ANIMAL HAUS was inspired by two crazy dogs, Winston and Mabel. They were adopted at the young ages of 4 & 6 weeks old. Like every new parent, their owner wanted them to have the best of everything from doggie toys, designer collars, and beautiful beds. She scoured the market for the best doggie beds she could find but, was quickly disappointed to find that there was nothing available that qualified to be beautiful and durable. Winston and Mabel put all the beds to the puppy test and every bed failed miserably. Regardless of the price, none of the dog beds could withstand the early years of house training, chewing, muddy paws and puppy playtime. The dog beds were either too small, poorly constructed or didn’t compliment the décor of their home – designs in plaid, navy and cutesy prints reined the market. What started as a personal endeavor to design a dog bed for Winston and Mabel cultivated into a passion to share the designs with others in need.
Two heads are better than one, so with the support of her best friend, the development of ANIMAL HAUS began the summer of 2006. Starting out on a shoestring budget and a small collection of designs, the line was introduced in August 2006 at a Chicago neighborhood street festival, “The West Fest”, and the website launched shortly after. Their love for their four-legged friends inspires them to create new designs everyday. They are passionate about their mission to provide high quality products to every client, big or small, with the understanding that every ANIMAL HAUS is unique. Their hope is to make the lives of those they love a little bit better, “One dog at a time.”