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Designing and launching new dog products

Designing and launching new dog products

As September has made its arrival to us it really is a time my small business gets into gear thinking of what products will be launched for the last few (and super important) months of the year.  A time of year that will also make a difference well in to the first...
The brand new pick and mix treats

The brand new pick and mix treats

I had an idea, one that I thought would just happen as they usually do with a small amount of planning, I then get the product made and ready then promote it. That’s the way I usually work, and I think I had very much got in my comfort zone, so deciding to have...
Having an active and creative mind!

Having an active and creative mind!

I thought I would write a blog today that’s quite a personal one, not really business related one but it’s certainly why I love owning ‘Charlie and Boo’ and why it works for me. I don’t think its always been this way, I don’t think...
Learning to go with the flow!

Learning to go with the flow!

Learning to go with the flow ……………………….. it’s just not me! I thrive on being super organised in my business (home life is slightly different!) and knowing what to do when is just how I work, so when a global...
What a week its been!

What a week its been!

What a week it has been here at “Charlie and Boo’! This week has been full of bad weather, homeschooling, lots of orders to complete and juggling at least five tasks at once! BUT I say if your busy then you really don’t have time to think to much...
Our 2021 Valentines collection is now live!

Our 2021 Valentines collection is now live!

This week has been so busy! Its definitely been a week where we have had to plan every single hour to make sure everything has been completed. Both myself and husband work full time and as I can work from home (I am usually in my lovely studio) I am now in charge of...
What a year 2020 was!

What a year 2020 was!

Well what a year 2020 was! it just kept giving didn’t it! I am not going to talk about the obvious subject as I am pretty sure you are all fed up of hearing about it, so I’m just going to plough on into everything ‘Charlie and Boo’ and what a...
Willow passes her puppy foundation course

Willow passes her puppy foundation course

Just before Christmas myself and Willow gained the ‘Puppy foundation certificate’ it’s an official kennel club certificate and rosette and we were super proud to receive it! It’s part of a once weekly session with our lovely trainer Jill at...
Our 2020 Valentines range has been launched

Our 2020 Valentines range has been launched

I am really pleased with the 2020 Valentines collection but I am REALLY pleased with a brand new style of collar bow tie which is simply stunning! Firstly I will introduce you to the Valentines collection this comprises of a red and white heart dog collar, bandana and...
Charlie and Boo – how it all started

Charlie and Boo – how it all started

I thought I would re introduce my brand to you all as I have had lots of new people discovering my business over the past few months and it’s really important to me that my customers and followers feel they know me as well as the inspiration behind what I do. I...
The proudest day for Charlie and Boo

The proudest day for Charlie and Boo

Christmas is a really busy period for my business and this year luckily was no exception, but one amazing milestone we managed to hit this December was 100 order being sent out in one day, this is the first time the has happened and although I hope it won’t be...
Our annual Santa run raising money for charity

Our annual Santa run raising money for charity

Our annual santa run was a couple of weekends ago, and this is the fourth year we have attended (the event is in it’s 5th year) we have had various family participants in these four years but always myself and husband have attended.  As our older children have...

Our Christmas range is now available

Christmas is always a really exciting time of the year but Christmas at “Charlie and Boo’ started this year in August, choosing the fabrics for any season for my products is always the very best part of my job.  This year I have twice the amount of fabric...
The NEC – the biggest event of 2019

The NEC – the biggest event of 2019

If you had of said in December 2018 that I would have been trading at ‘The National Pet show’ at the NEC in 2019 I would literally not believed you! my business was far too small, I wasn’t confident enough and how on earth would I make enough stock?...
January – Time to relax, unwind and make a plan!

January – Time to relax, unwind and make a plan!

Thanks to so many wonderful orders and lots of amazing people supporting my small business, which I am truly thankful for, it is lovely that so many people still support small businesses. I ended up working non-stop for December and the first part of January. But...
A Dog Cafe that Everyone Will Love!

A Dog Cafe that Everyone Will Love!

