This project's funding goal was not reached on January 25, 2013.
About this project
MUSICALLY INSPIRED PLUSH DOGS DESIGNED TO EXCITE, ENTERTAIN & EDUCATE!
Bark Star Buddies are a unique plush toy line created by Bark Star! They are soft and cuddly and the coolest rock n' rollers around, or should we say, "bark n' rollers"! They sing, play instruments and interact with you! Using our patent pending technology kids (adults too!) will learn how to play instruments, write and record their own custom music, and share their musical creations through social media outlets like Facebook.
Combining a passion for music and love for dogs and kids, our characters are based upon real dog breeds from all over the world and they are dressed to impress and ready to ROCK OUT, or should we say "BARK OUT" on stage! And with our awesome patent pending technology our Bark Star Buddies will interact with you and even teach you how to play music!
EVERYONE TAKE YOUR SEATS AND
PLEASE WELCOME TO THE STAGE:
MEET CHI WAH the Chihuahua! Stage name: SIGGI SMALLS
Bark Star's MASCOT-King of the DOG HOUSE!
Siggi is one cool Barker. Cool, calm and collective this dude is a sly fox. He's often found hanging around back stage smooth talkin', jivin' and stealing everyone's bones. Siggi Smalls may be tiny but he has a big personality! Some call him vein because he’s always caught looking in his pocket mirror, spiking his mohawk and adjusting his collar. Siggi is out of this world on the drums and loves to take charge on stage with his Barktabulous drum solos! This drum stick twirling, mohawk wearing, rock your socks off Chihuahua is always the talk of the town!
MEET GOLDIE the Golden Retriever! Stage name: FOXY BEDAZZLE
Miss Foxy Bedazzle is most known for her electrifying bass riffs and over the top stage moves. She is fierce, glamorous and is a true Bark Star! She has this one move called the Foxadellic Bedazzler where she jams out on her bass while spinning in circles and her entire outfit lights up in different colors, and the crowd goes wild when she performs this routine! Foxy is very out-going and so much fun to be around. She enjoys shopping with her besties, walks in the park and designing her own clothing line that she wears on stage called: Dazzle Dog Clothes, inspired by her love for BLING!
MEET B-DAWG the Bull Dog! Stage name: BONES MAGEE
This Bark Star Dog is "Bad to the Bone!" Bones is a rockin' guitar player and set designer for Bark Star. He loves to show up to his gigs on his motorcycle all decked out in leather from head to toe. He admits he gets a little carried away but it's all part of being a "BARK STAR!" When Bones isn't working or rocking out on his electric guitar, you'll find him cruising on the streets of Beverly Hills on his Waggintail Barkster Motorcycle! Between you and me, everyone thinks Bones will bite if you get to close but this Bad Dog is one of the most lovable breeds! But don’t tell Bones that, he has a rep to protect.
MEET POM POM the Pomeranian! Stage name: VIOLET FEMMETAIL
The lovely Violet Femmetail needs to be the center of attention at all times! The more love and attention she gets the more she comes alive. After all, she is the lead singer of a band and is always in the spotlight. Violet loves to entertain and make people smile everywhere she goes! Miss Femmetail spends a lot of time at the doggie salon primping and getting her hair done. Violet is Miss popularity and has so many wonderful fans all around the world. How did she get her stage name you ask? She is obsessed with the color violet, GO FIGURE!
MEET PUGGLES the Pug! Stage name: POOCH TWINKLETOES
Pooch Twinkletoes is the life of the party! He’s a cool, sophisticated entertainer, often arriving to every occasion in a stylish suit, fedora hat and saxaphone in hand. Don’t be fooled by his collective demeanor, Pooch also has an unstoppable drive for breakdancing and can get down, boogie and shake! After all, people don’t call him Twinkletoes for nothing! Pooch is a business pup by day and manages the careers of many talented Bark Stars! Hey, if you ever need a breakdancing saxaphone player, Pooch is your guy!
MEET DOOGIE the Daschaund! Stage name: HOTT DAWG BUNSON
How do you like your Hott Dawg? With mustard? Ketchup? Relish? Hott Dawg Bunson is one of the most laid back dudes of the dog house! He is often teased by his name, being called a “weiner dog” and a “sausage dog”, but Hott Dawg has a great sense of humor and never takes anything personal! Besides playing the tambourine in a band, he is also a stand-up comedian, so the joke is on you! Doogie, aka Hott Dawg, is a family guy and enjoys spending time with his fellow Doogs on the weekends playing fetch on the beach!
ABOUT OUR BUDDIES:
1) Highest quality plush
2) Two-toned "troll" hair making it fun and easy to style anyway you want
3) Embroidered star on left hip for authenticity
4) Embroidered guitar on chest for authenticity
5) Custom eyes include stars around the pupils
6) Soft plush "spiked" collar
7) Each breed has it's own custom music/interactive chip
8) Each breed comes with a unique "backstage pass" allowing you access to our patent pending technology
9) Limited editions already designed and ready to go
10) Interactive websites and phone apps in developmental stages
OUR GOODWILL INITIATIVE
(THE "BUDDY" SYSTEM)
The "Buddy" System was designed to teach children the importance of helping and nurturing animals in need through good will at a young age. The more Bark Star Buddies you buy, the more “real life” friends you help save in your community! When you purchase one of our Bark Star Buddies, a portion of your purchase will help keep doggies in your community shelters happy and safe until they find a new, loving home! Jenna, the owner of Bark Star built her company with goodwill in mind. Two of her life long dreams are to one day open a shelter where she can hire a staff to take care of the less fortunate doggies and keep them from going to kill shelters. Her other drive and inspiration is donate proceeds to schools around the world to keep their music programs alive and thriving! Music saved her life when she was a child and she wants more than anything to allow children that same outlet.
