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Plano Mom Starts Global Pet Collar Business

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - A stay-at-home mom in Plano has turned a fun hobby into an exciting business, one that now has an international reach. Nikki Telthorst is the owner of Coley’s Collars, spending much of her time sewing and developing colorful creations for dogs and cats all around the world.

“I try to keep up with the trends,” said Telthorst. “I try to make sure that there’s a great selection.”

Telthorst turns pieces of fabric with fun prints into a must-have pet accessories. What began as a handy skill for the Plano mom has evolved into a business. And orders have come in from all over the globe — including Canada, Japan and Australia. “It’s amazing to know that there’s cats running around in Dubai that are wearing collars that I sat here in Plano and made,” she said.

Five years ago, Telthorst started creating collars for her own cats and dogs after she could not find a design and style that she actually liked. Word about her work quickly spread. Now, she is busy making 25 to 40 collars each day by herself, while taking in orders from her very own website. Each collar costs just under $17.

“When I have to work until really late at night, or I’m up really early in the morning trying to get orders filled, it’s something I enjoy doing, so that makes it a lot easier to do,” Telthorst said.

The collar company owner is also very passionate about rescuing pets. Her business — Coley’s Collars — was named after a beloved pet who passed away. “Coley was a rescue, We got her from an animal shelter,” Telthorst said. She donates some collars to local shelters, too.

Telthorst balances business with parenting, pouring her energy into the things that she loves. “It’s a good feeling to know that I can do this. Not only can I do the mom thing and run my family, but I can do this,” Telthorst said. “I can run my own business. That’s something I never imagined I would be doing.”

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