Sunday, December 15, 2013

2014 Friends of Lucky Fiona Calendar is for SALE!



2014 Friends of Lucky Fiona Calendar Now for Sale
Dedicated in Loving Memory of Carter, Charlie & George


As our gift to all our friends we are offering easy-peasy direct ordering through Shutterfly! Pick your options and shipping and enjoy this little masterpiece all year long. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2014 Lucky Fiona Calendar Contest to benefit OESR

Lucky Fiona 2014 Calendar Contest

It's that time again! We get so many wonderful photos of your pooches in their Lucky Fiona creations we know there is an awesome calendar in the making! So let's create a 2014 calendar shall we? (and help a wonderful rescue along the way)
All $5 photo entries will be donated to Our English Setter Rescue which you all know is near and dear to the Head Bitch's heart. 

How to enter:
Purchase an entry and submit your photo to info@luckyfiona.com One photo per entry please. Attach a cut and paste copy of purchased entry or simply an invoice number to photo when emailing. Be sure to include your name, email, the dog in photo and their breed and age. Put CALENDAR SUBMISSION in title line of email. Don't forget to attach the pic! 
Received entries with paid donations will be listed on the Lucky Fiona Flickr site

The 12 photos with the most individual comments will win a place in the 2014 calendar. *Comments must be from different individuals - so don't have the same 5 friends post comments daily to rack up the numbers! Pogue is onto that game and won't allow it. So don't try to cheat! 
Contest runs Wednesday November 27th through Friday December 6th at midnight. Calendar winners announced Saturday December 7th and calendars will be on sale for pre-order December 8th. 

Suggestions and rules I make every year that will be ignored! 

* Be sure the collar can be seen in the photo. It doesn't have to be the star (your dog is!) but it must be somewhat visible. Don't submit photos of dogs in other manufacturer's collars. I say this every year but it happens without fail. This is the Lucky Fiona Calendar contest. Those other collars can have their own dang photo calendar contest! So there. 
* LARGE format photos only. Those little bitty file photos will not reproduce when we go to get the calendar's printed without being all pixelated. We have had issues in the past where a photo wins and then we can't include it due to poor resolution. So big, big, big files. If taking a photo from your camera phone be sure it is on the largest possible file setting.
* Natural light photos with minimal distractions in the photo are always crowd pleasers. Not that I don't enjoy seeing that laundry basket behind your labrador (makes me feel like I am not the only one with laundry all over)but remember we want a clean and professional quality calendar. This will be sitting in people's work offices. Do you really want your dirty socks seen there?
* Sure people in the photo are allowed. But are they wearing a Lucky Fiona collar? 
* Have questions? Ask before entry at info@luckyfiona.com




Thursday, August 1, 2013

A little old message from the Head Bitch...

August 1st 2013
My Beloved Lucky Fiona Family,
   I've been dreading writing this post for some time now, but I must. Lucky Fiona is in trouble y'all. For the past few years this little collar business has been a true labor of love. If we broke even we were happy, even though the accountant said we were nuts we knew making collars was more than just making a profit. We loved this community of dog lovers we created and the fun we all have and that was enough. You were happy, dogs were looking snazzy, we helped some rescues along the way and all was good. 
  But the past 4 months we can't ignore that things are not good. We're not breaking even, we've had to slide into personal savings again and again to keep things going. I've gone back and forth about if we can continue. 
  After a lot of soul searching we have decided to try to keep Lucky Fiona going till the end of this calendar year and reassess then our future. Until then there has to be some minor changes. We can no longer offer the Collar of the Month Subscriptions which is personally heartbreaking to me. It is very easy to see if you do the math that we offer them at very low pricing. They were always a loss leader - and most COM subscribers purchased outside the subscription. In the past year we realize this is no longer the case and with shipping fees and hardware and textile fees continuing to climb we are losing more and more on them then we can handle. We will honor all current subscriptions until they are up but we cannot renew or sell any new COMs. We also will no longer offer Gift Certificates or leashes. 
   What we will do is thank those that have been loyal to us and have stuck with us and do order faithfully. It is for you we are going to give it our all to continue Lucky Fiona. We are planning a big launch of Halloween styles this month and also have the second annual Basset Battle Collar Sale to benefit BHRG coming up too in September! We will continue our work with rescues regardless of Lucky Fiona set backs, that part of the business will never change. 
   So hang in there with us. Refer us to a friend. Buy a collar for a doggie pal or shelter dog. One collar at a time we will keep this all going the best we can. Thank you for standing by us.
Smooches to the Pooches,
Shannon
The Head Bitch 
info@luckyfiona.com 
   
