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Julie Krauss, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, posed with Knottie® plush toys, and two dogs yellow lab Bridget and black lab Scout

Julie Krauss


Julie is the original “dog-brain” behind HuggleGroup™! As co-founder and designer-in-chief, her insight into what truly makes for “happy dogs” drives our product and design inspiration. With a world-class knowledge of fabrics, materials, and technique, Julie led the development of Tuffut Technology® and the creation of the original knotted dog toys, our HuggleGroup™ Knotties®! In her role, Julie also leads our Product Development team as we create new designs and styles, season after season. Best pals Black Lab Scout and Yellow Lab Bridget provide plenty of inspiration, and a healthy dose of fun!

Bob Flynn, Co-Founder, posed with dog, Buddie.

Bob Flynn


Bob has the benefit of 25+ years working with pets and pet owners, and brings a seasoned perspective to our sales department! Building and nurturing great relationships with many of our largest retail partners, Bob’s expertise ensures HuggleGroup™ toys are front and center when you shop at your local pet retailer. Imagine if you combined a HuggleGroup™ spokesman with the love and energy of a frisky Fido! Bob's best bud Buddie could always be counted on for help with product testing, and if need be, tasting as well.

Beth Moran, Director of Operations, posed with dog, FinnBar.

Beth Moran

Director of Operations

Beth, pal FinnBar and her HuggleGroup™ operations team bring real DOG-ged attention to making sure our toys get from point A to point B, starting with the production facility and ending with its trip home as your pet’s new playtime companion. That persistent attention to detail means HuggleGroup™ can offer new designs and seasonal products at just the right time. Beth keeps the proverbial trains running, whether that means troubleshooting some tricky tech problems or sorting out a long list of shipments headed to your deserving doggos and curious kittens.

Theresa Brown, Product Development Manager, posed with two dogs, Hennessy and Stella

Theresa Brown

Product Development Manager

Theresa is the design mind behind the HuggleGroup™ you know and love! She leads the design team that meets regularly, brainstorming market trends that result in the new and unique designs you see every season! She consistently communicates and works with our factory teams to stay up to date on the latest and greatest technology and fabrics to develop all the new toys we introduce! Pups Hennessy and Stella are eager to get to work every day helping to make your pups new favorite HuggleGroup™ products!

Jill Pace, Associate Marketing Manager, Trade, posed with dog, Miley

Jill Pace

Associate Marketing Manager, Trade

Jill plays an essential role on our marketing team by focusing her work on supporting the thousands of retailers who carry and sell HuggleGroup™ products.  She ensures our retailers have everything they need to successfully market our products as well as offer support in promoting their own individual store efforts. With pup Miley's assistance, Jill makes sure HuggleGroup™ products are found everywhere and end up in your pup’s paws! She communicates with retail buyers in our true, warm voice--the same one that makes HuggleGroup™ your (and your pet’s) favorite team!

Nydia Morales, Social Media and Operations Coordinator, posed with dog, Nemo

Nydia Morales

Social Media & Operations Coordinator

Social media and operations are both critical roles here at HuggleGroup™. Nydia helps keep the balance of storytelling and business in line so that you see your favorite HuggleGroup™ products front-and-center, and your orders are quickly shipped to your doorstep! After inputting some orders and invoices, Nydia ensures the fun, friendly voice of HuggleGroup™ is maintained through social media pages, and our marketing programs stay true to who we are. She amplifies our projects and partnerships while keeping the orders flowing through the supply chain. Her pup, Nemo, has quickly become Nydia's choice of a model for our paw-some content!

Lucas Kowalski, Financial Analyst, posed with Reggie Raccoon plush Knottie® toy

Lucas Kowalski

Financial Analyst

When the business of business is the subject at hand, Lucas is the go-to, keep-it-real, get-it-done, by-the-book guy. Not only that, but somehow, quite magically, Lucas keeps track of all the nitty-gritty financials while keeping a smile on his face. There’s plenty of kibble to keep track of here at HuggleGroup™, and making sure our toys are the best made, at the best price makes for lots and lots of hard work and steady hand. Lucas helps bring financial pawsperity to our playful pack and makes sure no HuggleFriend finds themselves in the doghouse.

Maria Dalhausser, Trade Operations Specialist, posed with dog, Mabel.

Maria Dalhausser

Trade Operations Specialist

“Order up!” Gosh, we love the sound of those words. Maria is our go-to-gal when it comes to receiving, organizing, and invoicing HuggleGroup™ orders from our amazing army of retail partners. She keeps those orders flowing smoothly so there’ll be no delay having our fun, fabulous HuggleGroup™ products on the store shelves near you. We know that’s how we keep your pets happy! As a long-time customer of HuggleGroup® personally, she’s thrilled to be a part of the team that designs and manufactures all the long-lasting toys her pup, Mabel, loves!

Edi Krauss, Sales Specialist, posed with giant plush Hedgehog Knottie® toy.

Edi Krauss

Sales Specialist

Edi is the bright smile greeting visitors at our door and spreading happiness over the phone. With her special blend of humor and insight, Edi is also the owner of the “treat-drawer” for all the office Huggle-pups. That makes her the go-to gal, for sure! No wonder she chose to pose alongside a giant-size Hedgehog Knottie®--her enthusiasm for HuggleGroup™ is giant-sized as well!