How Wags and Walks walks the walk.

Well, it’s my last night with Mr. Sycamore and I have to say, he’s a total lovebug. It’s been quite the journey for him, and while I’m going to be so sad saying goodbye, I know it’s what is best for him. I’ll write all about my experience (later this week!) so stay tuned. Today, I’m talking about my trip to LA and the rescue I worked with, Wags and Walks.

I first learned of Wags through my Instagram and real-life friend, Courtney. Courtney does all things social media for the rescue and we immediately bonded over her adorable dogs and my ridiculous animals. She’s been a resource of inspiration and knowledge when it comes to social media and rescue. She has been with Wags for a very long time and has done everything from fostering to fundraising. Courtney and Wags created an amazing community full of passionate people.

Founded in 2011, Wags & Walks is everything I love in rescue. They are welcoming, warm, full of wonderful dogs, and progressive. They don’t judge dogs based on breed, size, or age. They have such a diverse population of dogs in their care. Futher more, Wags and Walks doesn’t judge adopters based on work schedules, income, or home size. They simply want to help dogs get into happy homes… and they’re really good at it.

Wags opened their own adoption center a little over a year ago and since then, they’ve been even more successful in saving lives. This year alone, they’ve already adopted out 151 dogs. To date, Wags has adopted out more than 4100 dogs. Every day they post an adoption alert and it’s always the cutest dog.

Another thing that Wags has going for it? Celebrity status. Being in LA, there are plenty of high profile individuals looking to adopt. Walking into Wags, there’s a whole wall full of pictures of celebrities with their adopted pets. It’s a fantastic way to spread awareness of so many homeless pets and something we in Chicago don’t get to experience a whole lot of.

Perhaps my favorite part of Wags is their adoption center. If I could build my own, it would look very similar to theirs. It’s bright, airy, and modern. The center is somewhere you’d want to hang out with friends, read a book, and chill. It’s the perfect spot to show people dogs in a warm and friendly environment.

My love for Wags and Walks is big. I love their no-nonsense approach to saving all dogs and connecting them with people who truly fit. They don’t shy aware from tough situations and they open their doors to anyone looking to adopt a dog. So, if you’re ever in LA, be sure to pop in and check out their furry friends. And say hi to Courtney while you’re at it!


Cole – This tripod is such a cutie. Real talk, I’m a sucker for a three-legged dog so when I saw this boy, I knew I had to do a shoot with him. His obvious good looks combined with his infectious personality makes him a catch. He’s about 2 years old and would do well in almost setting. For all the details on Cole, click here.


Part of the trip was to work with some of my favorite brands which include LC Lauren Conrad. They are huge proponents of rescue animals and I love supporting a woman-run company. This sweater was probably my favorite piece because it’s seriously the most comfortable thing…ever. Shop the look below!

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All photos: Maddie Stringfellow

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