   

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Trivia Contest Answers

#1: (June 5th) We all know Shannon is the Head Bitch at Lucky Fiona. What is her husband Alex's Official Company title? (four possible answers - you need only name one to qualify as correct)
Answer: The Man Behind the Bitch, Chief Fabricator, Big Idea Man and Guy Who Deals with Numbers

#2: (June 6thLucky Fiona has a favorite saying they often use that has become a bit of a tag line. What is it that catch phrase?
Answer: Smooches to the Pooches


#3: (June 7th) The Lucky Fiona logo features Fiona with 3 symbols...what are they?

Answer: Shamrock, Four Leaf Clover and Nautical Star


#4: (June 8th) Name the dog (besides Fiona) who has appeared in the Friends of Lucky Fiona calendar more than any other dog? 
Answer: TIE  - - - Bailey - 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 
Also acceptable  Carter - 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013



#5: (June 9thThe Poindexter was one of the top selling collars of all time with Lucky Fiona and part of the original launch line. What main colors were featured in this popular print featured from 2008 - 2011? 

Answer: Blue, brown, black, grey, white
Poindexter.jpg

Lucky Fiona Trivia Question

Record your answer to today's question and submit to info@luckyfiona.com when you have all 5 answers. Include your full name and email address to be eligible. The first 6 entries with the correct answers receive a free custom collar...all others with correct answers will receive a 25% off coupon code. Good Luck! 
*Sunday June 9th - Final Question 

A. The Poindexter was one of the top selling collars of all time with Lucky Fiona and part of the original launch line. What main colors were featured in this popular print featured from 2008 - 2011? 


*This is question number 5 and the final question! Submit your answers to info@luckyfiona.com 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Lucky Fiona Trivia Contest

Record your answer to today's question and the next 1 day question and submit to info@luckyfiona.com when you have all 5 answers. Include your full name and email address to be eligible. The first 6 entries with the correct answers receive a free custom collar...all others with correct answers will receive a 25% off coupon code. Good Luck! 




* Day 4 Saturday June 8th *
*Name the dog (besides Fiona) who has appeared in the Friends of Lucky Fiona calendar more than any other dog? 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Lucky Fiona Trivia Contest



Record your answer to today's question and the next 2 days questions and submit to info@luckyfiona.com when you have all 5 answers. Include your full name and email address to be eligible. The first 6 entries with the correct answers receive a free custom collar...all others with correct answers will receive a 25% off coupon code. Good Luck! 

Today's Question June 7th
* The Lucky Fiona logo features Fiona with 3 symbols...what are they? 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lucky Fiona Trivia Contest

Record your answer to today's question and the next 3 days questions and submit to info@luckyfiona.com when you have all 5 answers. Include your full name and email address to be eligible. The first 6 entries with the correct answers receive a free custom collar...all others with correct answers will receive a 25% off coupon code. Good Luck! 

* Lucky Fiona has a favorite saying they often use that has become a bit of a tag line. What is it that catch phrase?

a. Toodles poodles.
b. Later gator.
c. Smooches to the pooches.
d. Catch you on the flip side doggies. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lucky Fiona Trivia Contest

* Record your answer to today's question and the next 4 days questions and submit to info@luckyfiona.com when you have all 5 answers. Include your full name and email address to be eligible. The first 6 entries with the correct answers receive a free custom collar...all others with correct answers will receive a 25% off coupon code. Good Luck! 




