Crossville dog treat business helps teach job skills to special

Crossville dog treat business helps teach job skills to special needs adults

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Lois Davis started Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery six years ago for a very special reason: her son. Lois Davis started Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery six years ago for a very special reason: her son.
Lois Davis and her husband started the bakery for their son Joshua, who was born with Down syndrome. They felt it was important that he had work to do. Lois Davis and her husband started the bakery for their son Joshua, who was born with Down syndrome. They felt it was important that he had work to do.
"No one gets paid here. We all volunteer our time. Dad and I volunteer our time, and our funds go to make this a reality because it's so important that our guys have work," said Lois Davis. "No one gets paid here. We all volunteer our time. Dad and I volunteer our time, and our funds go to make this a reality because it's so important that our guys have work," said Lois Davis.
Those guys are Joshua's friends, and the dollars raised through sales of the treats go into an account to pay the bakery's bills. Any money left over is spent for picnics and parties for the volunteers and their families. Those guys are Joshua's friends, and the dollars raised through sales of the treats go into an account to pay the bakery's bills. Any money left over is spent for picnics and parties for the volunteers and their families.
Joshua's Pet Treats can be found at craft fairs around East Tennessee. In June, they'll be in Lenoir City. Joshua's Pet Treats can be found at craft fairs around East Tennessee. In June, they'll be in Lenoir City.
By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - People usually start businesses to make money, but sometimes the effort is about much more than just the cash. Lois Davis started Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery six years ago for a very special reason: her son.

We caught workers busy rolling out the dough for their next batch of boutique biscuits. Their oven has produced flavors from bacon to strawberry.

"Ninety-eight percent of dogs love our biscuits. You always get the two percent whose mamas give them real chicken so they're not going to eat ours," said Lois Davis, with a laugh.

Davis and her husband started the bakery for their son Joshua, who was born with Down syndrome. They felt it was important that he had work to do. It's become a family affair as their daughter Amy helps out as well.

"No one gets paid here. We all volunteer our time. Dad and I volunteer our time, and our funds go to make this a reality because it's so important that our guys have work," said Davis.

Those guys are Joshua's friends, and the dollars raised through sales of the treats go into an account to pay the bakery's bills. Any money left over is spent for picnics and parties for the volunteers and their families.

David pointed out that's not why this business and buying Joshua's Treats are so important.   

"They're helping these guys to have a job each day. We teach them job training. We show them the "no"s and "don't"s, because we hope that they will leave us and get a real job. I mean a paying job. We want to give them that opportunity."

Davis estimates Joshua's Treats has helped job train more than 75 adults like Josh, referred to them through state agencies.  The families of those adults appreciate the effort.

"It gives me cold chills. We've just opened our home up and given our time and because we believe in these guys," she said.

She believes so much that she's willing to devote much of her time and her life to the bakery and as she calls them, her children.

"I not only have one, I have 75 other children. They're adults, but they're my children when they're here."

Joshua's Pet Treats can be found at craft fairs around East Tennessee. In June, they'll be in Lenoir City.

She also has a small store at her home, 13 Laurel Lane in Crossville, if you'd like to visit with her and learn more about Joshua's Pet Treats. You can also order their pet treats online.

More online: Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery

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