Who is The Bear & The Rat?
The Bear’s real name is Quimby; he’s a Lhasa Apso and named after the Beverly Cleary books. We call him “bear” because he looks like one. Also because he growls a lot. Laika’s not a rodent! He’s a Rat Terrier affectionately called rat, for short. Also, he was named after an Arcade Fire song.
The Bear is leader of the pack and can coerce The Rat into doing what he tells him to do. As a 13-year-old senior dog, he is treated to regular spa treatments and acupuncture sessions, which he adores.
The Rat does whatever The Bear tells him, which is okay with him because he’s not bossy and would rather go with the flow. For fun, he develops his already impressive knife skills, runs and learns new tricks. Currently, he’s learning how to greet everyone he meets like a European. It starts with a paw bump and ends with a peck on either side of the cheek.
Matt’s parents used to take all of the kids and the family dog to the scoop shop every Sunday. Matt fondly remembers Babette getting a scoop of vanilla. But knew it wasn’t good for her and would often make her sick. He wanted a frozen treat that would benefit the family dog…and was stumped. So Matt and Meg started experimenting…until COOL TREATS (that are FUN and WHOLESOME for your Best Friend with Fur) were born!
Meg Hanceford Meyer is an expert at leveraging ordinary things to create impactful experiences. She first put her creativity to work as a reality TV producer for HGTV and The Food Network, before taking on an even more challenging role as an interactive producer managing social media and guerilla events at a globally recognized boutique advertising agency.
Meg’s first dog was Buster. Then there were Specs and C.D. (cool dog) and now, Quimby Fosse, the Magic Dog. She is a member of Naturally Boulder, where she serves on the Communications committee. Meg earned an M.A. in New Media from Emerson College.
Matt’s the manufacturing and distribution wunderkind at The Bear & The Rat. With a decade of experience in organic and speciality food distribution, it’s understandable that our partners love interfacing with Matt. Also, he often dons his soda jerk hat and runs demos and events because nothing makes him happier than seeing a dog smile.
Matt’s first dog was Babette. Then, Lindy. Both miniature poodles. And now Laika Ignatius, a Rat Terrier who may be the most loyal and loving canine on the planet. Though with a master like Matt, it’s easy to see why. Matt earned a B.F.A. in Communications from Florida State University.