Wisconsin teen creates dog treats to help other kids with special needs

March 07, 2019 10:10 AM

A patient at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare has turned his love for baking and animals into a business.

What's more: he's helping other kids with special needs.


Nick Napolitano and his mom bake dog treats four times a week using oatmeal, peanut butter and banannas.  They've shipped the treats to customers across the country from Alaska to Arizona.

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Their goal is to grow the business, get a storefront and ensure that 16-year-old Nick has a job after graduation, as well as other teens with special needs.

The business is called Nick's Dog Treats.

"Someday I want to get a job, get money and try and work somewhere," said Nick, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around.

His mother echoed those sentiments.

"I just want these kids to get out of high school and feel like they are part of the community like everyone else," said Jennifer Hinze, Nick's mom.

Find the Facebook page for Nick's dog treats here.


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