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The pet industry is the perfect place to embrace diversity. We’re all here because we share a passion for pets, so why should the color of your skin, your religion, or who you love make a difference? I can tell you right now, none of that makes a difference to the dogs!

Unfortunately, diversity is lacking in the pet industry. For one thing, it’s male-dominated. It’s also primarily white. As I researched many black women in the pet industry for this post, the thing that stuck out to me the most were the key terms found on their homepages and bios.

Holistic. Diverse. Sustainable. Inclusive.

Not only are these women people who you should know, but they’re also the people who should be leading the trends in our industry.

Another reason the pet industry is a great place to embrace diversity is that we’ve already seen shifting attitudes towards long-held beliefs. In the last 20 years, people have dramatically changed how they consider their dogs to be part of the family. Additionally, old dog training methods have been discredited and replaced with positive reinforcement and rehabilitation.

So we know pet lovers have the ability to change and make a difference.

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How can you be an ally for black women in the pet industry?

I’m well aware that I am a white woman writing this post. I’m not trying to speak for anyone you’ll meet below, I just want to introduce you to them so you can get to know their stories yourself.

There are many resources available that give examples of how to be an ally for the black community. I read this one (among many others). You can be an ally by checking out the black women of the pet industry who I’ve included in this post. Follow them on Instagram, visit their websites and reach out to get to know them.

Most importantly, listen to what they have to say.

Black Woman Run Pet Businesses

This list is by no means comprehensive! In fact, I keep discovering more accounts and businesses and have added some to the end of this post (because done is better than perfect). If you know a black woman in the pet industry who I’ve missed, please add their links to the comments.

You can expect to hear many of their voices on the Wear Wag Repeat Podcast!

Nana Homescape Pets

Nana at Homescape Pets

Homescape Pets creates hemp & CBD-based wellness supplements for pets. Founders Nana and Marcus, AKA the humans, along with their pups Beau, Quinn, and Minnie are a family just like yours. They were inspired by a medical emergency with Beau in 2016 to get into holistic pet care. Now, each of the products they make is geared towards making your pets’ lives a little better and most of all… a lot healthier. Follow @homescapepets.


Vanessa Leela Ryan

Vanessa at Leela Ryan

Leela Ryan is a line of plant-based Vegan dog biscuits made from limited ingredients and no artificial flavors. They’re made in NYC with oats and fresh fruits, locally sourced when available. Vanessa and her brand have been featured in O Magazine, Health Magazine, and more! Follow @leelaryan. Photo by Real Happy Dogs.


Chaz Sir Dogwood

Chaz at Sir Dogwood

Based in Chicago, Sir Dogwood was founded in 2016 as an inclusive community for swank pups and their sartorially-minded owners. Sir Dogwood features a highly curated selection of quality dog wear and accessories from the freshest and most innovative designers in the US and abroad. From the tiniest teacup to the largest lab, they offer ready-to-wear clothing for dogs up to 130 lbs. Follow @sirdogwood.


Deana barks First Avenue

Deana at Barks First Avenue

Diversity and inclusivity are at the core of Barks First Avenue. It’s a brand who thrives on ensuring every pet, regardless of size, can enjoy their collections. “My dogs mean everything to me. I’m the proud mom of 3 pit bulls and a toy poodle, ranging from 9 to 17 years old!  It has always been easy finding fun clothes for my toy poodle Jordan. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case for my larger pups. This is what inspired me to create my brand. I wanted a line that  caters to pups of all sizes.” Follow @barksfirstavenue.


Angela House Dogge

Angela at House Dogge

House Dogge Owner and Designer, Angela Medlin wasn’t able to find quality, sustainably designed dog products for her Olde English BullDOGGE, Wubbi. So she used her inspiration from years of world travel and her experience as Former Nike Design Director to create her modern eco dog accessory brand. As seen in O Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Dog Milk and many more! Follow @housedogge.


Chloe at Simply Sage Dog Treats

Chloe at Simply Sage Dog Treats

Simply Sage Dog Treats makes Paw Balms & Salves for dogs with allergies & skin issues. These lick safe balms are powerful enough to heal rough, dry, and cracked paws, yet gentle enough for sensitive pups. Follow @simplysagedogtreats.


Desh Chase and Papi

Desh at Chase & Papi

Chase & Papi specializes in making typical “human-only” events pet friendly. They are an innovative pet event planning company that hosts unique, pet-centric events that will make you say bow-WOW. It is through their events and services that they achieve their ultimate mission: to foster and inspire a community of pet lovers. Follow @chasepapi1.


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Ava of Ava’s Pet Palace

Ava’s Pet Palace is a company based in greater Chicago that focuses on organic, non-GMO pet treats for dogs and cats. Ava’s Pet Palace was started by Ava Dorsey, a 12-year-old kidpreneur, at just 8 years old! Unlike most of the dog and cat treats in stores, Ava’s Pet Palace treats are made in small batches and are 100% organic. Follow @avaspetpalace.


