More than 30 years ago, Pat and Bob Lugo turned their love for dog sledding into a family-owned business that would feed their newfound passion – and provide equipment for their 50-plus dogs. The Minnesota couple purchased a harness business, Katmai Kennels, and made harnesses, collars, leads and boots out of their home with the help of their four children.
Bob was an avid racer and competed with the dogs throughout the winter season. When the family traveled to the sled dog races, they would sell their hand-crafted dog equipment from the back of their truck. On the weekends that the family wasn’t involved in a race, they skijored on nearby trails. Bob Lugo is shown driving a 14-dog team below.
Mushing served as the foundation of the company and together, the Lugo family created a culture that focused on providing quality, durable and functional dog gear. Eventually, the Lugo’s daughter, Lisa, took over the business, which is now known as Ultra Paws®. Because Lisa and her husband have always had a variety of dogs, she decided to expand the company’s product offerings to include gear that is suitable for all active dogs. Manufacturing initially occurred in Minnesota, but the demand for products quickly outpaced production, and manufacturing was outsourced, with product development continuing in the U.S.
Ultra Paws Today
Ultra Paws® is still a family-oriented, dog-family focused business, nationally and internationally known for its full range of dog gear, including boots, coats, harnesses, and fun and functional accessories.
The company, which sells its products in retail and e-commerce stores across the world, continues to be headquartered in northern Minnesota, recently renovating an abandoned office/warehouse into their new world headquarters.
In late summer of 2014, Ultra Paws® purchased the assets of Pedigree Perfection International, Inc. As part of the purchase, Ultra Paws received all products, patents and trademarks from Pedigree Perfection International, Inc., including their 100% waterproof boot, PawTectors®.
Headquartered in Sunrise, Florida, Pedigree Perfection International, Inc., has manufactured a variety of dog gear product lines including:
Family owned and operated since 1990, Pedigree Perfection International, Inc. was known world-wide for quality of fabrics, workmanship and great fit. A shared business philosophy, unique designs, patents and quality can describe both companies.
All of Ultra Paws® products are designed and tested in Minnesota where we serve our customers with product development, manufacturing coordination, sales, warehousing, and distribution.