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Fugly Friends

North Carolina, United States · 4984 Sales

fuglyfriend

Fugly Friends

North Carolina, United States 4984 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   ♥♥♥Thank you all so, so much for your love and support over the years! As of October 26th, Fugly Friends has officially closed.♥♥♥
Oct 9, 2014
My dearest Fugly family and friends,
I have some bitter sweet news to share with you. (I haven’t even gotten to the news yet and I am tearing up.) I am sad to announce that Fugly Friends will be closing on Sunday, October 26th.

After four years of operation, my body and hands in particular are physically suffering from so much cutting and sewing. While I have spent a great amount of time networking and researching a manufacturer to assist, I feel that this would detract from the very personal, handcrafted nature of each Fugly Friend; they're special as one-of-a-kind and not meant to be mass produced. Through this amazing journey, I've also learned what it really means to run your own business! Although it's been incredibly satisfying, running a small business has taken significantly more of my time than I would have ever imagined. After losing both my mother and father-in-law to cancer in the past 11 months, I have done a lot of soul searching. I’ve realized that it’s important to spend more face time with my family (and start thinking about having a little one of our own).

Closing Fugly Friends has been one of the toughest decisions I have faced in my life. You all are my heart. I could not have done this crazy thing called Fugly without the love, support and inspiration from each and every one of you. You are all truly amazing! The stories and photos of your families that you have shared with me over the years have meant more to me than you will ever know! And your requests for custom Fuglies have kept me laughing and on my toes. With every fiber of my being, thanks for joining me on this journey. Please enjoy the slideshow that I have put together. It is a collection of Fugly memories and highlights from over the years.

Again, thank you a million-billion times over for your support and understanding. You all mean the world to me and I'm going to miss you dearly. I've made such great friends here that I hope to stay in touch beyond Fugly Friends. Much love and big, big hugs (and big, big crocodile tears).
With Love,
Marissa

Announcement

♥♥♥Thank you all so, so much for your love and support over the years! As of October 26th, Fugly Friends has officially closed.♥♥♥
Oct 9, 2014
My dearest Fugly family and friends,
I have some bitter sweet news to share with you. (I haven’t even gotten to the news yet and I am tearing up.) I am sad to announce that Fugly Friends will be closing on Sunday, October 26th.

After four years of operation, my body and hands in particular are physically suffering from so much cutting and sewing. While I have spent a great amount of time networking and researching a manufacturer to assist, I feel that this would detract from the very personal, handcrafted nature of each Fugly Friend; they're special as one-of-a-kind and not meant to be mass produced. Through this amazing journey, I've also learned what it really means to run your own business! Although it's been incredibly satisfying, running a small business has taken significantly more of my time than I would have ever imagined. After losing both my mother and father-in-law to cancer in the past 11 months, I have done a lot of soul searching. I’ve realized that it’s important to spend more face time with my family (and start thinking about having a little one of our own).

Closing Fugly Friends has been one of the toughest decisions I have faced in my life. You all are my heart. I could not have done this crazy thing called Fugly without the love, support and inspiration from each and every one of you. You are all truly amazing! The stories and photos of your families that you have shared with me over the years have meant more to me than you will ever know! And your requests for custom Fuglies have kept me laughing and on my toes. With every fiber of my being, thanks for joining me on this journey. Please enjoy the slideshow that I have put together. It is a collection of Fugly memories and highlights from over the years.

Again, thank you a million-billion times over for your support and understanding. You all mean the world to me and I'm going to miss you dearly. I've made such great friends here that I hope to stay in touch beyond Fugly Friends. Much love and big, big hugs (and big, big crocodile tears).
With Love,
Marissa

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The Fugly Friends Story

Fugly Friends was inspired by all of the poorly designed pet toys being mass produced in some far off factory. I was determined to create just the opposite kind of toy for the love of my life, my dog Mugsy! The year was 2010. I sat down with my sewing machine to design one of a kind, durable toys that Mugsy could love and that would last (as well as ones that would make me smile). I quickly noticed that the uglier the toy, the more she loved it! Thus, I began calling them her FUGLY FRIENDS!

Fugly Friends promptly moved from being just in my home, to becoming gifts for friends and family. They are now being sold in a handful of pet boutiques across the US & Canada, in addition to an online Etsy shop.

Each Fugly is handcrafted from tightly woven Polartec® fleece, with a triple stitched seam for strength. Because no fabric is 100% indestructible to some pups, many Fugly Friends hold a Hidden-Heart-Fortune inside (a heart with a secret fortune printed on it). That way, if somewhere down the road, your pup gnaws their Fugly open, there is a quirky message waiting inside!

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  • Marissa Finch

    Owner, Fugly Designer And Creator

    I grew up in Minnesota where I learned to enjoy the fun oddities in life. I always love a good conversation piece. I am inspired by things that make me smile. I probably eat too much cheese. And most of all, I love dogs!

  • Rico *AKA Buddy, Rics & Good Boy

    Head Fugly Tester & Quality Control Expert

    Meet Rico. He is a rescue boy from in the mountains of NC! He loves to lick, lick, lick everything. In his down time, he enjoys testing out new Fugly Friends. Favorite Fugly Style: Stuffing Free with Crinkle Crunch & Squeaker

  • Nina *AKA Nini, Neens & Pretty Girl

    Fugly Tester And Break Time Supervisor

    Meet Nina. She enjoys chasing flies, chewing on the legs of furniture, sprinting, and giving her mama and big brother Rico kisses. Favorite Fugly Style: Large Plush with Squeaker & Bottle Bud

  • Mugsy *AKA Monkey & Baby Girl

    Fugly Inspiration

    Meet Mugsy. Fugly Friends was created because of this sweet girl. She is no longer with us, but continues to be our inspiration :) She loved swimming, talking and being mischievous. Favorite Fugly Style: Lil Mini Plush & Fugly Ball

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Last updated on February 4, 2011

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