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post #16 of 23
Yes, I'm a dog-lover as well, and when I decided to make cakes my business, had to find her a new home icon_cry.gif We've had long haired/short haired, tall and short, hair/fur animals and it didn't matter in our case....they all lost their hair/fur! I'm still mortified to find balls of dog hair in our basement....a room our retriever was NEVER in (she was afraid of the open staircase)! Not only does it travel through the ducts, but it flies around everywhere! At least when it's me I can wear a hair net! However, you're right, nothing is 100%, but dog hair is another story!
post #17 of 23
We made a commitment to him when we bought him and it seems wrong to just cast him aside to start a business. It is legal where I am to have him and operate my business from my home so I take the precautions necessary (more than what the state requires which is simply that you don't interact with your animals while baking) and feel okay about that. If that wasn't the case.. I would not be doing this from home. I don't hide the fact that I have pets from my customers either. We all do what we are comfortable with.. I couldn't get rid of a family member to start a business.. so I feel fortunate that I didn't have to even think about it.
post #18 of 23

Opening this thread back up again. I know it has been a long time, but is there anyone in Virginia who can chime in on this? I have a dog, but want to become licensed by the Dept. of Agriculture. I don't need to have the Health Dept. because I am not catering. 

 

If I am unable to have my pup in my main kitchen (which he never is if I am baking or cooking), I will have to make a new kitchen in my basement. I would rather not have to do that right now as we are planning on selling next year and moving into a house we are building. I have a baking kitchen in those plans already. 

 

Thanks for any help you can give!

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post #19 of 23

In my state the regulations differ from town to town.  I cannot be licensed in my town because the dogs have run of the entire house.  Understandable, given the amount of drifting fur here, there, and everywhere, even after vacuuming the life out of everything.

post #20 of 23

we were told if you want to be licensed and inspected by the dept of agriculture that pets are allowed but you have to have a door that locks separating your kitchen/work space....you can also go the cottage law route and not get the inspection and work with the limitations they allow.....such as labeling your products as coming from a kitchen that has not been inspected by the dept of agriculture, labeling your ingredients, not being able to sell anything that needs to be refrigerated and only being able to sell person to person or at farmer's markets....hope that helps....

post #21 of 23
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we were told if you want to be licensed and inspected by the dept of agriculture that pets are allowed but you have to have a door that locks separating your kitchen/work space....you can also go the cottage law route and not get the inspection and work with the limitations they allow.....such as labeling your products as coming from a kitchen that has not been inspected by the dept of agriculture, labeling your ingredients, not being able to sell anything that needs to be refrigerated and only being able to sell person to person or at farmer's markets....hope that helps....

That helps A LOT! Thank you so much! I have an open concept house, so no door to the kitchen. I will just go with the cottage law for now, which is basically what I have been doing all along! I'll get the licensing in February when new house and separate kitchen are built! 

 

My dog is a non-shedding breed, but I know there is always a chance of food contamination. People who buy from me know I have a pet. He is not in the kitchen when cooking or baking. Everything is vacuumed, washed and sanitized before I start, so I'm not worried. 

 

I really appreciate your help! Glad to have heard from a Virginian on this!

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post #22 of 23

glad i could help!  for the time being my biz partner and i opted for going the cottage law route......although i can put a door at my kitchen entryway i live in a townhome and the home owner's association doesn't allow an at home business....(grrrrr)......my biz partner lives in a private home but has an open kitchen as well with large entryways and it's not really feasible to put in doors.....it used to be that a baby gate to block out pets was sufficient but not any more.....so for now we will limit ourselves to what we can bake, label what we do make and who we can sell to until we can afford to open up a store front.....good luck to you!

post #23 of 23

At least we can still bake and sell legally! YAY!! haha!

 

I got a request for cheesecake wedding cake. I guess that's out of the question, but I never told her it was a definite that I could. I told her I had to research it first before I could give her a price or a "yes, I can make it". I'm almost glad it's out of the question. I love baking cheesecakes, but I don't really want to buy any special sized cheesecake pans for that! :)

 

Good luck to you! Hope you are able to open a store at some point! 

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