Virginia Beach girl names Pickles Pastries after her island rescue dog


PETERSBURG – Nine-year-old entrepreneur Arianna Hayes will be a seller at River Street Market’s Dog Days of Summer event this Saturday.

Hayes started his Pickles Pastries business two years ago and is in his third year of selling his homemade treats at Old Towne Market.

She takes pride in formulating healthy recipes for fur babies without dyes, nuggets or preservatives. Hayes even grinds his own oatmeal to make sure his cookies are gluten-free and with no added fillers.

Woofy Pies cooked by Arianna Hayes, nine, owner of Pickles Pastries.

The three dogs of the Hayes family are its official tasters.

“The best thing I can give my child is the knowledge and skills that will allow them to navigate the world,” said Hayes’ mother Caitlin Hayes. “As a parent, one of the best feelings in the world is to really find that ‘spark’ in your child, and for her, that’s entrepreneurship.”

Hayes’ family, who divide their time between Virginia Beach and Capron, admit they are “hospital failures.” They chose to save their dog Pickles themselves, and he was so loved that he became the namesake of the company.

Arianna Hayes rescue dog Pickles gives her a kiss.

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“Pickles is an island dog,” Caitlin Hayes said. “We adopted him by Island Dog Rescue who rescued him after the hurricanes in Puerto Rico.”

Items for sale at the pet adoption event will include bakery boxes, cookies, treat and toy containers, as well as upcycled dog toys made with reclaimed materials.

For $ 10 while supplies last, Hayes Puppy Packs containing potty bags, training treats and a toy will be the perfect item for newly adopted dogs.

Hayes loves seeing the puppies gulping down his treats and hopes any dogs on site brought in by Hopewell Animal Services, Dinwiddie County Animal Control and Colonial Heights Animal Shelter find new homes.

Pickles Pastries items for sale at the River Street Market in Petersburg's Old Town.

Adopt a furry friend:Petersburg River Street Market Hosts Dog Days of Summer Pet Adoption Event

The Dog Days of Summer adoption event will take place on Saturday, August 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 30 River Street in Petersburg, opposite the iconic Farmers Market Building in the heart of Old Town.

Listen to live music and shop from over 30 vendors selling produce, plants, eggs, honey, local meats, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, and more.

For more market information, visit Follow Hayes’ business adventure on Facebook @ picklespastries1 and Instagram @ pickles_pastries1.

– Kristi K. Higgins, aka The Social Butterfly columnist, is The Progress-Index’s Trending Topics and Food Q&A reporter. Do you have any advice on trends or local businesses? Contact Kristi (her, her) at [email protected], follow @KHiggins_PI on Twitter, and subscribe to

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