Debra & Pork Chop's Story
The Pugly Company is a small company based in Denver, Colorado and has been in business since 2018. The company was founded by Debra Ann, a pug lover!
The Fluff Trough was inspired by Pork Chop. As a pug, he struggled to eat from traditional dog bowls because of his adorable flat face. After he was diagnosed with vestibular disease (which causes a loss of balance) he had even more difficulty eating.
After searching everywhere for a bowl that would help Pork Chop eat better, Debra created a special bowl for him using her 3D printer. When she shared the prototype with other pet parents, she was amazed by their excitement about using the feeder for their pets too!
They believed the Fluff Trough would be beneficial for their pets so Debra made it her mission to create innovative feeders for pets that struggle to eat from traditional feeders.
She learned as much as she could about the process of bringing a new product to market and invested her life savings in the tooling needed to manufacture the Fluff Trough (instead of buying a house)!
Five years later, Debra is proud to say that we have many happy customers around the world, we are continuing to develop new products, and we donated over $3,000 worth of Fluff Troughs to non-profits in 2022. We support a large number of rescue organizations by donating products for foster pets in their care, as well as fundraising through sales, auctions, and other benefit events.
Debra Ann & Pork Chop