan will be mean muggin’ you as we drive by to one of our preferred pet-friendly establishments!

Sending Love To Those In Need

I am so excited about this upcoming Valentine’s Day! Not because of the main stream hype society has created around the holiday as they usually do for profit, but because it gave me a reason to give back! Taylor & I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day like everyone else with an expensive dinner, gifts, and the usual. We firmly believe the spirit of Valentine’s Day is everyday if you’re with the person you love.  However, I still love the fun, sweet, and often quirky Valentine’s Day cards that get passed out! You all remember those days – in grade school when you had your big Valentine’s Day party and everyone passed out the cards they had picked out! OR if you were really lucky you got ones that were hand made, those were the best! Something about those small cards seemed to always put a smile on everyone’s face!

I wanted to do something to put a smile on someone’s face – the old fashion, young way!  I started thinking…

I started thinking about Mulligan who was snuggled up on my lap and is always an inspiration of mine.  He LOVES kids.  He will give them free hugs, kisses, and snuggles all day long, which went perfect with my card idea because that’s who they bring the most joy to, kids!

So I started thinking which kids need a little joy the most? That was easy, I quickly thought about all of the kids currently located at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock (my home town) and St. Jude in Memphis (not too far away). I cannot think of children more deserving of a smile than the children who are currently fighting for their lives in these hospitals.

For those of you not familiar with Children’s Hospital, it is a pediatric hospital & a level one trauma center located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is the sixth largest in the United States and treats children from birth to early twenties for any and everything! It’s THE BEST!

St. Jude is a Children’s hospital located in Memphis, Tennessee treating kids with life-threatening diseases and fighting cancer.  The research and work they do there is incredible.

One of the many great things about Mulligan is he gives me the opportunity to do fun things like this – the chance to touch others lives in different ways! My idea came to me!  I didn’t want to be the person who picked random cards off the shelf, nor would I be able to hand make hundreds of cards, so I decided to do best of both worlds! I would use some of my favorite pictures of Mulligan & turn them into custom Valentine’s Day cards for kids! Kids love dogs, right?! I quickly started picking out some of my favorite pictures and thinking of fun quirky sayings that were both appropriate for children and cute for the holiday! This was no easy challenge! I wanted pictures that showed off Mulligan’s personality and made the kids smile.  That was the easy part! The hard part was thinking of different things to say.  I gave it my best haha! The different women I spoke with at the hospitals to make sure it was ok probably saw my crazy dog side the second I started to explain.  “Uh, hi, I’m a dog blogger and I was wondering if maybe it was ok for me to send the kids Valentine’s cards with my dog’s face on it and quotes”. They were super sweet and told me that would be just fine and the guidelines to follow.  So I started – this is what I came up with …If I were a leaf...

This was card one!  I loved this picture because I thought his goofy facial expression might put a smile on someone’s face – after all that was my entire goal!  With the leaves on his head, I felt the saying was short, sweet, and understandable for different ages! Plus who doesn’t love a cheesy pick up line? Card 1 complete!

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When I started planning my second card, I wanted it to be one that was targeted more toward the boys! Something sporty! So I picked Mulligan’s picture from his World Series Post! I felt this picture both targeted boys and at the same time young girls who weren’t as girly girl!  I’m not sure the hospital will take the time to consider these things, but just in case I wanted them to have the option!

Twoof you vday cardime for card three.  This one was easy and simple! I found a close up of this big juicy smile & stamped an “I Woof You” to the card! Simple. Cute. To the point!  I was hoping this one would remind some of the kids with dogs at home of the pure joy their life brings to their pets! A simple way of trying to bringing a dog’s love into the hospital! After all, dog is man’s best friend! Maybe if I’m lucky, one of the kids will talk their parents into adopting a shelter dog when they get to go home!

