Calming Collars, a family-owned business, builds on the creative and technical talents of husband and wife team, Sergio and Deborah Mendez. Deb's innovative collar debuted in 2004 and now attracts devotees from all over the United States and abroad. Serg and Deb take pride in the loyal following and heart-warming testimonials their product has generated.

Do What You Love. Deb has always had a talent for creating one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Invariably the question arose, “Why don’t you sell these online?” She loved the idea and persuaded Serg to contribute his technical expertise. Soon, Deb and Serg were pooling their talents to market a wide variety of handcrafts. The challenges were great but the prospect of doing what you love and making a living drove them on. Besides, working from home allowed Deb to dedicate herself to her other “pet projects” – caring for a small army of cats, some rescued, some semi-feral, and perhaps one or two “transitioning.”

From People to Pets. When Deb started making aromatherapy eye pillows and heating pads/ice packs for people, the response was terrific. When a customer asked if she could make an aromatherapy collar for her dog -- the concept of Calming Collars was born. Intrigued by the soothing effects real herbs can have on both people and pets, she thoroughly researched herbal varieties and blends. Before long, Calming Collars became her primary focus. The Calming Collars website shows all her product options, allows easy browsing for patterns and sizes, and creates a community through the calming testimonials and photos.

The Mendez Group Reinvented. In 1999, Serg and Deb formed a consulting company to serve corporate clients large and small. Back then, Deb focused on marketing and training, while Sergio provided software consulting and implementation. Still a home business, The Mendez Group now focuses primarily on selling handcrafts. Sergio still splits his time between Calming Collars and technology consulting. Since 2004 when Calming Collars was launched, the company has been granted a patent on the collar design and been the focus of news stories and articles in national pet magazines. Their focus continues to be an unwavering dedication to complete customer satisfaction and personalized attention.