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Critter Comforts

The boom in pet businesses has entrepreneurs vying for their spots as top dogs.

This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Editor's note: What kind of pet business should you start? Read "10 Pet Businesses to Start" to get some ideas.

Susan Benesh, president of Posh Poochy Inc., a Columbia, South Carolina, manufacturer of clothing, collars and accessories for dogs, thanks her beloved bichon frisé and pug for their inspiration. The idea of launching a pet company began when strangers stopped Benesh in the street to ask her where she bought the cute sweaters and collars her two pooches were wearing. Benesh realized that the items she enjoyed crafting for her own canines could make her some money.

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