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  • 7 Cute Eco-Friendly Dog Toys that You'll Both Love

    Play to build a bond with your dog

    There is no greater reward for your dog than for you to spend some quality play time with them. And now there are a great assortment of cute eco-friendly toys that both you and your dog will love and that will strengthen the bond between you.  Made from safe, sustainable materials like 100% organic cotton canvas, latex-free natural rubber, and eco-friendly hemp, you will feel good about giving these toys to your dog.  And they are cute enough you won’t want to hide them when people come over.

    #1 Cotton Rope Starfish dog toy is a durable rope toy designed for pulling and tugging, which your dog will love.  And it helps keep your pets’ teeth and gums clean naturally, which you will love. Teething puppy? Wet with water or broth and freeze to help soothe teething pain.  These toys from Harry Barker are machine-washable and made from 100% azo-free recycled cotton yarns.

    Rope Dog Toy Starfish
    Organic Cotton Rope Starfish from Harry Barker


    #2 Larry the Lion is an all natural, hand-tied rope toy made from cotton thread and azo free vegetable dyes. Super durable and safe, it will naturally start to fray and floss teeth. For teething puppies, you can dip the toy's legs in chicken broth or water, freeze it, and give it to your dog to soothe and massage its gums.  Plus, for each sale, Jax and Bones donates a portion of each sale to The Rescue Train, a non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to saving animal lives.

    Leo the Lion Organic Cotton Rope Dog Toy from Jax & Bones


    #3 Felted Wool Stingray dog toy will provide hours of fun, massages your dog’s gums and teeth, and provide a colorful accent in your home.  These oh-so-cute toys are handmade by artisans in Nepal with 100% natural wool and colored with natural anzo free dyes.  Colorful and durable, they are naturally attractive to dogs, thanks to the special wooly scent derived from the inherent oils of wool fleece. Wool is a sustainable material that is digestible, which is great if you have a dog that accidentally ingests parts of toys.  Lollycadoodle toys are proudly made in a fair-trade facility.

    Colorful Boiled Wool Stingrays from Lollycadoodle


    #4 Eco Quacker dog toy is a fun and playful duck your dog will love.  It has a non-toxic chirping noisemaker, activated by shaking the toy rather than chewing it.  It is double-stitched inside a heavy-duty protective pouch in the tail to make it last. The duck itself is made of dense hemp and filled with organic wool, so you know it is safe.  Made by Honest Pet Products, a company that economically supports and emotionally encourages the hardworking people with cognitive and developmental disabilities that hand make their complete line of toys.

    Eco Quaker Dog Toy made with Hemp


    #5 Orbee-Tuff® Strawberry dog toy is perfect for the backyard sports enthusiast. Like the original, your dog will love chasing this bright yellow ball.  You will love that it is made from Planet Dog's award-winning Orbee-Tuff® compound, a non latex, non toxic, phthalate- and BPA-free plastic, and much safer on your dog's teeth.  As if that is not enough, 2% of every sale goes to the Planet Dog Foundation, whose mission is to promote and support assistance dog organizations that enhance and save people's lives.

    Strawberry Treat Dispensing Toy from Planet Dog


    #6 Dash Dog Frisbee dog toy is aerodynamic, so it easier for you to throw and the center hole makes easier for your dog to catch, and the soft foam core won’t hurt your dog’s mouth of your hands.   It is made from West Paw Design’s Zogoflex Air®, their latex-free, non-toxic, BPA and phthalate-free proprietary plastic blend which can be recycled over and over again.  West Paw Design is a certified B Corp, who hold an above-and-beyond commitment to healthier employees, sustainable practices, transparency, and accountability.

    Aerodynamic Dash Dog Frisbee from West Paw Design


    #7 Stuffless Lucy Bunny dog toy is intentionally left stuffless.  Instead, it contains a non-toxic rubber squeaker and crinkly material to provide a satisfying crunch when squeezed that will amuse your pup.  If you're tired of picking up pet toy-innards then this toy is bound to please you. Simply Fido makes these toys with non-toxic certified organic materials, dyed with natural extracts from plants and minerals.  It is all-natural, unbleached, untreated and unprocessed.

    Stuffless Bunny Dog Toy from Siply Fido


  • Looking back, 2014 was a fun year for Olive. We got to meet so many sweet people and pets, got to know so many amazing designers and makers, and continued to spread the good-design-love to all of you. What fun!

    But now, it's on to new, more, and fun-tastic goods for 2015. But, we need your help - to make room!

    Enjoy an extra 20% off clearance with code WINTER20 December 26 - January 6th.

    Cheers to another great year! Happy 2015, friends.

  • Olive teams up with FOOD52

  • New Fall 2014 Billy Wolf Collection

  • NEW! Filson Dog Collection

  • Non-Chemical Flea Killers (yes, there is such a thing)

    Dogs tend to be 'itchier' in summer. Heat, humidity, pollen, grass, and, of course, fleas can contribute to your dog being much more itchy in summer than winter. And it goes without saying that a flea on your dog, probably means more in your house. But is your only defense, nasty chemicals that potentially may harm your pet? Heck, no!

