Working like a dog
Working dogs and their human partners have been part of Ruffwear’s heart and soul since we launched the first collapsible dog bowl in 1994. From mountain snowstorms to urban disaster zones, working dogs and handlers have put our gear through rigorous testing in every type of environment and have provided invaluable feedback on fit, durability, and performance. As a young company in the nineties, these partnerships and learning experiences helped shape our journey toward who we are today – and where we’re going next.
As part of our commitment to working dogs and handlers, we’ve launched a program to design gear specifically tailored to their needs. We're excited to share our journey with you, along with stories about the dogs and people involved, and the products that have come about as a result.
Tom Panek has always been a runner. When he lost his eyesight in his mid-twenties, he was afraid to run alone, yet running with a guide dog was presumed not to be safe. As CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Tom launched the Running Guides Program to create a change.