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The Not Very Successful Holiday Photo Shoot

The Not Very Successful Holiday Photo Shoot

We thought it'd be fun to get a photo of Ichiro and Fiona (two of the dogs on staff here at TOM BIHN) wearing festive holiday antlers while lounging on a Camp Mat, but they had a different idea...

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Bella the Lab Pup | TOM BIHN

New To Our Crew! Meet Fiona, Pebbles, and Bella

Pebbles, Bella, and Fiona are the newest members of the canine crew here at TOM BIHN. Their profiles are also on our About Us page. Pebbles (main photo) is a 9-month-old Chihuahua. He has come to work with me every day since he was a puppy. Pebbles likes squeaky toys and stuffed toys, but his favorite thing is people. He get lots of attention at the factory. I've even trained him to sit and stay on my chair when I'm standing up and working! -- Araceli Bella is an American Black Lab just shy of 6 months. Her puppy energy...

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Frosted Lily!

Remembering Lily

I adopted Lily when she was two and a half years old. I chose Lily after seeing her profile on PetFinder—before I had volunteered at my local Humane Society and met many dogs, before I had developed preferences for breeds or sizes or particular canine personalities. Without any ideas of who I wanted to be my best new friend, I took one look at Lily’s photo and knew she was the dog for me. I had the privilege of spending life with Lily for the next 11 years. We hiked thousands of miles and went on backpacking trips. Together, we explored eight...

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Road Tripping with Dog

He’s less than sixteen inches tall, but my corgi Titus manages to get around—in fact, he’s my favorite road trip buddy. I did some quick math, and figured that over the last twelve months, we’ve logged over 9,000 miles together, all by car. We’re on the road right now, driving from our home in the Midwest through the Southwest, then up through California to visit family in the Pacific Northwest before heading back again. Titus has actually done a Midwest-West Coast road trip before, so this time we were determined to experience new things. Along the way, he has sampled carne adobado...

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Introducing the New Citizen Canine

Meet version two of the Citizen Canine: a treat bag designed to come along when you take your best friend for a walk, hike or training class. We introduced the Citizen Canine in its first incarnation in November of 2011. We've been kicking around improved prototypes for a couple of years now: while we all loved the first version, we also wanted more room to carry more treats, a bigger phone, and, most importantly, we wanted a place to put a tennis ball. About six months ago we finally felt like we had nailed it. Other design updates include a...

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Meet Kasper, Tom's Dog | TOM BIHN

Meet Kasper

Some of you guys know that back in early 2014 my best friend Riley passed away. You even grouped together to write tributes to Riley, post your condolences, and share your stories of best friends lost; for that, I say a million thanks. As always, I found comfort in the outdoors. But without Riley, those long trail miles seemed mighty lonely. A month before Riley died, my mother passed away. My mom was always the first person I'd call with a dog story or a dog thought or a dog remembrance. Loosing Riley made my mom's absence even more keenly...

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Skookum Dog and TOM BIHN Team Up

One day, a few years back, we (the creative team at TOM BIHN) were hanging out with our dogs, as we do most of the time. It was at the beach, or on some mountain trail, as the story is now told. At some point we all looked at each other and said: “We are designers. We have our own factory. We have dogs. We should design and make our own dog gear. Duh.” And so it was: Skookum Dog was born. Skookum is a Chinook word that translates to: "good," "strong," "brave." If you're a Pacific Northwesterner, you know...

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Dogs Don't Need Stuff

All your dog needs to have fun is you. Sometimes you need some basic stuff: a collar with an ID tag, a leash to keep you two together on the street or in the park. And of course, carrying poop bags is part of being a good citizen. A treat/bait bag can help you be ready to reward your dog for a well-done sit, stay, or shake, or just to remind him to come back and check in. It's fun to surprise a dog with a new toy, and toys can also be useful. Tennis balls are appreciated by dogs...

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The Story of the Skookum Dog Bat | TOM BIHN

The Story of the Skookum Dog Bat

The Bat in these photos has been chewed on by Ichiro, Lily, Riley, and now Kasper for over a year now. It's been snowed on, left out in the rain, dried in the sun, and otherwise not very well cared for. Other than a chomp to the ear, it's looking pretty good. When we decided to offer stuffed toys as part of Skookum Dog, we put our initial prototypes through the same test; gave them to our dogs who enjoy chewing on stuffed toys but obviously don't immediately destroy them. This gave us confidence that the toys we designed were...

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Skookum Dog Guest Post: Unboxing Day

A guest post by our sister company, Skookum Dog, designer and maker (in the U.S.A. of course) of dog beds, leashes, and collars.

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