Sniff & Barkens Holiday Dog Toy Collection & Bucket: 
Fun, Useful, & Meaningful!

Sniff & Barkens Holiday Dog Toy Collection & Bucket: 
Fun, Useful, & Meaningful!

When our Sniff & Barkens team set out to create a distinctive, fun, and useful container to hold our holiday toy collection, we were looking for an eye-catching and whimsical design that was all about dogs! So we turned to Paul Budnitz, an American artist, designer, and entrepreneur who is well known as the founder of Kidrobot, the world’s premiere creator and dealer of limited edition art toys.  He, in turn, brought TADO into the mix.  That’s the British creative force that has produced an endless list of quirky and delightful characters for years.  He’d worked with them in the past on Kidrobot character development.

Working on a Bucket was quite a different ‘canvas’ for them all.

“It’s certainly a first for us,” said Mike and Katie, the design duo behind TADO. “We work across a fairly wide range of media but we’ve never had the pleasure of doing a doggy treat bucket before!” 

According to Paul, who has more than a dozen designs in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, it was a wonderful collaborative process from start to finish.

“Collaborating with artists and getting great results is about giving very vague directions that point them in the right general direction — then letting the artists come up with something they love,” said Paul. “It’s their job to be creative after all! That’s what we did in this case, and I think the TADOs did a remarkable job.”

Developing the dogs was an enjoyable challenge for everyone.

“We had a lot of fun coming up with the characters for the dogs,” said Mike and Katie. “As always we started with some really rough pencil sketches, then working alongside Sniff & Barkens and Paul, we picked our favorites to work up some more.  We usually start with between 10-20 initial character ideas that get whittled down through a process of refinement until, in this case, we arrived at our Fab Four!”

Katie and Mike were surprised that they’ve never drawn that many dogs before.

“We really enjoyed exploring them and coming up with the different characters, but it was certainly quite tricky to pick out our favorites!”

The fact that each Bucket sale also benefits Pilots N Paws to further assist their work in life-saving transports and rescue missions is an added bonus. Pilots N Paws is a volunteer organization connecting pilots with other rescue groups to transport dogs in need to safe havens.

The Barkens Bucket with the “Fab Four” is sure to become a collector’s item.  People will enjoy having it around their house to store items ranging from dog food to dog toys … to any other miscellaneous objects that needs a home.

Now everyone can have the Fab Four in their home, give the gift of joy this holiday season! You can find out more about the holiday Barkens Bucket here.

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