how Tiny N Tall is making a big impact.

Well, well, well, what do we have here? A brand-spankin’ New Year! A fresh start, a clean slate, and an opportunity to make it what we want. It’s exciting and yet slightly overwhelming. As I mentioned in my last post, I don’t totally believe in resolutions, but I do believe in goals. I’ve got a lot of them this year: new series, new platforms, new projects, so many ideas I can’t wait to share with you. One specific goal I made for myself was to partner with a new shelter every month, and this month, I’m kicking things off with a fun one.

Tiny N Tall Rescue is exactly as it sounds, they specialize in small and giant breed dogs. They’ve only been around for about two months and they’ve already rescued eight dogs. A large (pun intended) feat for a foster-home, all-volunteer program founded by Melissa Young and Niccalina Santilli. Based in Bartlett, Illinois, Tiny N Tall has a large network of passionate giant breed advocates helping to support their rescue efforts.

The reason this rescue is so important is that giant breeds often need special care that traditional shelters might not be able to provide. Just recently, they brought in an 11 month-old Cane Corso that was used for breeding purposes and quickly discarded once he developed an eye problem. His costly surgery wouldn’t have been easy for a shelter to provide but he is now getting the care he needs. Another Cane Corso was received completely emaciated. He will have a long road to recovery, but he has the advantage of a foster home while he recovers.

While giants breeds might be a big (pun again intended) part of their mission, they also want to provide support for their tiny counterparts. Tiny N Tall will take any breed under 25 pounds that are in need of rescue. I got to meet a tiny pup named Ralphie who was dumped by a breeder at just six months old. He found his way to TNT and now has a bright future ahead of him.

Tiny N Tall Rescue is one of those organizations that you can just feel the hard work of the individuals involved. While they may have only just started, I know they’re going to be unstoppable in their mission. They live and breathe to help these creatures and consistently put the dogs’ needs ahead of their own. It’s a rescue that inspires me. Seeing two women doing something I can only dream to accomplish in the rescue world gives me hope that one day, perhaps I too can start a rescue too. While it may be small (for now) I can only wait to see the big things they will accomplish. ALL THE PUN INTENDED.


This is Rosie, a Great Dane/Lab mix that was pulled from a high-kill shelter from the south. Rosie is a big, strong, girl but is so willing to listen and work on her skills. She’s a loving lady who is happy to sit for treats and pets and would do well with an experienced large-breed owner. For more information about Rosie, click here.


I bought this dress from Sararose right before they closed for remodel. I showed off the dress in my Instagram stories and almost everyone was obsessed with it. The black velvet gives it a holiday feel, while the plunging neckline makes it a showstopper. It’s sold out almost everywhere but I found one last place for only $33.  I wore my favorite winter faux fur bomber from White Elephants designs and my Marc Fisher OTK boots. Shop the look below!




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All photos by Nick Monaghan.

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