IT'S IN THE BAG - HOW IT ALL STARTED

FROM KERENSA HARDY - OWNER AND OPERATOR

Thank you all for your interest in It's In The Bag! Here's a little behind the scenes info for you. My husband of 20 years, and I have 2 beautiful children; daughter, Cierra and son, Taylor. When It's In The Bag began, we had 2 dogs and 3 cats. 5 years later our pack has grown to 5 Danes, a Pomeranian, and 3 cats. We love all animals but truly have a soft spot for the giant breeds.

THE BEGINNING OF IT'S IN THE BAG

When it was my first Great Dane Strider's first birthday, I looked everywhere to find him a collar, bandana, bow tie, ANYTHING big enough to fit a handsome Dane for his special day. We found not a single thing so, I took apart an old collar to use the hardware and I made him a new one! That afternoon in February of 2013, thanks to my best friend and heart dog, It's In The Bag was born. Over the last 5 years we have added to and expanded It's In The Bag multiple times! We carry products for all species and LOVE custom orders! Our hardware has been tested, modified, and even changed completely in order to offer you the best, most trusted materials that we can find. We will always be open to upgrading when materials change and evolve. 

We have been blessed to meet so many amazing people, their furkids, and even family members on this journey. With your support and trust in our products, we have also been able to give back to many different organizations and individuals. We have been able to take a part in so many special events and occasions in people's lives and this whole process has simply been an amazing blessing in so many ways! Thank you for that! I look forward to all that the future holds! 

~ Kerensa

 

SPECIAL TRIBUTES TO STRIDER HARDY - 02/14/2012 to 01/20/2018

A week ago at this exact moment, I had to make the most painful decision that I have ever had to make in my life thus far. I had to free my best friend from his earthly body that was weak, sick, and tired.

The days are hard but the nights are worse. I miss him more than I ever thought was possible! The pain is actually physical at times and there’s very little that even dulls it when the times are really bad. He had weak bones, allergies, and problem after problem since he was a baby but, in my eyes, he couldn’t have been more whole! More perfect!!

The only thing that gets me through each day is to let go of the selfishness, even for a moment, and I just have to believe he is somewhere physically perfect. Somewhere that pain and illness doesn’t exist. Somewhere that I hope and pray we will be united again someday.

I love you Strider! More than words can express. I miss your grouchiness, your leans, the painful wag of your tail (yes even that I would welcome right now!! ?), your beautiful brown eyes watching me so intently throughout the days, I miss EVERYTHING about you! Good and bad! Until I see you again, I’ll see you in my dreams. 

- Strider's Mom

FROM CIERRA HARDY, STRIDER'S SISTER

Mom, I made this video for you (Kerensa Willemsen Hardy).

Strider, You will forever be missed and be a part of our family and I’m so sorry. ❤️ We love you so much buddy. Bella misses you and was looking around for you this morning but I’ve given her lots of hugs and kisses from you. ❤️ Rest easy buddy. I’m glad you’re not in pain anymore.❤️

THE HARDY FAMILY

Strider

Kids

Bella

Luna

Bane

Bindi

Sweet Kahn

Rhemy

Pippin

Black and White Cat

Sadie

Nia

Strider

Taylor and Bane June 2019

Bella in Snood 2019

Bane June 2019

Bella Up close

Baby Kahn

Bella Babysitting Kahn

Kerensa and Strider

Multiple Bindi

Rhemy ears

Pippin

Bane

Kahn in car seat

Bindi

Bindi and Luna

Three bums

Rhemy sitting

Bane in kitchen

Kahn puppy eyes

Bane Oct 2017

Pippin outside

Baby Kahn sleeping

Baby Rhemy up close

Strider on couch

Bane with droopy eyes

Baby Rhemy in vehicle

Bindi up close

Taylor and Luna

Bane

Human Family

Kahn puppy feet

Luna - Is This Your Personal Space

Bane and Strider on couch together

Rhemy puppy feet

In Kerensas blanket

Bindi Outside

Bella missing Strider

Tim and Kerensa