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About Us

The Deng Ohana

Our Story

Island Doggie (ID) is a specialty line of handmade dog harnesses and accessories. It's more than just the typical "Hawaiian" print. We carefully select fabrics with prints that reflect the coastal lifestyle and many cultures of Hawaii. The first ID harness was made in September 2011 when owner and designer, Shelsea, had trouble finding functional and stylish harnesses for her dogs, Bugz and Joey. She introduced the Loop-Thru Harness (patent pending), an ID original creation, in December 2011. Bugz and Joey - both rescues from Los Angeles, are a huge inspiration and quickly became excellent models.

With the success of the Loop-Thru Harness, she introduced Bandanas, Poopie Bag Dispensers, Bow Ties, and Buckle Harnesses. Every pattern is made by hand, then cut-to-order, sewn, carefully packaged and shipped. All marketing and photography is also done "in-house" (literally).

About the Owner

Shelsea is able to work-from-home while caring for their Type 1 diabetic daughter with the support of her loving husband. On her rare-spare time, she enjoys taking her [fur]babies to the beach or surfing. She often calls her self a "one-woman sweatshop."

Born and raised on the bustling island of Oahu, she understands the importance of family, culture, and respecting the environment. She's not a stranger to Los Angeles where she attended California Design College, One of The Art Institutes. She hopes to bring together both the Hawaii and SoCal vibes through her creations and share it with other dog lovers.

Mission Statement

Island Doggie strives to provide canine lovers with affordable, functional, stylish products while encouraging pet owners to be more responsible.

Commitment to our Customers

Every thing we create, from sketch to final product to labels and packaging, is an original Island Doggie design. Our hang tags are designed on a MacBook using Adobe Illustrator and then printed, cut, and placed on the appropriate item. The woven labels you see on our products are all designed in-house (literally, we have no rented studio at this time) and then manufactured by a company on the U.S. mainland. We diligently work hard to make sure we're putting a unique quality product out there for your precious family friend. If the fit isn't right, we want to know about it so we can rectify the issue.

Not only do we want to make sure you're happy with your purchase, we also want to remind owners how to properly care for their pets and teach others to do the same by spreading awareness through social media. With the recent ban on plastic bags at local retailers as of July 1, 2015, it was the perfect time to introduce the Poopie Bag Dispenser. It's a refillable fabric dispenser in adorable prints that carries one roll of biodegradable poopie bags so owners will remember to scoop the poop while still looking good. This is just one of the many ways we look forward to serving our community of dog lovers and we hope we become a part of your ohana as well.

Commitment to Doggies

We always encourage prospective pet owners to adopt - don't shop (at a pet store). As our business continues to grow with your support, we would like to donate 2% of our profits to local animal shelters.  We believe if these shelters receive sufficient funding, then they’ll be able to keep up with maintenance and continue to provide excellent care for dogs until they find a forever home. So, whether you're shopping for your pet or getting a gift for another, you can look to Island Doggie for something stylish, functional, and handmade with aloha. Malama pono (live well) and mahalo nui loa (thank you very much)!

The Deng Ohana