OK, I accept one post in three months doesn’t make me the most prolific blogger in history but hey, I’ve been busy…
It’s all change at Paw Prints HQ! Since my last post we’ve introduced a new design. Not the cow as promised, but a pug named Willy. We thought the cow could wait and as we’ve been inundated with requests for a dog design, we thought it was about time we took note. Why a pug? It’s obvious… everybody loves pugs! With their squished wrinkled faces, wandering bulbous eyes and their bewildered expressions, what’s not to like? With so much character they lend themselves perfectly to the Paw Prints style. You can see how the design developed from the initial sketch to the final piece via a couple of dead ends along the way. Like the rest of the gang, he’s available in our range of adults and kids t-shirts, hoodies and bags and we’re offering a 10% discount on our website to customers who enter the voucher code ‘ethelskinner’. No prizes for guessing the connection!
In other developments, we’re very pleased to announce that as of today, all our t-shirts will be made from 100% organic cotton and coloured with organic dyes. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and now our business has grown, we’re able to address such important environmental issues. Therefore we’ve decided to lead by example and take action now. What’s more, we’re absorbing the additional cost so not only are our t-shirts better quality than ever, they won’t cost a penny more!
In other news, we’ve set up a Facebook page which has attracted over 300 followers in just two months. It’s an insightful, fun way to keep in touch with other animal lovers and gives customers and friends the opportunity to tell us exactly what they want from Paw Prints. For example, we recently ran a competition to decide which animal we should design next. With hundreds of votes cast, the owl won by a clear majority and will therefore be our next subject. In addition we hold lots of competitions (only yesterday, somebody won a t-shirt and satchel for correctly guessing the name of our new pug design), offer exclusive news and discounts and generally just enjoy chatting with like-minded people.
Despite opening an account, I’m yet to fully embrace the world of Twitter (one step at a time). However I’m very pleased with our new YouTube channel. I recently uploaded our first video featuring my mum’s Labradoodles Archie and Floyd. Mum taught them to high five, which is quite impressive but the funniest bit of the video is when they turn tail and charge directly at the cameraman i.e. me, and proceed to trample all over me. The result is visual whirlwind of body parts both human and canine accompanied by a sound track of hysterical laughter. Quite amusing. I did miss a trick however, next time I’m going to film them modelling our kids t-shirts.