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Daily Inspiration: Meet Gabrielle Goodgames

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabrielle Goodgames.

Hi Gabrielle, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
In February 2019, I was in the 6th grade and my science teacher, Mrs. Torres, had us participate in an innovation fair, where we had to improve an existing invention and enter a pretend Shark Tank competition. I love dogs and want to become a vet, so I came up with the Pawsome Pamper Kit. Pawsome Pamper Kit is a dog subscription service for dog lovers, like Bark Box. The big difference in my Kit is that my treats are all-natural and I give a chew toy, all-natural paw balms, and an all-natural calming spray. I didn’t win the pretend Shark Tank competition, but I did win first place at the Duncanville ISD District Science Fair! After that, I decided to make it an actual business. I changed my packaging and increased my recipes and started selling my Kits around my neighborhood and the community. In November 2019, I entered the Capital One Shark Tank and won 2nd place. And now, I have sold almost 300 Pawsome Pamper Kits in 13 different states and currently have several subscribers.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not been smooth. I enjoy making the treats and having my own business, but there were two big things I had to learn to do better. 1) I had to learn how to balance my schedule. I run track competitively about six months out of the year, and I go to a STEAM Academy and have a lot of homework. So, I had to create a schedule that would help me balance it and get everything done. 2) I had to find recipes that would stay fresh during shipping. Because my treats are all-natural, they can only stay out in the open air for about 3-5 days, I had to find recipes that shipped well. But, I also made cards that go in each order to remind customers to place their treats in the fridge or freezer for maximum Pawsomeness. I also placed the information on the treat labels.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Besides being the owner of Pawsome Pamper Kit, I run track competitively and am a USA Track and Field Junior Olympic All-American in the 80m hurdles. My current events are the 60m, 60mh, 100m, 100mh, and Long Jump. My 2018 record still stands at the LSU/Louisiana Youth Indoor Classic in the 60mh for 11-12-year-olds. Also, I was the state record holder in the Long Jump for the 2020 Indoor season among 13-14-year-olds. I recently ran in my first high school track meet—as an 8th grader—and came in 3rd place in the Long Jump in my division at the North Texas Jump Showcase and jumped 16′ 10″. My 7th grade, 2020 personal indoor bests are 8.14 in the 60m and 9.34 in the 60mh. I was looking forward to the 2020 outdoor season.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) said that Americans spent $72.56 billion in 2018 on their pets. So, I’m sure that people will continue to use some of that money for food as well as treats. I’m excited to keep selling my all-natural treats to families who want a healthy option for their dogs.

Pricing:

  • $27 for 1 Pawsome Pamper Kit (2 all-natural treats, 1 calming spray, and 1 paw balm)
  • $75 for a 3-month Pawsome Pamper Kit subscription (total – 6 all-natural treats, 3 calming sprays, and 3 paw balms)
  • $144 for a 6-month Pawsome Pamper Kit subscription (total – 12 all-natural treats, 6 calming sprays, and 6 paw balms)

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