About a year and a half ago, I got my first puppy. Adelaide. She is a rescue dog – a border collie, black lab mix. It took a long time for me to feel that I was ready to have a dog, after years of traveling for work and living in small apartments. I finally decided that it was time to stop waiting for the perfect time because I could be waiting forever. This is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I spent a while looking for the right puppy. I wanted a smart, athletic dog who could be by my side all the time. Nothing could have prepared me for this little 10 week old border collie, lab mix. I guess when I finally jump, I jump right into the deep end. But we got through that, and I can’t imagine my life without her.
So when it came to finding her a new collar recently, you can imagine that, yes, I spent a while looking for the right one. I wanted something that was stylish (obviously), durable (because we are always muddy or swimming or knee deep in snow, depending on the season), and something which spoke to Addy’s singularity. And finally I found it.
Found My Animal is a Brooklyn-based company which makes accessories for adopted animals and their people. The founder, inspired by a family member who was working as a fisherman, made her rescue pup a 3-strand, hand-spliced and whipped nautical rope leash. Nothing like it existed in the market, and after many requests for duplicates, she found her calling and launched Found My Animal.
It began with a nautical-grade rope leash, but has gone on to include so much more… waxed canvas collars and dog coats, rope collars and matching bracelets for owners, best friend charms and compasses, waxed canvas collapsible bowls and bags, ombre dyed leashes and collars, and new favorite, the new girl scout green canvas collar. All are made with rugged, all-weather materials and can be hand or machine washed.
And in addition to making the best pet accessories that I have seen, Found My Animal’s goal is to help raise public awareness of the urgent need for animal adoption. To learn more about how to support them and to read some really inspiring and touching stories visit them here. Now not only have I found my animal, but I have found a company which shares my love of great design, quality materials, and rescue puppies.