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Nine-year-old Abby is a social entrepreneur who creates pet beds and accessories for sale with fifty-percent of proceeds going to animal charities. Photo submitted.

Meet Abby, a nine-year-old girlpreneur, founder and crafter behind Pawtastic Pets. A company that creates handmade pet beds with the majority of all proceeds being donated to local animal charities. We spoke with Abby from New Brunswick to learn more about what she does and how she was inspired to help our furry friends. When Abby was six-years-old she would watch her mother make all kinds of sewing products. She was especially interested in the pet beds. “My mom had a little sewing machine. I used it to make a little bed with cats on it for my cat Sandy. He really liked it” Abby shared. This inspired Abby to create another bed for her other cat Vegas who was happy to use it as a snuggle zone in Abby’s room. Knowing that her pets enjoyed the beds give Abby the confidence to join her mother at local craft shows. Abby doesn’t quite remember when she sold her first bed, but she did say that she felt a mix of emotions “I was a little scared and excited”.

At nine years old, Abby is now a seasoned crafter and business owner who has learned what works and what doesn’t. Her favourite fabric is fleece as it’s easier to work with than flannel and she likes to keep lots on hand to mix & match depending on her design ideas.

"try something you're good at & that you feel good about." Abby, Founder, Pawtastic Pets

Today, Abby has expanded her Pawtastic Pet’s line of products to not only include cat & dog beds, but soon she will be releasing neck ties and toys that are sold at craft shows and online with the help of a Facebook page (@pawtasticpetsbyabby). Abby knows she has good products as Izzy, her -52-

dog, is not only a big fan of Pawtastic Pet beds, but she is the company’s model and scrupulous product tester. Izzy knows the difference between a Pawtastic bed and those manufactured said Abby “she eats the beds from the store”. Abby’s love of designing and crafting is not her only motivation “It feels good to help!” she explained. With fifty-percent of proceeds going to animal charities, and the rest to help with operating costs, Pawtastic Pets is a wonderful example of how children can make a difference by helping themselves learn new things, while they help the world around them. Over the past few years Pawtastic Pets has supported groups like the Saint John Animal Rescue League, CARMA: Cat Rescue Maritimes and Hope for Wildlife in Nova Scotia. “I’m open to help” Abby added knowing there are lots of groups that could use her support. Abby explained that there is a lot involved in running your own business from designing & sewing, counting money with the help of her parents, picking out out and buying the fabric. “I’ve learned a lot. When I started

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