I started Backcountry K-9 as an online retail store in 2005 running out of my basement. My wife and I along with our Black Lab, Huron, spent our Springs, Summers, and Falls tent camping across Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Ontario. I envisioned starting a small company offering a collection of the best gear for dogs with customer service to rival companies like REI.
It didn’t take long for Backcountry K-9 to grow. By 2016 we were in a 2,000 square foot warehouse and shipping 500 to 600 orders a month. We were relied on for our expertise in technical dog gear. We had a brand ambassador team to help test the gear we carried, we outfitted Appalachian Trail thru-hikers’ dogs, and donated thousands of dollars to shelters and search and rescue teams.
During those years our competition grew as well, including the big guys like Amazon. While things were going pretty well, I was spending too much time competing with other stores and not doing enough of what I truly enjoyed – getting my hands on gear and spreading the word on what works best for the dogs we love to adventure with.
I wasn’t giving up though. We had developed strong relationships with gear makers and had over a decade of solid, hands-on knowledge of dog gear. We decided to leave the retail rat race and close our retail store in September 2016; we would move forward continuing to offer our expertise. On our site, you’ll still find the brands we believe are making exceptional outdoor gear for dogs with links to buy directly from the makers as well as other quality retailers we’ve gotten to know. We keep the lights on by earning small commissions (at no additional cost to you) if you use those links or links in our blog posts to purchase from the sites we link to. Some links we don’t earn commissions on but we really believe in the gear and want to make sure you’re aware of it.
We’re constantly expanding our content, creating how-to guides for adventuring with your dogs, offering pack lists, and sharing product reviews.
As we moved into this new chapter of Backcountry K-9, I was extremely excited to have Devin Walker, one of our former ambassadors join us to share her expertise with you as well. Devin, along with her husband, Pat, and their dog, Bella, live in Colorado and take advantage of everything the Rocky Mountain state has to offer – horseback riding in the foothills, fly fishing in Clear Creek Canyon, training for ultra marathons in Boulder County Open Space, or backpacking in Indian Peaks Wilderness. If it’s outside and can be done with Bella, they’re doing it!
if you’re interested in getting a product featured, guest posting for us, advertising on our site, or sponsoring an email or social media campaign, please reach out. We’d love to see if we’re a good fit.