Hi I’m Josie, and I am the founder of Little Pupperz. I am an autistic 12 year old girl. I live with my parents, little sister Jade, and my very own Little Pupper “Lucy.” Lucy is a red Doberman with floppy ears. She is nearly 2 years old. I really wanted her to have a natural tail, but when I found out about Lucy, her tail had already been docked. She’s the cutest puppy in the world (at least in my opinion).
Some people think that Doberman’s are not good family pets. They get scared of them. But my dad grew up with them, and when I was a baby, I was so lucky that we moved in with my grandparents, because that meant I got to live with two Doberman’s – Max and Jerry. I think Doberman’s make great pets!
I don’t know how to explain it, but being around the dogs made me feel so good. Of course, they were cute and they were fun (especially Max, because he was younger and had lots of energy like me). But being around dogs just means the world to me. I feel like everything is right in the world when I can cuddle a big dog.
My parents tell me that a lot of autistic people feel a special bond with animals. Some animals are even service animals or therapy animals that help autistic kids and adults. But it’s hard for people to pay for service dogs. And some families can’t have a dog unless they are able to be trained as a service dog. I don’t think that it’s fair that money should be the reason that someone can’t have a dog when they need one.
What does this have to do with Little Pupperz? Well, I’ve always loved to draw. And I got pretty obsessed with drawing dogs. I started to draw lots of different breeds. My dad is an artist, and he noticed that I had a special style of drawing dogs. So he helped me turn my dogs into digital artwork so we could sell stuff with my designs. I’m really proud that I have been able to use my talent to be an entrepreneur – but I also want to use my talents to help other people.
My big dream is to have Little Pupperz become a line of toys someday. I would love to be a grown up with a job that includes drawing, and dogs! But what I really want to do, even as a kid, is help dogs have a home. This is so important to me – and my plan is to help no-kill shelters. My parents are looking for a way to make this happen.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep drawing, and I’m learning how to do my art digitally too. The first dog we’re featuring is the Doberman, but look out for many popular breeds to become Little Pupperz!