Today's Question
*Wednesday June 5th*

* We all know Shannon is the Head Bitch at Lucky Fiona. What is her husband Alex's Official Company title? (four possible answers - you need only name one to qualify as correct) 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #873 Neena



Neena wants to be girlified.



Hi, Lucky Fiona!
This is Skywalker Borelli, Sky for short, and I wanted to tell you why I think my sister Neena needs a makeover. Back in the day she used to get spa days and have her nails painted and get all girlified. Well, then she discovered mud puddles at the dog park and while mud baths can be considered a spa item she looks more like a pig wallowing than a supermodel dog and so Mom quit taking her to the spa.
Lately, she seems to be sad and I think it is because she is the only girl in the Borelli Bunch now that Aspen went to the Rainbow Bridge. She doesn’t want to hang out with us 3 boys and I don’t know why since we are the coolest dogs on the block! I think it is because she feels ugly. She was probably made fun of or bullied before she became an ACES dog and Mom adopted her.
Mud bath
I think she needs to get out and about since I am always finding her either sleeping in Smokey’s crate or hiding in the bathroom. Duncan told me that Mom was talking about cancelling her gym membership and was going to start taking Neena for walks around the neighborhood. If she is going to be out in the world representing English Setters she sure could use a fancy makeover. I would buy her a new LF collar myself if I could figure out how to open my piggy bank.
Please consider Neena! I know it would brighten her up and maybe even Mom will take her to the spa again.
Much love and setter smooches,
Sky



PS - I have included Neena in her supermodel days, a mudbath pic, an everyday pic and a pic of me, of course!


Sky really cares about his sister to nominate her.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #587 Trinity

Trinity says "but I am elegant!" 


Hello there, To everyone at my favorite collar company; Lucky Fiona!!! My name is Trinity's Song of Ireland. I desperately need a makeover!!! I know I should be more elegant and stylish but I'm really a Tomboy at heart. I love rolling in the mud, I know I shouldn't, being I'm a well bred Irish girl, but I just can't help myself. But if I could have a Lucky Fiona collar subscription, at least I would look stylish!! Please consider giving me the best make over a girl could have!  :)

Love Always,
Trinity Marchetti


video

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #199 Teddy

And the Academy Award
for entry that made us cry the most
goes to Teddy! 
To see Teddy's submission click here:
Teddy's Story

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #511 Kassie


"I usually cover myself up with a throw or blanket is that I want to be clothed in a new collar monthly or else I have to hide." Kassie
 


Dear Head Bitch and guest judges,
I want to enter your make over contest.
My name is Kassie and I am an almost fourteen year old English setter. My birthday is November of 1999. I was adopted from ACES ( another chance for English setters) in December of 2005 and came to live in the beautiful region of northeasten PA, very near Lake Wallenpaupack.
I wound up in rescue because in my younger days, I was an escape artist. There was no fence high enough nor secure enough at the base that I could not jump over or tunnel under. I just had to go down to the pond and chase the ducks. It was in my blood. I am a bird dog, after all.
I led Dogmom a merry chase when I first arrived, but now not so much.
Dogdad said that this house was a dog Fort Knox as we have an invisible fence and a physical fence. If I jumped the gate, I would stay in the IF. Many was the time the dogparents had to come out and get me back.into the physical fence. I could jump incredible heights. However the beep warned me to stay close by.
My arthritis makes it hard for me to jump the fence anymore but I still enjoy digging big holes in the yard.
I take famotadine daily for my sensitive stomach and I eat special food for my condition that I would sometimes rather not eat. Makes Dogmom crazy when I won't eat.
I am not fond of the camera and I am very fussy about treats, so I can not be bribed to pose for the photographer. This is unlike the other dog in this house, my sister, Snowball.
I do love her. I have to look out for her all the time. If she is outside and wants to come in, then she sits on the porch and waits patiently. She does not bark, hardly ever. I tell Dogmom or Dogdad that she needs to come inside. Snowball likes to be outside where I like to be inside. It works out for the bestl.
I like my comforts. Being under a blanket or throw is just the best.
I adore all people, but small children are the best. I am so patient and kind and all I want to do is give them kisses. Dogmom tells me there is to be a new baby in the house in the fall. This is very exciting news for me even though the new baby will not be here all the time.
Please consider me for a make over, Lucky Fiona..
Your friend,
Kassie
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
~Roger Caras~

