"From being a discounted puppy to owning my own clothing line, I'll tell you how it all went down."
Look, it wasn't all rainbows and unicorns from the beginning. I was born in Los Angeles (what a coincidence, I was born in "the city of angels") back in 2007. Back then, there were puppy boutiques all over California, catching the eye of my mom... she was one of those humans that couldn't help herself from petting every puppy possible. She went to this particular puppy boutique every weekend just to get her furry fix... never with the intention to buy a designer dog for thousands of dollars. Let's be honest, she was just a broke design student looking for a free puppy cuddle.
Anyway, I was loungin' in this fancy infant-like crib one day when she came in for the hundredth time. This was the magical moment that changed both of our lives forever. The dude filling my water bowl told her I was on sale because someone returned me -- who knows if that was true (likely story) or maybe he could just see our connection. Either way, we both knew she was taking me home. I guess I won her heart with this wild mane of mine. Nowadays she believes in rescuing dogs from shelters over breeding, but thankfully she wasn't aware of how important this was back then, because I needed a home too.
Fast forward to three years later and that's when my life got really good. It was 2010 when my mom met my dad. We weren't fast friends, I had to make sure he was a good boy, but here we are countless belly rubs later and now we're inseparable. He taught me fetch, cuts my hair and never gets upset when I make mistakes. Oh yeah, and he also gave me my start in the fashion biz.
Look, I like to dress nice. Some people think I act too human-like but I say, just because I'm a dog doesn't mean I want rhinestones or studs on my shirt, okay? My dad got that, so he finally asked my mom (who designs clothes and stuff) to make me my own shirts. Other pups started asking where I got my threads so I figured I better make more. I kept designing plaid shirts, cardigans and my favorite tropical print shirts for BBQ parties. We started selling them in lots of stores to help fashionistas like me across the world.
Now I'm living in Minnesota managing my fashion label and directing the humans that work for me. We have a lot of fun at Dog Threads and I get plenty of nap breaks which is great. Oh, and my dream closet that keeps growing. On top of all that, I've met countless friends that continue to brighten my days through their rad outfit pics on Instagram. You guys keep us inspired.
Lastly, in an effort to help other animals that need to be rescued we made it our mission to donate a portion of all sales to help raise funds for a variety of non-profit animal rescues. Click here to see a list of charities that we work with.
In December of 2018 our beloved Thomas crossed the rainbow bridge. He was the love of our life and the reason Dog Threads was created. While we will miss him forever, we are eternally grateful for the time that we had together.
Thomas' legacy will live on through each pup that wears his threads and in turn donates to an animal in need.