What is Puggernauts...
Puggernauts started as a labor of love. I was fostering homeless Pugs with PugHearts rescue and would often find myself out of beds. Additionally males would come in and either suffer from incontinence, not be housebroken due to living in puppy mills or just be naughty and need to mark. I wondered how to solve the problem and voila:
I started making the raised beds out of easy to clean duck canvas, and belly bands out of whatever fabric I had on hand.
I made a few of them for other fosters with PugHearts and pretty soon I had my own little gig. I was selling beds and belly bands and donating as much as 30 percent of the proceeds back to PugHearts. Plus I was doing all this on a cranky, 32-year-old sewing machine.
All of my items are machine washable; the raised beds can be hosed off if necessary or disassembled for washing. Puggernauts beds are friendly to pets and decor since each is custom made for you.
If you can dream it, I can do it.
and who is that handsome Pug?
So you want to know where your funds are going? With a successful launch, I plan on doing the following:
Purchasing a new sewing machine: The time has come to retire my crankypants machine. It has served me well but is more expensive to maintain than a new one would be. I can also offer more customization with a machine that does embroidery. Do you want a personalized item for your baby? I will be able to do that.
Expanding my lines: Puggernauts is working on orthopedic dog beds for older or paralyzed pets. Having fostered many elderly or spinally challenged Pugs, I discovered through trial and error what makes the perfect bed. My beds will feature thick memory foam, a removable cover and a waterproof liner to preserve the foam when your baby has accidents.
I am also branching into cat trees and beds, and working on even smaller raised beds for the tiny pooches.
Having more inventory on hand: Quite often I found myself running about trying to find three way elbows to make my raised beds. Having materials on hand will allow me more time to create. Additionally, being able to purchase larger quantities in bulk allows me to keep costs low as well.
Risks and challenges
There are actually very few risks. My products are already wear tested with several PugHearts fosters, and I have established both a following and a proven product. Since I make every piece by hand, I don't have to worry about some other factory or manufacturer dropping the ball.
The greatest challenge is time. Puggernauts is a one woman endeavor. Every single piece is lovingly handmade by me. However, I have been able to keep up with my current workload with a persnickety sewing machine and limited inventory in the house.
A new machine (and more inventory) will allow me to further streamline my operation. A shorter turnover means faster delivery of your "out of this world" pooch gear.
For those backers who don't have pets, I can do alternate items like superhero capes and tutus for the kids (or you) and reusable shopping bags. Let me know and I can do something for you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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