Monday, June 27, 2005

Puppies Behind Bars & Four Preppy Paws

From a press release:

Four Preppy Paws Dog Accessories Support True Stars; Puppies Behind Bars

Boston, MA, June 27, 2005 – Four Preppy Paws (FPP), a manufacturer and retailer of classic accessories for dogs and their owners, has teamed up with Puppies Behind Bars (PBB), a unique program giving prison inmates the opportunity to raise puppies to become working dogs.  FPP custom designed the “American Classic” product line, featuring patriotic colors and stars, in honor of PBB. The collection includes dog collars, leashes, and matching belts and key chains for owners. Ten percent of all “American Classic” sales will go to the PBB program. 

“Four Preppy Paws has a history of supporting various causes, but Puppies Behind Bars is special in that it helps both dogs and people in need,” said FPP owner Heidi Barraza, “We are extremely excited about this partnership and truly believe that the men, women and dogs of PBB are all stars.”

“We are thrilled and honored to be supported by such a dog and people loving company. Four Preppy Paws has a true spirit that is portrayed through both their products and their dedication to charities close to their heart,” said Annie Teillon, Director of Development for Puppies Behind Bars.

The “American Classic” line of products is handmade with all-nickel hardware and a navy ribbon decorated with white stars, overlaying red cotton webbing, and is perfect to commemorate July 4th and to honor all of the Puppies Behind Bars participants. 

About Puppies Behind Bars:

Puppies Behind Bars operates in six correctional institutions in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Select inmates, with the assistance of outside families, raise puppies to become either guide dogs for the blind or explosive detection canines for law enforcement.  The program has successfully graduated 80 dogs, and is currently working with 163 inmates and 71 puppies.  In 2004, 87% of PBB’s guide dog pups and 96% of their explosive detection canine pups progressed to formal training.  For more information, go to    

About Four Preppy Paws:

Four Preppy Paws manufactures and retails classically inspired accessories for dogs and their owners.  Each collar, leash, belt and key chain is created by hand in New England from the highest-quality fabrics, ribbons, and hardware.  The collection can be found in 30 retailers nationwide, and online at