If you have seen the 2018 Coastal Pet catalog, you have seen our first brand ambassadors chosen to be in the spotlight! Charlie and Sprout, also known as the Sunshine Dogs, are the cover models! The boys live near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn't too far from Alliance, Ohio where Coastal Pet is located. One day last year, they made the drive to Alliance's very own Silver Park for a photoshoot.
Charlie and Sprout can be seen going on fun adventures while sporting their Coastal gear on their Instagram page, @thesunshinedogs. Around a year and a half ago, Cassandra, the boys’ mom, decided that her friends might be tired of seeing photos of Charlie’s sweet face on her personal Instagram account, so she created an account just for him. Turns out, he was much more popular than she could have imagined – he soon had more followers than she did.
In August 2017, the fun doubled for Charlie the Sunshine Dog when Sprout joined the family. While Charlie was rescued from an unknown fate after being listed on Craigslist when he was just a puppy, Sprout came from a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Plum, Pennsylvania called Southwest PA Retriever Rescue Organization, or SPARRO. SPARRO prides themselves in being a safe place for wayward, abandoned, unwanted, or abused retrievers. They treat the dogs in their care as family and work with them to ensure they are trained with basic commands and how to walk on a leash.
Charlie and Sprout quickly became best brothers. Charlie loves the sunshine and would be pleased with just relaxing in the same spot all day. His mom compares him to Garfield! Sprout on the other hand, comparable to the Tasmanian Devil, is much more energetic. Give him time to burn off all of his puppy energy though and he will soon be following Charlie’s relaxation lead.
Both boys love going on adventures and having fun. Their favorite thing to do is ride the Side by Side at camp. Their mom and dad wanted the boys to be more comfortable, so they had a custom cover made for their Polaris General so the bed would have some shade. Recently, Charlie and Sprout enjoyed an 8-hour ride; the cover not only protected them from inclement weather, but it also kept them secure so there was no danger of falling off or jumping out from the back of the vehicle.
There’s only one thing Charlie and Sprout enjoy more than their fun adventures, and that’s their high-quality treats. They have two absolute favorites – Tiny Cause’s all natural, homemade peanut butter treats and homemade Apple of My Eye treats from All Bark Boutique.
If you follow the Sunshine Dogs on Instagram or Facebook, you will notice something in common with most of their pictures – Coastal! They are frequently sporting Coastal attire or giving us a shout-out. Charlie and Sprout have their own favorite product, the Li’l Pals Mesh Pig, but their mom and dad are huge fans of the front connect harnesses. Charlie wears the Walk Right, while Sprout wears the new Pro Mesh harness.
When asked what is enjoyed most about being part of the Coastal family, Cassandra said that from day one, they have all been treated like family. From being spoiled with great products to test and use, new toys to play with, to being treated like celebrities when they visited Coastal. They also love that we go above and beyond to spoil them – including custom holiday collars and custom pineapple pattern collars (which Cassandra mentioned in the interview she would love to see Coastal come out with).
We look forward to seeing our great relationship with the Sunshine Dogs grow. Be sure to check them out on Instagram or Facebook, you might just see something you recognize!