    Evolv is a potent, all natural flea and tick treatment for dogs and cats that is a safe alternative to potentially harmful chemical pesticides. Available in an easy-on spray this one-two punch both repels and kills unwanted predators. Evolv stops itching & scratching, comforts dry skin & hot spots, leaves coat shiny and healthy, and even eliminates mange. Best part Evolv is totally non-toxic and made in USA.

  • The Human - Dog Bond

    Dog's have long been considered '[wo] man's best friend'. Without a doubt, ours have certainly earned the title. And with Fur Mother's Day on the horizon as well as it being National Pet Month it's a good time to stop and extol the depth of our human- dog bond. They give us so much and ask so little. So where do we start....

    Companionship Is it me? Or do most people crave the company of their animal companion over people as they 'mature'? How refreshing to not say a word and a mere gesture - a raise of the brow - can confirm the simplest understanding (try that with your significant other, eh?)

    Unconditional Love Enough Said.

    Compassion The age of internet has ushered in so many conveniences, but at the same token unleashed an avalanche of unchecked vitriol. Seems we've lost our compass for compassion. Impressively and thankfully, the digital age hasn't changed our fur-legged buds a bit.

    Safe to say, fall in love with a dog and your life is changed - so much for the better.


  • How to Fit Your Dog for A New Collar


    First and foremost, keep in mind that all collars run a little different. Here are a few simple guidelines for determining your dog's neck size. For corresponding collar size please consult the sizing tab provided. If in doubt, please contact us - we're more than happy to assist you!

    STEP 1.
    You will need a measuring tape to determine your dog's neck size. If you don't have a measuring tape a string and straight rule will also work.

    STEP 2.
    Place the tape measure around your dog's neck where its collar naturally sits and allow a little room for comfort. You should be able to easily fit two fingers (flat) between the measuring tape and your dog's neck. Record the measurement in inches or centimeters. This is the NECK SIZE.

    STEP 3.
    Select your dog's collar size on the NECK SIZE measurement falling within the ranges provided by the maker. You'll find a sizing tab for each/every collar. The measurements provided are the inner circumference of the collar - not the collar length.




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  • Q & A with Olive CEO - Part I

    I sat down with Gina Quiroga, co-founder of Olive, hoping to get to better know the (human) faces behind Olive. I've been a loyal customer of Olive for some time and have grown increasingly curious who's behind the cute little green dog. Needless to say, I was pretty psyched when Gina suggested I stop in for for a little Q & A. Olive is a short drive from me, just 20 minutes north of downtown Austin, sequestered on 3 acres in what was seemingly "country" before the now-oh-so-common suburbanization of anything remotely close to Austin. Once you get past the tex-mex restaurants and steak house chains you're immediately taken in by the beauty of the juxtaposition of open land complete with roaming deer, long-eared hare, and the random road runner or two.

    Gina is one of those people you like immediately. Her smile is super warm and she's got an impish twinkle in her eyes. We met in the second building situated on the rear of the lot, which is home to Olive's office and inventory. There I also met Maya, a standard poodle (pictured above as a puppy), Bert, a shih tzu, and Frankie, also a poodle and most recent addition who I later learned was found near the airport. Everyone was on their best behavior and spent most the visit snoozing on a rather wide assortment beds except for Gina who sat upright facing me.

    Q: So, why Olive?

    A: Do you mean the character or the concept?

    Q: I was thinking mostly the little green dog, but by answering the latter you'll spare yourself another question.

    A: Ok, here goes. When we formed the company in 2006, we knew we wanted a mascot of sorts and truthfully were originally thinking something a little more retro - like Rin-Tin-Tin. We liked the little green dog because she/he's very relatable and doesn't imply a specific breed or type of dog. The name was a suggestion of our then design team Modern Dog.

    The concept came out of our love for dogs and design and our desire to offer pet products that were a little more sustainable. Quite frankly, there's a lot of crap on the market and we thought we'd take a stab at offering an alternative to this.

    Q: Has this been a challenge?

    A: Yes and no. The market was ready for this and consumer demand has driven the process. What was challenging initially was finding pet products that fit the bill and met our standards. There wasn't much in the way of well-made pet goods. We blurred the lines quite a bit, offering many people products for pets.

    Q: Can you give me an example?

    A: Sure. Are you familiar with a line called Eazy Bean? (I nodded no.) Well, eazy bean makes very cool bean-bag like cushions for people that we initially sold as pet beds. The only problem was they were pricey. Too pricey for the pet market. So that was part of our learning curve.

    Q: But it's must be easier now? There's tons of green stuff on the market.

    A: Yes and no. You're right there are many 'green' products on the market, but sadly most don't conform to sustainable design or, what we call, "well-made goods for dogs & cats." Fortunately, the revitalized arts and crafts movement has taken over in ways the green initiative might have missed the mark. Many goods crafted here in the US and in other parts the globe are supremely made. There no question they're ethically made too because most instances the maker is also the seller. Our craftspeople are just like us, small operators hoping to reach a wider market. It's very satisfying to partner with them in their journey.

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