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Valley woman selling bath robes for dogs, raising money for shelters

Posted: 4:36 AM, Jul 31, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-31 21:43:28-04

It's probably one of the most frustrating parts of washing your dog: trying to dry them off.

"You have to catch them and they're dripping," says Shari Mindlen who owns two rescue dogs. "Now you have to get them in the towel and one towel is not enough.”

That's one of the main reasons why Mindlen started her company Dripping Dog . Yes, she invented dog robes.

"The easiest way to say that is to keep dogs from dripping water all over the house and in my couch and in my bed." 

Mindlen was working in real estate when she thought of the idea. So she started researching and measuring different breeds of dogs to make sure the robes would fit. She started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money.

Then it came time to actually make them. She opted to have every robe made right here in the Valley, at Fabric in Tempe.

"I live in Phoenix and I'm an American and I want to keep business dollars locally here and I really want to create jobs," says Mindlen. 

About 20 percent of the profits will go to animal shelters, something Mindlen is passionate about.