Heart Attacks, Pandemics and Puppies

Heart Attacks, Pandemics and Puppies

The pandemic was a tough one for everybody. From the isolation, uncertainty, and the overall duration of what we all endured, the period from 2020 thru 2022 was full of emotional and physical roadblocks.

 In my case life threw in a few added obstacles to contend with. Starting with a heart attack in June of 2020, another cardiac event four months later and a bout of pre vaccine covid just before Christmas, and my plate felt full. This maze of challenges was capped off with a divorce this past summer. So, no shortage of hurdles if you will.

 That said, I have always believed the future is in the windshield. I don’t spend too much time looking in the rearview mirror after I’ve reconciled whatever situation I must deal with. And this past Christmas gave me the opportunity to truly practice what I preach by getting my 14-year-old daughter a new puppy.

 Paige had been asking for a second dog for 5 years. But with everything I just mentioned, it was just not in the cards. I needed to get my physical and emotional health back in good order. Which I was able to do once the split was behind us.

 About a month after her mother moved out, she asked if “we could get a second dog”. And an Aussie Shepard no less. We’ve only ever had “working” dogs via border collies and our current eight-year-old Border Collie/GSP mix. So, we know what we’re getting into. But this was more than just a kid wanting something in the form of a new dog. This was to be a component of our family healing process. For all of us.

 So, in early December and after my daughter found a few Aussies she liked from breeders in the region, we drove to Orem, Utah in an early December snowstorm to meet “Stinson”. He was the runt of the litter and the last puppy left. He was spunky and then some. Brimming with personality and love he was all over her from the minute we walked in the room. And that was it. My daughter looked at me the way your kid does when what they’re asking for is coming from the heart. What her eyes said was “we need this dog”. That was all I needed. We made the deal and on December 30th, Stinson arrived at our home.

To use a Jerry McGuire term, he has completed us. Our eight-year-old dog took a week or so, but Ruby has proven to be a great mother to our little guy. And Stinson loves her and brings a joy to our home that has not been felt for the better part of four years. So, when your kid asks for a second dog, my vote is yes. I can’t imagine NOT having two dogs. It’s more of everything but mostly it’s more fun. Welcome home Stinson. We love you.

March 05, 2023 — Bob Jones
The Story of the 3 Dog Pet Supply Logo

The Story of the 3 Dog Pet Supply Logo

The story of the 3 Dog Logo:

 My love of dogs and their impact on people has always been a main part of my life.  I worked in product design and development for one of the best outdoor companies in America for almost 20 years.  I had always had a desire to branch out on my own and put my talents to use.   I felt like I had an opportunity to create a small business that could combine my love of dogs with my skills and talents.   My brother Anthony gave me the needed encouragement and 3 Dog Pet Supply was born.

The original logo is a tribute to three of the most important dogs in my life.   

Greta  -  The tall shepherd in the middle of the logo is a dog called Greta.  She was a German shepherd that was our main family dog when we were growing up as kids.  She was super smart and loving.  She amazed me with her ability to protect us and know where we all where at any given time,  yet she still was playful and happy throughout.   I remember one of our neighbors coming up to us and asking my brother.. “Does your mother know where you are?” and my brother replied…”No,  but Greta does”  That was the type of dog she was.

 Seve-  The dog on the right is a female Chesapeake called Seve. Seve was a female Chesapeake Bay retriever who was the first dog that I had as a young adult.  I was working as a high school teacher when she was a puppy, and I spent many hours training her in between classes.   She was also highly intelligent and had a warm and loving personality.  She was the first dog that I knew who could understand cause and effect on many levels.  She would purposely behave in certain ways to produce a desired outcome.  I lived alone with her for years and she liked that situation.   When my future wife came into the picture, she would try all sorts of tricks to maintain her status as # 1 female in the pack.  When Jan would come to visit, she would put on a show to try to dismiss her and regain the attention.  She would take a biscuit from her and then throw it up. She would feign illness and limp around and try anything.  She later saw how kind Jan was and fully accepted her into the pack. 

 Wally- The dog on the left in the logo is Wally as a pup.   Wally was a male black Labrador retriever who was given to me by a friend who is a professional upland hunting dog trainer, Dan Lussen of Pondview Kennels.  Wally was a pup that came from one of Dan’s all-time best dogs Sara.   I had been around Sara for years and had witnessed her amazing abilities in the field on many occasions.   She was unbelievably well trained and had uncanny ability.  Wally showed many of the same attributes and was a real character.  He had so much personality and his love for life was infectious and touched everyone around him.  He was an accomplished hunter and probably the best dog that I’ve ever really known.  I’ve been trying to find another dog like him ever since he died young at age 7 of canine cancer.

Of course, you can not replace a dog.   Each dog has their own unique characteristics and personality traits.  These traits are what makes these animals so special and endear them to us in all sorts of ways. I am always so excited to meet new dogs and to start the journey of developing another meaningful relationship.

