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A little history of dogs on (and off) leashes

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I've been living in Park City in the mountains of Utah since summer of 2015. When my husband was transferred over here with his company, I had no idea that I would be coming to such a beautiful (and totally dog mad) place, nor that I would have the opportunity to set up a business selling a product I am truly passionate about.

I am a dog-lover, through and through. Both sides of my family love animals, but it's really dogs that float our boat. Particularly big, slightly bonkers dogs. 

I have always gravitated to working dogs - the kind with an underlying intensity and inability to get tired. My Border Collie/ Huntaway cross I had as a teenager had a mind of her own! The kind of dog who would walk fairly sensibly off lead with you, but if she ever got out on her own, she'd be gone for hours. Cheeky miss that she was. I have no recollection of walking her off lead without being pulled along.

In my adult years, came a rescue dog, called Foxy (a Manchester Terrier/ Beagle Mix). We only had her for a few short years before she succumbed to a kidney condition. She walked beautifully off and on lead and was a joy in all respects. She made me feel just a little bit smug, if the truth be told....

And then came Kiwi - a working cocker spaniel/ lab cross. The dog who brought me and K9 Bridle together.

Incredibly trainable in many ways, but the most seriously fit, strong and fast creature I've ever encountered. A full hour chasing a ball is only just enough to take the edge off her boundless energy. Try though I might, walking her on a regular leash has always been a trial. The authority that I have naturally with her at all other times seems to evaporate the minute the leash clips in. It was only when I bought the K9 Bridle that I ceased to panic when I had to leash her (the puppy police in Park City take no prisoners, and as we share the trails with mountain bikers and cross country skiiers, keeping dogs under close control is essential). For your own amusement, (just imagine me pre-K9 Bridle), with small children and a dog tugging me along, trying to play it cool...

But enough with my reminiscing on onwards to business.

This week, I am putting the finishing touches on the brand spanking new site  - www.k9bridleusa.com (the electronic equivalent of buying a really pretty new notebook), and very soon we will be shipping all over the USA. I've been working closely with Ann (the creator and owner of K9 Bridle) to develop my knowledge of the product so that we can give our customers the best service possible. She is such a genuine English animal lover - a lifetime of experience with dogs (and horses) has given her a natural intuition for what they need, and the K9 Bridle is very much an expression of that. Really looking forward to sharing that knowledge and passion with the USA.


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