Thank you for visiting Big
Pile of Dog Shirts PLUS! I'm Mikel (pronounced Michael)
and I own this website.
I first started selling dog toys online in 2004 with the
invention of a very special dog toy
made from the rubber liners of
milking machines. Back then, my site was
called HelpingUdders.com and I was one of the first websites to give
a portion of sales to rescue!
I design most of the
t-shirts myself - and make them all one by one. I'm
also open to ideas (within my artistic abilities, that is).
I also own a luxury dog boarding kennel here on my small property
in Kansas that does very well for its size. I also do
consulting with people who are interested in starting a small kennel
like mine. If you are interested, please contact me.
of my passions in addition to dogs and supporting rescue, is goats.
I met my first goat in 2009 and now own a herd of very special
dairy goat ladies. Hence the goaty flavor of the website!
Goats are truly an amazing animal. They feed billions of
people around the world and make loving pets. Most of the
world drinks goat's milk and goat meat is the most consumed meat in
the world outside the US. When Jesus drank milk, it was from a
I'm involved in a charity that gives dairy goats to impoverished
families in developing countries. When you buy something on
this site, 10-25% of your purchase either goes to rescue or
to the goat-giving charity.
One female goat can provide enough milk for a small family with
enough left over to sell at their local farmer's market. That
same goat can have up to 3 offspring a year that can be sold to send
children to school or to pay for medical needs. One little
goat can change the lives of a family forever.
More about the Give a Goat Program.
Tony, Cissy, Petey, and Sasha.
Tony at the 2010 AKC
On July 1, 2015, Tony passed away
from a long illness. My heart still breaks
|Tony is always at my side. I've never been
closer to a dog and the things he made possible for me
through agility have been some of the happiest moments of my
his AKC Master Agility Champion title in 2010 and competed at the
AKC National Championships in Tulsa that same year.
Tony's has worked so hard for me all these years, both on and off
the agility course. He's my once in a life-time dog.
to me through the trash man who found her and knew I was the
Boston Terrier Lady in town. She will likely meet you at
your car when you drive into the kennel. She never met a
dog or stranger she didn't like.
how this all got started back in 2000, when this skinny
little Boston Terrier jumped into my son's car and came to
live with us. He was my first agility dog and my
introduction to Bostons. He's gone now, be he will be
watch over the house. She's a very obedient and loyal girl
who enjoyed a short agility career in her earlier years. I
can tell her to wait on the porch while I do chores and she
won't have moved a muscle when I get back. She's a good
and Scout my Anatolian Shepherd who
takes care of the goats. She's such a good girl,
always keeping an eye out for coyotes and other critters
that don't belong around the goats. It's amazing to
see how she and the goats communicate. When Scout
barks, the goats all run for the barn or away from whichever
direction she is alerting to. More