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My mom wanted me to do a card that showed off his “Ladies’ Man” personality to try to charm some of the beautiful, brave, & powerful girls inside the hospital. I give all the credit of this card to Mama Souls! I sure hope there is a little girl who loves dogs as much as I do that will smile at this one!

lips vday cardFinally I ended with this picture! This card again was short and simple but the big red lips fit the holiday perfectly! Pucker up!

I realize this isn’t much when you consider what all these kids are going through.  I believe that it’s the little things in life that count though, and I hope that as these cards are passed out this Valentine’s Day to the children that just one of them gets a smile on their face! If just one of those kids smiles it was all worth it! They may not be sitting in a class room passing out cards with their fellow classmates and friends but I hope that they know how much they are loved and all of those who are thinking about them.  Wishing each & everyone of them a blessed and happy Valentine’s Day filled with love and giggles! After all, in this world children are one of the rare forms of magic we have – Children, love, and pets, of course!!

Welcome Home!

When Monday finally rolled around I couldn’t wait to go pick up my new fur baby! I had signed a sheet at the shelter requesting to be called before his surgery so that I could have a time frame of when to go get him – they never called.  As it started to get later in the day I called them to find out they had already done the surgery and he was ready to be picked up, thanks for calling to let me know? Not. Thats when I found out about some of the health issues we would be dealing with.  The lady started the conversation off with “Wow this baby has a serious ear infection & several other things we should go over.”  This scared me, not so much because of the cost because I would sell my left kidney for this dude, but because the lady had immediately over whelmed me.  I started wondering if I could REALLY trust a place that didn’t check the paper work and see my call request before touching him?  I needed someone, someone who looked hard core, to take with me to pick him up just in case I was getting scammed.  I felt they could hear my emotional concern and saw dollar signs, and Taylor (Mulligan’s dad) is way to nice to stick it to these people. So I called someone who was bald, the physical definition of a bad ass – my dad. Plus I knew I could trust him and he knows everything.  When we arrived at the vet the list of things they claimed I needed were a page long, single spaced.  However, the list included some outrageous things I wasn’t sure I needed at all & my dad confirmed my suspicions. I paid for medication for his ear infections as well as some other things I felt were needed right away and left planning on finding another vet immediately.

To prove my point: when I found an amazing new vet for Mulligan they called to get his paperwork sent over so that they could see what had been done.  THE PLACE CLAIMED THEY HAD NO RECORD OF US EVER BEING THERE!!!!! Good thing I kept the receipt, the paper work AND HIS SHOT TAGS. Yep, they were just as freakin’ awesome as I thought they were. Pathetic.

Mulligan refused to get into the car when we left the vet that day to go home – can you blame him? His last two car trips ended at the pound and getting his balls chopped off.  His concern was understandable, so we had the vet’s assistance lift him into the car with me and off we went.  At home we had all new dog toys, bowls, treats, bones and any and everything else waiting for him! I was so excited for him and our new life together.  He hopped out of the car and right inside the house where we let his curiosity take over.  He didn’t do much exploring before he laid down in what seemed to be a mixed emotion of being scared, in pain, and happy all into one.  It was probably the drugs talking!The Power of Adoption!

Taylor & I spent all night comforting him – I slept downstairs right beside him to make sure he was ok and not having any difficulties from the surgery or being in a new home.  I was up every hour that night between trying to get him to fall back to sleep, after waking up scared or in pain, and trying to pull off the endless amount of ticks that were on him.  I DO NOT TOUCH BUGS. This was true love and those ticks were of all sizes (some still kicking’).

A sleepless night was well worth it to see this face in the morning. He was so excited the next day to not wake up at the shelter!  The difference between his expressions at the shelter and less than 24 hours home shows the true power of adoption!  THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD ADOPT! There is nothing in this world like a second chance, we all deserve them.

Don’t worry I loved him to death and we enjoyed a lovely breakfast & bone together before I spend the rest of the morning pulling off more ticks and trying to brush off all the dead flea’s with a fine tooth comb.  A friend and I literally laid on the ground with him and tried as hard as we could to get the bugs off – it was mission impossible.  I called his new vet and was recommended a groomer who said they could get him in right away and take care of the issue without messing up his stitches.  Im telling you this was an emergency, to say he was covered in dead fleas and ticks would be an understatement.

