“I can do this better.”
We’ve all said those words countless times… but Mattey’s Mutts began the day that I finally decided to act on them. I’d just returned from a road trip with my precious pups, Bodhi and Shanti. We’d visited an endless array of shops in search of the perfect posh pet harness. Like many small-breed dog owners, I refused to compromise on the safety or comfort of my pets. I wanted a pet vest with features like no-fuss closures and an easy-lift handle that would allow me to dress and carry my dogs despite my own mobility issues. And was it too much to ask for exquisite fabrics with a little panache? Apparently, it was.
Mattey’s Mutts was named after my beautiful companion of 14 years, Mattey. She stole my heart from our first encounter in a dingy shelter in South Central LA. Mattey had a sweet demeanor and the patience of a saint. She modeled new breathing equipment for the local fire department and was featured in the newspaper, becoming a bit of a local celebrity. Mattey lost her long battle with cancer in 2010, but her loving spirit inspires every new harness that I design.I knew that with my background in business and design (I’m a former entertainment lawyer and interior designer), I could create a pet harness for small-breed dogs and cats that was comfortable, convenient, and safe! And after one trip to the fabric store – hopelessly unable to choose just one or two – I was hooked.