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Why did we change our name? & who are we?

Hello, My name is Iliana and I am the owner to Blue bear dog shop. I HOPE MY STORY INSPIRES YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR HEART.

It was the year 2020, the year no one will forget. Is when I realized what I should be doing with my talents. I grew up sewing around my mother and grandmother and slowly picked up the trade.

I started making makeup bags, tote bags along side my mother and slowly drifted into dog wear. I started by making dog bandana's for my dogs. Our close friends loved them and raved about them! So I started selling them on our site. I found that I truly enjoy making them and seeing them on our customer's pups!

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”–Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries

Fast forward to mid-year of 2022 and I noticed that someone dearly to me would not be able to tie a bandana on their pup due to arthritis on her hands. I started to venture out on how I could change that. I knew a slip on would be the easiest for my grandmother and for anyone else not able to tie a bandana. That is when I came up with the elastic bandana. Stretches enough to go over a dog head and sit nicely on them. I started to make them with elastic and never looked back. A quick slip on makes it so much more easier accessorizing you dog!

“Small business isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient and the persistent. It’s for the overcomer.”–Unknown

I am so excited to get these out to the world! I hope that you love them as much as we do!

And I pray that we are able to bring joy to any dog owner that was not able to accessorize their dog and can now like my grandmother!

That is the reasoning behind the change of the direction of my business and our name from Illy's and Lilly's Specialty shop to Blue Bear Dog Shop. Named after my beautiful green eyed American Staffordshire terrier, I found my purpose, and dogs will always have a big spot in my heart!

Thank you for supporting small, Stay humble

Illy Rodriguez

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