How Charlie Cushions Inspired the Launch of Janery
Charlie Cushions are here!
I'm so excited to launch these plush, waterproof pet beds. There's a story behind every product I create, but the story of the Charlie Cushion may be the most important of them all.
Charlie Cushions are the reason I started Janery.
In 2003 I rescued a hairless and emaciated dog and named her Charlie. She was a Rottweiler mix with a bullet in her leg, and with a lot of love and a little training she quickly became an irreplaceable part of my family.
Charlie loved any and all soft beds, probably after years spent sleeping on the streets. But if she ate something she shouldn't, Charlie would have incontinence issues, leaking on her beds as she slept. I was constantly buying and throwing out cheap dog beds.
I finally got a high end pet bed for Charlie, thinking it would last longer and be less wasteful. I was so disappointed when Charlie had an accident on it, and the dog bed insert came out of the washer all lumpy. When Charlie curled up on it the stuffing piled up in the corner leaving a hard spot in the middle. Plus, the smell hadn't come out.
For years I wondered why there were no durable dog beds that also looked fabulous. Why weren't all dog beds protected by a waterproof liner so their cushions weren't ruined by an accident?
When my husband gave me a sewing machine for my birthday, I started sewing. And a year later I decided to create and sell waterproof dog beds. Beds that complement your decor but are durable and practical.
I had a corporate day job, but on nights and weekends I sewed for hours, honing my skills and testing different designs, but ran into roadblocks finding a quality American-made supplies. While the Charlie Cushions hit road blocks, I developed other pretty-but-practical products - washable throw pillows for humans, Merlin Mats and Catnip Mats for pets, and more.
Now Janery is my full-time job, I've found the right suppliers, and my Charlie Cushions are ready to shine. I said goodbye to my beloved Charlie on Christmas day two years ago, but my other dogs and my cat have tested the beds for her.
See all the Charlie Cushions right here.