Ashburn Magazine

Lansdowne woman builds national company designing for dogs

In April 2021, as Rebecca Hall was preparing to bring home an 8-week-old mini Labradoodle puppy named Olive, she stopped at an area PetSmart for basic supplies.

“This was my first pet, and I was nervous,” Hall admitted.

The Broadlands resident studied the store’s vast display of harnesses, collars and leashes. After comparing brands, Hall chose a light blue harness with a dinosaur pattern made by a company called Sassy Woof. “Olive was tiny, so I was concerned about comfort, and this one was soft and padded,” she said.

What Hall didn’t know is that Sassy Woof is actually a booming business owned by a local woman. Olive’s harness was designed by none other than Lansdowne resident Christine Chang, Sassy Woof’s founder and creative director. Chang is a native Loudoun County resident, born and raised in Sterling.

To find out how Chang started her company, designed her products, and turned it into a national success story, click here and head over to the Ashburn Magazine website to read the rest of the article.