The Northwest Dog Pack



The Northwest Dog launched in June 2018 as an Instagram community and grew beyond our wildest imaginations in our first year! Here at The Northwest Dog, our mission is three-fold:

1) To foster connection and community between passionate dog lovers who enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest and believe that life’s adventures are best shared with our canine companions. We do this through our Instagram community of more than 22,000 followers and by organizing and leading pack hikes for pups and their people throughout the PNW.

2) To handcraft beautiful and ethical artisan goods for wild-hearted pups and their people. We do this by sourcing local, organic and fair-trade ingredients and materials, supporting other artisans and small businesses, and creating all of our goods with love and care right here in the Pacific Northwest. From organic paw balm and dog shampoo to handwoven dog bandanas and natural soy candles for dog lovers, we pride ourselves on making unique, quality goods from our hearts to your hands.

3) To give back to the PNW community as we continue to grow. Starting in 2019, we will donate 5% of all profits to the National Forest Foundation to help maintain hiking trails, protect water sources and plant trees within the Mt. Hood National Forest. We’re also proud to donate product to local dog rescue groups to be auctioned as fundraisers. As we grow, we look forward to doing more to support these efforts in the Pacific Northwest.

I’m glad you’re here, and personally invite you to become an active member of our community on Instagram, via our monthly email newsletter and through the community meet-ups + events we host and participate in!

What defines the PNW? While there are various interpretations of the Pacific Northwest’s boundaries, we adhere to the broadest definition, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Western Montana and British Columbia, Canada. Our blog and social content is focused on these areas, and we welcome anyone who lives in or enjoys exploring the PNW with your pup pal! – Heather Dowdy, Founder + Creative Director

Heather Dowdy ↟↟↟
Founder, Creative Director, Writer + Maker

Three of my greatest loves in life are dogs, creating and nature, so I am excited for these passions to culminate in The Northwest Dog!

Over the past 15 years, I’ve written for national pet and travel magazines as well as publishing my own, before selling it to explore the PNW and beyond. I’ve hiked, camped and traveled with a number of soulmate dogs along the way, two of which passed in 2016 but forever remain close to our hearts. I’ve spent decades volunteering in the animal rescue community, and all of our dogs have been rescues (some of them foster fails!)

These days, my husband Chris and I can be found eating ALL the vegan food in Portland and exploring the PNW with our rescued American Pit Bull Terrier, Briley.  Thanks for joining us on this journey!

Want to connect? Drop me a line here!

Chris Dowdy ↟↟↟
Supportive Husband, Bearded Wizard, Helper of All Things Events + Production

My amazing husband, Chris, is the love of my life, my best friend, an incredible dog dad, and the biggest supporter of my wild dreams. Without his faith, encouragement, and help, this little biz would not be possible. He not only serves as a constant source of emotional support and motivation, but he is hands-on and eager to help any time needed, whether it’s assisting with production or loading and staffing a market booth. He’s the one who believes in me even when my own faith wavers. 

By day, Chris is the co-owner of his family company, which builds massive water tanks that supply your clean drinking water! We are fortunate to both work from home, which means lots of pittie snuggles throughout the day! FUN FACT: We share a 90sf office and STILL really like each other!


Briley ↟↟↟
Snuggle Pig, Quality Control Manager + Official Box Shredder

The Northwest Dog was inspired by our adventures with Briley, our adopted American Pit Bull Terrier. We rescued her from death row at just twelve weeks old, after someone witnessed her being dumped out of a car along a highway and brought her to the shelter. Chris and I rescued her immediately, and she’s never looked back. The resilient, forgiving spirit of dogs never ceases to inspire and awe me.

We rarely use Briley’s real name, but she luckily responds to a plethora of nicknames, such as PiggieSmalls, BrileySmalls, SmallBri, Smalls, SmallPig, Peeg and more.

She’s a goofball and a #snugglepig. She’s an organic treat connoisseur, happy hiker, stick shredder and fetcher of balls. She can be found chasing waterfalls, swimming in rivers and digging to the other side of the earth along Oregon beaches. When she’s not pibblin‘ around the PNW, she’s defending the back yard from squirrels, demanding walks and updating her Instagram @northwestpittie.


Meet Our Pack Leaders!

Our Pack Leaders are official brand ambassadors for The Northwest Dog, and we simply could not do this thing without them! They each have a genuine passion for exploring the PNW and inspiring others to do the same. They lead our Pack Hikes, contribute to blogs, help us develop product ideas and more. We use the term “pack” simply to convey “community” and our Pack Leaders are the team leaders who help us grow and engage our PNW community! We are so grateful for such a supportive and awesome team!

To meet our current team, click here.

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