Our 12th Anniversary Poochie Love Story

Your dog makes you a better person™
and this month we recognize
LOVE.

It is a theme that is fitting for both Valentine’s Day and our 12th year anniversary here at Poochie-Pets, which was founded on this day in 2005.

12 years ago what started out as a need to communicate with my family dog began its evolution into a business that now employs 10 amazing souls, supports over 3,000 stores, connects to hundreds of vendors and consumes most of my attention every day. I look back over the last decade of this evolution from a single invention; PoochieBells®, to the drive to create a product line to enhance the lives of dog families everywhere.

I am frequently asked: “what is it like to start, grow and live the world of a business owner and entrepreneur, what are your take-aways?”.  Poochie-Pets started as a dream and fun discussion on a car ride home from a friend’s home with my family. Recognizing we needed to quickly figure out how to better communicate with our dog at potty time, evolved into a handcrafted product (originally made in our home’s basement), team of people and company that has created a product segment in the pet industry. Now, Poochie-Pets is driving forward to evolve into a thriving full line pet product company.

Personally, this company has brought excitement, fear, stress, happiness, self-reflection, drive, and tears along with laughs, travel, connections, failures and success. Most of all, though, Poochie-Pets has brought me incredible LOVE.

I love knowing that families everywhere that use our products find that they enhance the relationship between them and their dog. I love that I surround myself with a team that is passionate about what they do and believe in our company. I love that I can continually learn, face challenges and grow. I love that I have given my children an example of how to believe in your dreams and pursue, take risks, challenge yourself. I love that my family and friends constantly rally around me and support my vision, both highs and lows, I love that I have found the most amazing people in my life through this company.

Most of all, though, I love that this small little company was started out of the love within my family and our then, new dog: Oscar. That love and desire to make our lives better by communicating with him created a vision within me and I am so very thankful.

Happy Anniversary Team Poochie-Pets!

Love Unconditionally | Live In Dog Years™

Love Unconditionally

Bogey & Sadie shared with us this sweet moment from a recent trip home from Friday night date night. We were touched by how they seem comforted by the soft touch of each other as the car moved them through each bend in the road. They exemplify the idea of Love Unconditionally within our LIDY product line.

Their image reminded us that there is nothing better than wrapping up your work week by cozying up with your loved ones.  So, how about you join Bogie & Sadie and take some time this Friday night to appreciate the loves in your life?  Snuggle up, get warm and share your week’s accomplishments, inspirations, and frustrations. Make some fun weekend plans!  Remember though, sometimes no words are needed; just a simple touch, lean and sigh can express it all.

Special thanks to Bogey & Sadie for sharing their moment of comfort with us 🙂

Cherish Your Loved Ones | Live in Dog Years™

Live In Dog Years: Cherish Family and Friends

Our pooches excel at appreciating the love in their lives. The ecstatic welcome we get when we arrive home; the questioning eyes and gentle nudges we get when we are visibly upset; the lift of the head and wag of the tail that happens when we walk into the room – dogs show us all the time how much we mean to them. It seems to make them feel good, and it certainly makes us feel loved!

Yet we humans are not so lucky – we can struggle with expressing our feelings. Life gets busy and we forget to do the little things that make the people special to us feel appreciated. In the spirit of our Live in Dog Years™ product line, we remind ourselves and you to take a moment to cherish your loved ones today. Perhaps a lingering hug, or a well-meant compliment, or even an “I love you” will be just what someone needs. And of course, remember to pat your pooch, who is the true inspiration for taking the time to show the love.

What is your favorite way that your pooch shows you love?

Wolfhound cherishes his tiny kitten friend

Live in Dog Years: Love Unconditionally

Love Unconditionally " Live In Dog Years by Poochie-Pets

“Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel like I am home again. You make me feel like I am young again. You make me feel like I am fun again. However far away, I will always love you.”  Love Song – performed by The Cure & Adele

Love is my favorite shared emotion with my furry four-legged friends. It is said that humans are the only species that feel & express true unconditional love. I beg (another shared action) to differ. The Crowe Family shared with us this touching photo of their son with their pooch. The unconditional love that is mutually exchanged in this slice of play time is undeniable. Pure unconditional love that comes with wet dog smell, hairs stuck all over, bad doggie breath, claws marks on the pool float, etc. But who cares? There are no hidden objectives with this relationship, with few expectations and deep adoration on both sides. Don’t you wish you could bottle it up and open it for those times when we need a reminder that we are loved?

Live In Dog Years Moments

Sometimes we need to take purposefully a Live In Dog Years moment to appreciate the special relationship between pooch and human. What do you do to show your furry friend your love? An extra long walk, play or snuggle time? We’d love to hear about it.