Monday, September 21, 2015

#MountainArtwear: Wear a Cat for a Good Cause #sponsored

This post is sponsored by The Mountain® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. We are being compensated for helping promote the Russo Rescue Collection, but A Tonk's Tail only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. The Mountain is not responsible for the content of this article.  

It was at BlogPaws that I first saw this tee - and fell in love with it. There's something about Dean Russo's artwork that I find hugely compelling. Not only did I love the design, but I also liked how the shirt fit as well. I knew I had to have it.

Abyssynian cat tee from The Mountain
Faraday 'helps' me model the Abyssinian tee
And then I heard that the company that makes these tees - The Mountain® - has created a line of Russo designs with animal rescue in mind. Win-win! That's a match-up I'll happily share with others.

Allie approves!
The Feline Fashionista says the Levi's are okay with the Russo
 Rescue Collection, but the Sketchers have to go. Yes, ma'am.
A portion of every purchase from The Mountain’s Russo Rescue Collection goes to Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends isn’t “just” an animal sanctuary that helps homeless pets find forever families.

Their organization partners locally with shelters across the U.S. in support of such programs as spay/neuter and TNR.

To be honest, I’m not really the kind of person who will buy a product just because a portion of its proceeds goes to help a cat find his forever family.

If the product isn’t high quality or something that appeals to me, I’d rather just donate the money directly to organizations like Best Friends.

That’s not a problem here. There’s a whole lot about these shirts that I like, starting with the fact they’re 100% cotton and printed in the USA using environmentally responsible inks.

I’m going off on a brief tangent here but please bear with me – I’m doing it to make a point, I promise.

Many of you know that we just returned from a much-needed vacation to Cape Cod. At the end of a day filled with biking, hiking and kayaking, we’d go into P-Town each evening for a nice dinner and to shop. You know me: a really cute cat tee hanging in a shop window called my name.

Of course I went in and bought it. Adorable design, but seriously, The Most Uncomfortable Tee EVER. Rough fabric, and an iron-on design that feels like plastic. Ugh. Nothing at all like my Dean Russo Aby Tee from The Mountain. What gives?

Modeling Abyssinian tee from The Mountain with Faraday
Faraday: "Yes, Mommy, I'll help you model the Russo tee. But be quick about it. There are bugs to catch, you know."
I went snooping. Guess what I found.

From The Mountain’s “about us” page, “Most screenprinters use solvent based inks made primarily of plastic (petroleum) that have a rough feel and contain toxic phthalates.” Eww, that describes the other shirt to a ...wait for it... ‘T’.

Sorry, bad pun I know. But totally true. You’ll not find that on any item made by The Mountain.

Faraday's ready for the modeling gig to be over (but he likes the tee!)
Environmentally friendly. Soft. Gorgeous. The Trifecta of Tees.
And one annoyed Tonk ready to end the modeling gig. Like, now, please.

Again, from their site: “The Mountain® uses only environmentally friendly water-based inks and dyes. … The Mountain® products are Oekotex 100% certified (one of the highest qualifications worldwide). This guarantees our shirts are free of chemicals harmful to your body.”

Faraday: Totally selling this tee from The Mountain!
Faraday: "I'm totally selling this shirt. #amIright?"

Did I Mention Discount?

I’ve already grabbed another one for myself. You can, too. The best part? The Mountain has offered us a generous 25% discount. Just use the promo code MTNPETS when you check out. And if you don’t see something in the Russo Rescue Collection that appeals, the code is good site-wide.

Here are the links for your shopping pleasure.
Just don’t blame me for next month’s VISA bill!  ;-)

The Russo Rescue Collection
The Dean Russo Collection
The Complete Catalog

How about a chance to Win Big?

Register to WIN a years' worth of t-shirts from The Mountain!

The Mountain is sponsoring an awesomely big giveaway: one lucky person will win the chance to select up to 5 t-shirts each month for his or her family. That's a total of 60 t-shirts over the course of a year!

Would you like to be that person? What are you waiting for?
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  1. We hadn't read the part of their site about why so many cheap t-shirts are rough and theirs are soft. Very interesting!

  2. Those shirts are so amazing... I LOVE your purple one!!! The winner of this giveaway is going to be SO lucky.

  3. Very nice shirts, this is a great giveaway. Nice photos.

  4. I LOVE Dean Russo's art. The t-shirts are great too. I'm going to have to go check them out!

  5. I have two shirts from Mountain Wear and LOVE them! I hope that I win their crazy good giveaway!

  6. I wish I could win this giveaway - like TODAY (as I have 6 shirts sitting in my shopping basket, and that's after I deleted a couple). :) LOVE that Abyssinian tee, and your kitty!

  7. These are beautiful t-shirts and I would be honored to win and wear them!

  8. We agree couldn't more! We have one of these shirts and it's SO soft and comfortable. They've really got the magic down when it comes to making a beautifully bright, colorful and WEARABLE tee.

  9. Pawsome review and we love the photos of you and the kitties.

  10. We loooove our Dean Russo shirts. And you are so right, the way the ink is laid into the shirts is really nice. They don't feel like those scratchy iron-ons from years ago.

  11. best fishes everee one...guys...tell yur mom thiz IZ one rockin awesum tee shirt !!!! mega kewl !!! ♥♥♥

  12. That is a great design on the T shirt, and my mum loves the colour.

  13. Hey! I've seen that tee somewhere ;) It looks great on you! I love it too and all of my Mountain Artwear tee shirts.

  14. Gweat posty. Weez sure hopin' we win. Mommy kuld fur sure use sum new tees.

    PeeEss and by da way, weez luv yous hair.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  15. Wow! Great t-shirt and yep, those other Tee shirts even smell plastic like. Great photos, I was amazed at how long your hair it... very pretty. And yes, Faraday is awesome too

  16. The shirt is beautiful. I love the vibrant colors.

  17. That's a very pretty t-shirt! Faraday, you did an awesome job helping your beautiful mom model it!

  18. I gotta say, that is one of the coolest shirts we've seen in a long time!

  19. That's a very pretty T-shirt you're helping your mom model.

  20. I love that shirt and I'm going to get one for me. ~Island Cat Mom

  21. Those are great shirts, and that's a pawsome giveaway ! Purrs

  22. Mom really wants a shirt. She's already entered the contest but is pretty sure she won't win so is going to break down and buy one. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  23. Um...of course we love that purple kitty T-shirt!! MOL!!

  24. The shirt looks pawsome on you and we have 5 Mountain t shirts now and love them. We always get compliments.


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