Sun 30, Jul, 2017
Pet Me Happy Treats Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting at Shelter Hope | Photo: Michael Asmar
Pet Me Happy Treats Fans

More than 100 Santa Clarita Valley locals joined Pet Me Happy Treats founders Stephen K. Peeples and his wife Nadine A. Peeples for the company’s official Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Grand Opening ribbon-cutting and celebration on July 11. Maker of all-natural Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries, Pet Me Happy Treats is a Santa Clarita-based online e-commerce business ( that also has local brick-and-mortar retail outlets. One of the retailers, Shelter Hope Pet Shop, a nonprofit pet rescue and adoption agency headed by Dani Caouette, hosted the ribbon-cutting at its Town Center Mall location in Valencia. SCV Chamber officials, local civic dignitaries, business and community leaders, charter Artisan Dog Treats customers, friends, family members and assorted pets packed the shop, mixing and mingling and meeting the two Peeples and Lennon, their faithful canine companion. The couple adopted the 8-year-old Chihuahua-terrier mix on October 9 (John Lennon’s birthday) last year as the Peeples’ new family dog and Pet Me Happy Treats’ Official Canine Mascot and Spokesdog. Among the dignitaries attending and making official presentations were Santa Clarita Mayor Pro-Tem Laurene Weste, Santa Clarita Councilmember Marsha McLean, and representatives of California Assemblyman Dante Acosta, State Senator Scott Wilk, U.S. Congressman Steve Knight and the SCV Chamber’s Cheryl Ramirez. Two-legged guests enjoyed the savory gourmet appetizers served up by Bonefish Grill’s five-star Valencia restaurant, also at Town Center Mall, and meeting and greeting the adoptable pets available at Shelter Hope. Pet Me Happy Treats and Shelter Hope share a mission of advocating adoption over […]

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Sun 09, Jul, 2017
Pet Me Happy Treats founders Nadine Peeples and Stephen K. Peeples with Lennon, Official Canine Mascot
Pet Me Happy Treats Celeb

This is a version of press release issued by Pet Me Happy Treats. Pet Me Happy Treats, maker of all-natural Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries, celebrates its official Grand Opening with a Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Valencia on Tuesday, July 11, starting at 5 p.m. sharp (note new start time). Chamber officials, members of the SCV business community, local dignitaries, loyal charter Pet Me Happy Treats customers and pet parents of all types and stripes are expected to attend, and bring their dogs. Five-star Valencia restaurant Bonefish Grill will serve its exceptionally delectable edible gourmet appetizers for human guests. For all four-legged guests, there will be lots of free Artisan Dog Treats, as well as celebrity photo ops with Lennon, Pet Me Happy Treats’ Official Canine Mascot. Grand Opening guests may enter to win a random drawing for a free 12 oz. bag of Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries to be given away at the end of the event. In keeping with Shelter Hope’s pet rescue and adoption mission, and with Pet Me Happy Treats’ advocacy of pet adoption, each new pet parent who adopts a dog from Shelter Hope during the Grand Opening will receive a free 2 oz. bag of Artisan Dog Treats. “Our official Grand Opening is a major milestone along the Pet Me Happy trail,” said Stephen K. Peeples, Pet Me Happy Treats’ co-founder/CEO. “It’s also a chance for us to thank our friends […]

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Tue 27, Dec, 2016
Pet Me Happy Canyon Pet Center
Pet Me Happy Goes All Art

As of January 1, 2017, Pet Me Happy will retire its line of pet-related gifts to focus on developing the company’s hot new all-natural Artisan Dog Treats. The Santa Clarita, California-based company launched its first Artisan Dog Treat flavor, fresh Oregon Blueberries, in September 2016, available at and at select retail outlets. “Our Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries treats have generated exceptionally positive reviews and sales are growing,” said Pet Me Happy CEO Stephen K. Peeples. “The gifts we also featured were good, but they were made by others,” he said. “We created the treats in our own kitchen, and by far the treats are what our customers like best. They are coming to know and trust the Pet Me Happy brand, and to associate the brand with our Artisan Dog Treats. So focusing on the treats seems a logical step in the growth of our company.” When buying the blueberry treats, customers often ask what flavors are coming next, Peeples said. “Our customers are looking for healthy treats for their dogs, which is why they like the blueberry treats,” he said. “Cranberry is the flavor our customers have requested most often as our next flavor. Cranberries have the same kind of health benefits as blueberries. So we’re finalizing the recipe now for Pet Me Happy’s Artisan Dog Treats with Fresh Cranberries. We’re projecting to launch the new treats in the second quarter of 2017.” Artisan Dog Treats Online, In-Store and Delivered Pet Me Happy’s Artisan Dog Treats are available […]

