dogIDs Introduces New Artisan Partner – Jessica Walrath

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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.

Jessie is a Montana native who grew up in the small town of Deer Lodge, Montana. She attended college at the University of Montana where she completed her MBA. Shortly after graduating, her love of travel and a career opportunity sent her to Richmond, Virginia. A few years later and upon her return to her home state, Jessie picked up her old hobby of sewing with her Grandma’s 1950’s Bernina as her first machine. She started sewing again making clothes, blankets, and crafts as presents for her family and friends.

Jessie and her dogsJessie was asked by a close family friend about designing and producing multiple puppy collars for her expanding dog breeding business. She wanted a safe and cheerful product to easily identify the puppies. After some trial and error, and a few repeat orders – Montana Grrl Critter Gear was born.  Montana Grrl Critter Gear has been creating handmade pet accessories that are fun, unique and well made since 2012.

Jessie lives and works in Missoula and was lucky enough to find both her dogs, Bunter, a Boxer cross and Cubby, a Scottie, in local shelters. They oversee and provide inspiration in the production of all Montana Grrl items with exclusive modeling contracts. On many occasions, they assist Jessie in the shipping process by enjoying a ride to the post office with the windows rolled all-the-way-down.

The dogIDs team initially found Montana Grrl through social media. “I connected with dogIDs CEO Clint Howitz on Twitter about their personalized buckle options for my collars. He liked the Montana Grrl collars so much that he put me in touch with their catalog manager. We have been working together ever since to make this a reality,” said Jessica..

chevron-dog-collars_15556_310x310For each handmade collar, the buckle is laser engraved with the customer’s choice of font and then is sent to Missoula where the collars are finished and sent directly to the customer.  Montana Grrl collars are all-nylon, webbing-free and still maintain their sturdiness and style.  Each is made with cotton fabric, interfacing and love.  Since the collars are webbing-free, they are lighter and machine washable.  Many owners have stated that their pets prefer them to the regular nylon collars.

dogIDs will be carrying several of Montana Grrl’s hip chevron patterned collars as well as several NFL team fabric collars.  Both collars come in a variety of size options so every dog breed and shape can find a collar just for them.

Have new product ideas for dogIDs? Leave them in the comments below!

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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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