The business is still in its first year and has been a huge hit with dog owners looking for nutritious and healthy treats for their pets.
Kiruna Healthy Handmade products are natural and contain no additives or preservatives.
They are ethically packaged with 100% biodegradable products.
“I’ve always loved baking for humans and found it to be a great way to unwind,” explained Kiruna, who owns three puppies, Scooby-Doo, Mr. Darcy and little Tilly.
“When I looked at the contents of the dog treats for my first dog Mr. Darcy, who I got 12 years ago, I saw that they were full of processed foods and meat derivatives, so I wanted to make it something clean and with no additives or preservatives.
“I will never feed my dog something that I wouldn’t eat myself.
“I decided to start making his snacks from scratch, so I knew exactly what goes into them.
“A few years ago I took a career break and last year one of my neighbors suggested I take it to the next level and launch my own business.
“My first local market was White Oaks but now I’m involved in other local markets including the Walled City Markets in Guildhall Square and Coleraine Specialty Market.
Kiruna’s range of sweets includes birthday cakes and various fruits, vegetables and nut-based snacks.
Their chamomile bites have proven to be especially popular with dog owners who suffer from anxiety.
“I wanted to produce something to help keep pets calm during times of stress like fireworks season,” she explained.
“I didn’t want to give them tea so that you could give them one in the evening to help them sleep.
“Many people come to me with their dogs’ ailments but I am not a vet, but I can share my own experience with dogs. I love interacting with the owners and of course the dogs because most of the markets are outside, and this allows the dogs to choose their own baked goods.
“I firmly believe your dogs are what you eat — my oldest dog is 12 and has rarely been well.”
The Craft Show will feature the cream of local and regional crafts of Derry and Strabane under one roof in the main Guildhall Hall.
Doganic Barkery will be joined by a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft stalls featuring artisan design makers and artisan food producers from all over Ireland.
“I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the Causeway Specialty Market in Coleraine on three occasions, but the highlight so far has been the Foyle Maritime Festival,” she added.
“It was a baptism of fire and I’ve been up all night baking produce to meet demand but I’m struggling under pressure!
“I loved being able to connect with so many pet owners face to face and view the range physically.
“I benefited from the experience and I can’t wait to apply it to the craft fair.”
Kerona will be showcasing a number of festive gift ideas at the Guildhall including check boxes and cookies.
The craft fair will be another important event in the short life of the business, but she has exciting plans for the months and years ahead.
“I would like to display products in stores, and that would create its own challenges with display but that would be the next level.
“My completed website should open my business to a much wider market.
“I have so many ideas for new products, and the possibilities are endless so I hope there are many more to come.”
The Guildhall Craft Show marks the start of a comprehensive Christmas program in the city and region which includes the running of Christmas lights in Strabane on Saturday 26th November and Derry on Sunday 27th.
Other highlights include the Mayor’s Christmas Tea Dance, the Mayor’s Magical Christmas Experience and the Winter Christmas Market, full details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
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