Entrepreneurship has been part of my life since 2011, when I launched my first business, but I have been a creator for much longer. There hasn't been a time in my life when I wasn't making things—drawing, writing, or sewing. But there were times when doing so was difficult.
One of those times was in 2013, when my business closed, I was struggling with college, and my long-coming diagnoses weighed on me. But then, someone suggested something radical to me, and everything changed.
my dog gave me my
Peach excelled at her new calling for a short 3 years before she needed to retire, and then Bolin stepped into her tiny pawprints and took on the role of carrying me through life as if he had been made for it. I have been blessed to have two wonderful working dogs since 2013.
But still, finally recognising I was unable to work in typical work environments left me with two options:
I wasn't ready to give up quite yet, so I spent a year developing a business plan that would make my ideas come to life. With help from Causeway Work Centre and Rise Asset Development, Multiway Service Dog Equipment became my reality.
Creating for such a supportive community has been so fulfilling for me. I hope to be able to cater to your expressive needs for years to come
My first Service Dog, Peach, now acts as a behind-the-scenes assistant. Peach is the poster child for why aggressive dogs should be properly managed: after numerous minor dog attacks, she finally cracked after two successive attacks left her traumatised. Service Dogs are often exposed to aggressive dogs in public, and they're at the mercy of people who try to defraud their way into public establishments with untrained dogs.
It's me! The creator behind it all. Multiway is a one-woman show, completely owned and operated by me. Creation and design are my passion, and being able to use them to run my own business has been wonderful. I make everything from conception to completion by myself! I pride myself on the fact that my designs are not purchased from external embroidery design stores. Running things all alone does have its drawbacks, but it's extremely satisfying!
Bolin is my current Service Dog. He was rescued in Jamaica in June 2016 and imported to Canada in September 2016, where he immediately launched into the intensive training required of a good working animal. By January 2018 he was working full-time as a psychiatric Service Dog. Bo is an American Village Dog, a complete goof, and always ready to help. He has very kindly stood through many paper fittings to help design Multiway vests!
Multiway patches are embroidered two to four to a hoop, and wraps one at a time, by one of three Brother PE770 embroidery-only machines. The machines stitch out about 2 million stitches per month, using about 10 thousand metres of thread, for an average of 70 patches each. Each embroidered item is washed, trimmed, and heat-sealed to ensure its longevity once it reaches you!
Similarly, vests are constructed of durable materials and assembled in layers to ensure strong seams: the base is first sewn to the lining, and then the top and base together, and then the binding encases the raw edge, ensuring 3 layers of stitching to hold your vest together.
Lightweight polypropylene binding keeps vest seams tidy.
Super-soft, thick polypropylene webbing for leashes is comfortable to wear and hold.
Durable outdoor awning canvas with superior UV, abrasion, mildew, water, and oil resistance when compared to cotton twill or canvas fabric.
Cotton-printed newspaper themed lining fabric for strap wraps.
Vibrant SuperB thread is offered in a wide range of beautiful colours.
Recycled Eco-Fil polyester felt gives vests body and structure.
Unique magnetic Fidlock buckles can bear loads of almost 100lbs/45kg, but snap closed easily and open with the flick of a wrist.
Durable nickel and acetal hardware for longevity.
PVC-coated, completely hair- and water-proof polyester lining for adult vests and capes.
plastic snap buttons made by an industry leader.