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Elyssa of BrockNBone

Inspired by her cavapoo Brock, Elyssa started an online shop with a curated collection of luxe dog bandanas and matching headbands for dog moms. Follow @brocknbone.


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Rachel of Trill Paws

Rachel is the founder of Trill Paws, a brand inspired by her over-the-top obsession for dogs and on-going admiration of Pop-Culture. Trill Paws creates pet tags and accessories that are inspired by pop-culture icons and sayings like emoji designs, popular sayings, memes, and more. Follow @trillpaws.

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Videlle of In Pups We Trust
In Pups We Trust is an online pet boutique that creates products from your pet’s point of view. Videlle is all about supporting love, fun, and humor and using pet products as a creative outlet to express what our pups are currently thinking (have you seen their poop bags? We need to stock up!). Follow @inpupswetrust.

Corelle SciPaws
Corelle of SciPaws
Corelle says she’s, “a science nerd trying to make my dogs be as nerdy as I am.” Now with SciPaws you and your pet can also geek out with bandanas handmade in Madison, WI. Corelle collaborates with the Dane County Humane Society to do fundraisers and donate bandanas for events. Follow @SciPaws.

Kristi Pixies Treats
Kristi of Pixie’s Treats
Kristi, who is originally from Trinidad, is a certified chef who bakes organic dog treats and cakes to order, that are free from gluten, corn, soy and preservatives. She takes pride in producing quality products and giving you peace of mind knowing exactly what is in your dog’s treats. Her dog Pixie @pixie_the_havanese is the inspiration behind the company.  Follow @pixiestreatsllc.

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Black Women Dog Trainers + Behaviorists

Smart Bitch Dog Training

Jio + Taylor of Smart Bitch Dog Training

Jio and Taylor are Smart Bitch Dog Training, a team of Certified Professional Dog Trainers based in New Orleans. They bring their awesome personalities to fun, force-free dog training sessions with their clients.  They’ve been known to take their training sessions to the park, the French Quarter, dog-friendly stores, coffee shops, and an occasional bar. And now they offer online classes! Follow @smartbitchdogtraining.


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Ashley of All American Team

Ashley at All American Team is all about dog performing, dog sports, and training. From her Instagram account, I can see that she has some very talented border collies! Follow @all_american_team. Photo, True Colors Photography.


Laurie Canine Diva

Laurie of Pup ‘N Iron AKA The Canine Diva

Pup ‘N Iron™ Canine Fitness & Learning Center is the Fredericksburg, Virginia area’s premier dog activity, behavior training, social learning, fitness and wellness center.  With virtually everything you’d want to do with your dog under one roof, their 11,000 square foot, climate-controlled for all seasons, state of the art facility is the LARGEST full-service canine training and fitness facility of it’s kind in Northern Virginia. Follow @thecaninediva. Photo, Jim Poor.


Kelli Parker

Kelli of Bully Brigade Training

Kelli is passionate about keeping ALL dogs in their homes and out of shelters. As a dog trainer at Bully Brigade Training, her focus is on the safety of the community, dogs and educating dog owners of their responsibility. Kelli is an advocate for Pit Bulls and stepped up to the challenge of repealing the Pit Bull ban in Charles & Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. Follow @chicwithpits. Photo Dirty Paw Photography.

Black Women Pet Bloggers + Influencers

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Kimberly of Keep the Tail Wagging

Keep the Tail Wagging® is a personal blog where Kimberly Gaulthier raises awareness of the value of feeding a fresh diet to our pets. She is Pet Food Nutrition Certification and in line to earn a certification in raw feeding and herbal remedies.  If you’re curious about raw feeding, Kimberly’s blog is the place to start. Follow @keepthetailwagging_kimg.


Cathy Groovy Goldendoodles

Cathy of Groovy Goldendoodles

Read the blog Groovy Goldendoodles to learn, laugh and fall in love with Goldendoodles. Cathy blogs about doodle fun, health & wellness, product reviews and groovy hidden treasures for pet families in the beautiful city of Charleston SC. Her two Goldendoodles Jax and Harley both work as Therapy Dogs at the Medical University of South Carolina. Follow @groovygoldendoodles. Photo Low Country Paws Magazine.


Kia and Simba

Kia of Come Wag Along

Kia Chambers is a North Carolina native who started her blog ComeWagAlong.com in 2012 to share her experiences as a new dog owner. Her blog has now expanded to include her experiences as a new working mommy and wife as well. In addition to blogging, Kia also has a family vlog on YouTube called MeetTheChambers. “My husband and I are told all of the time that we are an inspiring young black family and I hope to continue to inspire and inform with the use of my blog and vlog.” Follow @rawrsimba, @comewagalong and @meetthechambers.


Taylor Brione and Sparkle

Taylor Brione and Sparkle the Posh Pup

Taylor Brione is a self-described, “pink obsessed millennial sharing everything about fashion, affordable luxuries, events, travel, and raising a posh pup.” She’s an event planner by trade and alongside her Maltese, Sparkle, she hosts the Houston Doggies Who Brunch event series and plans Posh Pet Parties. Follow @sparkleposhpup.


