In Memoriam We Love You, Sweet Maisie

Our beloved Maisie, the furry heart and soul of Knock Knock, passed away last week, and we are heartbroken. Every dog is special. But Maisie was special. A model of self-possession, she was preternaturally calm and keenly observant. She had a remarkable poise even the humans among us admired, and a dignity that demanded reciprocation. She was also capable of …

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The Days Crawl By, But the Years They Fly Head Honcho Hello

December is a very special holiday month for me and Knock Knock—because it’s Maisie’s birthday. It’s the whole month rather than a single day because when I adopted her from the South Central LA Animal Shelter, in February 2000, I was told she was eight weeks old. All the young puppies were kept together in one kennel area, and as …

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What Do You Mean, “Have a Nice Day”? It’s Our “Something for Nothing” Feature!

The original concept of Knock Knock included something we were calling a “catazine” or “magalog”—at the time, we didn’t realize this was a real thing. In addition to creating product for sale, we were going to put out a magazine, a publication that had only one advertiser: us. I quickly realized that (a) creating and distributing products might be a …

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The Alleys of Venice It's Our "Welcome to Venice" Feature!

Note: After approximately 678 words of exposition, there are many cool pictures with descriptive captions below. If you have no desire to read the introductory essay—and believe me, I wouldn’t blame you—just skip down to the pictures. I’d never experienced alleys before I moved to Los Angeles, and to Venice in particular. Right before I landed in LA, in 1998, …

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Whence the Name “Knock Knock”? Head Honcho Hello

Knock Knock was formally incorporated on January 1, 2002, but we didn’t release our first products until October 2002, so somewhere in between is where I count our anniversary. In 2012, we’ll be ten. Ten! Just like humans think they’ll never get older and it takes a long time to reconcile oneself the fact that one is, indeed, older, I …

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Every Dog Has Its Day It’s Our “Glimpse of the Future” Feature!

As you may have surmised, Knock Knock—and KK-ers—love dogs. I hope you’ve gotten to know a little about Paco and Maisie, our Head Honcho Jen’s goofy and serene (respectively) resident pups, and you may have seen (and purchased!) some of our past animal-loving products: the instructional book How to Have an Ill-Behaved Dog (from our Self-Hurt series), the Pet Organizer, …

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Maisie and Paco, Wonderdogs Google Roulette Monday

Without chance, the world would just be boring. And without Google Roulette Mondays, in which we put a chosen word into Google Images to see what comes up first, frivolity would have no meaning. To kick off our first search, it’s only fitting that we should type in the names of our favorite pups (and Knock Knock mascots), Maisie and …

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