Life behind Trail Dog Co.
For my first blog post, I wanted to share a little about myself and what goes on behind the scenes!
My name is Sayb, I’m 26 years old and from Oklahoma! I’m a wife, a fur mom to three dogs and three cats, and a full time 911 dispatcher.
I started Trail Dog Co in August of 2017 with three bandanas, and was ready for failure. I was in over my head with excitement, optimism, and naivety.
Making a batch tie dye dog bandanas to sell takes about a week from start to finish. First comes planning. I have to figuring out what colors I want to use and how many of each variety I will make. Once planned out, on my day off from my full time job, I dye them all by hand. This takes about 8-12 hours depending on how focused I am. Once dyed, the bandanas have to sit for two days in order to soak up all the colors before I can wash them all out. After soaking, I hand wash them, machine wash them, and then they hang to dry for at least 24 hours. Now comes for the fun part (note the heavy sarcasm), IRONING! Once they are all ironed and folded, I attach the logo labels by hand. Now that they are ready, I take product photos, create a shop listing for each variation, set the quantities for each bandana, and they’re ready to go!
My current favorite products to create are my resin items. Working with resin is fast-paced, messy, and extremely expensive. My resin dog tags take a maximum of three days from start to finish. The first day is just for coloring and designing, the second day is for adding the the back layer, and one more day to photograph and number each piece. After a resin dog tag has been purchased, it takes an additional two or three more days to complete with customized vinyl. Creating and adding the vinyl is my favorite part because that when I can see each tag come to life with finished names and designs.
Since starting Trail Dog Co, it has taken over my mind, my house, and my entire life, really! If I’m not physically working on something, I’m thinking of what’s to come in the future. And that’s the next big question.
In my fantasy world, I would love for Trail Dog Co to be my only job. I’d love to have a workshop separate from my house to do all of the magic in and I would love to have my tie dye dog bandannas and resin dog tags featured in physical stores.
But in reality, I’m not sure what’s to come. I don’t know what will happen in five years or even over the next few months.
I do know, that right now, I will be trying smaller, bi-weekly releases so I can put products out more frequently. I also want to sponsor more shelters to help give back. And I want to release a few more human products, some of which are already in the works.
The future of Trail Dog Co will be a bright and colorful one, as long as everyone sticks around, that is!
Trail Dog co is officially nearing it’s two year mark, and with just over 3,000 sales, I’m happy to say we’re here to stay!
I couldn’t have made this shop into the family it has become without all the support of my past and current teams, my wife’s support and understanding, and most of all, my amazing customers!
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!