Meet the Donovans!

Hi everyone! We’re the Donovans. You probably know us as @zirathecorgi on social media. But while being corgi pawrents is a huge part of our lives, there’s so much more to us – as individuals, as a couple, and as a family. We can’t wait to share more of our lives with you. So we’re starting now!

We’d like to introduce ourselves. If you don’t know yet, we’re Jesse (left) and Kasey (right)!

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Jesse is an artist and Kasey is a freelance writer. Together, we’ve empowered one another to pursue our passions and become better people. Our love for each other has withstood thousands of miles, family drama, and difficult pasts. We lift each other up and our love is getting stronger every day.

You may recognize us from our video of our double proposal at Disneyland!

This is just one testament to how truly magical our lives are. Neither of us had any idea the other one was planning to propose at the exact same time. As we said in our interview with Cosmopolitan, “It was the happiest moment, at the happiest place on Earth.” And we had no idea our proposal would go viral. It was mind-boggling to go from proposing to talking on the phone with Cosmo for an interview and seeing our faces everywhere online. We even had people at Disneyland coming up to us because they recognized us from the video! The publicity of it all was admittedly overwhelming at times, but we’re so happy that the video has spread so much joy and hope to the world. It’s one of the happiest moments of our lives and it’s a blessing to be able to share that.

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You may also know about us from this tweet about Zira!

This was our first piece of viral content and it was just pure luck. We snapped some pictures of Zira, put them on Twitter, and suddenly all these big news outlets were making articles about it, including BuzzFeed, Complex, and Bravo.

But we also got a lot of criticism – both constructive and hostile – about taking Zira into a store that only allows service dogs. We learned a valuable lesson and used our platform to apologize and spread awareness about protecting service dogs and their handlers. We even made a blog post and video about shopping at dog-friendly stores.

Since then, we’ve been building a social media presence around Zira and everyone else we add to the family!

Here is a brief introduction to each of our lovely pets:

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Zira is 5/8 Pembroke Welsh Corgi and 3/8 Miniature Australian Shepherd. She is the spunkiest, fastest, and most unique dog ever. Her favorite thing is to give us kisses and she wants to play all the time!

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This is Ellie! She’s Zira’s half sister and we got her when she was already 6 months old. We call her Ellie Girl most of the time. She’s the sweetest, cuddliest, and laziest pup we could ever want. With Zira and Ellie, we truly have the best of both worlds when it comes to corgis. They have such different and unique personalities. It makes life fun!

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This is Purrdita! We adopted her from the SPCA and she’s literally the best cat in the world. She lets you pick her up and pet her whenever you want. She always meows at you when she sees you and she gets along great with the pups. And while her name is Purrdita, we usually just call her “kitty.”

We have a lot more to share with you all – from our home renovations to our desire to keep growing our family (eep!), but that will all come in due time. We don’t want to overwhelm you with a whole bunch of information. But from now on, our social media profiles and blog will be geared towards our entire family instead of just the dogs. We’re excited for you to be a part of our grand adventure!

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We got Zira’s floof out of our carpet | Hoover Carpet Cleaner Review

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

The Home Depot recently reached out to us and asked if we wanted to try out the new Hoover SmartWash Advanced Pet Automatic Upright Carpet Cleaner. As frequent Home Depot shoppers (and owners of a corgi mix who sheds a lot), we immediately said yes!

Some pictures of Zira at a Home Depot shopping trip back in January.

They promptly sent us the Hoover carpet cleaner and we couldn’t wait to try it out! As you can see, Zira is always excited to get something in the mail.

The unboxing and setup was super simple. Here’s a look at everything you get in the box*.

*Zira the Corgi not included. Click on the images for a closer look.

It even comes with some small bottles of cleaning solutions which was a nice surprise. However, The Home Depot did advise us to get the 64 oz. 2X Deep Clean PET MAX 3-in-1 Carpet Solution separately, because you’ll definitely need more than what comes in the box if you’re going to do a deep clean of wall-to-wall carpeting.

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There are easy to follow instructions in the box that explain how to put it all together. It took me maybe 5 minutes to get it all ready. Once it was all set up, it was time to clean (and put Zira in another room, since she’s not a huge fan of the vacuum sounds, and watching it suck up all her fur might be traumatizing)!

As with any carpet cleaner, you’re supposed to vacuum the area first. We did this and were still so shocked to see how much fur and random carpet gunk this thing cleaned up. Ever since we got Zira back in November, we haven’t used a carpet cleaner–just a vacuum. There was SO much corgi floof in our carpet that the vacuum wasn’t getting. Here’s a before and after picture!

