Hi, my name is Carrie Johnson (pleased to meet you)!
The Pawed dream has been around for more years than I am willing to admit, but I am so excited to finally see things start to happen. I’ve had many crazy ideas about which direction to go in over that time, but for one reason or another it wasn’t the right time/never worked out. Then last year (2012) things started to get serious, well… people stopped laughing at my ‘ridiculous’ musings and I managed to convince a few that ‘no, I’m not having a laugh’ (well, they seemed convinced to my face at least … and I’ll take that). There’s some other icky nonsense about being made redundant etc in there too, but the point is with a nudge and a push I started to think that this could really happen.
Everybody that has a dog, or has had a dog and definitely if you know somebody that has a dog, knows one thing; a dog is never ‘just a dog’ ever! Did you know it’s a fact that people who say things like that actually don’t have souls?*
Anyway, what I am saying is that I could tell you a million (hundred?) hundred things about each one of my dogs and each one would be relating to something they had done, how they behaved or what they ‘meant’ when they did this or that. It’s not because I baby my dogs (I do), nor is it because I believe they actually are babies (they are; furry ones) it’s because they all have their own personalities. I know!! … Groundbreaking.
So, when I am looking for something to buy my furry ones I’m quite often dismayed. Even by something as readily available as collars, yeah it’s easy to track down any old thing for any old dog… but! just because Myfie is a Westie (i.e. he’s Scottish) does not mean I want to put him in a tartan collar**, nor does it mean he wants to wear it! No, Myfie is badass! He wants something that says who he is when strangers see him on his walk … he wants to wear a little bit of his personality on the outside, just like we do!
So, in the coming months we will be bringing you a selection of fabric collars and accessories that make a statement about who your best furry friend is. Many of us like to dress our dogs up from time to time, but the humble collar has been ignored too long! Seriously, have you ever asked your dog if they like their collar? Your dog has to wear one, and we’re confident one of our collars will make him or her proud to be wearing it. What’s more they will all be designed and handmade, by us, in the UK. It’s important to us that each piece is made with love, care and above all else; ethically.
Over the coming weeks, we hope to get to know some of you a lot better, share a little bit of our progress and have those tails wagging in anticipation! I’ll also be sharing stories and updates from my three four-pawed business partners (and about them, when they aren’t looking). I welcome comments and suggestions, and would love to hear about your own furry best friends too!
*I’m sure if they did scientific research on that, it would be an actual fact!
** There’s nothing wrong with Tartan, in fact it’s quite nice … you know what I meant, right?