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Tay of Gus and Tay Take NYC

Meet Tay, who is a Lawyer, and her goldendoodle Gus who are fashionably navigating NYC life. Follow @gusandtaytakenyc.

Black Women Veterinarians

Dr. Arielle Vet

Dr. Arielle of Healing Tails Chicago

Dr. Arielle Herndobler has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 10 years. At her holistic practice, Healing Tails, the goal is to help pets live happier and healthier lives. She believes that healing best happens in a calm, relaxed environment and greets new pet patients with soothing sounds, mood lighting, and aromatherapy. There are no cold exam tables, but plenty of healthy treats! Follow @healingtailschicago.


Dr. Tierra Vet

Tierra of Black DVM Network

The BlackDVM Network is connecting black veterinarians, nurses, technicians, and clients across the nation. Founder Tierra Price created the online community when she was a student at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. “Originally, I started an Instagram page to showcase the African-American veterinary students at my school. Doing this made me wonder about students at other schools.” Follow @blackdvmnetwork.

Black Women Run Pet Care Businesses

Regina Outward Bound Hounds

Regina of Outward Bound Hounds

Regina is a dog walker and pet sitter in Montgomery County, Maryland. She and her team take a holistic approach, offering quality care for pets’ minds, bodies and spirits to make pet parenthood worry-free. Follow @outwardboundhounds.


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Melissa of The Bark Shoppe

Melissa Mitchner owns Harlem’s first and only 24-hour dog care facility, The Bark Shoppe. At her state of the art space, she and her staff offer daycare, boarding, and grooming. She even offers sound and aromatherapy to make dogs’ time at The Bark Shoppe as enjoyable as possible. Follow @thebarkshoppe.


Natasha Renzo Ruby

Natasha of Walk with Renzo and Ruby

Natasha and her team at Walk with Renzo and Ruby offer premium dog walking services in the Washington, D.C. area (and now Texas!). As pet owners, lovers and providers, they believe it’s not only their job to love, care, feed and protect your pets, but it’s also their job to keep them healthy. They use midday walks to creating stronger and healthier furry family members. Follow @renzo.ruby.


Maria East NY Dog Lovers

Maria of East New York Dog Lovers

Maria, who was crowned Miss Dog Mom 2019, also runs East New York Dog Lovers. Her mission is to help families and individuals diagnosed with an illness, facing homelessness, or hardship to avoid permanent separation from their pets. She aims to provide a positive experience on a challenging journey and keep pets and their people together. Follow @enydoglovers_1.


Renea Instantaneous Pet

Renea at Instantaneous Pet Service

Renea started Instantaneous Pet Service in Los Angles to cater to pet parents on the go. She and her team offer a unique all-inclusive pet care service that caters to your pet by giving them the perfect daycare lounge experience with fluffy pillows, luxurious rides, comforting walks, and wonderful overnight adventure. Follow @instantaneous_pet.


Rahanna Stylish Pooch

Rahanna of Stylish Pooch

Stylish Pooch offers full service mobile grooming to the Greater Philadelphia area. Rahanna was featured on season 5 of Queer Eye during which the guys helped her to stage a doggie fashion show showing off her creative grooming. Follow @_stylishpooch_.

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More women + accounts I’ve discovered since originally compiling this post:

Ri at Redemption Dog Education – Follow @redemptiondogeducation

Janeé at Snaggle Foot Pet Sitting – Follow @snagglefootgp

Aja at Always Aja H Dog Walking and Pet Sitting – Follow @always.aja.h

Tara of Pupstars Pet Care – Follow @pupstarspetcare

Lauren of Puppuccino Boutique Dog Bakery (and ice cream) in Pittsburgh, PA – Follow @puppuccinoboutique

Michelle Millett and her mother, Arlene Young of Diamonds & Dutch Dog Pet Bath and Spa  – Follow @diamondsanddutch

What about Black Men in the Pet industry? I usually focus everything at Wear Wag Repeat on amplifying women’s voices, but in all my research this week I also found some awesome guys that you should check out!

Josh White and his poodle, Snow of @joshandsnow and @doguespa

Dr. Owens  of @enjoyabowl_products

Renaldo Wedd, founder of @petplate

Shane Mathis of @barkypawsco

Lenny Forde, Co-Founder & Doggy Daddy at Little L’s All Natural Artisan Dog Treats

Da’Quan O’Neal & Anthony Blagmond of Fancy & Kaboom Pawtique

Jarrett N. Wansley of Cool Canines Pet Care Services @coolcaninepcs

Did you enjoy this post? Check out these other resources and blogs:
Why mentors matter – especially for black veterinarians: One doctor’s story
How dogs help keep multiracial neighborhoods socially segregated
Black-Owned Dog Businesses in the United States
How to Support your BIPOC Dog Training and Dog Sport Friends

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