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Passion for animals sparks business idea for twins

Tayla and Ashleigh Gilson have started a new business, All Fur Pets.

Twin sisters Ashleigh and Tayla Gilson have turned their passion for animals into a business venture with their new online store, All Fur Pets.

From Ashleigh’s backyard in Burnett Heads, the online store sells everything from enrichment toys and specialist food to medications.

Tayla’s background as a vet nurse and working in the pet supply industry means the pair are well placed to offer advice on pet wellbeing.

“It’s what I love to do, I’m very passionate about it. Between vet nursing and pet retail, I keep coming back to it every time,” Tayla said.

Ashleigh and Tayla with some chicks from Tayla's farm.

“We want people to have as much fun with their dogs as we have with ours and have healthy animals.

“We strive to give ours everything they need to make sure they’re happy, healthy and fed, and that’s important to us.”

Tayla lives on a farm in Bucca with sheep, ducks, pigs and horses, plus the pair have eight dogs between them.

Ashleigh said the initial response to the business was encouraging, with support developing quickly through online platforms.

“Our most popular product so far is definitely the bone marrow dog chew. It’s a nylon bone filled with jerky, and the dogs just love it!

“Now, with Covid-19, I’ve noticed people like to shop online and want the option for contactless deliveries.

“Were planning to be open at local markets and events as well and a delivery service around Bundaberg to get us going.”

Family business in Bundaberg

The twins both returned to Bundaberg in recent years to be closer to family and escape city life.

“Tayla just had a baby and we wanted to start up something that she could do from home while on maternity leave.

“Working with my sister is wonderful really, it’s great to be able to spend a lot of time together and with my new niece who is five months old.”

The online store is a side business for busy Ashleigh, but she has big plans for its future.

“I’ve got a lot of plans that I hope to expand into, at the moments were working from the backyard but we hope to expand into a commercial space with a store front soon.”

People within the Bundaberg area and coastline, including Burnett Heads, Bargara, Innes Park, Coral Cove and Moore Park Beach can take advantage of free delivery from All Fur Pets by using discount code ‘Local1’ at the online checkout.

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