In a way, we were born to run Kurgo. Our parents were apparel manufacturers, retailers, and entrepreneurs. We also grew up exploring the woods of Vermont, surrounded by dogs: a couple of mix breeds named Muffin and Prancer, as well as Tu-Mesh, a wolf/Rottweiler puppy that we smuggled back in a duffle bag from a canoe trip to northern Quebec.
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Growing up in our parents’ store taught us the value of a hands-on approach and an insistence on quality. Every Kurgo product is made to the highest standards, including a lifetime guarantee. We’ll always be personally involved when it comes to design, manufacturing, and customer service. You can often find Kitter out back stitching together his next product idea, or Gordie traveling the country meeting with retailers, getting feedback to make our products and customer service better. As brothers with an entrepreneurial background and complementary skillsets, it was natural for us to work together. Focusing on pets, however, wasn’t so obvious; we have Zelda to thank for that. Zelda was Kitter’s beloved Plott Hound. She had a mind of her own and often tried to nudge her way into the front seat. On one trip, a short stop threw her to the floor of the driver’s side where she ended up wrapped around the pedals. This inspired Kurgo’s first product, the Backseat Barrier. Now she’d be safe in the backseat, and we’d be safe in the front.