Dog + Bone was born out of a love for making top-quality goods, sustainable living, and working with rescues. For the first four years, I worked virtually solo on the business with my best friend and husband, Ivan, pitching in nights and weekends around his corporate job. As the business grew, there were hardly enough hours in the day to do everything. We dreamed of leaving behind the daily grind of a modern life in exchange for simplicity and more time spent together. When the time felt right, I convinced Ivan to say goodbye to corporate life and come help me with Dog + Bone full-time. That decision freed us up for the adventure of a lifetime.
Able to work from anywhere and ready for a simpler life, we sold our house in Austin, Texas along with most of our furniture and headed out west. We hit the road with just our four dogs, one cat, a few boxes of personal essentials, and everything we needed to run the business. On July 4th, 2018 we rolled into the rugged mountain town of Lake City, Colorado (elevation 8671 ft, population 374) and set up shop in a historic brick building downtown.
The building, once a US Forest Service office, is now our basecamp and serves as our retail shop, studio, and residence. Most days we can be seen working in the studio, where each Dog + Bone collar and leash is handmade by us. With a small batch approach, we’re able to focus on quality while keeping production waste at a minimum. Behind the shop, our 524 square foot dwelling is a cozy retreat, with most nights spent relaxing by the fire while the dogs hog our couch. Our life in the mountains is filled with work, play, and LOTS of dogs.
I am SO excited to share with you what lays ahead on this adventure. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to pursue our passion while working to produce quality durable goods. We appreciate your support so much and look forward to seeing all the places you and your pup go with our gear!