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Sat 29, Oct, 2016
Lennon debut canine mascot
Lennon Rocks Pet Me Happy

My wife and Pet Me Happy Treats co-founder Nadine A. Peeples and I went with our heads, hearts and guts when we adopted a shelter rescue dog as a family pet and Pet Me Happy mascot. After three weeks living with Lennon, our newest family member, we’re elated to report adopting him was one of the best decisions we’ve made in our 35 years of marriage. Nadine and I named our 8-year-old corgi-chihuahua-terrier-?? mix Lennon because we’re both Beatles fans and we adopted him on October 9, what would have been John Lennon’s 76th birthday. As I recounted in a post a few days post-adoption, Nadine and I found this dog, and this dog found Nadine and me, at the 16th Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair in Santa Clarita, California, out of more than 125 other adoptable dogs from shelters and rescue groups all over Los Angeles County. Now, it can be risky to adopt a pet from a public shelter, especially at a huge one-day adoption event like Bow-Wows & Meows (more than 160 shelter pets were adopted that day). Unlike most private pet adoptions, which involve introductions and home visits and take a little time, there’s little to no time to get to know one another at a one-off event. What might seem like a perfect match at first may soon prove otherwise. But in our case, the planets all lined up. God blessed us. Dog blessed us. Fate was on our side. A random coincidence occurred. We rolled a […]

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Mon 10, Oct, 2016
canine mascot Lennon for Pet Me Happy
Lennon is New Canine Masc

The Pet Me Happy Treats menagerie has grown by one as the Santa Clarita, California company’s co-founders adopted a shelter rescue dog as their official canine mascot at the 16th Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at Hart Park in nearby Newhall on Sunday, October 9. Named Lennon, he’s an 8-year-old corgi-chihuahua-?? mix, weighs about 20 pounds, has a light-colored coat with brown highlights, is fine with kids, cats and other dogs, great on the leash, comes when called, is fixed, has a mellow disposition, doesn’t yap at shadows, loves belly rubs…obviously had a good home at some point. He took to Pet Me Happy co-founders Stephen K. Peeples and his wife Nadine A. Peeples right away, and they to him. “That’s the way you want it to happen,” said Stephen, Pet Me Happy’s CEO. “It was like love at first sight. This pup has nearly all the characteristics we were looking for in our perfect Pet Me Happy pooch. It’s just crazy perfect.” The Peeples gave their new four-legged family member the name Lennon, with Len or Lenny the nickname, because his adoption date was October 9, on what would have been rock legend John Lennon’s 76th birthday. The couple’s Pet Me Happy co-founder, business partner and friend Paige Hagen also gave the dog and his new name an enthusiastic two thumbs up. What’s Up with ‘Lennon’ for a Canine Mascot Name? “It’s no secret I’m a deep John Lennon fan,” said Peeples, a first-generation U.S. Beatlemaniac who 24 years later was the […]

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Thu 06, Oct, 2016
Bow Wows & Meows Pet Me Happy booth 60
Join Pet Me Happy at Bow-

The Pet Me Happy Treats menagerie invite you to join them and a few thousand other pet-maniacs at the 16th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair at Hart Park in Newhall, California, on Sunday, October 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pet Me Happy is hosting Booth #60 at the biggest annual pet adoption event in the Santa Clarita Valley. “We’ll have free Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries for all canine guests, plus a contest and special discounts for their humans on treats and gifts,” said Pet Me Happy Co-Founder-CEO Stephen K. Peeples. “We’re really looking forward to meeting our many new local fans and customers,” he said. Part of Pet Me Happy’s mission is advocating pet adoption, Peeples said. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to support the Bow-Wows & Meows organization’s efforts.” Admission to Sunday’s event is free for all, including dogs on leashes, and so is parking, on the Hart Park grounds. RELATED: Why Pet Adoption Beats Buying a Pet This year all six L.A. County animal shelters will bring around 200 adoptable pets for prospective pet parents to choose from. Adoption fees will be discounted to just $30. All dog and cat candidates are already spayed or neutered, immunized, microchipped and ready for immediate adoption. When they adopt a pet, new pet parents will also receive a goodie bag stuffed with pet supplies provided by select Bow-Wows & Meows vendors, including Pet Me Happy. “We’re happy to provide sample-sized packages of our new Artisan Dog Treats for […]

