A Milwaukee animal-lover is dressing up pups (and helping other ones), one bandana at a time.

By Kelsey Ogletree
February 20, 2020
Credit: Courtesy of Lost and Hound

Blending her degree in public health with a passion for animals, Britney Kruesel was working at the Wisconsin Humane Society and soaking up being a dog mom to her rescue, Milo, when she launched Lost and Hound. The Milwaukee business sells colorful dog bandanas (from $28), all made by Kruesel. Many patterns are named for dogs she knows (or dog names she loves). The Milo buffalo plaid is a top seller; check him out twinning with Kruesel, above. For each bandana sold, she donates a toy to a shelter dog, in hopes that pups can take a familiar object to their adoptive homes.

“It’s a look good, feel good, do good thing,” she says. “It provides a real sense of happiness and makes me feel more complete.”

Credit: Courtesy of Lost and Hound

Buy one, give one

In addition to her signature bandanas, Kruesel sells handsome rope and leather leashes, dapper bow ties, and (for humans) enamel pins and mugs. Every sale sends a rope Frisbee to a dog in need of TLC.

Lost and Hound rope Frisbee
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Brittany Kruesel
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