Small Business of the Day: Happy Tails Dog Packs

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Small Business of the Day: Happy Tails Dog Packs

Who: Janet Vigallon, 47,@htdogpacks

What: Backpacks for dogs to wear when walking

When: January 2011

How: Vigallon was inspired to make her own pack for her family's rescue dog to wear when going for walks. She wanted a pack that allowed her dog Daisy to carry water vertically and still have for other toys and bags.

"I didn't like what I saw online or in stores," she said.

So, she took some fabric and created her own dog pack. After receiving compliments from people in the community, Vigallon, who also works as a physical therapist, decided to try her hand at selling them locally and online.

Where: Pleasanton, Calif.

In her own words: "I had her wearing it every day on her walk and got so many comments from the community and friends requesting I make them some. After using it regularly for a year, we decided to go for it."