Our Story

As a child, I was raised by my great-grandmother and grandmother in a neighborhood that was largely retirees. Neighborhood playmates were not aplenty. But I was never lonely, I always had my dog. Peanut the Cocker Spaniel and Hi-C the Morgan horse were my best friends and confidants. They listened to my secrets, hugged me when I cried, and taught me important life lessons like it’s okay to be afraid but it’s not okay to quit, always be open to adventure, and kindness goes a long way.

Houndstooth exists because I believe that our lives can truly be enriched by strengthening the bond between ourselves and our pets, that we really are better together. 

There is nothing more important to me than the quality and integrity of the goods offered by Houndstooth. My family uses every item we sell. We are committed to products and services that help people feel closer to their pet. If you aren’t satisfied with one of our products, we’ll make it right. - Malissa Nelson, Founder



In everything we do, Houndstooth will nurture and inspire health, joy, and connection between pets and the people that love them. Because we believe that we truly are better together.