My name is Daniel and I am the owner of Millie’s Pet Boutique, a shop of handmade dog collars and leashes. I currently reside in Sparta, NJ with my husband, Jose, and our four shelter pups. We live on two acres of land in a 115-year-old farmhouse that backs up to Sparta Mountain. Our pups range in age from 6 to 13 years and in weight from 40 - 115 lbs. I’ve been an animal lover my entire life, particularly fond of canines.
Sometime late last summer, my mom and I were discussing what we could do to provide a little extra income toward her retirement in 2020. Mom has always been an avid DIY’er - she worked in a sewing factory growing up and taught me everything she knew about sewing and design. I found a “how to make a dog collar” tutorial online and tried convincing her that we should explore it. Mom was extremely hesitant at first! Shortly after, we decided to buy the materials and give it a go. We opened the virtual doors to our Etsy Shop, naming it “Millie’s Pet Boutique” after Mom's 18-year-old Dachshund that had just passed away 10 months earlier.
In the beginning, our collars weren’t the greatest. We learned a lot of valuable lessons through trial and error in those first few weeks, even months. We changed materials a few times until we found reliable, well-made materials that were safe for the dogs and durable for the owners. Millie’s Pet Boutique became an Etsy success thanks to our determination to deliver a quality product! We are close to 1000 sales in less than a year with a perfect 5-star rating. Around Christmastime 2018, we expanded to in-person craft shows with our one-of-a-kind dog collars and leashes. I love experimenting with different patterns and materials and pushing the boundaries on what we are capable of doing.
The plan for Millie’s is to continue creating unique and fun collars for your furry friends to enjoy. We will continue creating new designs as well as explore different dog products such as martingales, harnesses and so forth.
Millie’s Pet Boutique will be at this upcoming event!
June 8, 2019 - Czig Meister Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary in Hackettstown, NJ