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Sun 18, Sep, 2016
Canine Mascot Search Jour

As detailed in other posts, Pet Me Happy Treats has launched a search for a canine mascot, in conjunction with our charter co-sponsorship of the “Adoptable Pet of the Week” radio-web-YouTube feature on KHTS-AM 1220 our home city of Santa Clarita, California, just north of Hollywood and Los Angeles. Company co-founders Nadine Peeples, Paige Hagen and yours truly, Stephen K. Peeples, decided to adopt a dog not only to become a new member of the Peeples family, but to also lend a paw as the Pet Me Happy Canine Mascot-Spokesdog. Even better, we’re conducting our search and adoption in conjunction with the “Adoptable Pet” series. In this post, we’re keeping a journal about our search for our perfect Pet Me Happy pooch, and will update it when there’s news. The latest news is at the top; scroll down for previous posts. Mascot Search October 9, 2016: WE ADOPTED OUR MASCOT, and his name is Lennon! Read the whole story here. Still “Adoptable”: Sugar & Spice, Barkley, Kane, Snowcone and Sassy. * * * * * Mascot Search October 6, 2016: The Pet Me Happy menagerie has been preparing for our second Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair, coming up on Sunday, October 9. It’s the biggest annual pet adoption event in the Santa Clarita Valley, just north of Los Angeles. We were just getting our business started last year, but we went as a guest of a vendor friend to meet pet parents, do some market research and invite everyone to sign up for the Pet Me […]

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Sun 18, Sep, 2016
The Pet Me Happy pet gifts and treats crew (from right): Nadine and Stephen K. Peeples; Paige Hagen; and Marcus Rigsby.
Pet Me Happy to Adopt Can

Once Pet Me Happy Treats was all set to co-sponsor the KHTS “Adoptable Pet of the Week” radio-web-YouTube news feature on our local radio station in Santa Clarita starting September 1, 2016, my company co-founders Nadine Peeples and Paige Hagen  and I decided to walk the adoption walk – and adopt our own Canine Mascot. Nadine and I decided now is the perfect time to adopt a family dog as a lovable, loyal companion – and a pooch that could also lend a paw with the family business as the official Pet Me Happy Canine Mascot and Spokesdog. Taking our “Adoptable Pet of the Week” sponsorship another step further, the partners are conducting our canine mascot search and adoption in conjunction with the feature. We hope to adopt one of the adoptable dogs profiled by Melissa Lampert, “Adoptable Pet” producer at KHTS, coming from a Santa Clarita Valley-area non-profit pet rescue group or the Castaic Animal Care Center, our local L.A. County public shelter. We won’t rule out a private party, but we do rule out breeders or pet stores. Yeah, I know: “Big deal. People adopt pets every day.” (We should hope!) Well, for Nadine and me, adopting a family dog is a big deal. It took only 35 years for us to adopt another canine kid. Why Adopt a Dog Now After 35 Years? Well, since you asked, I’ll explain. As kids in the ’50s and ’60s, Nadine and I both grew up with four-legged siblings in our families, she […]

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Fri 16, Sep, 2016
Pet Me Happy co-sponsors KHTS Adoptable Pet of the Week
Pet Me Happy Sponsors KHT

Call it fate, the planets lining up, divine intervention, coincidence, prescience, clairvoyance, connections, dumb luck or some combination, but that would explain how Pet Me Happy Treats became co-sponsors of the new “KHTS “Adoptable Pet of the Week” radio-web-YouTube feature – just as the company launched its new online boutique and exclusive line of quality pet-related products in September 2016. Melissa Lampert, features producer at the community-minded local radio station in Santa Clarita, launched the “Adoptable Pet of the Week” feature in early August, and sent out a call for sponsors in a post on the station’s website. Earlier in the year, my company co-founders and I had actually been weighing the idea of producing a Pet Me Happy radio podcast at the station. One of the weekly features we proposed was just this kind of thing, also tied in with the local county animal shelter and nonprofit rescue and adoption organizations. But all things considered, we decided to focus our resources and time on launching Pet Me Happy’s treats retailing business first and put the podcast idea on the back burner. But then, in early August, KHTS had its own “APOW” feature up and running. Blam! My Pet Me Happy co-founders Nadine and Paige and I met and talked about it for about 15 seconds before deciding we had to get involved. So I contacted Carl Goldman and Jeri Seratti-Goldman, KHTS owners and my longtime friends-colleagues-employers-nonprofit board-mates. We have a great relationship, having worked together and helped each other out on a variety […]

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