About Shelby Cochran

Shelby Cochran is People and Projects Coordinator at dogIDs, taking part in customer service, human resources/culture, social media, marketing and special promotions. She loves dogs but for now just has a very odd cat named Gengar. When she’s not enjoying working with the team at dogIDs, she does committee work for a local Habitat for Humanity chapter and performs in community theatre productions.
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ID Tags – Not just for Dogs!

Dante in his embroidered collarOur company name may be dogIDs, but you might be surprised by how many tags and collars we make every month that end up on a different kind of pet – from livestock to household animals!

Here are a few of our favorite engraving projects for other four-legged friends:

Goat Collars for Petting Zoos

One of our customers is a zoo with a group of friendly goats. They wanted a better way for their visitors to interact with the goats in the petting zoo, so they ordered personalized collars from dogIDs with each goat’s name embroidered on them. That way, every kid that met a “kid” could call him by name!

The following year, the zoo decided to upgrade the goat’s collar – this time they decided on the waterproof, smell resistant reflective collar and had the goats’ names engraved right into the collar. Not too surprisingly, goats are rather smelly and the fabric collars developed a bit of an odor over time.

Josey the Cow

Josey in her Reflective Orange CollarJosey the cow lives on a farm in an area that has quite a few hunters during the peak season. Her owner was afraid that she wasn’t visible enough to the hunters so decided to give her an added safety measure.

Josey got her very own personalized ScruffTag Collar with her owner’s information on the tag and a reflective strip on the bright orange collar to make her extra visible to hunters. Josey’s neck is quite a bit bigger than most dogs, so our inside sales manager, Chuck, worked closely with her owner to get the custom collar made just right. The collar is also a perfect place to hang her cow bell!

Cats vs. Dogs

While our office is run by the dog-lovers, plenty of our staffers are cat-lovers too! I myself, only own a cat right now and she gets the royal treatment. Many of our small dog collars and tags can be sized down for cats – we even have a specific line of cat-themed tags for our feline friends. If your cat is an outdoor roamer or an escape artist like mine, it’s incredibly important for them to be ID’ed in case they get lost.

Willow in her Italian Leather CollarFarm Tags

Our home state of North Dakota is farm country, so people have the usual pets like dogs and cats but they might also have horses, goats, sheep, cows, and other livestock. There are all kinds of creative uses for engraved ID tags and collars – many of which we haven’t even seen yet! We’ve had custom tag orders used as pendants for horse blankets as well as plates made for feeders. An engraved plate or tag can be sewn or riveted into all kinds of things to identify your pet or area for years to come.

Do you have a pet you’d like to ID? Share your ideas below in the comments!

5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog DayToday is National Dog Day, a day where we celebrate man’s best friend and bring awareness to the many worthy dogs that need a home.  Dogs are great companions,  always there to comfort us when we’re sad and make us laugh with their antics. They deserve some appreciation!

With that in mind, here are the top 5 things you can do today to celebrate. [Read more...]

Celebrating ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ Everyday

eric playing with poochesToday is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day, a day when all pooches large and small get the opportunity to experience their human’s workplace.

At dogIDs, you could say that we celebrate this holiday every day. On a typical day, we have anywhere from 1-4 dogs roaming around our office. We truly believe that having our dogs around us keeps our stress level low and inspires us to provide the best products for them.

To celebrate this special holiday, we thought we’d reflect on our favorite aspects of having office dogs.  Each member of the dogIDs team has their own reason for enjoying the team pets. [Read more...]

A Visit from Cooper, North Dakota’s Hero Dog

cooper1Do you remember hearing about Cooper, the hero dog from North Dakota, this past May? The dogIDs team was lucky enough to meet this canine celebrity this past week.

If you haven’t heard the story, this past May the Urness Family’s 3 year-old son, Carson, went missing while playing outside at their farm near Cooperstown, ND.  The family dog, Cooper, was gone too, so the family hoped the two of them were together.

A team of 200 people searched for many hours to find Carson and finally found him about a mile away from the family home. Sure enough, Cooper was there too – lying on the boy to keep him warm and safe.

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dogIDs Partners with Local News Station to Help Humane Society

dogIDs Partners with Local News Station to Help Humane SocietyThis past May, dogIDs happily partnered with local news station, Valley News Live, for a special promotion benefitting the Humane Society of Fargo Moorhead. [Read more...]

Celebrating dogIDs Spokesdog, River!

Happy Birthday River!Today is a very special day. It’s River’s 5th birthday!

For the past five years, River has been the dogIDs spokesdog, fit model, product tester and morale booster. He spends every day helping us further our mission of producing and selling the highest quality dog products. [Read more...]

Meet Buzz: The Old Dog who Learns New Tricks

Buzz, the Old Dog with New TricksThe dogIDs team recently ran across Ann Flower’s photos of her dog, Buzz, posing in a hilarious variety of photos. When we found out that she and Buzz live in nearby Grand Forks, ND, we knew we had to learn more about this talented pooch
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dogIDs Introduces New Artisan Partner – Jessica Walrath

Montana Grrl Critter Gear dogIDs is excited to be partnering up with a new artist to bring our customers a refreshing new style of collar. Jessica Walrath of Montana Grrl Critter Gear is collaborating with dogIDs to produce designer fabric collars with personalized buckles. [Read more...]

dogIDs Featured in Fargo Monthly Magazine

clint and boys

This March, local publication Fargo Monthly Magazine included dogIDs in their article on startup businesses in the Fargo, ND area. The article focused on five different startups in our area that showed a shift in the local business climate.

In addition to a great action shot of dogIDs “Pack Leader” Clint Howitz with his dogs, River and Syrus, the article covers the history of our company and tips Clint would give to up and coming entrepreneurs. We were pleased to be included in the article alongside some truly innovative and inspiring businesses.

Meet 5 Startups – Fargo Monthly Magazine

Have any questions or comments on the article? Let us know!

 

Fargo-Based World Vets Make International Difference

world vets logo When dogIDs found out that the headquarters of animal aid organization, World Vets, was located right here in Fargo, we knew we had to learn more about them. We sat down with CEO and founder, Cathy King, to learn more about the mission of World Vets and how we can help.  [Read more...]