Entrepreneurial Spirit: A Passion For Pets

created at: 03/17/2010

We love it when a small idea idea takes off and becomes a full fledged business. That’s what happened after Alice Nichols started Up Country with just six original collar designs twenty six years ago. The Rhode Island company designs and hand sews their jazzy pet products in their Rhode Island facility. From fun, colorful collars to vibrant, collapsible pet beds, they’ve taken a tiny idea and patiently worked it into an American business. Way to go Up Country, we love your style. Continue Reading

Design It and Do It Yourself Polka Dot Pooch Leash

created on: 03/04/08

Lured into the dog bakery by deceivingly yummy smells, I stopped short to take in the entire wall of  “designer” collars and leashes.  My initial reaction was that I could easily make a knock-off of these colorful accessories.  But then a light bulb went on, I realized anyone with a sewing machine can design and make their own leashes.  So…here it is, easy as pie, which happens to be the name of the green and white polka dot fabric by Moda–Apple Pie. Continue Reading