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Young entrepreneur makes gourmet dog treats

Ella Trainor is Caniche’s featured young entrepreneur for June. Ella will be selling Pooch Pleasers dog treats from June 2 to 16 at Caniche, 200 S. Main St., Downtown Salisbury.

Ella, 12, the daughter of Joe and Lisa Trainer, is a seventh-grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

“I love animals,” she says. “About three years ago, my family adopted a rescue dog named Teddie. She helped me to understand how many dogs in shelters there are. I wanted to find a way to help. I love to bake. I started testing out a couple of dog treat recipes at home. My church holds a bake sale every year for Food For Thought. I decided I would make some dog treats to sell. Then I had a great idea: I would start a business. I played around with a few names, but ended up deciding on Pooch Pleasers.”

Ella has been selling her products for about a year, to friends at school and church.

“Everyone has been very supportive about spreading the word,” she says. “My business is still pretty small, but this is a great chance for me to grow.”

Pooch Pleasers are homemade, all-organic, gourmet dog treats. All of the proceeds from Ella’s sales will go to Faithful Friends. She offers a variety of flavors including blueberry, pumpkin, and peanut butter.

“My dog loves them, and I hope yours will, too,” she says. “I am thankful to Caniche for giving me this opportunity, and to you for giving me the chance to make my simple idea a possibility.”

For more information, call Caniche at 704-638-5522. The Featured Entrepreneur Program continues in July and August, and the slot for July is still open, according to Shakira Humble, Caniche’s sales and marketing manger.

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