I think most involved in the pet industry know that it can be a very exciting and fast-paced one – and also quite competitive (we are running businesses after all). The team at HAUS OF HARLEY spend a good deal of our time bringing our product to customers via shopping centre pop-ups, trade shows and boutique market events and we absolutely love doing this – but it can be a bit “business, business, business” at times. That’s why we get so excited when invited to charity fun days like the excellent Dogs’ Day Out at Boronia Park, Epping to raise funds for Taloodles.
Taloodles is a relatively new non-profit devoted to acquiring and providing training for Labradoodles to act as therapy and assistance dogs for people suffering from cognitive, intellectual, neurological or physical impairment. These special dogs can be trained to perform specific tasks but a lot of their “assistance” comes from providing unconditional love and companionship to their companions. Each dog undegoes six months of training at a cost of around $7000 and Taloodles then provide these wonderful animals free-of-charge to those in need.
We couldn’t be happier to support such an awesome cause and help to raise further funds to allow Taloodles to do what they do and the added bonus is getting out in the sunshine and up close and personal with all the four-legged shoppers! It’s very easy to get stuck in a number-crunching headspace when you run a micro-business but Dogs’ Day Out certainly reminded us why we love doing what we do!
Here’s a pic of just one of the cuties we helped dress on the day! The ‘ALEXIS’ Ruffle Party Dress was our most popular item of the day – and it’s no wonder when the purple and pink colours stand out so well on the dogs!