Megan Ritchie
I help owners celebrate your favorite holidays with your dog, with just a click of the mouse...and you never have to pull out a sewing machine!

About Mod Dog

I specialize in helping owners celebrate the holidays with their dog in a playful way. 

As we've all come to see our pets as members of the family, I think we've seen a strong desire to involve our pets in holidays and seasonal festivities with the rest of the family. With that, there has been such a growing demand for accessories that show off your dog's unique personality, in a fun, playful, and trendy way. If you feel the same way then I can definitely help you.

I specialize in trendy pet accessories. 

I started Mod Dog as a self-taught designer and handmade creator .

I carefully follow the trends seen in home decor, fashion, weddings, and children's wear to tease out this season's trendiest colors, sayings, quotes, and hottest designs.

I then take the trends gleaned out of those industries and apply them to all my creations. 

What's the story behind Mod Dog?

One of the first things I did when I moved out of my parents’ house into my own place, was bring my amazing dog Tess into my life. Moving out brought a lot of change into my life, and while she brought her own drama, I love the happiness and joy she brings into my life. Everything from fun sessions playing fetch, dog training, and hikes in the mountains. She truly is family. 

While I still have human family in Calgary (my parents later retired out of town), it was a big change. My mom always loved celebrating the big holidays of the year, and I don’t think I realized when I lived at home, how much that impacted me; and how important it is to celebrate those milestones and time spent with family.

When I moved into my little condo, it was now up to me to celebrate in my own way. Perhaps many of you can relate, but as I got older those holidays started to lose some of their magic. No longer exchanging Valentine ’s Day cards with the whole class at school, or getting excited picking out a costume to go trick-or-treating, it was overtaken by basketball practice, homework, and teenaged drama.

So when I moved out, the holidays weren’t really something I was focused on.

But, as the months passed more and more, I felt like I was missing out on something. Even if I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. I still had my human family, but now I also had my own mini-family with me and Tess.

I don’t think I realized the “why” at the time, but I slowly found myself accumulating holiday and seasonal collars for Tess.

At first, I thought it was just something fun and cheerful. 

Something cute she could wear, that put a smile on my face, and everyone else who saw it.

But as my collection grew I realized there was something a little deeper behind it.

I now know that there’s something in me (and maybe you!) that innately needs to mark those passing milestones and holidays. And since my dogs are part of the family they needed to be included too!

Since my condo is pretty teeny, there isn’t a lot of space to store decorations…so I needed something a little more practical or small. That would still allow me to get into the spirit of the season and mark the passing of the year.

I stumbled across a few really great makers. They had custom and unique offerings, with cute and fun designs that I just couldn’t find at a regular pet store.

For a while that was great, but as my collection grew I found I still wasn’t quite finding what I wanted. Their products were impeccably made, and the selection was more than I could dream of, but the designs they were able to bring in still weren’t what I was looking for.

They had to rely on mass-manufactured ribbon and quilting fabric. It always seemed like the designs were limiting and off trend.

Older fashioned quilting fabric didn’t have the playful and bright attitude that reflected my dogs’ personality.

That’s when the realization smacked me in the head, I’m just going to have to create my own.
So, off I went into the bowels of the internet to find whatever articles I could to show me how to make the collars.

Then I spent even more hours poring through designs on Spoonflower and other shops that were able to bring fresher designs to market faster.

At the end of the day, I loved the trendier creations I was able to make. Mission accomplished!

But, then I realized that a lot of people were probably in the same boat as I was when I started.

They were looking for something trendy and playful, which really allowed their dog’s personality to shine through. But understandably they might not want to spend hours making them themselves. 

That’s when I decided to open Mod Dog.

We officially opened in 2018, and have already been through many changes and iterations. I’ve now created numerous exclusive designs specifically for our Mod Dog Squad, which I’m extremely proud of.

But most importantly I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many of you and getting to know your dogs.
So, if you’re looking for a way to involve your dog in special family occasions, want to be able to bring a smile to strangers’ faces, or brighten up your home, I hope I can be a little part of helping you make that happen.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Megan Ritchie
Founder of Mod Dog
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