More Than Dog Beds began after a weaving tour in Guatemala. After touring for 10 days, buying fabulous textiles, huipiles, corte and learning the intricate steps involved in weaving I learned more than I thought possible. I watched the weavers dye the thread, set up the loom and operate the large foot looms. Purchasing textiles directly from weavers made such an impact on me. As this was my first exposure to woven textiles. I was hooked! I returned with 8 pieces of corte and each piece is 6 yards long! I had no idea what I would do with all the textiles until a client was in my office and asked for a dog bed out of the fabric. I figured I can sew so why not?? 30 dog beds later I was headed to Guatemala on my own and 4 years later I have an outstanding dog bed. Since that first dog bed I have added dog collars, and market bags using Dhurrie Rugs from India.
During my many travels to Guatemala, at least 4 times a year, I have met and kept in touch with many families and friends. In addition to taking many sewing supplies and sewing machines to Guatemala, I have also introduced the SBDC International Trade platform to groups in Panajachel. SBDC is a free business resource for anyone wanting to grow and expand their small business. My adviser, Julio de la Mestas Garcia, here in San Antonio has been a tremendous help to me in setting up my business.
In addition to More Than Dog Beds, I own Cowboy Kennels, a pet boarding facility in San Antonio TX. I am married to my favorite person ( who also happens to be a Veterinarian), I have 3 children and 2 dogs. As you can see from our Social Media diet I am busy enough and enjoy every day.