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #924 Jackwood Elvis


Jack feels good, alright, oh yeah, hey, hey hey! 



Submission by Jackwood E. Logan.  The “E” is for “Elvis, by the way.

Anywho.

Peggy is so busy taking care of Moi that she hasn’t submitted an entry to the Lucky Fiona Makeover contest.

In truth, when I hear the word “makeover” I think of “bath” and “toenail clippers”.  Ouch!  I hate those.

But then I found out that if I win this contest I will win a COM!  Wowsa!  That got my attention!    You see, I heard Peggy say recently that I already have eight Lucky Fiona collars and that my wardrobe is more stylish than hers, so I don’t need any more right now.  Let me just say this about that.  One is a Christmas collar so I can’t wear that year round, so that one doesn’t even count.  Seven collars are not enough for a stylish dog like me!!

AND I LOVE my Lucky Fiona collars.  I’m a rescue dog and I used to walk around with my tail between my legs, but when I am wearing a Lucky Fiona collar I just FEEL good, you know?  When I am wearing a Lucky Fiona collar my tail just won’t STAY between my legs - up, up, up it goes, like a flag waving back and forth as I saunter down the street.  God, I look good!!

So I DO need more Lucky Fiona Collars - it’s like getting your hair done, ladies!

Let me describe my makeover needs. 

Pros:  I have lots of natural attributes - nice conformation, long silky hair, big brown eyes, and a long tail.

Cons:  I do tend to lick my chest a bit which makes it fluff up and look messy.  I used to do that in the “shelter”  where I was imprisoned for 6 months because I was so bored and scared.  I used to lick my legs and paws too, but I don’t do that so much any more.  I have a couple of teeth that were worn down when I got Peggy.  She says it is because I chewed on the metal bars of my prison.  I’m thinking if I am wearing a snazzy Lucky Fiona Collar, no one will notice my teeth, because I DAZZLE in my Lucky Fiona collars!

I don’t like to have my paw fur trimmed, so I look like a hobbit. 

And there is my tail.  I don’t like to have it brushed.  Full stop.  But I do like attention and I do like to be brushed all over so when Peggy gets to my tail, instead of running away, I get closer to her.  That’s right, closer. I get as close as I can and I sit on my tail - so close, she puts her arm around me and gives me a kiss on the head.  This makes me very happy!

P.S.  I also have stinky belly.
In closing, Please Please pick me and keep a little rescue dog's tail flying high!
Thank you!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #641 & #642 Lillie & Gemma



Lillie is not afraid of a little deer poop.

Lillie would like to win a make over because since her little sister came along, she is getting less attention. Her sister is super jealous and lillie needs something to make her pop out in a crowd a little better. Not to mention that Gemma eats her collars and drag her around on the floor by them. Lillie also has a tendency to roll in nasty deer poop and mud puddle so we do a lot of collar changing around here.




Gemma would like to win her very own make over because she is a white dog that doesn't mind getting dirty. In fact, I bathe her almost every week and have to wash her collars every 3-4 days. Gemma loves nothing more than running through mud puddles or rolling in rabbit poop. She would like her very own custom collars so she has extra ones to change into when she gets too dirty

Gemma likes her mud!

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #643 Della





To View Della's Submission click
here: Della's entry

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #628 Bailey

Bailey is a man who knows style
and isn't afraid to flaunt it!


