Doggone Resourceful

Enthusiasts find niche markets to offer specialized products and services.

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.Dog showing and breeding can be an expensive hobby. The cost of keeping dogs, rearing puppies the right way, veterinary fees, and show expenses such as entry fees, travel and accomodations, can really slim down the wallet. Many people involved in dogs search for ways to bring in a little cash to offset the cost of their hobby, often utilizing a talent they already have. sometimes, an idea occurs to them that fills a niche in the dog world, and not surprisingly, that idea is often fuelled by their passion for dogs. Sometimes it is relatively small change that is generated and other employment remains the main income, but occasionally a small business can grow into a full-time job.

ForBrenda Hulsey of Evansvill, Ind., opening her own boarding kennel was a natural progression. She bought Whippets from the owners of a boarding kennel, and then started to work there on weekends. She was lucky enough to own a piece of property given to her by her father, built her own boarding kennel in 1968, and operated it for almost 40 years.

Lee Jones of Hockessin, Del., began his career as a franchisee with the International Canine Semen Bank, utilizing his existing skills as a veterinary technician. He had experience collecting from horses and bulls while in high school and college, and thought that there might be a market in freezing canine semen. Jones had bred and raised Beagles and his family always had a dog or two. He asked around at dog shows if there might be a market for a mobile lab that could go to shows, to club health days, or even to private kennels. When he received positive responses, particularly from people tired of driving long distances to get their dogs' semen collected, he did some research into existing companies and their franchise offerings, and settled on ICSB as the best fit for him.

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