When Jan Grant first decided to jump from the corporate ladder of banking and finance into the unknown world of retirement, she had no idea she would end up making coats for the Queen’s corgis.
Always a keen sewer, Jan began marketing her own travel beds for dogs for a bit of extra cash after she made the move from the Hunter to “retirement” in Wagga Wagga.
A friend recommended she contact a colleague who trained assistance dogs and Jan found herself designing coats for canines.
Her first customer in 2017, from Victoria, ordered just one coat, but Jan set about pursuing her passion for dogs and her desire to help people, so Stylish Dogs was born in the garage of her suburban home. It now provides therapy/assistance dogs with colourful coats and emblems, all made to measure for the wide variety of breeds and organisations.
With each of Jan’s dog coats made to perfection and treated individually, word-of-mouth ensured her small business expanded from those humble beginnings to become a major supplier Australia-wide to assistance dog organisations.
Clients include the vision-impaired, organisations helping people with autism and seizures, and more recently, Young Diggers Victoria.
Five years on, Jan now sits in the workshop, with her faithful corgi Sasha beside her, for up to 60 hours per week with the help of a multi-tasking friend.
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