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D.I.G. Founders:Jon Kurtz, Gila Kurtz


Dog is Good is a Dog Lifestyle company creating and marketing gifts and apparel for dog lovers. The company, located in Los Alamitos, CA (Orange County approx 30 miles south of L.A.) sells wholesale and retail, and licenses the brand to numerous manufacturers in the pet, gift and home product industries. Primarily still an apparel company, Dog is Good is quickly becoming well-known in the gift and pet markets. They have also developed a reputation for generously giving back to animal welfare organizations.

The company's success lies in its ability to deliver a simple message in a way that resonates with dog lovers. With clever and poignant sentiments, they remind us all how great it feels to be with Dog.


Deliver Dogvergnügen (The joy you feel in the presence of Dog).


 100% Customer-focused: We Listen - We Respond

 Clever, Unique and Creative

 Highly Ethical

 Socially Responsible and Philanthropic

 Conscientious - We're On it!



Jon and Gila Kurtz always knew their future involved running their own business. While living in Washington state (circa 2005), Jon, an active duty US Navy Captain and Gila, a professional dog trainer, saw a void in the marketplace and subsequently, an opportunity.

Gila had long-complained about the lack of clothing which both expressed her love of dog and was actually fashionable. Jon could have cared less about women’s clothing, but he saw a chance to inject his brand of humor into what he classified as his new favorite oxymoron, a “really big niche.” In this case, a brand that celebrates the remarkable bond people have with their dogs, in a way to which they could really relate. Full of ideas and energy, the Kurtzes decided they could make a good run at it. Thinking of the myriad possibilities for irreverent humor and plays on words, Jon suggested changing “God is Good “to “Dog is Good.” They knew it was a winning idea.

Gila modeling a first-edition D.I.G. tee

J.Nichole Smith, a young pet photographer and designer was also living in the “booming metropolis” of Poulsbo, WA. Her photography caught Gila's attention, and after they had referred clients back and forth, they got to know each other a little better. Gila and Jon shared their idea for "Dog is Good" with Nichole, who immediately saw the potential in the concept and was excited about helping to build the brand.

A short time later {September 2006}, the Navy moved the Kurtz family to Seal Beach, CA. After they got settled in sunny SoCal, Nichole created a simple "typewriter" Dog is Good logo and Jon and Gila created a few very simple hats and tees, which they sold at local events. The sentiment went over big time. Confidence grew. But they knew the words alone weren't going to cut it - they needed a sensational logo to go with their sensational company name.


The creation of the iconic logo dog, Bolo (Be On the Look Out), is a story in itself. Suffice it to say, however, Bolo represents the good we see and feel in our dogs. At the same time, the canted halo represents the mischievous streak to which dogs are prone and also gives us license to use some irreverent humor linked to the Dog is Good / God is Good play on words.

The Company story is somewhat typical of a grass-roots start up. Dog is Good started in a room in the house, then a bigger room, then the playroom went away (but the resentment lingers), then a couple of rooms, etc. The first

warehouse was quite small and DIG is now at its second location - which is too small again. Dog is Good is growing at a rapid pace and sells into many hundreds of retail locations in the USA and Canada (and some internationally), sells retail here on the website and at many local events across the country through its Exhibitor Program. DIG also licenses the brand to a number of manufacturers. It is through licensing that DIG continues to expand the brand's product offering into a very diverse mix. The Company contributes to many charitable organizations dedicated to improving animal welfare and improving life with dog.


Jon grew up mostly in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1982 and determined soon after that the Navy would not be a career. True to his word, he retired after only 27 1/2 years of service with the rank of Captain. Along the way he earned master’s degrees from The George Washington University (Information Systems Management) and The US Army War College (Strategic Studies), neither of which have much applicability to what he now does for a living. Though he is an avid triathlete, Jon has sworn it off for a few years in favor of less time-consuming fitness activities to build the Dog is Good business. He has been married to (his first wife) Gila for 24 years.


Gila is a product of northern Virginia and she graduated from Virginia Tech University in 1987. When she bought Jon with her Visa card at a bid for bachelors auction in 1988 (true story), it effectively ended her teaching career. They married and proceeded to move about every 2 years until 2006 when they were able to finally settle in sunny Seal Beach, CA . Still, in addition to supporting a stressful navy lifestyle, she always had some sort of sales gig going on. After she convinced Jon to adopt a too-young dalmatian puppy, Gila learned she really liked dogs and decided to pursue a career as a dog trainer. She immersed herself in the study and application of the science of canine behavior and quickly became the go-to dog trainer wherever she moved (much to the disappointment of the third human Kurtz family member, 15yr. old daughter Abby).A recurring theme with Gila is that “anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”