THE REIN COAT® INVENTOR & CEO
Later while living in North Carolina Paula’s beloved English Mastiff, Rabb, had a very traumatic experience during a thunderstorm. Rabb and her sibling Roz were both bitten by a snake and almost died. Thankfully she was able to rush the dogs to North Carolina State Veterinary School Hospital and the doctors and staff were able to save both of their lives. However, Rabb never fully recovered emotionally from this horrific experience. Seeing Rabb suffering during storms and loud noises was traumatic not only for Rabb but for Paula too. Naturally, Paula started researching but could not find a product that could fit or be a viable solution for Rabb. She knew something had to be done. Having a 200 pound dog trying to hide under the coffee table was not an option. As the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” and this is how The Rein Coat evolved. After months of testing and trying different things Paula discovered the key to “calming down” Rabb and helping with the fear and anxiety that she was tormented with. Obviously the next step was to share this invention with all dogs and cats and begin taking steps to get the invention patented.
Shortly after the invention of this miraculous coat/harness combination Paula and her husband Lew adopted a 6 week old Great Dane puppy that they named Rein Drop. The day that they brought Rein Drop home they discovered that she was absolutely terrified of riding in the car! This was a first for any pet that Paula had ever owned, though statistically 1 in every 6 dogs suffer with a fear of travel. Fortunately for Rein, Paula knew exactly what to do and this was when THE COAT, became known as The REIN Coat. And as they say, the rest is history as The Rein Coat continues to “rein-in” pet’s fears and anxiety all over the world.
Rein Drop, a one time traveling train wreck, now reigns as the official SpokesDOG for the company. Wearing The Rein Coat while traveling gives Rein the ability to be a public figure and have fun, instead of fear, as she goes to interviews, hosts events, makes television appearances, visit shelters, hospitals and nursing homes. Not only does The Rein Coat change dog’s lives, The Rein Coat and Rein touch the lives of many humans and animals.
Today Paula not only oversees operations at The Rein Coat, she devotes her time to helping other animals in need. From her overwhelming desire to change the lives of the dogs who need it the most Rein Drop’s Rescues (RDR) was born. Rein Drop’s Rescues is a division of The Rein Coat that helps shelter and rescue animals, therapy and service dogs. Additionally, Rein Drop’s Rescues has expanded to offer comfort to older, unadoptable dogs and hospice animals. Paula says, “We are also helping many military and police dogs who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxieties that until now seemed to be hopeless situations. Together with The Rein Coat, Rein Drop’s Rescues is making a difference for pets by helping to ease their pain, whether emotional or physical, and by helping to raise the public awareness for these very special animals. Being able to help others has changed our lives, our dog’s lives and we hope it will change your life too.”