Introducing Puppy Mama

I’m so excited to introduce you all to Puppy Mama Inc, a new app launched by my childhood bestie, Theresa Piasta, that is very close to my heart. To give you a little background on Theresa, she is an Iraq-War veteran who suffered from PTSD. After suffering and struggling to overcome this painful illness, she finally met just who she needed to help her through her darkest days – her dog Waffles. Waffles comforted Theresa and helped her see light in the world when she didn’t think it was possible. It was this bond that made her realize she wasn’t the only one out there who could use some puppy love. The solution? Puppy Mama Inc!

The Puppy Mama mission is to make the world a more dog friendly place, bring dog lovers together, and to bring some much needed awareness to canine therapy. The social media app (which is launching this month!) will provide a platform for puppy mamas to connect and share with one another. The app will allow you to set up puppy play dates, and rate businesses, hotels, restaurants, bars, transportation, and workspaces according to their dog-friendliness. Puppy Mama is also a place where you can come and share your story, while also connecting with people who may be going through similar things that you are.

If you’d like to be a part of the Puppy Mama journey, you can do so by following along on Instagram and helping to raise funds on Kickstarter. Also, If you live in the bay area, I would love for you to join me in attending the Puppy Mama launch party on March 18th (find details on the event here!).

To say I am proud of my brave friend is an understatement! I know this app is going to bring so much paw-sitive change into the world and I am looking forward to being a part of it!

Congratulations Theresa and the entire Puppy Mama Inc Team!


Check out all these amazing write ups about my friend and Puppy Mama Inc.:

Huffington Post: Iraq-War Veteran Unites Women Through A Common Passion for Dogs

Wellesley College: Theresa Piasta ’06: From Iraq to Wall Street to Puppy Mama

Medium: The Woman Warrior Project, Theresa Piasta Iraq-War Veteran

StreetInsider: Travel is for the dogs! Puppy Mama App Connects Women Who Love Their Dogs and Want to Bring Them Everywhere

MILTECH: Puppy Mama App Connects Women Who Love Their Dogs and Want to Bring Them Everywhere

Hi! I’m Erika and I live in Sonoma County with my high school sweetheart and two kids. Follow along to find home inspiration, delicious recipes, and the inside scoop on all things wine country.

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  1. 3.8.17
    Jennifer said:

    This is such a fantastic idea! I’ll have to tell my sister about this. She currently has a service dog in training. He’s still a puppy and has a lot to learn!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • 3.14.17

      Yes you definitely should tell her about this! It’s going to be amazing! xo

  2. 3.8.17

    Lovely Erika,

    You just brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for your love, friendship and thoughtfulness. I am absolutely honored to be your long-time friend!

    • 3.14.17

      So proud of you and all that you are doing to better the world. Love you so much! xo

  3. 3.8.17

    All three of you are beautiful! I’m so excited to join this group of fellow dog lovers. I will try to make it to the Bay Area to meet as many of you as I can at an event. I live in the greater Seattle area with my husband and Labradoodle puppy, Bayla.

    • 3.14.17

      Hi Nancy! I am so glad you are so excited! It would be so great to meet you! xo