Inside her east Bend home, Beth Larsen has hundreds of yards of fleece fabric stacked and stored for one thing: to make Waggletops.
Larsen created the first Waggletop, a removable, adjustable pet-bed cover, in December 2010 as a solution to struggling with zippers, stuffing and Velcro and waiting hours for her dog Grace's bed to dry every time she'd wash it.
“There is nothing prissy about Grace. If it's stinky or muddy, she likes to roll around in it," Larsen said, noting she had to wash the bed and go through the frustrating process often.
About eight months later, she sold Waggletops for the first time at a local dog-themed event. When she realized she was onto something, Larsen, who's worked for nonprofits for more than 25 years, enrolled in classes about social media, building a website and how to launch a small business at Central Oregon Community College.
Today, she's sold more than 300 Waggletops and is working on getting them into shelters, pet boarding facilities and more homes.
Some pet beds have covers that cannot be removed, so when they get dirty, owners have to throw them away, she said.
Waggletops makes fleece covers and waterproof liners. The covers come in rectangular and circular shapes in sizes from extra small to large. An elastic drawstring allows them to be fitted to beds of any size and removed easily for washing. Prices range from $16.95 to $36.95 for fleece covers, and liners cost between $13.95 and $22.95.
“I created something that would make my life easier, but it surprised me how much the dogs and cats loved them," Larsen said.