Cape Traverse girl sells dog biscuits, donates money to sick cousin

Colin MacLean
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CAPE TRAVERSE – It’s never too early to develop philanthropic tendencies and nine-year-old Claire Keough is a prime example.

Brother and sister William, 7, and Claire, 9, and cut out dog biscuits for her fundraising effort. Submitted photo

The Cape Traverse resident recently raised more than $600 through her business to help a member of her family who’s battling cancer.

A member of the Young Millionaires program, Claire founded the Give A Dog A Bone dog treat company this past summer and made a tidy profit at it.

She decided in early December that she’d donate her Christmas sale profits to her cousin Leah Smith, 44, formerly of Freetown but currently of Halifax, who’s battling esophageal cancer.

She called the fundraiser “Bones For The Battle.”

“I made a lot of money this summer doing it,” explained Claire. ”And I felt really bad for her, it’s not really fair.”

“We’ve been talking a lot about it,” said Claire’s mom Jacinta.

“So not that long ago she thought she might like to do something, because she hears about different fundraisers and charities for people. So she came to me with the idea,” she said.

Claire ended up getting orders for more than 3,000 dog biscuits.

“It was A LOT of work. It was really hard,” she said.  

But it was worth it, she added.

Jacinta admits that when her daughter first came to her, wanting to do the sale before Christmas, she was hesitant.

It’s such a busy time of year, she said.

But Claire’s business sense won out.

“She was insistent that people might want them for the holidays – and she was right,” said Jacinta.  

But, like Claire said, it was still a lot of work.

“This actually became our Christmas baking, this season. We did away with a lot of the extras and realized that they really are just extras – this was the most important thing,” said Jacinta.

Claire will be taking a bit of a break from her business over the Christmas season, but anyone who’d like to order her homemade dog treats can send her an email to


Geographic location: Freetown

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  • Andrew
    December 29, 2013 - 15:00

    This was such a selfless act by such a young entrepeneur. We could all learn a thing or two from her. My Daschund, Cooper, loves the all natural dog biscuits that Claire makes and we will certainly be continuing as customers!