The Little Dog Laughed, always going the extra mile to create a smile.
Cheesy, but very true! Our sibling owned card and gift company based in sunny Derby was created on this simple ethos. To design and produce nice things that add a smidge of happy to someone’s day. Over two decades later, The Little Dog Laughed’s aims remain the same. With watchwords of humour, honesty and quality it really doesn’t get anymore complicated than that. You can find our products here, in various independent gift shops and garden centres around the UK and if you are going abroad you may also stumble across our humble offerings in Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Asia.
Team Little Dog comprises of 8 people
In order of appearance:
Anna Danielle | Designer, Artist and Company Founder.
Anna is the female, middle third of the sibling trio who eat, sleep, breathe The Little Dog Laughed.She loves drawing, designing, animals, nature, reading, radio and can ruminate for waaaay too long on the ultimate Top 5 biscuit of choice. Anna started her business after graduating with a textile degree from Winchester School of Art and quickly discovered her unique strengths … finance, sales, organisation and admin skills NOT being ANY of them! Luckily, being surrounded by honest, decent people who are great in those areas has made The Little Dog Laughed what it is today.
Gavin is Anna’s big brother and the driving force behind this humble card and gift company. Funny, creative, visionary and a true people person, Gavin is a problem solver and kind boss (which is why he often gets away with parking across two spaces). Originally trained for a career in building management, he quit the brick race to help Anna and twenty years on he is still bringing laughter, leadership and direction to each working day. He is however a complete liability when it comes to packing orders and therefore is banned from the Dispatch room.
So that’s your full timers, now for our dedicated part time team:
Martin | Warehouse Manager
They don’t make them like this anymore. Martin is probably the most multi talented of all the Little Dog team having acquired a lifetime of skills from hard graft and practical experience. He is also a perfectionist and his building work is second to none. As our Warehouse Manager, Martin keeps our studio and warehouse in tip-top order and running smoothly. He also creates and maintains our tradeshow props and product displays. A proud grandad, lover of the countryside and local Derby legend, Martin is your man for the obvious and the unexpected!
Alison is a creative fabric legend who now runs our sewing area. A fellow artist, she was Anna’s neighbour and by a fortuitous sequence of events ended up working two days a week at The Little Dog Laughed. Originally trained in glass design, Alison found her sewing skills allowed her to combine motherhood with a creative career path and we are now the very lucky beneficiaries of that lifetime of knowledge. As is sometimes the way with creative sparks, Alison’s time at The Little Dog has set her off in the direction of canine miniature sculptures and some of you may already be owners of one of her wonderful pipe cleaner pieces. They are a true doggie delight and can be found in our Handmade Temptations | One of a Kind category on the website.
If you have any queries you can contact the office on 01332 290605 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And if for some crazy reason you’d like to read an in-depth chapter by chapter account of how this little business started, grew and survived into the present day then you are very welcome to click here for The Little Dog Story.