GET TO KNOW THE OWNER
Hey there! I'm Alysson, the owner, designer, creator, photographer, and master shipper of everything Pacific Hound! PH is what I like to call a perfect accident. If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I saw myself as a business owner I probably would have laughed at you. Believe it or not, I have a master's degree in Sport Psychology and had every intention of becoming a collegiate track and field coach.
But life is really funny and sometimes things work out exactly as planned, even if you didn't know it at the time.
In July of 2013 we brought home our first dog, Spot (pictured) and Emma followed suit about a year later. I was still in graduate school, working full time and coaching high school track but still super broke. We don't need to get into the burden of student loans but alas, that's partly why we're here.
In January of 2014 we were living in Kansas and freezing our butts off. We are avid runners and always logged our miles early in the morning. Both dogs were darn near popsicles and HATED wearing coats. Emma frequently gifted hers to the forest so I went on a mission to make something she didn't want to remove.
Cue, the bandeau scarf. I started crocheting scarves at my day job and eventually started getting requests to make them for others. I opened up my first store, Lots of Spots and began selling them on Etsy. One by one they were delivered but the demand became far too great to keep up with so I improvised. Our current bandeau scarves are now a number one seller and my pride and joy.
In 2015, I moved to Oregon, got married and found a whole new love for the outdoors and adventure. Lots of Spots was still not a full time job and I became the queen of taking jobs I had no interest in actually doing.
With my back against the wall, I put all my eggs into my entrepreneur basket and overhauled my entire business. In July of 2018, I rebranded Lots of Spots to Pacific Hound and created what you see today. Pacific Hound is a culmination of my love for the outdoors and dogs.
Over the last couple of years, Pacific Hound has grown substantially and I've been able to collaborate with numerous small businesses, minorities, and non-profits. Being able to give back to my community brings me so much stinking joy!
Pacific Hound is my perfect accident. It's the culmination of persistence, hard work, and bravery. While it may not be where I saw myself five years ago, I'm REALLY freaking glad it's where WE'RE at now. We did this together and I'm stoked to now have thousands of friends across the world who represent everything this company is and will be.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed getting to know me and the history of Pacific Hound - it's been a wild ride! If you ever want to connect, you can find me with my dogs @sugar.and.spots or by dropping an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Owner - Pacific Hound