Alumni Showcase: Blake Anderson '15
Alumni of 2015, Blake Anderson has created and successfully developed Pet Parents®, a company which strives to provide fur-families with innovative solutions to issues that jeopardize a loving pet/parent relationship. The idea of Pet Parents® stems from Blake’s loss of his childhood dog, Blondie. Because of limited options supporting his companion, Blondie was put down without other viable options. Years later, Blake discovered that dog diapers could be used to aid and cope with incontinence and other issues in animals, but they were not readily available at the time. The first product Pet Parents® created was premium washable dog diapers in January 2016, less than one year after Blake’s graduation. While this is a growing brand, its presence is on their website, in several hundred pet stores across the country, and as top sellers on Amazon.com and Chewy.com. Additionally, they will soon be establishing Pet Parents® stores regionally and nationally. Blake’s company was named as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies in America this year with being the #1 company in Iowa and #1 Pet Company in America!
Blake majored in Business Administration with a minor in political science while attending Morningside and is currently one course away from attaining a political science Bachelor of Arts degree. In choosing to go to Morningside, Blake describes how gaining a scholarship “was crucial for me, growing up poor, I knew that if I wanted to go to college and get an education, I had to get a scholarship or else I wouldn’t have been able to pay for schooling any other way.” By joining the football team, Blake enjoyed participating in such a strong program, being conference champions multiple years, having been on the 2012 team that went to the NAIA championship and made many friends on and off the field. Off of the football field, Blake became friends with his now fiancée Alumni 2014, Allison Petersen, his freshman year.
Blake advises current Morningside students to take control of their learning. He says, “Morningside really pushes lifelong learning… Take this experience as a college student to fully embrace the process of that learning.” Following his career, Blake’s advice for future entrepreneurs is to “make sure to focus your time on things that will bring your business value. Don't get caught up in the flashy stuff. Find your customers and serve them. The only person that is going to ensure your goals come to fruition is you.”