The story so far …
In 2016 Tommy Doggy achieved the dream of having a range of greetings cards published in aid of the Dogs Trust. At the start of a new year it’s now time to reflect on what we have learnt and make plans about how our work can grow.
The main aim of starting the Tommy Doggy business was to promote rescue dogs and help raise money for the Dogs Trust and other charities. This will continue to be our main focus but we’d like to increase the money we donate and the coverage we get. So here are our main resolutions for 2017 ...
New friends and partnerships?
We had some great feedback about our card range launched in 2016 and this is the main point we will develop this year by adding some doggy friends. There is some stock left of the 2016 range so we’ll look to set up an online sales system and try to get some local shops as stockists. You can already buy 8 designs on animalgiftclub.com.
Last year some of our best experiences were at Dog Shows and we want to look to do more of this in 2017. In addition to our cards we'd like to sell other gifts that could be for humans or dogs. We’ll look to develop some new Tommy Doggy products but also wonder if other companies may benefit from us selling their products at fundraising events? If you have a dog related gift product you'd like us to sell for you please get in touch.
Training for treats and holidays
A big aim for 2017 is to increase our training to learn new tricks and help improve Tommy’s behaviour. Tommy is an anxious dog who hates being left alone and is scared of certain dog breeds. We aim to find a behaviourist to help work through these issues so Tommy can become more confident in all aspects of his life. We’ll share our progress through our facebook page.
When training, Tommy responds well to treats with high meat content and our quest for high value easy to use dog treats continues. So far we have had good success with Feelwells and Vet's Kitchen, these soft treats are easy to break up so the training fun can carry on for longer.
Of course hard work also requires holidays and in 2016 we went on a dog friendly holiday to Suffolk. We stayed in a lovely village called Orford in a converted barn (www.suffolkcottageholidays.com/property/121/The-Stable-Orford). Orford has a wonderful bakery (www.pumpstreetbakery.com) and is well worth a visit. As we live in landlocked Nottingham we love holidays near a beach so hope to plan another adventure in 2017. If you have any recommendations for good dog friendly beach holidays in the UK please let us know.