Who We Are

Peace, Love, and Paws ™

Welcome to Doggone Tags ! We’ve been catering to cool pets and the humans who love them since 2010

At DoggoneTags, we strive to have the most unique designs in a variety of sizes and styles.  Doggone Tags has been seen in Modern Dog Magazine, IVillage, City Dog, Nova Dog, and Bark.  We’ve also been featured in countless blogs and are gratified that our customers (both human and non- human) are so happy with their purchases ! 

It’s also wonderful to be able to give back to the pet community and we work with a few different rescue groups each year.  After all, without a certain rescue group here in the DC area, DoggoneTags would not be in business ! 

Our tags are made in mixed metal and all are created in a small studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.   It’s definitely NOT a critter free place by choice ! 

Dive in for a series of interesting pet related articles, information about us and our products, happy customer stories, rescue group information, and products we love and endorse. We want to be able to connect to the animal loving community so if you have something you’d like to see us feature, leave us a comment and we’ll follow up !

from the humans and the critters at doggonetags, a very special woof, thanks, and meow !

Mixing Business and Passion

We are HUGE into rescue and pet adoption around here, so when it came time to get our new website going, we reached out to the talented pet photographer, Shelley Castle , and we teamed up with Lucky Dog DC (https://www.luckydoganimalrescue.org/home) to get some really awesome (and mostly available to adopt) pup models !

For us it was a no-brainer to highlight some deserving pups looking for a forever home. The morning was wild, hot, fun, and exhausting ! How Emily (one of the leads at Lucky Dog) does this all day is mystery to me. After it was over, I just wanted to lay down and take a nap under the trees !

The site was suggested by Shelley and we arranged to meet at Jones Point Park in Alexandria, Va. My wonderful mom, Sue (doggonetags biggest fan and Georgie’s fave) came along to help and we piled into the car bright and early to arrive at the agreed upon 6:30 am time. It’s a really beautiful park, right on the river, and has magnificent views of the city. You could even see the Capitol building in the distance! By 7am the park was bustling and I was shocked to see how many DC folks were up early enough on a Saturday to plunk down on bicycles or to run along the Potomac. I’d have been content to sit and people watch for awhile, but there was work to do !

One by one our doggy models started to arrive, and by 7:30 with the sun glistening off of the dewy long grass, Shelley was starting to snap pics of a beautiful dog who was quite camera shy at first, but once used to it and with the encouragement of her foster dad John, she shined !

Emily brought a car load of wonderful pups all ready to find their forever homes. They were a wriggling mass of tongue and tails. We got some great shots and a few of the pups even found the homes that they so deserve !

Kate was there in her super cute hat and her LuckyDog foster named Penelope. She also brought along her her very own Luckydog rescue named Penny… both were little superstars !

The last shot for now was my favorite from my phone and is of Penelope, who was adopted later that day to the delight of all !

We can’t wait to share the real pics with you and it won’t be long ! I snapped what I could while running around like a chicken with its head cut off, and have posted those here so you get the idea.

If you’re ready to add another family member to your home, please consider adoption. There are beautiful animals just waiting to go to a home.. all kinds.. pure breeds, mixed breeds, and total mutts. All full of love.

As always a big woof, meow, and thanks from our pack to you and yours ! And a very special thanks to Sue, Shelley, Emily, Kate, John, and all the pups !

2010… the beginning

“my little dog, a heartbeat at my feet”

— Edith Warren

Timing is everything, or so they say. In 2009, this laid off landscape designer taught herself how to create jewelry using old fashioned metal smithing techniques. It quickly moved from a hobby to a burgeoning jewelry making business and when I saw an opportunity to connect with other local artisans at the Crafty Bastards show in downtown Washington DC, I couldn’t resist. I quickly signed up to volunteer. But DC traffic being what it is, and a few wrong turns that took me past the Pentagon twice, had me arriving after the show had opened and my opportunity to be involved evaporated. Momentary disappointment.

I was given a pass in anyway and told just to enjoy myself and have a look around. A left turn down the first row of vendors changed my life. There, in a small grassy area was Lucky Dog DC and their varied group of fosters and rescue animals. And then I saw her…. my muse ! She was a long brown short legged dog with a big pink tongue and eyes that looked like she could peek into your soul and yank it out. It was love at first sight, and after a spirited walk around the area together I told her foster dad, Adam, that I’d love to adopt her. 24 hours later (after application and a home visit) , she was in my car and we were heading home.

She was my first dog since being a kid and there were a lot of things I needed. I spent a LOT of money at Petco ! Bed, food, bowls, toys, bones.. you know the drill. I even bought her a tag out of one of those engraving machines. I don’t want to bash the tag, but come on.. I’m a jewelry maker! MY pup had to have something cool ! The first doggonetag was made in October 2010 and sported her new name “Georgie” and doggonetags was born a month later. Probably close to 35,000 tags later and I still call her my muse, and as my constant companion and spends most of the day with me and her feline brother, Mosby, in the studio.

clown lesson 101 “upside down cracks them up every time”

These days I work from my home studio in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia where I make cool tags for happy people and their furry friends. Each tag is lovingly made by hand and starts with a drawing in my sketch book. Tools of the trade are simple… metal shears, a jewelers saw, stamps, hammers, a torch, and a tumbler. Old fashioned metal smithing. It’s not precise, but full of whimsy and detail…. and love.

How did I get so lucky? Procrastination? bad traffic? Not using GPS? Nope.. timing. Timing is everything.

From our pack to you and yours , welcome to doggonetags!

woof, meow, thanks for reading