Introducing the "hounds" of In the Company of Hounds
How did I come up with the name "In the Company of Hounds"? Well, there do happen to be a lot of "hounds" in my life, but it actually came to me in a dream. One morning, I woke up and knew "In the Company of Hounds" was going to be my fashion line's name. Simple, and definitely a sign from the universe or wherever dreams come from, since I take a lot of inspiration from the sport of fox hunting.
I am an avid horseback rider and since we moved to Virginia's hunt country I have been inspired to eventually try fox hunting. As of now, I have a bunch of dressage horses and let me tell you, it's a task to make at least one of them into a decent "fox hunter" but I'll tell you more about that process some other time.
Thankfully, I won't need my own pack of foxhounds to go fox hunting, but nevertheless let's talk about the "hounds" in my life:
Oliver, the Corgi:
Oli kind of looks like a fox but without a tail. It's a good start to get my horses accustomed to the general "orangeness" of a fox. Oli also likes to play dress up and is the perfect future model for my line of dog coats, which I will introduce in the fall.
Bruno, the Australian Shepherd #1:
Shepherds, corgis, foxhounds ... they are all dogs after all, so why discriminate and only get foxhounds? Bruno knows the art of snoozing and relaxing, which resonates with me, but he is a great addition to my barn staff and does a wonderful job herding (scaring) squirrels and crows. He also thinks he can actually herd horses ... but don't tell him that the horses don't care about him at all.
Phoebe, the Australian Shepherd #2:
Phoebe is the latest addition to the team and has great potential. With only 9 weeks under her belt she already knows the ins and outs of how to successfully always look cute. "Cute" in this household gets you anywhere, even if it involves eating a shoe or stealing all of Bruno and Oliver's toys. Phoebe also brings some much needed girl-power to the barn, which our mare Stella appreciates I'm sure.
Welcome to my "In the Company of Hounds", there's never a dull moment. Especially with these three "hounds" around.
Chris lives and designs in Virginia's horse country. She writes about her new designs and her many pets who inspire her every day.