For Pets & You!
FUZZU is an exciting new company with deep roots in the pet industry. As co-founders of Fat Cat, Inc., Anne and John were early industry innovators, re-inventing pet toys through their understanding of how pets play and what makes people laugh. Sarah-Lee Terrat began designing Fat Cat toys in 2004. As a children's book illustrator and professional muralist (and one of Ben & Jerry's original designers), she brought her fresh approach to pet toy design.
The FUZZU team has returned to the pet industry with a passion to take pet toy design and storytelling to the next level of entertainment.
As illustrators, we design FUZZU toys with original artwork that's colorfully printed onto durable fabrics. This distinctive style is blended with our unique brand of humor. Original packaging is an extension of each toy, offering added value to the customer through whimsical illustrative narratives.
Created with originality, colorful detail, durability, quality materials, and an irresistible sense of humor, FUZZU toys are for pets and for you!
Sarah-Lee Terrat - design
Sarah-Lee was born in California into a family of giants. Instead of joining the circus like her Uncle Weenie and Aunt Beatrice, she started her career in design, illustration and fine art in New York City. After surviving her first professional decade in NYC, she escaped to Vermont to work as a designer for Ben & Jerry’s for many years. She started YeloDog Design in 1996, providing creativity in many forms—environmental and graphic design, custom murals and installations, illustration, and pet product design. She has won several awards, including the Pulletsurprize, and might be able to remember others if you asked.
Anne Lika - design
Born into a family of pet people, Anne’s father lovingly named her after his favorite childhood dog, an English Setter. Yep, she was named after a dog.
After acquiring an art degree, she married John and ventured into the Northern wilds of Vermont with 2 cats, a medium-sized bark-happy dog and a baby on the way. One fateful Christmas, Anne and her siblings made cat toys for all of the family’s cats, resulting in gut-splitting laughter and eventually inspiring Anne and John to co-found the pet toy company Fat Cat, Inc. Post-Fat Cat, Anne took some time to explore other creative endeavors. But she realized that her pets were bored and needed something new to play with. Well, she’s back at it. Anne is delighted to again be designing toys for cats, dogs and connectingto people through her humor and design.
John Lika - sales
John’s super power is marketing. Ben & Jerry’s brought him to Vermont, where he later co-founded the pet toy company, Fat Cat Inc. with Anne.
He’s a kid at heart and marketing has alway been his playground. To enter John’s office, one has to negotiate colorful toys, outsider art, really weird objects, and creative packaging examples. He is, in a word, inspired. John’s bald head glows with ideas. Literally. His left and right hemispheres have a close relationship….his super-sized marketing lobe constantly networks and schemes, while his beefy techie lobe (known to emit a mysterious humming noise) constructs complex systems and analyzes large blobs of information.
Katherine McCormack - graphic design + marketing
Katherine is kind of quiet, but don’t think she isn’t watching you. And your dog. And that horrible tie you’re wearing. And she’s probably drawing it on a post-it. Her skills at observing and recording the amazing details in life are pretty darned astounding. Fact: She survived art school and still has a great sense of design!