BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Evelyn Turco’s new business started when her husband purchased a second puppy for the family home. The Bedford woman needed a cover for a second crate to transport her pets, and it has led to an expanding enterprise.
Turco started Pet Under Cover two years ago. The online business sells full-size and partial covers for crates and water-resistant bed pads. Turco’s covers come in different colors and patterns, and aim to provide comfort for pets, beauty for the home and convenience for the owner.
“I wanted something that was pretty easy to maintain but also durable,’’ said Turco, whose primary occupation is at the family specialty food market, Turco’s, in Yorktown. “I had to make the zipper strong."
The pads for the i-crates required a lot of trial and error, Turco said. “The beds were pretty easy," she said. “The pads are foam, and at first it was pretty hard. We kept testing to see what would work the best.”
While Turco figured out the product and designs, she also got support from a neighbor, Ricky Dhall, who works in New York City’s garment industry. He provided the fabrics for Turco to assemble her covers. “If he wasn’t in the garment business, I doubt I would have ever gotten into this,’’ Turco said.
The covers are made in China and shipped out of a warehouse in Long Island. The turnaround time for an order is two-three days, Turco said.
The Pet Under Cover website shows how the crates will look with covers. The fabric options are shown next to a crate, and by hovering over the fabric, it shows how it will appear on the crate.
Crate cover prices range from $19.99 to $39.99. The i-crate covers are $39.99 to $69.99, and the bed pads range from $9.99 to $19.99. Turco said the covers are machine washable.
For complete information on Pet Under Cover, visit the business website .
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