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13 -Year-Old Founds Dog Toy Company, Raises Funds for Animal Charities


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13-year-old Cole Amyx was just 8 years old when he came up with the idea of turning tennis balls into pet toys.

Now the Houston boy spends his days in his backyard running a drill press through a tennis ball again and again, filling orders as fast as they pile up. Cole got his start selling locally at street fairs and dog parks, but now that demand is steady he’s waded into the world of e-commerce and is selling online at

Thus far, Cole has sold more than 2,000 Slobber Dog toys. For every toy sold, a dollar goes to Houston area shelters to aid homeless pets. It’s his way of giving back to the animals who bring him joy, and according to Cole, he “doesn’t ever want to stop [working].”