Like many people, I love dogs, and also like many people who love dogs, I find myself talking to them and inventing silly cute-isms in which to refer to them. Every dog owner has a name or two (or ten, in my case) that they’ve given their dog that was born out of a giddy moment of adoration for our four-legged friends. This is the inspiration behind “Muffinhead;” after all, I have a Muffinhead, you have a Muffinhead, and so do half of all Americans.
In 2007, I moved to Portland from Maine with my oldest Muffinhead, Xavier. As a short-haired pit bull he was not loving the precipitous nature of the Pacific Northwest, and during the rainy months it wasn’t uncommon for him to protest going outside. A dog jacket became a necessity if I planned on getting Xavier to go outside. As I began searching for a suitable dog jacket, I realized that even though there were some great jackets- -there wasn’t really a jacket in the marketplace that accurately reflected my personal taste or Xavier’s personality; afterall, he’s a one-of-a-kind dog and I thought he deserved a one-of-a-kind jacket. In the same way that I may wear conservative office attire to my day job, I always sport a really brightly colored purse to let people know that I’m not as dull as my outfit might convey.
As Xavier was slowly but smoothly assimilating into the nuances of the great Pacific Northwest city of Portland, so was I- -and along the way, I began adopting the local fervor for recycling and vintage clothes. I had always appreciated these things in Maine, but Portland really helps to foster a passion for them.
One day, after three years in Portland, I was halfway done with my walk home from work when the three things (Dogs, vintage and the environment) became married in my mind in a cataclysmic epiphany, and I decided to create something for our four-legged friends while considering both style and the environment.
The rest, as they say, is history. Since the inception of this brainchild, I have relied on the referrals of friends and other trusted businesspeople to make sure that every step of the way, Muffinhead supports local businesses, web designers, manufacturers, retailers, lawyers, bookkeepers, photographers, etc.