"We keep best friends together with quality, technology and style."
The company was started by Jack Carrier to solve a problem. The spark for his idea can be attributed to his old Chocolate Lab that is persistent in one thing: wandering off. One evening Maggie wondered off with out-dated tags that resulted in a complicated web of phone calls and worry before she was finally returned. Jack thought "there has to be a better way for a finder to get in contact with me, WITHOUT it depending on a phone number." Jack was traveling a lot which meant Maggie would be unprotected for long stretches of time, which was dangerous. That problem kicked off the idea and resulted in this company.
The solution to that problem was launched in May of 2010. "Virtual Leash" solves the problem by allowing pet finders to use a pet's unique website to contact MANY people INSTANTLY and simultaneously using voice (robo-call), text messages, email, and Twitter. It will also show any address you choose on a Google Map. It lets finders see important info about your pet immediately.
While Virtual Leash was in development, Dog Tag Art launched in June 2009 as a side project and grew in it's own right to become a community built around fun, art, our beloved pets, and giving back to support animal welfare. It continues to grow and attract more awesome artists and user-submitted "super-model" pet photos.
In December of 2009 Jack was joined by Russell Barker. With over 10 years of previous experience in the e-commerce field, Russ saw great potential in Dog Tag Art. Russ has an educational background in Multimedia Art and Design. He is now the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and oversees the overall day to day operations here at Dog Tag Art. Russ is a veritable jack-of-all-trades around the office and is very hands-on with many projects within the company. When not busy raising his three boys and taking care of business, Russ enjoys video games, reading, and watching various movies and television series.
Paul Wuerfel joined Dog Tag Art in the Fall of 2013. He has a background in Visual, Industrial, and Mechanical Production Design. Paul is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Dog Tag Art, streamlining production processes via creative mechanical solutions, and innovative data automation. In his free time, he writes/performs music with his band, practices yoga, and speedruns Mega Man 2 with his cat, Churps.
Samantha Dana started working at Dog Tag Art in 2017 when she moved to Asheville from New Jersey. The mountains, camping, good food and great music lead her here. Sam is the Production Manager here at Dog Tag Art. When she isn't printing tags and running the Production Floor at the office, she is off on adventures with her husband Gordy and their two mutts Chai and Junta. Sam loves to travel to see her favorite band Phish, enjoys gardening, taking care of her house plants, cooking and making stained glass art.
Knox Jolly joined the Dog Tag Art team in March of 2019, shortly after graduating from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. As a Production Assistant, Knox is responsible for data automation, quality assurance, and order fulfillment. She currently lives with her loving partner, Tyler, and their equally loving 14-year-old chihuahua named Tippy. In her free time Knox enjoys making art, playing guitar and singing in her band Pickpocket Class, roller skating, and playing video games.
Having designed best-selling tags for Dog Tag Art for 10 years, Holly Mathews knew that we share the same values when it comes to helping animals in need. Holly has over 23 years of experience in the printing business and currently oversees all website orders from start to finish and is our Customer Service Manager. She also handles all donations through our Shelter and Rescue Program. The most rewarding part of her job is being able to help so many animals all over the world! Holly has 2 dogs, Bella and Buddy and a cat, Emma. She enjoys listening to music and binge-watching documentaries, mysteries, and romantic comedies as well as spending time with family and friends.
Candice Porter joined the Dog Tag Art team in March of 2020. She is currently one of Dog Tag Art’s Production Assistants and is responsible for running our printing press and imaging thousands of tags per month. Candice also works to ensure that many of our orders are assembled and packed with care. She is an animal lover who enjoys playing the upright bass and spending time cuddled with her dog, Slim Jim.
Avery Griggs came on board in August of 2020 to help run and maintain Dog Tag Art's production machinery. Avery is currently head of Warehouse and Mechanical Operations. Her daily duties also include assembly and stitching of collar and leash products. Avery is an Asheville native who received a degree in History from UNC Wilmington. She spends her free time with her husband, two cats, two chickens, and 34 bonsai trees.
Watch this video to see a typical day at Dog Tag Art:
Our company is located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina:
Dog Tag Art
19 Old Leicester Highway
Asheville, NC 28804