For the record none of this is about me. I've always thought of myself as a very behind the scenes kind of person. At my wedding, I walked down the aisle so fast no one even had a chance to stand up. Granted, it was a short aisle, but I've never been very comfortable in the spotlight. I much prefer shining it on others, which is, at it's core, what SHOP DOG SHOP CAT is all about.
I started working in the pet industry right out of college, making ends meet as a full-time pet sitter for nearly three years before I started making collars under the name ike&stella in 2012. Over the course of the next five years I witnessed the pet industry grow into what it is today - an exciting, dynamic industry full of endless possibility. I started making collars because I couldn't find any that I liked, today it's nearly impossible to choose from all the options. There are so many talented people dedicating their time and energy to pets, and it's no accident - we stand to gain so much from our relationships with animals. In times of great stress and uncertainty, whether it's personal or political, they have a way of softening the edges and bringing us back to what's good.
SHOP DOG SHOP CAT is at once a showcase and a celebration. The name is reflexive - on the one hand we're here to shop, both for and in honor of our animals, on the other hand we're here to talk shop about all the industry has to offer. From rescue to pet care to art, design & culture - my aim is to create a place, both digital and, one day, physical, for everything dog & cat under the sun. Thank you so much for being part of this community - we have big plans!