CHEK Upside: Victoria woman takes inspiration from rescue dogs to launch new ‘barkery’

CHEK Upside: Victoria woman takes inspiration from rescue dogs to launch new ‘barkery’
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When it comes to snack time, dogs Trevor and Luna are living large.

“They’re both rescue dogs and I’ve made it my mission to give them the best life possible,” said Victoria dog owner Alexa Ferguson. “That includes very extravagant, over-the-top celebrations for everything.”

Ferguson is a social worker who recently started dabbling in the world of creating eye-catching doggy desserts.

“My first couple cakes, they were just for fun, there was no customer behind it, and then I had a friend who said ‘can you make a cake for my dog?'”

After posting videos and pictures of her cakes and puppy pastries on social media, she started gaining traction and received several orders.

“I’m not the only crazy dog person out there,” said Alexa, who bakes mostly at night and on weekends from her parent’s kitchen.

For now, it’s a small operation with Alexa making everything from ‘blueberry maple pup tarts’ to ‘pupcake cones with yogurt and coconut’. She even made a unicorn cake for one of the inspirations behind her new endeavor called The Bully Barkery.

The name is inspired by her bully breed dogs, Luna and Trevor. In just a few months, she’s seen steady growth but wants to turn her hobby into something bigger.

“I’ve had so much fun with it and I really like being creative with it so I would love to turn it into a real full-time business,” said Alexa.

Her vision includes a brick-and-mortar business that features a unique safe space for dogs like Luna whose anxiety limits her in public places.

“It makes me really sad sometimes, so I’d love to have a barkery where there’s a separate space that you could reserve and it’s enclosed and private,” said Alexa.

It would be her icing on the cake as she chases a frosting-filled future.

To follow The Bully Barkery on social media, click here.

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