What do Raspberries and Service Dog tags have in common? Well, if you are thinking of the berry, not much really. If you are thinking of The Raspberry Fields dog vest company, then you are on the right track. Service Dog Tags and The Raspberry Fields became affiliated as of April 2011.
Why? Well as you may or may not know, Service Dog Tags is a family owned business with very little outside help. They run the business right out of their home in Tomball Texas. The Raspberry Fields is run in similar fashion. Family run business, from their home in Gresham Oregon. It was a perfect fit. In this day and age of large corporations, the family owned, and run, business are taking a beating. But, just like good neighbors keeping an eye out for each other, family businesses are starting to band together and help each other by referring customers to each other.
“The Raspberry Fields? What a strange name for a business!” I’ll bet your saying that to yourself right now. I know I did the first time I saw it. Well there is a reason behind that name.
The Raspberry Field began in 1988 with a very small home crafting business. For many years, their house shared a fence line with a large commercial raspberry grower. Eventually, the farm fields were sold to a housing developer. One day as the owner of the fledgling crafting business was sitting at the dining room table gazing out at the field and trying to come up with a name for their business, the bulldozers moved into the field and started to plow all the beautiful raspberry bushes into the ground. For years the owner and her family had enjoyed watching deer, quail, bunnies, possums and other wildlife in the field. The children grew up earning their summer spending money picking berries and they loved watching the farmer working his land. Unexpectedly, as the owner watched the destruction of the vines, she burst into tears and then decided to name the new business The Raspberry Field in honor of the loss of the fields. Today, after many transformations, their company has grown and they now make products they love; garments and supplies for working dogs. They have been doing this since 1998.
And how good are their products?
When I looked into buying a vest for Gunny, I searched all over the internet. Now granted there are all sorts of companies that sell vests, but I chose The Raspberry Field simply due to the fact that it was in my own state. This was a decision I will never regret making. Their vests are very well made, professional looking, reasonable priced and very tough! On top of that, they stand behind their product. Gunny has been wearing his for almost 5 years now. I wash and line dry it once a week. It always comes out looking as new as the day it first arrived in my mail box.
Visit http://servicedogjackets.com/ to order yours. It is a purchase that you will not regret.
Sussie and Gunny