Nicole Miller Designs Pet Products to Benefit Puppies Behind Bars Prog
Nicole Miller is well-known for her fashion designs, and now puppy lovers will be able to enjoy the fruits of her labor while supporting a cause near and dear to her heart.
Puppies Behind Bars works with inmates to train them how to prepare dogs to become service dogs for veterans wounded from war. They also learn how to teach dogs to become work dogs looking for explosives for law enforcement agencies.
The puppies used for the program are typically around eight weeks old when the first go to the prisons, and are kept and trained there for approximately two years. Miller has worked with Puppies Behind Bars for years, originally creating dog collars for them. She also has been the honorary human of one dog being trained, and she received letters from the inmate who was training ‘her’ dog to learn about its progress. She says that she thinks the training the inmates do is amazing, and also benefits the inmates tremendously as well. Though ‘her’ dog did not do well with being inside the program and was taken out about a year into training, she believes the program turns out dogs who astound her with their behavior.
She’s designed a dog bowl that will retail for $40 and a phone case that will retail for $20, and has said that all proceeds will go to the program, which gives the dogs to war veterans free of charge. On October 17, Miller will host an event in her SoHo store for the organization and customers will be able to meet dogs who are part of the program. Guests are encouraged to bring their own puppies as well, just be ready for them to fall in love with her new pet products!
Miller is also going to design dog blankets for the Puppies Behind Bars “Paws & Reflect” Seniors program as she says she wants accessible ways for people to support the program.
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