Saturday myself and my husband celebrated our wedding anniversary, we decided to have a ‘day out’ to ‘Archie’s of Cheltenham’ a dog café and dog outfitters. Wow and what a wonderful day out we had. It is so lovely to find somewhere that...
Dog Agility – We Finally Smashed It

Dog Agility – We Finally Smashed It

After waiting many years to try dog agility myself and Indie finally started training about 4 months ago, it really didn’t start well! the first session she did her first jump then she decided to run off and not come back for 45 mins! After weeks of working with...
Where did that year go? as Indie turns one

Where did that year go? as Indie turns one

The phone call to say the litter we were expecting had finally been born and the little girl we had hoped for had arrived was just thrilling. At the time we already had two dogs and after much gentle persuasion to my husband that we really did need another dog so I...
The past two weeks have literally flown by

The past two weeks have literally flown by

As I start to get prepared for my first event of the season in just over two weeks time I realised how little stock I actually have! Since Christmas, it has been busier with orders than I expected so the idea of ‘stock piling’ after Christmas went out if the window...
Winning bronze for team Charlie and Boo

Winning bronze for team Charlie and Boo

From about four months old I have religiously taken Indie first to puppy class then moved on to the ‘Bronze good citizen award’ with the huge hope of finally when she is a year old moving to agility. Now she looks so cute and as if butter would not melt in her mouth...
When you work alone and how I have to work at not being lonely

When you work alone and how I have to work at not being lonely

It will very soon be the first anniversary of me moving into my studio, it’s been an absolutely brilliant journey so far and a huge learning curve not only for my business but also for myself personally.  My business has moved from strength to strength with...
So the time came to up my game!

So the time came to up my game!

I just wanted to write a short blog this week all about one of the things I was really proud to achieve in 2017.  I always thought my products did themselves justice when people saw them at events, and were able to see them in ‘real life’ but when...
Our Christmas santa run – and other fun!

Our Christmas santa run – and other fun!

This blog is a little late but I hope you enjoy the read! December was a pretty full on, non-stop, hectic and a wonderful month for ‘Charlie and Boo’ as you can imagine lots of lovely orders being dispatched five days a week, copious amounts of black...

It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas

The Christmas rush has certainly started here! I have been preparing stock for Christmas for the last 6-8 weeks and this weekend has certainly seen people start to think about Christmas gifts.  I have two different fabrics and a choice of collars, leads, bandanas,...

Taking the boys to Devon on holiday!

Our half term in Leicestershire is always a week earlier than the rest of the county so we took advantage of a super little cottage in Devon for a weeks holiday before a busy Christmas period (hopefully!) We had beautiful weather all week apart from on day which for...

Meet Charlie and Boo – our first blog post

This is our first ‘Charlie and Boo’ blog so it feels very fitting to start the first one telling you all about the inspiration of my business my two very special boys Charlie and Boo. I will start with the Charlie, we had Charlie from a puppy, after...

The Tilly Range

The Tilly range is inspired by one of my customers dogs who is just wonderful. All our fabrics are 100% cotton and from designer ranges. Our collars, leads and bandanas can be laundered, for the best results use a mild detergent and a cool wash, place on a flat...

The Teddy Range

The Teddy range is inspired by one of my customers dogs who is just wonderful and was the first to purchase from the Teddy collection. All our fabrics are 100% cotton and from designer ranges. Our collars, leads and bandanas can be laundered, for the best results use...

The Roger Range

The ‘Roger collection’ has been inspired by one of my customers dogs, a red boxer called Roger, who looks amazing wearing this collection. All our fabrics are 100% cotton and from designer ranges. Our collars, leads and bandanas can be laundered, for the...

The Marley Range

The Marley range is inspired by one of my customers dogs who is just a super star. All our fabrics are 100% cotton and from designer ranges. Our collars, leads and bandanas can be laundered, for the best results use a mild detergent and a cool wash, place on a flat...

The Honey Range

The Honey range is inspired by one of my customers dogs as it pretty and very girly just like her. All our fabrics are 100% cotton and from designer ranges. Our collars, leads and bandanas can be laundered, for the best results use a mild detergent and a cool wash,...

The Buster Range

The ‘Buster collection’ has been inspired by one of my parents dogs, a HUGE brindle boxer called Buster, he would have looked amazing wearing this. All our fabrics are 100% cotton and from designer ranges. Our collars, leads and bandanas can be laundered,...

The Barney Range

This collection was inspired by my childhood dog ‘Barney’ a HUGE English Setter, whom I spent hours playing with and gave million cuddles, he would have looked amazing in this. All our fabrics are 100% cotton and from designer ranges. Our collars, leads...

The Alfie Range

The Alfie range is inspired by my white boxer Alfie who would have looked brilliant in this collection. All our fabrics are 100% cotton and from designer ranges. Our collars, leads and bandanas can be laundered, for the best results use a mild detergent and a cool...