They are one of the exciting new crafters who have signed up for the festive event that returns after a three-year absence from Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27.
The business is still in its first year and has proven to be a huge hit with dog owners looking for nutritious and healthy treats for their pets.
Kerona’s handmade healthy products are natural and do not contain additives or preservatives.
They are ethically packed with 100% biodegradable products.
“I’ve always loved baking for humans and found it to be a great way to relax,” explained Kerona, who owns three miniature Dachshunds, Scooby-Doo, Mr Darcy and little Tilly.
“When I looked at the contents of my first dog Mr. Darcy’s dog treats, who I bought from 12 years ago, I could see that they were full of meat-derived and processed foods, so I wanted to make him something clean and No additives or preservatives.
“I wouldn’t feed my dogs something I wouldn’t eat myself.
“I decided to start making her snacks from scratch so I would know exactly what was in them.
“I took a break from my career a few years ago and one of my neighbors suggested to me last year that I take it to the next level and start my own business.
“My first local market was White Oaks, but now I’m involved in other local markets, including Walled City Markets in Guildhall Square and Coleraine Specialty Market.
Kerona’s range of sweets includes birthday cakes and various fruit, vegetable and nut based snacks.
Their chamomile bedtime bites have proven especially popular with dog owners whose pets experience anxiety.
“I wanted to produce something that would help keep pets calm during periods of stress, like fireworks season,” he explained.
“I didn’t want to give them tea, so you can give them one at night to help them sleep.
“Many people come to me with their dog’s ailments, but I am not a veterinarian, but I can share my own experience with dogs. I love the interaction with the owners and of course the dogs as most of the markets are outside allowing the dogs to pick their own pies.
“I am a firm believer that your dogs are what you feed them – my oldest dogs are 12 years old and they have rarely been sick.”
The Craft Fair will bring the cream of Derry and Strabane’s local and regional crafts under one roof in the Guildhall main hall.
Doganic Barkery will join a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft stalls featuring artisan design creators and artisan food producers from across Ireland.
“I have had the opportunity to participate in the Causeway Specialty Market in Coleraine on three occasions, but the highlight to date has been the Foyle Maritime Festival,” he added.
“It was a baptism of fire and I was baking all night to keep up with demand, but I struggle under pressure!
“I loved being able to connect face to face with so many pet owners and physically show off the range.
“I have benefited from the experience and I can’t wait to put it into practice at the Craft Fair.”
Kerona will be displaying a number of holiday themed gift ideas at the Guildhall, including selection boxes and cookies.
The Craft Fair will be another highlight in the short life of the business, but she has exciting plans for the coming months and years.
“I would love to have the featured products in stores, that would create its own challenges with supply, but that would be the next level.
“My full website should also open up the business to a much broader market.
“I have so many ideas for new products, the possibilities are endless, so I hope there are many more to come.”
The Guildhall Craft Fair marks the start of a full Christmas program in the city and borough which includes the switching on of the Christmas lights in Strabane on Saturday 26 November and in Derry on Sunday 27 November.
Other highlights include the Mayor’s Christmas Tea Ball, the Mayor’s Magical Christmas Experience and the Winterland Christmas Market, full details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
You can find Doganic Barkery on Facebook and Instagram.