New leash pouch colors for Spring

The Road Trip Leash Pouch is a handy little pouch that clips to a leash (or whatever loop you have handy) and dispenses a roll of dog clean-up bags. It’s like a tiny Dopp kit for your dog. To get ready for warmer weather, and an upcoming arts and crafts festival, I looked to preppy summer classics for color and material inspiration. Think “Cape summers”. It was a lot of fun expanding my color palette into lighter and brighter materials. This collection includes even more reclaimed materials, carefully selected to be durable and look refined. Some of the items that were upcycled into an…

Canvas pet toy bins with classic boat-tote styling

I have a love for tote bags. I’d say especially tote bags made with canvas. And I wanted to translate this affection for a utilitarian, elegantly-simple, classic staple into something for pets and the home. Being a fan of classic design, classic boat-tote styling is a big inspiration to me, and I incorporated this aesthetic into the canvas pet toy bin design. This foldover bin stores several (smaller-scaled) pet toys right on the floor, so pets can reach in and pull them out. The goal is to provide some flexible, pet-friendly organization in a simple, unobtrusive way. The contrasting base comes up from…

The Pocket Critter Interactive Dog Toy

The best thing about making the Pocket Critter is how delightful it is to watch dogs play with it and work to get the treats out of the pocket. It’s not just the dog that’s having fun — we humans get to have fun, too! With this soft, interactive dog toy, I wanted to put the Ivy League Classics twist on a toy. Many dog toys are focused on being bright or eye-catching (or noisy). But this toy is more subtle and understated. It’s classic and huggable. And it’s not industrial-strength. Being soft and cuddly, and filled with stuffing, it’s…

Making the Pocket Critter Interactive Dog Toy

When I set out to design the Pocket Critter Toy, I zeroed in on creating something that would give dogs a mental challenge — a problem to solve — in order to get a treat. Rather than handing a dog a biscuit for sitting, with this toy the dog would have to nose around until they discovered the treats, then figure out how to get the treats out. The timeless-yet-cuddly materials I wanted the interactive toy to be soft and cuddly. So with this in mind, I focused on choosing fabrics that would be thick and strong yet soft and…