the sole proprietor of Island Petwear, which
is a custom pet wear store. Based in my
home, I started about a year and a half
ago in Borden-Carlton, PEI. I realized that
pets, like people, one size doesn’t
always fit all. So therefore I decided to
look after all the sizes of all that pets
that needed clothing, footwear and accessories.
to Island Petwear, I would take my neighbour’s
dog Morgan for walks. By November, her paws
were coming up and she was cold and shivering.
So I went to a sewing place, got a pattern
for pet wear, and started making clothes
the next month I said: “That’s
it, all kinds of pets need me.” So
I started to design outfits for pets as
a business out of my home.
of dog owners have taken their pets on vacation.
Petwear offers all items of pet wear, including
under coats, mini coats, rain coats, and
even footwear, whether it be for rain wear
or indoor wear or going to cocktail parties
or church boots.
advantages of dealing with Island Petwear
is number one, I guarantee my work. And
for the stress points of an outfit, where
there’s going to be a zipper or snaps,
I sew and double sew all of those areas.
So I guarantee a fit and I guarantee my
total expenditure on pets in Canada exceeds
that spent on children's toys, footwear,
eye care and dental plans combined.
costs at the very beginning were not too
high. I purchased some equipment: a new
sewing machine and a new serger. So for
anyone, if they were to start this type
of business, certainly they would need a
good $5,000-7,000 just to have the basics.”