K9 Mask® by Good Air Team
Kirby Holmes, co-owner and CEO of Good Air Team, grew up traveling from Texas to the city of Ojai in southern California to visit his grandparents during the summer.
In those days there were wildfires that would burn on the hills around his grandparent's house. Kirby was panicked as a kid hearing the stories of the fires and looking at the hills where the flames snarled and firefighters battled the blazes. He dreaded the thought of something happening to his grandparents and their black lab named Sugar.
Smoke from the Thomas Fire rises above Ojai. Photo by Stephanie O’Neill
In the last several years, with the recent intensity of wildfires on the West Coast, Kirby began thinking about the need for people in California to use air filter face masks to protect themselves from wildfire smoke.
It also occurred to him that dogs need to go outside for short walks to pee and poop during wildfire season, but how do dogs stay protected from breathing in toxic smoke? In his search for answers to this question he discovered there were no air filter masks for dogs.
Smoke from Northern California Wildfires Creating Ash, Soot, and Toxic Air in 2020.
Kirby invited his cousin, Evan Daugherty, to join him on the Good Air Team to begin solving the problem of poor air quality for pets. Together they spent months developing prototypes and doing product testing. At the beginning of 2019 they completed a design for the world's first air filter mask for dogs. They fully funded a Kickstarter Campaign in March of 2019 to begin production of K9 Mask®.
Their goal is to empower dog owners to protect the short and long-term health of pets with innovative air filter solutions. K9 Mask® protects dogs in wildfire smoke, dust storms, volcanic ash, tear gas, chemical spills, red tide brevotoxins, pollinating vegetation, allergies, bacteria, mold, and fungus.
Kirby and Evan are both Texas natives and long-time Austin residents. Kirby attended Texas Tech University and Evan attended Texas State University. Evan is a veteran product designer who works at Dell Technologies with experience in digital media and technology UX (User Experience). Kirby is a global leader serving in local and in international non-profit organizations as a missionary and pastor with experience managing manufacturing sales representatives (KirbyHolmes.com). Together they form a team with high capacity and people-focused solutions, especially people with pets.
K9 Mask® by Good Air Team seeks to make the world a place where your pets can live happier and healthier lives by breathing better air.
Ginger, Evan's dog, and Sabaka, Kirby's dog, have been heroes in the development process of the K9 Mask®.