Skinny MiniHe came back from the groomers (who bragged on him saying he was the nicest dog ever!) with no more fleas & ticks! I was thrilled for him! This is when I noticed the sores he had on his skin… I assume from being infested with bugs, scratching, etc.  I treated the sores on his skin and even pulled bugs out of them. BLESS HIS HEART is all I can really say about that situation and the next few days that followed of me treating the spots & his ears.  Not only that, but shaving him made us realize how underweight he really was, exposing his spine and ribs that were showing.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, I got weird looks in public for a while & spent lots of time explaining that he was a new rescue – I wasn’t starving him!  For the weird stares and questions I got about his ears missing all I could say was the obvious, someone cut them off and who the hell knows why? I would like to cut their ears off.  It didn’t take long at all for Mulligan to trust me enough to doctor him up; skin, ears, weight and all.  He was happy to have the attention and I was happy to have him!

The One With The Dog Fight

This is about the time I was mauled by a man eating beast disguised as a cute fluffy dog.  Ok.. so I didn’t get “mauled” but this dog did latch on to me like a chicken leg.  To put things into perspective for you, had I been a male I would have been neutered right then and there that day. This fluffy bundle of a man eating machine had been an instigator since we arrived at the dog park; biting (not playfully) several dogs, stirring other dogs up, the usual annoying “where’s the owner” type situation.  Mulligan has never, NEVER, been in a dog fight.  Never even kinda been in a dog fight. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, or so I thought.

Mulligan is very particular about his portable water bowl.  Why? Im not entirely sure.  Maybe it’s because he’s a shelter dog who still has a little fear of someone taking his stuff.  Maybe it’s because he’s a spoiled only child.  Maybe it’s because his gramps bought him the bowl on his first trip to War Eagle where he swam for the first time (at least since adopted).  Who knows. None the less he does not play games with his portable water bowl.  If he is drinking from it he doesn’t want any other dogs near his face.  I have seen him snarl his nose and growl should another dog try to push his way into the bowl, but never anything more.  He’s all bark – no bite.

There I am sitting down on the ground (yes I realize its a dog park & I am most definitely sitting on dog piss, if you have ever sat on grass you have most likely sat on dog piss too so…) sharing ear scratches and water with all the dogs when Mulligan came up for water.  I held his water bowl for him so he could get a quick drink and get back to chasing the ladies.  Then I spot the instigator, who proceeded to try to get Mulligan’s private water bowl.  Like always Mulligan snarls his nose at this dog (all bark no bite I swear) and thats when that evil dog bit mulligan on the side of his face. Mulligan did nothing back but you better believe I jumped up as fast as I could and stood between that dog and Mulligan.  Thats when he got me – right in the thigh.  Mulligan got a look on his face like I have never seen and choke slammed this dog off my leg like Hulk Hogan in his prime.  There was a legit WWF smack down going on  & as I pulled mulligan off this dog that dog WAS STILL BITING!!

Wondering where the owner is? Yeah, we were too.  She finally came up when it was all over and said “sorry, he likes to instigate”… thanks for stating the obvious. Mulligan was no longer interested in playing and sat and guarded me for the next five minutes so we decided to just go home.  Plus I was pretty sure my leg was bleeding. Hope that dog was up to date on his shots!

This is the day Mulligan had his first dog fight and I got mauled by a man eating machine disguised as an adorable dog! Watch your thighs at the dog park everyone – they can be mistaken as chicken legs.  It was at this moment I realized I needed to start doing squats! The tighter my thighs are the less the next dog will have to bite ahold of.  Workout E-Book has since been purchased along with workout supplies… So I guess some good did come from this event! It was just the motivation I needed to get into shape for the summer!

 Far Left: How It looked when I stripped down in the car to check it out.

Middle: Few hours later.

Far Right: Before I went to bed that night!