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Not to mention that using the carpet cleaner is a painless experience. It has sensors that automatically detect whether you’re pushing forward or pulling backward. When you’re pushing forward, it disperses the cleaning solution, which it automatically mixes with water. When you’re pulling back, it dries the carpet. You don’t have to touch any buttons or anything–it just does it for you! It also has a handy “dry only” option for when you’re done cleaning.

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If you have carpeted stairs like us, you’ll be happy to know the Hoover comes with a stair-cleaning tool. We tried it out and it’s such a life-saver, because vacuuming or cleaning stairs is always a pain.

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All in all, we’re really satisfied with this carpet cleaner! It helps us clean more thoroughly than the vacuum without needing to hire a professional carpet cleaning service. We’re so thankful that the Home Depot reached out to us for this partnership program!

If you have pets and carpet, you should definitely check out the Hoover SmartWash Advanced Pet Automatic Upright Carpet Cleaner from Home Depot. It’s Zira-approved!

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I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines. 

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Zira the Corgi

As Zira’s loving pawrents, we get a lot of questions about her every day. Here are your answers!

Is Zira a purebred corgi?

Nope! She’s 5/8 Pembroke Welsh Corgi and 3/8 Miniature Australian Shepherd. She has the body of a Pembroke Corgi with the blue merle coloring of an aussie. This mix is commonly called an “augi” or “auggie.” Her mom is a mix and her dad is a purebred tri-color corgi.  Here are some pictures of Zira with her mom, whose name is Tesla!
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Where does Zira’s name come from?

We named her after the character Zira from the Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. Both of us are huge Disney fans, but we didn’t want to name her something too common. While we were looking through Disney names, Zira just stood out and we think it’s the perfect name for her!

Is she deaf/blind/a double merle?

No, no, and no. A lot of people assume she’s a double merle, which is the result of breeding two merle dogs and often results in a myriad of health problems. Thankfully, this is not the case (as her dad was a tri-color corgi with no merle gene) and she has excellent hearing and sight.

Does she know any tricks?

Yes! As of writing this post, she knows “sit,” “down,” and “shake” (for shaking our hands).

How much does/will she weigh?

Zira currently weighs 15 pounds and we expect her to be between 20 and 25 pounds when she’s fully grown.

Can I send Zira free products for her to post about?

We carefully choose the brands we work with. Plus, we have rates for sponsored posts. If you’re interested in working with Zira for promotions, you can contact us here.

Who is Zira’s breeder?

We’ve decided to only tell people we know personally about Zira’s breeder. Sorry!

Do you have more questions about Zira that we didn’t address? Leave them in the comments below!

Zira the Corgi LOVES Shopping At These 5 Dog-Friendly Stores

By now I’m sure you’ve seen the viral post of our dog Zira in a shopping cart at Target. Upon seeing those photos, you may have wondered, “Can I bring my dog into Target?” Well, we’ve learned that the answer is no. Since our pictures took the Internet by storm, we’ve learned a lot about the laws and store policies that are in place to protect service dogs and their handlers. Although we had seen other dogs at our local Target and the employees and managers asked to pet Zira, we realized it was still a mistake to bring her in because, regardless of the individual circumstances, Target is a service dog-only store.

While Zira is a calm, well-behaved pup who would never harm a soul, not all dogs are. Some dogs may distract–or even attack–service dogs who have important jobs to do. A distracted or attacked service dog may cause the handler to get injured or even die. This is why it’s so important to adhere to laws and store policies.

Thankfully, we’ve also learned that there are plenty of establishments that allow dogs! We took Zira on a shopping trip to show her all the places she’s welcome. And guess what–she had a blast!

*It’s important to note that the stores on this list may leave it up to managers to decide whether their specific locations allow non-service dogs. Additionally, some may only allow dogs if they’re on a leash or of a particular size. To be sure you can bring your pup inside one of these places, call ahead and find out your local store’s policy.*

1. Home Depot

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“Look at all of this lumber! WAIT. Are you finally building me my dream doggy mansion?!?”

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2. Ross

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“This place is so cool! Even dogs can dress for less!”

3. Marshalls

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“I picked out a bed and a donut toy! This is the best shopping trip ever!”

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4. Michaels

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“Is this where you’re getting supplies for my Etsy shop?!”

5. PetSmart (and Other Pet Stores)

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“I get new toys and treats, PLUS I get to meet new people and dogs?! PetSmart is my favorite!”

Let me know what your favorite dog-friendly stores are!

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