Karen Rhodes is a dog business entrepreneur and founder of Luxury Dog Hampers which is an online shop selling posh hampers, think Fortnum and Mason for dogs.
The idea came to Karen when she saw a television program about Fortnum & Mason and searched online for a doggy equivalent. Realising there was a gap in the market, Karen wanted to create something special for dog owners wanting to truly indulge their pets.
Karen set up the business to enable her to spend more time at home to care for her senior dog Bailey. Sadly he is no longer with her but he is at the forefront of everything she does in the business.
Luxury Dog Hampers is an online store set up in 2019 by Karen Rhodes to provide premium treats, toys and accessories for pet parents wanting to spoil their dogs.
The company scours the country for the top-rated products from other small businesses to be included in the hampers. The treats are thoroughly tested by in house taste testers Bertie the Border Collie and Arthur the Newfoundland. All items are also checked for safety and quality to ensure pet owners are giving their dogs the very best money can buy.
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