When Nadia’s first ever dog, Lolah Moo Moo, a beautiful Black & Silver Miniature Schnauzer, arrived in her world four years ago, life was never the same again! For many dog owners, their four-legged friends often inspire them to start new businesses – Nadia had an idea to create beautiful bespoke collar corsages, and her small business was born. Since then Nadia has added to the ‘Management’ Team with Minny Bear, another Black & Silver Miniature Schnauzer. Nadia’s business, aptly named Moo Moo & Bear, has grown beyond her wildest dreams over the past three and a half years. The range now includes collars, leads and accessories for every occasion. Nadia prides herself in creating high-end products in a range of fun and funky fabrics not available on the high street, with great customer service at the forefront. Nadia’s range is sold via her website and Etsy store. Today Nadia talks to us about Schnauzerfest 2018, an event very close to her heart for many reasons.
1. Tell us a little bit about Schnauzerfest and how it came about?
Schnauzerfest is a National event based on fun and fundraising that happens every year in October. It’s a collection of walks all over the country (we’ve even got walks in Australia this year) hosted by volunteers. A simple fundraising approach of anything goes, no set fees to join walks, no registers, just come along and enjoy and hopefully dig deep into your pockets and donate to the worth cause. It was set up in 2014 by blogger and writer Janetta Harvey after adopting Susie-Belle, a puppy farm ex-breeder who initially was under the care of the Diana Brimblecome Animal Rescue Centre (DBARC). The walks were something that Susie-Belle enjoyed as a free dog, and the idea was born to have a few friends walk to raise funds. It has now raised more than £90,000 over the years, and the funds have come from many directions – cakes baked, raffles, crafts to name a few, and Moo Moo & Bear has now created a colourful Schnauzerfest range of accessories for dogs up and down the country to wear on their walks.
2. How is the money raised spent?
The funds are vital for the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre, where Janetta first met Susie-Belle. Janet and her incredible team of staff have a special Schnauzer sanctuary for their puppy farm ex-breeders that come into their care, many with great medical needs, some found near death. The medical treatments are expensive, most are blind upon arrival, and require cataracts surgery which amounts to £4,000 per dog, amongst other complicated veterinary care. But it's worth every penny, the difference it makes is unbelievable… a life confined to a dirty and dark shed, changes to a life filled with lovely smells and joyful and loving faces. It’s sometimes a very long journey for these beautiful schnauzers, to trust humans again, we could all learn a thing or two about trust and resilience that these dogs show.
3. How did Moo Moo & Bear get involved?
Our girls, are loved beyond belief and are (like most) very spoilt Schnauzers. They have never felt fear, have always received warmth, love and care and their medical needs are always taken care of… this is not the case for all of those Schnauzers currently residing in puppy farms, their bodies used for monetary gain only. Moo Moo & Bear HAD to get involved. In fact our business was set up as a portal to sell our very first Schnauzerfest product, the dog collar corsage. For the last four years we hav