I feel extremely honoured to be able to share this brand with you and the story behind how it all started. This Little Wuppy® is not only a gorgeous little soft toy, it represents a bigger picture and I hope it brings much joy and comfort to those who need it or becomes the little friend that goes with your child on all their wildest adventures. The wonderful, creative and inspiring lady behind Little Wuppy® is Linda, she was kind enough to share her story on why she started this new business venture.
Linda originally worked as a primary school teacher and after suffering severe anxiety and panic attacks resigned. She was housebound for part of a year and needed to find her purpose again. She then started her own online business specialising in personalised artwork for children, this went on for five years. It was during this time that she had networked with many people and had some very deep conversations with parents about their children who were suffering from anxiety on a daily basis. This really touched Linda and she decided she wanted to help these children, so she closed down her art business and focused on her new business venture.
The Little Wuppy® has been carefully designed as an aid to help comfort children and ease their worries. It can help in many ways and for many different situations. Children can place the wuppy’s heart against their own to send their worries to the dog, or for children that might have sensory processing issues or have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) they can rub the soft minky backing or its textured, embroidered heart. This can help keep them calm or help them stay focused. It can also provide comfort to children who may be faced with school camp, time spent in hospital, separation anxiety, missing a loved one or even the loss of a loved one.
The name Little Wuppy® comes from a combination of ‘worry puppy,’ (wuppy) and the product is small in size so its discrete for children which is where the word ‘little’ comes into play. Linda designed the Little Wuppy® herself, she combined her love of drawing and her obsession with sausage dogs to create the cute soft toy. Although its very cute, Linda has also carefully put a lot of thought into this design. She wanted it to be simple so it didn’t overwhelm already anxious children and kept it as kid friendly as possible. The shape of the dog is designed so it can be held with one hand or kept in a pocket, bag, pencil case or even placed under a pillow. The ink used is non-toxic and its fill is hypoallergenic. Its front is cotton and has a beautiful soft minky backing. Want to know another amazing fact about the Little Wuppy®? It proudly holds an Australian Made licence as it’s manufactured by a local seamstress and packed by Linda herself.
Linda’s Purpose: “Through Little Wuppy® I want to help children manage their worries and provide comfort for them in times of need. I want to help break down the stigma associated with mental health issues, especially in regards to children. I want to teach children and adults, that anxiety is real and it can be managed. I want to encourage open dialogue about mental illness. And I want people to know that there is no shame when it comes to mental health, no shame at all.”
I cannot thank Linda enough for letting me share her story. What an inspiring woman. Not only has she created such a well designed gorgeous toy but she is helping children everywhere. So if you’re reading this and have thought about a child that could benefit from owning one of these, head over and check out Linda’s website. Something as small as a Little Wuppy® could really make a big difference in a childs life.
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