WHY DOES BARK STAR NEED YOU?
We are so excited about our buddies and have put our own savings, hard work and most of all SO MUCH LOVE into this project! We believe in our little Bark Star Buddies so much and want nothing more but to put smiles on children's faces and bring families closer together through our musical and educational approach. We built the foundation for a successful company but now we need YOU and your generosity to help us finish building a dream. We truly believe our company has what it takes to be a huge success and are humbled enough to recognize that we can't do this alone. This is why we want YOU to join us "ON TOUR" for this exciting new journey.
Here is what YOUR love, support and contribution will do for us.
MANUFACTURING & INVENTORY
Money raised on Kickstarter will be used for our initial production run. The factory has minimum order quantities based on custom materials they have to purchase including custom eyes, "troll" hair and music chips. Also we need to create a custom production mold for the eyes.
Money raised on Kickstarter will also be used to complete our website, specifically the patent pending portion accessed using the "backstage pass" obtained with each buddy at purchase. This technology is designed to allow children (adults too) to interact with each buddy on our website, learn how to play an instrument, write and record their own custom music, and share it with friends through social media outlets like Facebook.
We have also developed a series of web games and phone apps that will be launched at the same time and a portion of proceeds will support publishing costs in connection with the launch!
HERE IS A SNEAK PEEK OF OUR PATENT PENDING INTERACTIVE WEBSITE THAT IS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT:
SO WHO IS THE MASTER MIND BEHIND THIS ADORABLE LITTLE CREATION?
MEET JENNA! Owner and Creator of Bark Star Buddies! Jenna is a singer, songwriter, musician and artist who has devoted her entire life to inspiring others! At a young age Jenna was faced with a lot of adversity and lost her father and is a survivor of abuse. When her world seemed dark, music was her light! When she was a child it was music that brought her happiness. It was music that comforted her. It was music that changed her life forever! And those cute little furry friends. Jenna always had a connection and love for animals, especially dogs and one of her dreams was to be able to donate money to help save the dogs from the no kill shelters which is also one of the main inspirations behind creating this wonderful company. Jenna knows the importance of keeping music in children's lives because of how it saved hers and she wants nothing more but to be able to provide that outlet for children and families all over the world by combining her passion for music, love for dogs and children into one incredible package! "Having the ability to inspire and teach children about music, instruments, dogs, providing them an amazing outlet, putting smiles on their faces, bringing families together and having the opportunity to impact thousands of lives, is there anything more rewarding than that?" --Jenna Grace.
The importance of MUSIC in children's lives:
Music is a very important component in a child's development. Experts agree that music can strengthen children's minds and serve as a fundamental skill of learning. Music develops children's sense of patterning and memory skills. Some say music "nourishes children's brains". Music is a language, and it’s one of the most expressive and universal of all communication. It has been proven that exposure to music at a young age stimulates intelligent thought, better discipline, reinforces positive behavior and builds a more well-rounded person.
The importance of ANIMALS in children's lives:
Animals can play a crucial role in the development of children and there are so many things that animals, specifically dogs can teach them. Interactive skills, empathy, respect for others as well as self and social awareness. Animals can show children how to feel emotion, see emotion, convey emotion, and connect with others through compassion. Dogs also teach about loyalty and unconditional love. Children's experiences with animals at a young age will ultimately shape the kind of individuals they become as adults.
FOR FUN! Check out our original concept cartoon drawings that started this awesome business venture!
Aspects of the Bark Star Buddies network are copyrighted, trademarked, patented, patent-pending, or patent-applied-for. This includes all artwork, logos, websites and products. All Rights Reserved.
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES? No one likes to hear those words!!
And no one likes to think that there may be an obstacle or road block they have to face on their exciting business adventure, but unfortunately nothing in life is ever perfect! However, without the obstacles and challenges how would we learn? Challenges can build character and a more stable foundation in the long run.
Have we hit some road blocks along the way? Of course we have! And we weren't naive to think that everything would go smoothly and we wouldn't have any curve balls thrown at us. After all, we are building an entire business from ground up. With that said, when we started this journey we invested in the biggest set of boxing gloves and head gear and were prepared and ready to take on any challenge that came our way! Why? Because amazing things are worth fighting for and when you truly whole-heartedly believe in something you will do everything in your power to conquer and you will not give up until you reach the top!
Up to this point we have conquered many challenges, had several delays and mishaps and even had to take a breather to regain the strength to get back up and keep going. However, we have conquered and worked out all the kinks and are ready to finish this project with confidence. And we have surrounded ourselves with an incredible creative team who shares in our enthusiasm and vision.
Listen, we are not going to say that there will never be another issue, we can't control others schedules, mother nature, acts of God, etc, etc. but what we are saying is we are confident that we ironed out the kinks and defeated the "beginners" challenges to any business venture! How would we tackle another possible setback? We will put back on our boxing gloves and CONQUER! And along the way we will keep you up to date, informed and included on our progress. After all, you are now a BIG part of our "tour" and our show and are a TOP DAWG in our lives and business!!
Life will always be full of challenges and adversity but it's how we handle and deal with that adversity that makes the difference!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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