It’s all for the love of dogs

Renita Gal­lant’s busi­ness be­gan by try­ing to help a sick dog

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WEEKEND BUSINESS - BY EVAN CERETTI

What started out as a way to get her sick dog to eat turned into a busi­ness idea for Renita Gal­lant when she re­al­ized she had a po­ten­tially life-sav­ing prod­uct in the oven.

Three years ago, Gal­lant started bak­ing pump­kin-based dog treats to feed to her sick pet, Spot.

Two years old at the time, Spot was lethar­gic, her eyes were sag­ging and she was nearly skin and bones, said Gal­lant.

“She was re­ally sick. She had stopped eat­ing. She’s been a sick puppy since we got her. Out of des­per­a­tion, I heard pump­kin was good for their bel­lies, so I made some pump­kin treats and she loved them.”

The treats calmed Spot’s stom­ach, which made the dog want to eat din­ner, said Gal­lant.

“The treats didn’t cure her. I’m not sug­gest­ing that at all. They just kind of brought her around.”

Now Gal­lant sells those pump­kin treats and other pet prod­ucts at the Char­lot­te­town Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on Wed­nes­day and Satur­day, the ar­ti­san mar­ket at The Guild on Tues­day and at Blue Rib­bon Pet Sup­ply. She sells out of her home in the win­ter.

The busi­ness is called Two Beg­gars, named af­ter her two dogs, who can usu­ally be found in the kitchen, tails wag­ging, when treats are about to be taken out of the oven.

Gal­lant makes pump­kin-flavoured treats, ba­con ched­dar treats (her best­sellers) and cup­cakes for dogs, Pup­cakes.

“Dogs love it,” said Gal­lant, adding that the treats are ed­i­ble for hu­mans, too

She also makes and sells dog cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories, such as ties, jack­ets and re­versible ban­danas with re­flec­tors.

She gets or­ders for wed­dings from time to time, so ca­nine friends can also look sharp on the big day.

Her ban­danas fo­cus on Is­land themes, fea­tur­ing potatoes, the pro­vin­cial tar­tan, lob­ster and Anne of Green Gables.

Gal­lant re­cently pur­chased an em­broi­dery ma­chine to use on pil­lows, ban­danas and other prod­ucts.

“The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less now. Sort of.”

Spot still has her ups and downs, but is do­ing a lot bet­ter now than she was a few years ago. And she’s still a fan of the pump­kin-flavoured treats.

EVAN CERETTI/THE GUARDIAN

Spot, left, and Jesse, model a ban­dana and a bowtie while be­ing fed pump­kin-flavoured treats by their owner and cre­ator of the clothes and food, Renita Gal­lant.

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