A love for animals.  A desire to relive one's childhood. Together, the two led to the creation of Chester Leo: The Puppy Dog in January of 2016. Ever since I was a kid, I've loved animals. I also love writing.

Chester Leo was originally founded as a personal passion project. A means to re-live my childhood and share it with anyone who may be interested. The characters are all based in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis where I grew up. Each piece of art was created to capture a specific moment in the lives of these amazing characters.

In 2019, the artwork attracted the attention of Macy's department store. This led to a carefully-curated selection of company merchandise featured in Macy's of San Mateo, California. From there, things simply snowballed and Chester Leo evolved from a personal passion project to a full-fledged professional entity.

They say that a child's imagination is one of their greatest gifts. As an adult, I am re-living my childhood. Re-capturing the magic and embarking upon an animal rescue mission deep within the Redwood Forest and beyond. "Chester Leo & The Redwood Forest!" is the chance to share that childhood adventure and bring joy and happiness into the world.

Stay tuned! There's much more to come on this exciting adventure! Souvenirs, memorabilia and much, much more.

-Alex Crofton