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Vend a Dog a Bone

Candy and soft drinks, move aside--vending machines are going to the dogs, thanks to one pet lover.

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This story appears in the April 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What: Vending machine for pets

Who: Carlotta Lennox of Hey Buddy

Where: Dallas

When: Started in 2005

Startup costs: $6,000

When July hit Miami in 1998, everyone seemed to be enjoying the dog days of summer--except the dogs. As owners took giant swigs from their 32-ounce water bottles, their dogs ran to and fro, wearily retrieving makeshift toys in the afternoon heat. It was on one sunny afternoon in July that Carlotta Lennox rolled by a park on a pair of rollerblades, noticed that the dogs looked tired and hungry, and realized how she could give the day back to the dogs.

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