“Where there’s Trouble – there’s Hope.”
Please meet Trouble, the adorable mascot of Trouble the Dog®.
Trouble the Dog® is a global children’s character made entirely in America. A large percentage of plush Trouble the Dog® purchases are made by families of kids who want to give something special to a friend going through a hard time. Whether he’s giving courage to a child who struggles with shyness or offering companionship to a young cancer patient during chemotherapy, Trouble is “on call” 24/7.
The force and founder of Trouble the Dog® is Sheila Duncan who has worked passionately to raise awareness of the issues children face when facing difficulty or tragedy. It took Sheila much time and energy to locate a factory in America that would make Trouble. Finally she found the Stuffington Bear Factory in Phoenix, AZ that was willing to manufacture this special toy whose mission is to comfort children going through hard times. Trouble has brought hope to children impacted by the Boston Marathon bombing, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and 2010 Haiti earthquake. The sweet pup also regularly comforts young people undergoing chemotherapy and other medical treatment, along with kids with autism and others who have trouble expressing their emotions.
“I believe what the children tell me —they say Trouble has an energy they can feel,” says Sheila Duncan. “Kids are drawn to Trouble like a magnet and whisper all their concerns into his ear. It’s amazing even to me how he comforts them.”
Trouble has come a long way since his birth. He’s been featured on CNN and MSNBC. Ultimately his mission is to help children in crisis and Sheila is now working with community partners to bring “Dog Packs” to young people who are removed from their homes, placed into foster care and have no possessions of their own. The Dog Packs include a plush Trouble, books and a foldable cardboard doghouse.
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