Meet Cute: The Story of Dog & Shark's Founders
Dog & Shark was founded by husband and wife team Allan & Lydia in San Francisco. The couple lives in Russian Hill with their Australian Shepherd puppy, "Indiana Jones" or "Indy Kaling" as Lydia prefers to call him in honor of the hilarious Mindy Kaling. This is the story of how we met...
We were at a rooftop bbq for Independence Day. We started chatting, but Lydia had another party to get to... Allan asked for her number, and to his surprise, Lydia responded "Come - and if you carry this bag for me, I'll kiss you." The bag was stuffed with fish hats from a recent costume party; the walk was long, and a bit awkward (it was only 2PM). "I can't believe I said that," Lydia thought for maybe the hundredth time. But sparks were flying. We cracked each other up. And literally saw fireworks after our first kiss - it was July 4th, after all.
It felt like we had always known each other. Perhaps because of all the similarities? We both moved to SF for work - Allan is from Indiana; Lydia from Connecticut. We both come from big families: Allan has 3 siblings and Lydia has 4... Growing up, we both loved painting, rowing, and skiing. We're both nerds - we did jazz band; Allan competed in chess; Lydia was on the math team. We were taught strong work ethics - our fathers are both entrepreneurs. And we both traveled thanks to adventurous mommas - Allan spent summers in remote parts of the world for his mother's Alzheimer's research; Lydia skipped school for scuba adventures.
Maybe it's trite, but in a place like San Francisco where bizarre is normal, and normal is bizarre, it was good to hear: "I get you. You don't need to be anyone but yourself." We could talk openly about anything and everything - we immediately appreciated each other's quick-wittedness.
This isn't to say we're the same person. On the contrary... Allan is more thorough; Lydia is spontaneous. When Allan was 7, he learned foreign languages in Nigeria; when Lydia was 7, she learned to sail in Connecticut. In college, Allan was in a band; Lydia was in a sketch comedy troupe. Allan was pre-med; Lydia “studied” creative writing. In our early 20s, Lydia passed the NY Bar; Allan tended bar. Allan is an accomplished pianist; Lydia can't say "pianist" without giggling.
As a couple / dog parents, we always have a ridiculous amount of fun. Now as business partners, we love brainstorming new puns and doodling side by side. Lydia creates the designs and obsesses over details to make sure everything looks perfect Allan builds out SEO, manages the channel marketing...
We both share the responsibility of replying to emails from our shoppers. So drop us a line! firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to hear from you!
So many hugs,
Lydia & Allan
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