As a husband and wife team with a shared love of dogs, rescue, and sustainable living, Ivan and I started Dog + Bone as a way to work together and reflect those values. Right away, I was able to dedicate all of my time to the business, but Ivan was still at his corporate job and could only pitch in nights and weekends. 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 working on the business, so five years after starting Dog + Bone, Ivan said goodbye to corporate life and we set out on the adventure of a lifetime.
The day we sold our house in Austin, we headed out west with our four dogs, one cat, a few boxes of personal essentials, and a moving truck with everything we needed to run the business. On July 4th, 2018 we arrived at our new home in the rugged mountain town of Lake City, Colorado (elevation 8671 ft, population 374). In a stroke of luck while on vacation a few months earlier, we had found a historic brick building for sale downtown that was perfect for everything we needed.
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 snore. Our life in the mountains is filled with work, play, and LOTS of dogs.
We are 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 beautiful and durable goods. We appreciate your support so much and look forward to seeing all the places you and your pup go with our gear!