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IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM


IF YOU’RE READING THIS POST THEN YOU’VE ALREADY PROBABLY SEEN A GLIMPSE OF WHAT OUR BRAND IS ABOUT. WE FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW US SO YOU CAN KNOW WHY THIS BRAND IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF HAVING A DOG YOU LOVE TO ADVENTURE WITH.  

LET’S START WITH US. THE CREATORS, DREAMERS, AND INNOVATORS BEHIND BANDED PINES. WE ARE RHONDA AND KIM. AN UNSTOPPABLE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER TEAM OF DOG LOVERS WHO’S DREAMS OF HELPING OTHERS AND PUSHING THE LIMITS OF ‘NORMAL’ MADE THIS BRAND WHAT IT IS TODAY. EVER SINCE WE BOTH WERE LITTLE, WE’VE WANTED MORE OUT OF LIFE. A MEDIOCRE DAY-TO-DAY LIFESTYLE JUST WASN’T GOING TO CUT IT FOR US. BEING DIFFERENT, WHETHER IT’S YOUR LIFE, ACTIONS, BELIEFS, OR OUTLOOK (IN OUR BOOK) MEANS YOU’VE GOT AMAZING POTENTIAL TO DO GREAT THINGS. 

 

I (KIM) WORKED AT PETSMART JUST TO GET BY AND MAKE ENDS MEET, WHICH WAS HONESTLY FINE FOR THE TIME BEING AND I LOVED BEING ABLE TO WORK AROUND ANIMALS EVERY DAY. BUT IT WASN’T WHAT I REALLY WANTED FROM LIFE. THE DAY THE VENDING MACHINE MAN ASKED ME SPECIFICALLY WHY I WASN’T DOING WHAT I LOVED JUST TO GET BY AND BE COMFORTABLE CHANGED MY LIFE AND MY OUTLOOK ON WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME. THAT DAY SHIFTED EVERYTHING AND PUSHED ME TO TAKE THE LEAP THAT I KNEW WOULD HELP ME PURSUE MY PASSIONS AND DREAMS.  

I CALLED MY MOM, RHONDA, AND PITCHED HER MY IDEA TO INNOVATE A REVOLUTIONARY COLLAR THAT WOULD SOLVE EVERY DOG OWNER’S PROBLEM OF HAVING COLLARS THAT FELL APART, STAINED, AND HAD TO BE REPLACED EVERY YEAR OR MORE. I WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. BEING TERRIBLE AT SEWING (AND ALSO HATING IT) I DIDN’T KNOW HOW WE WOULD PULL IT TOGETHER AND CREATE THIS REVOLUTIONARY COLLAR. MY MOM, HOWEVER, LOVES SEWING AND OFFERED HER SKILLS TO CREATE SOMETHING TOGETHER. WE SPENT MONTHS RESEARCHING MATERIALS, TURNING DOWN THE ONES THAT DIDN'T EVEN JUST BARELY BLOW US AWAY. WE DIDN’T WANT TO CUT ANY CORNERS OR STEAL FROM OTHER’S IDEAS AND INNOVATIONS. EVENTUALLY, AFTER MONTHS OF RESEARCH, WE LAUNCHED OUR FIRST PRODUCTS. THE FIRST DOG COLLARS SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR OUTDOOR DOGS, MADE WITH POLYESTER MATERIALS, SELF DESIGNED PATTERNS, AND CARRYING A DOGS' LIFETIME GUARANTEE. WE KNEW THESE COLLARS WERE THE START TO A GAME CHANGING BRAND THAT WOULD NOT ONLY HELP OUTDOOR LOVERS, BUT WOULD ALSO HELP MOTIVATE THEM TO DO MORE WITH THEIR DOGS.

 

SEE WE DIDN’T JUST CREATE A PRODUCT AS A FAD OR CHOOSE, ALONG THE WAY, TO CHANGE UP OUR PASSION BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE US MORE MONEY. OUR PRODUCTS AND MISSION HAVE HAD THE SAME END GOAL SINCE THE FIRST DAY WE LAUNCHED OUR SHOP IN AUGUST OF 2015. WE FOUNDED THIS BRAND AROUND MAKING A DIFFERENCE, AND BEING DIFFERENT ALONG WITH IT. HAVING A PRODUCT THAT HAS OVERSTEPPED THE BOUNDARIES OF A ‘NORMAL’ DOG COLLAR WAS NEW TO THE OUTDOOR DOG COMMUNITY. WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE SAME CORE MISSION:

TO MOTIVATE AND HELP MORE DOG OWNERS TAKE THEIR DOGS ON ADVENTURES & TO END DOG OBESITY

 

OUR INSPIRATION FOR OUR PRODUCTS, DOGS' LIFETIME GUARANTEE, AND BRAND INTEGRITY COMES FROM OUR DRIVE TO PUSH THE LIMITS OF WHAT DOG GEAR CAN REALLY BE. BANDED PINES HAS FAR MORE POTENTIAL THAN JUST DOG GEAR, AND OUR BASIS FOR OUR BRAND COMES FROM A PASSION FOR WORLDWIDE CHANGE. OUR FUTURE GOALS FOR THIS COMPANY INCLUDE STARTING AN ORGANIZATION WHERE WE PERSONALLY VISIT AND HELP SHELTERS, DISASTER AREAS, AND OTHER PLACES WHERE DOGS ARE DIRECTLY AFFECTED AND ENDANGERED. WE ALSO STRIVE TO HELP OTHERS IN ANY PLACE WE CAN. WE HOPE THAT THROUGH EVERY PRODUCT PURCHASED; MOTIVATION, POSITIVITY, AND STRENGTH GOES OUT TO THOSE DOGS AND THEIR OWNERS. 

 

WE ARE ALWAYS HERE FOR OUR PACK MEMBERS AND WON’T EVER BECOME SO DISTANT THAT YOU DON’T FEEL YOU CAN CONTACT US PERSONALLY. SO SHOOT US A MESSAGE WITH QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, OR INTEREST ABOUT OUR BRAND AND WE’LL PERSONALLY GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS WE CAN!