Today we’d like to introduce you to Abby Harr.
Hi Abby, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m Abby, the creator and owner of Pupnic Baskets, personalized charcuterie boxes for dogs. I’ve lived in Dunedin since 2014, but been a lover of cheese and dogs my whole life. My spouse Maddie and I adopted our first dog Annie in May 2020 (yay covid puppies!) from Suncoast Animal League. Maddie and I love making charcuterie for ourselves, so naturally, we didn’t want to leave Annie out. I would put together little charcuterie plates for her meals using chicken, fresh fruits, veggies, and kibble or small amounts of treats. I posted a few pictures on my personal Instagram and friends began to tell me I should start a business out of it. At the time I didn’t think I had the knowledge or time to start a business. I work a full-time job and had never done anything like this before. I wrote it off for a few months as something I might do “someday”.
While attending an International Women’s Day event in March 2021 at 9th Bar Coffee and Cueni Brewing in Dunedin, I was inspired by all the women businesses owners and entrepreneurs I met, many of whom also had regular full-time jobs, kids, and other responsibilities. I started to wonder if my excuses for not starting what would become Pupnic Baskets were valid. The wheels began turning and I started coming up with a plan to make Pupnic Baskets a reality. I launched my Instagram in April 2021 and began taking orders. I’ve had orders for birthdays, a Quinceanera, for a foster pup going to her new forever home, adoption anniversaries, and more. You can catch me at local vendor markets which I announce via social media. I also take orders on my website anytime.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of the struggles with starting my business has been my own self-doubts. Things like wondering if charcuterie for dogs is even something people would be interested in, is it a silly idea, are there already too many dog-themed businesses out there, am I capable of being successful at this? While these thoughts still creep in from time to time, they’ve been greatly diminished by the huge outpouring of support from friends, other small businesses, and my customers.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I create personalized charcuterie boxes for dogs. I am working towards only using locally sourced treats from other small businesses. I include fruit such as strawberries and blueberries, vegetables like carrots or green beans, and use cheese to spell out the dog’s name. My order form includes a section where you can provide all dietary information including allergies, what flavor and texture treats your dog likes, what kind of fruit/veggies they like, and any other information I should know about their taste and preference. I’ve made boxes for older dogs who have very few teeth so they needed very soft treats or extra fruit.
We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Although the name is Pupnic Baskets, I’ve had orders for other kinds of animals too. I was once able to include a few cat treats in an order for the cat sibling of the dog receiving the Pupnic Basket.
One of my favorite boxes I’ve made was for a group of 4 pigs with all piggy-friendly snacks. I even had an order asking to include some extra strawberries and carrots for a bearded dragon!
Obviously, I love dogs, but getting unique orders really excites me and I get to challenge myself to be even more creative.
I’m excited to announce that I will be offering gift baskets for the holidays. Each reusable basket will include an assortment of toys, treats, coupons, gift cards and flyers from local dog businesses and more. I plan to start taking orders in November. Customers can email me or reach out on social media to be put on the list for contact when they go on sale.
- Small box for $20
- Large box for $30
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.pupnicbaskets.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pupnicbaskets/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PupnicBakets/
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