Our Story - The Passion Behind Our Personalized Pet Gifts.
Did you know?
About 7.6 million pets end up in animal shelters every year. Of that number, 3.9 million are dogs.
Half of the dogs that end up in shelters won’t be able to get out anymore. 5,500 shelter dogs are euthanized every day.
Of all the dogs that enter animal shelters, pit bulls have it the roughest—with a shocking 93% rate of euthanasia.
It is said that every hour, a pet somewhere in the US is becoming homeless.
Dogs have played a very big role in shaping the world into what it is today. They guarded livestock for us, fought in wars for us… Dogs are man’s best friends. But are we theirs?
As you can see from the statistics above, there is clearly a big room for improvement.
I started PetsForLife.co to help facilitate that much-needed change.
WhoAm I andWhyAm I Helping You?
Hi there! My name is Cindy. I love dogs, cats and pets
I also love cats and have started a website to promote cat rescue as well (CatsForLife.co), but that’s a story for another day.
Here is the story of how I fell in love with dogs.
I adopted Gracie from a shelter. She’s a Siberian Husky. Yes, a purebred. You’d be surprised how many purebred dogs end up in shelters—especially sick or hard-to-control ones. And Gracie was both.
I didn’t know at first, but Gracie was especially prone to suffering from skin diseases.
She would get open sores on all four of her feet. She would lose the hair on her feet and around her mouth, and the flesh would be red, bleeding or crusted in certain places.
Later I learned that it was a case of pododermatitis, and it was related to her autoimmune system.
Because the problem was inherent, no matter how many times I got it treated, it would often come back. I ended up having to take her to the doctor every three months or so.
It was expensive and stressful, yes, but the hardest part was having to watch Gracie suffer.
On top of that, Gracie wasn’t the easiest dog to take care of.
She listened to her instincts more than she did me. I never walked her—she walked me. To be more accurate, she would run, and I would be dragged along by her the entire trip.
Back then—even though I feel horrible about saying this now—I actually understood why some people would abandon their dogs.
Gracie was almost too much to handle.
But I held on. I didn’t give up. I showered her with love. I followed the doctor’s instructions to minimalize the occurrence of the foot sores.
After about two years of nonstop effort, Gracie opened up. She still ran during walks, yes, but not so fast that I couldn’t catch up. She still suffered from the occasional foot sores, yes, but not quite so frequently anymore.
We became best friends. Underneath all of those problems, she was actually the sweetest, most loving dog—who would jump for joy when I came home from work and chased her own tail while waiting for me to prep her meals.
Unfortunately, the happy days didn’t last long. About five years after I adopted her, Gracie succumbed to kidney failure and passed away in her sleep.
But Gracie has taught me the most important thing—that every dog deserves a second chance.
Taking care of dogs—especially sick ones or those with problem behaviors stemming from traumatic experiences—is time-consuming and expensive. But that doesn’t mean they should be left for dead.
5,500 dogs are put to death every single day—even as we speak.
Many people care—many are working hard towards bringing that devastating number down to zero. But they can’t do it alone. They need help.
As a woman almost in my fifties, I can’t contribute much in terms of labor; but I can contribute financially. And so I started DogsForLife.co in Gracie’s honor.
DogsForLife.co is a socially-conscious organization on a mission; it was created to support the dog rescue community and turn this world into a better place for our canine companions.
May there be many, many more dogs like Gracie in the future; dogs that are given a second chance, rediscover their true, loving nature, and find their forever homes.
What If There’s A Way ToBeautifullyPreserve Memories Of Your Pet?
It’s the end of the day. You had a tough day; super busy, and now you’re completely exhausted. But now it’s the end of the day and you feel liberated because you get to go home now!
While you were on your way back, you saw a lady walking her dog down a path. There’s a bounce to the way the dog struts down the street, and you can almost feel its happiness and excitement about the walk. The dog has its tongue sticking out and its tail wagging furiously like a car screen wiper on max speed!
A sense of happiness surged inside of you so much that unknowingly, you let out a smile on your face; because this scene reminds you of all the beautiful, happy moments that you had with your dearest pet. You still remember your pet’s name, don’t you?
However, almost at that same instant, you’re reminded that your pet has already passed away. A sense of loss and sadness started building up inside of you, so much so that your eyes started to swell up and your nose started sniffing. A teardrop started rolling down your cheek, but you quickly wiped it away with your hands, hoping that none of the passerby saw it, especially the lady and her dog.
Finally, you reached home, took off your shoes and immediately headed straight for the wall where you hung an art portrait of your late pet. Carefully and meticulously, you removed the painting off the wall and sat down on your chair. You look at its soulful eyes, and you felt as if you are spiritually & emotionally connected with your late pet again.
You are glad that simply looking at this painting made you feel as if your pet never left. Deep inside your heart, you called out your pet’s name again… “Rest In Peace my dearest... and I will always remember you… because looking at this painting makes me feel that I’m seeing you everyday. You are and will always be living in my heart… for the rest of my entire life…”
It’s a sad story with a warm touch towards the end. And it’s a true story of mine... Could this be you as well?