My name is Bailey but you might have known me when I was called Rocky Fallon. You see, OESR rescued me from a very bad situation last year and I got to meet some wonderful people even though I was very scared of them and spent a few months living with a very nice lady in the mountains. It sure snows a lot there! I finally met my new mom and dad early this year and now I'm home with them and learning how wonderful it is to have a family that loves me, a nice comfy bed to sleep in, and plenty of food and water.


However, I have a big problem: I have two sisters and they are far better dressed than I am. I came with a very nice, old LF collar and my new dad got me a new LF collar of my own which I like, but my sisters have quite a few LF collars and when they play dress up, I can't play even though I'd really like to. My mom doesn't understand why we have to have so many different collars. She just doesn't understand how important it is for us to be fashionable and well dressed when we meet new people and other dogs! But my dad understands and tries to keep us in the latest fashion but he says that keeping the three of us in fashion is a big challenge!

My LF collars make me feel very special and help me to get over my anxieties. You see one ear is shorter than the other, my eyes aren't quite even and I walk a little funny but my special collars give me the confidence to be a happy guy and let my real personality come out. If you choose me to be your special makeover subject, I promise I will wear each of my new collars proudly and have my dad put pictures on that FaceBook thing so everyone can see how great I look.

Yours,

Bailey Shefflette


Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #712 Derby (not Darby)

Derby needs therapy
because her sister is
a supermodel. Poor pup. 
To view Derby's video submission 
click here: Derby's entry

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #924


Joe is wearing a 4 year old collar...sigh. 



Dearest Lucky Fiona,

I'm DESPERATE for a makeover! My name is Mr. Joe, I'm an 11 yr old Boston. Even with all the loving I get, my collar is over 4 yrs old, 4 yrs!! *head hung in shame* I happen to have been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease and Diabetes and I'm constantly at the vet. Those amazing people have to see me in the same outfit month after month, it's a tragedy I tell you. At home, I not only have a kitty sister and a human brother, but to top it off, I have a new human brother or sister on the way in only 5 short weeks. I'm a boy who could use a little extra attention. I've included a picture of myself to give you a taste of the fun I have with my family despite their lack of attention to my everyday attire - Thank you for hearing my plead.

A forever fan,
Mr. Joe Szumski

Makeover My Dog Lucky Fiona Contestant #528 Ellie


Ellie is a self proclaimed "Hot Mess"
Oh my Lucky Fiona, I really need a makeover.  You see my Mom she loves me and she tries to keep my coat nice and neat, but it's always a "Hot Mess".  The children we meet on our walks say that one is Ellie she has "Big Hair".  It would be really nice if they referred to me as Ellie the setter with the really pretty collar.  You know collars to dogs are like necklaces to ladies...  We love to look pretty and wear pretty jewelry just like you ladies do.  The last time I saw the dogter, they laughed at all my feathers cause even with brushing and baths those feathers sometimes look like dreadlocks.  Lucky Fiona collars are soooo pretty and when a new collar arrives, I feel very special and well... Lucky to wear it.  So... I'm not a dirty messy dog, but I am a dog who needs new collars to make her feel special and look beautiful. 
 
Thank you for considering me for your contest.  Please make sure to let my Mom, June, know if you pick me.
 
Ellie VanDemark


Oh Ellie, don't stick your tongue out at style!
O

Monday, May 6, 2013

2nd Annual Makeover My Dog Lucky Fiona Contest!

Its that time again...    