Ps.  The black lab on most of the dog beds is a female named Kiki who is Wally’s niece.  The small yellow lab in some of the product shots is Mika who shares the same grandparents.


February 03, 2023 — Mike Quartararo


Yoshi came into our lives in 2013 and we’ve been thankful for every moment shared. Our little family changed in a big way when we got our little pup.

I was travelling often for work at the time and my wife was working from home. A new puppy seemed like the perfect addition to our little family. I didn’t have much time in my life at that point, working/travelling up to 16 hours a day, so I left it up to her to find the perfect pup. On our trip back from visiting family just after the Thanksgiving holiday, she couldn’t contain her excitement, and I was more than elated also. We stopped near Olympia WA and met the breeders. These guys were awesome, and only sold a few pups each year. There were two puppies in the back of the car, and one immediately perked up and waddled toward my wife and jumped into her arms. It was magic. Love at first sight. We met Yoshi.

I didn’t do much research on the breed before we met our new family member, but I loved the fact that they were the popular “meme” dog circling around social media. Since I work in the internet technology space, it seemed like the perfect pairing for me. Not to mention, about the cutest little dog I think I’ve ever seen. Here’s the meme that lit the internet on fire:

In the eight years we’ve loved Yoshi, we’ve had many life changes and moved multiple times. He’s been a constant source of love and entertainment. He’s got a real sense of humor and his antics keep us on our toes.

The Shiba Inu is a Japanese hunting dog and are generally smaller in size. Yoshi is a big boy weighing in at around 45 lbs. Side note, I asked him if I could write about his weight, and he was “good” with it. Anyhow, this breed is known for their independent nature and agility. If you are used to “training” dogs, you’ll surely spend more time training this breed than many others. If you’re okay with an independent friend, one that may have a higher IQ than most people, then maybe you don’t necessarily need to spend much time training. Either way, the experience will be unique and enduring. The result will be a friend that is as authentic as you could expect.

My wife and I don’t have kids, but Yoshi loves them! From small babies to toddlers, he loves meeting new little people. I can see the look of wonder in his eyes whenever a child approaches him. His tail becomes relaxed, and his eyes become glazed over with love. He instantly becomes the sweetest most docile animal you could imagine. We would recommend this breed as the perfect family dog with little kids in the mix.

Today, Yoshi works from home along with myself and my wife. We enjoy long walks, hikes and he loves chasing his two brothers around the house, a Persian and a Maine Coon cat. Sometimes it can get a bit rowdy and a whole lot furry. These guys know how to shed, and they do it well. Be prepared to vacuum at least daily, if you don’t like dog fur. If you don’t mind fur, then you’ll be entertained by how much and how often they shed. Trust me, you’ll love it.

Thanks for reading a bit about our family and our special friend. Yoshi recommends 3 Dog Pet Supply products and the bed featured above is by far his most favorite bed to date. We love it too as it’s easy to clean and fits perfectly in our environment. Thank you to the crew at 3 Dog Pet Supply for giving Yoshi a moment to shine and for creating well built and well thought product for among the most loved in our lives.

October 12, 2021 — Bob Jones

Ruby Rescued Us

Just before Christmas of 2014 our beloved 14-year-old Border Collie passed away from injuries suffered after being attacked by a neighbor’s dog. It was a devastating loss and one made even more so by the fact that it was just before the holidays. On top of that, Anker moved back and forth across the country with us on three occasions. In short, he was our “wingman” and an amazing friend to our entire family.

I remember sitting in the diner a few hours after we sat with him during his final hours. Our children were in tears as were my wife and I. It was a week before Christmas, and we could not even muster the strength to put up our tree.

Shortly thereafter, friends associated with Rescue Rover in Salt Lake City, started sending us links to dogs in need of a home. Initially we felt it was too soon. But that feeling quickly went away when we got a glimpse of Ruby and her seven siblings who had just been taken in by a foster family just a few miles from our house.

We “visited” with the foster family and the dogs were gated in the kitchen. But one puppy found her way out somehow and dropped right in my lap. And we knew right away that this was meant to be. She had a way about her that was too much to resist. As with all good rescue operations, we had to go thru the process and fill out the paperwork. But shortly thereafter, she was home and we named her “Ruby”.

That was six years ago and she has brought us more joy that any of us could imagine. She ends up being part GSP and part Border Collie (no wonder we loved her right away) and in turn, became our new trail running and hiking partner. She seems to smile in an almost human way, and is the most positive creature I have ever met – be it of the two or four legged nature.

What we discovered is that we were not rescuing Ruby but rather she was rescuing us. Joy returned to our home and we started to feel like a family again. And one that was not complete without a dog in the clan.


October 12, 2021 — Bob Jones