We met Jasmine recently while we were in Miami showing our line, Bean Goods, at the fashion trade exhibition, Coast. Jasmine is originally from LA but now resides in Miami & is an avid dog lover & a passionate dog rescue supporter. Jasmine & her rescue Chiweenie, Duchess, hit the Miami streets in their favorite Bean Goods apparel & we loved every bit of it! Jasmine’s blog is dedicated to “looking luxe without breaking the bank,” a perfect match with our Bean Goods Doxie Luxe Tee & trucker hat! Check out what Jasmine had to say about living in Miami and her life with her best friend Duchess in our first hound and human close up interview below. Visit Jasmine’s blog here : www.jasminetoshfashion.com
1/ Tell us a little bit about your background. When did you start modeling? Is this your full time job?
I have been modeling since I was a child in my hometown of Los Angeles, CA. At this point in my life, I still love modeling but I am turning my focus more towards my fashion blog, Jasmine Tosh Fashion. It is my full time job and my goal is to get my name out there so I can travel and work with more fashion brands worldwide.
2/ How do you like living in Miami in comparison to LA?
I think Miami and Los Angeles are like night and day. Living in Miami Beach, feels like I am in a different country where English is usually not the first language. I love the different cultures combined in one place, and the beautiful beaches. I feel like I am actually on vacation sometimes. I do miss Los Angeles everyday though, and it’s faster pace of everyday living.
3/ Do you consider Miami a dog-friendly city? How so?
I think Miami is especially a dog-friendly city because everyone is constantly doing dog-friendly things with their furry friends. You can’t go to a store, outdoor restaurant, beach, or park without seeing a happy dog and their loving owners. I am currently reposting and supporting a group in Miami called Urgent Dogs Of Miami that help find homes for dogs who are on kill lists at the Miami Dade Animal Shelter. It’s really a sad thing to see so many dogs at shelters, I wish more people would adopt.
4/ Tell us about your relationship with Duchess. What role does she play in your life?
Duchess is my daughter and best friend. I would be nothing without her. I rescued her from a Los Angeles shelter when she was two years old, and she is now almost 7 years old. I love her so much and we make each other so happy. She is definitely spoiled and she is the smartest dog I’ve ever met.
5/ What does Duchess do that makes you laugh?
Duchess is like an Olympic champion of dogs. She sleeps in a large padded zipper enclosed dog crib that is about three feet high. So when I give her the command to “Go in her bed” she takes a running head start and then jumps into it from the top. It is the funniest thing ever and it’s on her Instagram @DuchessandLouie If you’d like to see it in slow motion.
6/ What places have you & Duchess traveled together? What adventures have you had together?
Duchess and I have lived in Los Angeles, Washington D.C, and now Miami together. We’ve driven across the country twice already, so she is definitely the traveling type.
7/ Can Duchess do any special tricks?
Besides the amazing “Go in your bed” leap, she knows the difference between “Drink your water,” and “Eat your food.” She will never get the two commands confused. She is so smart I feel like she is a human child sometimes.
8/ Describe Duchess in one word if you can.
9/ How do you feel Duchess communicates with you? Does she have different barks for different needs?
She never barks. Duchess is such a loving and smart dog I already know what she wants when she needs something. I am so glad I rescued her from living in a crowded shelter, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.
10/ How has Duchess helped you in facing challenges in your life?
Duchess has taught me patience and how to just enjoy the little things in life. To have an animal love you so much and depend on you is the best thing in the world. Everyone should have a furry best friend to help them smile through life’s challenges.