About GoodWag

Creator/Founder, Sandy Stinson, is a dog owner from Santa Barbara, California. GoodWag was born from her observation of a hole in the needs met for pet owners in a convenient and sustainable way.  

When was GoodWag first created?

"In 2012, I moved into a home with a large, 100 ft deep backyard. With two dogs who used the doggie door to relieve themselves, there were landmines everywhere. I was afraid to walk in my own backyard! I searched at pet stores for something to allow me to pick up multiple messes, but didn’t find anything. That’s when I started thinking, there must be a better way.

I wanted something dual-purpose. I wanted something easy to use to pick up after my dogs and avoid multiple trips to the garbage can. Some kind of weekly storage system.

I worked with multiple engineers before I started working with Craig. He brought my design to life and made it a reality. Each of the 20 features on the pail was carefully thought through, from the way the bag attaches, to the sliding function of the lid. The entire design had to be clean to the touch. No hand should come near dog waste."

- Sandy Stinson, GoodWag Creator/Founder

What is the goal of the creation of GoodWag?

"I’m hoping that other pet owners will find the pail simpler, faster, and easier to use than anything else on the market today. It has the very real added bonus of eliminating plastic and single-use bags."

- Sandy Stinson, GoodWag Creator/Founder

What inspirations have you had through the design process?

"The biggest thing is to listen to feedback. People who have seen the pail or video have offered a critique, and we’ve responded. One woman complained of a bad back and couldn’t bend over to scoop up contents – so Craig and I came up with a pail that could be used while standing. I have thought up many features, but have learned that just because something can be designed, it doesn’t mean that it can easily be molded and manufactured. There’s a real art to it, which is why a designer who understands the end-goal is key.

The GoodWag Pet Waste System is clean, efficient, and certainly kind to the planet. It’s all-in-one. The pail and scoop allow easy pick-up of pet waste, and the pail stores the waste for a week. The pail-liners are made from biodegradable and compostable materials, and only need to be tossed once a week. There are no difficult contraptions or frequent trips to the trash bin. I can clean up a weeks’ worth of backyard dog waste in under two minutes. Picking up after a pet is the worst part of having a beloved pet. Why relish over it? Get it over with, and move on to the fun part of life."

- Sandy Stinson, GoodWag Creator/Founder

 Everyone with a dog and a backyard will love using the GoodWag Backyard Pail.