ZUMI is not a big company by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a family owned and operated business that for the most part consists of one true full-time employee and a couple “part-time employees”. In other words, my family helps me keep up with the madness of my dream.
Limitations are a given in such a small company, but that doesn’t stop us from contributing what we can, when we can.
Which is exactly why we created the Perfectly Imperfect Program (or PIP for short), a donation program for shelters and rescue organizations around the country.
From time to time, we receive items that do not meet our company standards cosmetically. The items aren’t defective in any way, but they will have a blemish, scratch or scuff from the manufacturing process. Such is life right? They are always small and most of the time not very noticeable, but we uphold high quality standards and for that reason, we will not sell them to customers.
However, since there’s no reason they can’t be used, we donate them!
We set them aside and when we collect enough, we send them out to organizations free of charge. We wanted some good to come of these otherwise lonely items and what better way to do that than giving them a chance with dogs who are looking for their chance!
We cycle through our list of applicants in the order they're received and send a set of leashes to one non-profit organization every quarter (4 times a year).
Non-profit organizations are welcome to apply to the program on the PIP page to join the roster.
We wanted some good to come of these otherwise lonely items and what better way to do that than giving them a chance with dogs who are looking for their chance.
As ZUMI continues to grow we hope that this will be just one of the many ways we can help many displaced and disadvantaged dogs.
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It’s me again… Sasha. Over the past few months I’ve been sharing some of the core values that ZUMI. is built around and today I wanted to share a very particular one with you all.
It’s the cornerstone to everything ZUMI. and the roots that formed this business.
So what does it mean to “hold space” and more importantly, what the hell does it have to do with dogs and subsequently making dog gear?
Here at ZUMI. we often talk about what we can learn from our dogs. Whether we’re talking about being a more compassionate or empathetic person or maybe finding more presence in our day to day life…
Dogs just have this shit figured out.
So if you’re here and you possibly agree with our “woo-woo” (or are even just open minded to it), we’ve got some great news for you...
It’s a process. Not an achievement.
Dogs make us better, it’s a fact and one that even science supports. If you have a dog you already know what we’re talking about.
Humans have a very special relationship with dogs. We have a history that goes back more than 18,000 years and they were one of the first domesticated animals in history
Scientists have proof that dogs make us laugh more than cats (sorry cat people - can’t argue with science), they reduce our chances of depression and keep you from morphing into a human sloth.
So what are some cold hard facts about owning a dog?