                  The 2013 
Makeover My Dog 
Lucky Fiona Challenge!
Is your dog in a style rut? Does your dog often get passed over for attention at the dog park and vet office by more trendy and fashion forward pooches? Well your pup just may have what it takes to be our "Makeover" winner! We want to hear why your dog needs a little revamp in the style department. Winner gets a Collar of the Month subscription which will provide 12 continuous months of high fashion quality collars to your doorstep - a $199-$270 value. So tell us why your dog deserves to be madeover? Entries accepted now through midnight May 15th. Entries must be emailed to info@luckyfiona.com and the email title MUST say "Makeover my Dog Lucky Fiona" 
BE CREATIVE!Judges will be looking for originality! 
*Written entries must include a high resolution photo and must be 400 words or less. Videos or slide show entries also accepted. Please note submission of any materials to Lucky Fiona is permission to re-publish on the Lucky Fiona blog/website or on our Facebook page. Any transmission/technical issues in submissions is not the fault of Lucky Fiona and we cannot judge materials that are not properly submitted by midnight May 15th. Questions? Email info@luckyfiona.com 
So tell us Lucky Fiona friends...
Why is your dog in need of a Makeover?
2012 Winner Molly England
Her life changed
dramatically after
winning last year's
contest!  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Photo Contest! Collar and Leash Set Prize

CONTEST! 
Pogue Mahone wants to see you get your green on.
Get your green on Lucky Fiona fans! We are looking for the dog who shows the most "Irish attitude" in a photo. Pogue Mahone will be our judge and a dog who's name in Gaelic means "kiss my arse" expects lots of attitude. Winner receives a Lucky Fiona collar and leash set in the fabric of their choosing (subject to availability) Enter now through March 15th. Winner announced March 16th! Questions? Email info@luckyfiona.com *Post photos directly on our Facebook Group Page(Friends of Lucky Fiona and the Headbitch Studio) with name of dog and breed. We reserve the right to edit or dismiss entries. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

New Style Alert! Get 'em while available.

The Dirty Birdy

The Blockit

The Maybellene
 Now available in the shop! New Styles...
Lucky Fiona Shop
The Gotham

The Eire

The McGilly

The Over Easy

The Pepper

The Park or Posey

The Celtic Clover

Friday, February 15, 2013

Lucky Fiona Studio CLOSED Feb. 16-18

Bee our intern is in charge of the
studio so don't
drive her too batty.
* Please note Lucky Fiona will be closed February 16th, 17th & 18th so the Head Bitch and Alex can travel and attend a very important meeting for Ohio English Setter Rescue. All emails and orders will be archived accordingly and processed starting Tuesday the 19th in the order received. Thank you for your understanding that part of our passion for dogs and saving those in need is as important as the beautiful collars we create for your pooches. Email info@luckyfiona.com w/any questions or concerns.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Match #31 Beatrix & Scout & Adam & Guinness

Beatrix runs this contest and will pick 3 Love Matches if she wants to chumps. 

Scout
 *Not content to take just one beau Beatrix has decided to match herself up with 3 boys who can fulfill her every whim. When she said no one man can claim or tame her...she meant it. 

- Scout - Bea loves him because she too is a big play growler that loves to go inside to outside to inside to outside. (repeat) Bea likes gentleness and so does her Scouty.

Adam
 -Adam- is Bea's perfect dinner & dancing date as she too loves pizza, ice cream and cheese. He also has Bea excited over his "moves like Jagger" He may be an older gent, but Bea likes a distinguished older man to squire her about town.
 -Guinness -
Bea said Guinness had her heart the minute he stated he didn't want no "honky-tonk" girl in his bio. Bea knows Guin Guin can appreciate her many college degrees and achievements. He's also damn good looking and hates squirrels like she does. 
Guin Guin

Love Match #30 Maizy & Jack


* Jack is looking for a dame with long legs and Maizy's got a set of gams that go on for days. Maizy is a sucker for longer ears. These two are planning a bi-coastal relationship (he in Washington State, she in NYC) and will use their frequent flyer miles from business trips to visit one another twice a month. They want to keep it casual since Maizy doesn't want anybody touching her and Jack doesn't want to share his bed. 

Love Match #29 Pixie & Leo


*Leo and Pixie are both high energy runners looking for somebody to keep up with them. Beatrix predicts they will be one of those annoying couples that runs marathons together and makes their own wheat grass juice.