I was one of those people who put off buying cute face masks because I didn’t think we would be wearing them for that long. I didn’t want to spend the money on something that we wouldn’t need for much longer. I just wore those ugly disposable masks everywhere. After a few months, I realized that this pandemic would be here much longer than I had hoped and I decided to start shopping.
When I stumbled upon The Paws Co, I knew I had to match Abbie and Gunner with my new face mask! I love the fabric choices and that there are two different styles to choose from for the masks. I quickly fell in love and now wear my mask around everywhere I go!! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it, especially when I match the dogs when we go shopping together.
How did you get started with your business?
We created The Paws with love and passion for Bali and helping the pups in need on the island. When we moved to Bali in 2017 we quickly saw there were many dogs in need of an extra hand. Every day we would see a pup who needed food, medicine or even rescuing off the road or beach. To help cover the cost of our vet bills we decided to sell pup bandanas – the idea was born to donate a percentage of our sales to our rescue work on the island. By selling our bananas we are able to give back to rescue dogs and support the rescue work we do in Bali and now Sri Lanka.
Tell us about your pet(s)!
We have two rescues! One from Bali and one from Sri Lanka!
Scout is a 3 year old Bali Dog – when we first moved to Bali we wanted to foster a pup who needed a place to call home. We fostered a dog from a rescue group but she quickly became a foster fail! She has been with us for 3 years now!
Penny is our Sri Lankan rescue pup. We found her when she was only 6 weeks old on the beach near our house. She didn’t have any fur and she was soaking wet from the rain – we picked her up, took her home, and the rest is history!
What and who influences your work?
We are influenced by our tropical surroundings as well as our love for minimal design and aesthetics.
What is/are your favorite pet brands and why?
I love Dog + Bone – they make high quality leashes and collars. They also have strong philanthropic values for their brand! We love following along on their social channels and seeing how their sales give back to pups in need. We have several leashes and collars and keep going back for more!
2020 has been a female dog… What do you have planned for your company in 2021?
We are looking forward to expanding our range of pup accessories in 2021 as well as releasing some great new prints that we have been working on with several print designers based around the world! We also look forward to rescuing more pups in 2021!
How can people support you and your business?
By following along on our Instagram and sharing our rescue stories! Our main mission is to spread the word about island rescues and the lives they lead – we love when our followers repost rescue stories and help us spread awareness for the work we are doing in Bali and Sri Lanka!
Where can people find you (website, social handles, stores)?
Our website is www.shopthepaws.com. Follow along on Instagram @thepaws.co
Unfortunately, face masks are not going away in 2021, y’all. I know we’re all ready to be done with them. Fortunately though, we have The Paws Co to give us super cute options!! So, if we have to wear them, we might as well match our dogs with cute patterns. Be sure to support small businesses and like-minded dog moms. Grab a handful of matching masks and bandanas from The Paws Co. and tag us in your posts when wearing them!