The Bohemi Story

We’ve spent many years travelling this great countryside, feeding a desire to be amongst nature and untouched lands. It was on the big lap of Australia travelling with Dan in my little Nissan Pulsar with nothing but a camera and some essentials that I found a deep rooted appreciation and connection to the land, it’s animals and the people.

In 2016 I lost my best mate of 14 years to liver disease. Obie was a little Fox Terrier x Jack Russel and truly the greatest little dog you could imagine. He enjoyed a good road trip and the beach was his happy place. The question we kept asking was how could a dog that was well looked after, didn’t drink alcohol or eat bad food end up with this condition? The persistent search for answers quickly lead me to further research on toxins in our environment, the chemicals in our homes from body products, cleaning products, food, furniture, paint etc. All of these environmental toxins play havoc on our (and our pets) bodies and organs as they try to filter it out. This is where our natural, non toxic and sustainable journey began. 

I went on to complete Cert II in Animal Studies through the RSPCA then continued to further my knowledge with Animal Behaviour & Psychology studies and a side of Natural Animal Health Care. It was around this time that Marlow (the Kelpie seen all over our socials) came into our life. Marlow was only 9 months old, and through no fault of his own had been living in the shelter for 5 of those months. This once very timid and scared boy had gone through 4 bouts of Kennel Cough and countless other stress related immune illnesses in his very early start to life. We decided to take our new found knowledge and give this little guy the best chance at life possible. Our mission was to boost his health and rectify some of the mental problems, which we have successfully done. We incorporate our non toxic living practices to all aspects of his life. When looking for a truely non toxic and sustainable collar / lead for young Marlow, I struggled to find anything durable enough for this strong boy. After learning all about the superior strength of hemp, I started making his gear myself… and this is where Bohemi Handcrafted was born! 

Bohemi is a legacy to Obie and a promise to Marlow. It’s been a long journey to get to where we are today but we now have a thriving little sustainable business that is helping to keep pets healthy and educating owners at the same time. It’s only just the beginning!

Mandy x