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Howard County natives create ShaggySwag, an upscale subscription box for dogs

Howard County natives create ShaggySwag, an upscale subscription box for dogs

Chris Riley and Matt Powers wanted an upscale experience for their dogs.

The two friends were using a subscription box for pets, but they felt that the toys, treats and other items weren’t sophisticated.

“We both vented that it was a little cheap and the items were a novelty,” said Powers, 35. “It didn’t fit in an upscale New York City home. We wanted a higher-end experience.”

The two Howard County natives, who now live in New York City, met over beers at a bar (coincidentally named Lucky Dog) in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg to dream up the details of ShaggySwag, their subscription box company that sends dog lovers a monthly package filled with merchandise...

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