This is not your typical 4-Legger blog post. We're not taking a deep dive into ingredients. Instead, we're telling a story.
I was preparing to leave the house one day this week when the doorbell rang. At the front door was a neighbor in obvious distress. He relayed that he was taking his dogs with him for a quick run up to the drive through and back home.
I knew he had done what he always does on his trip to pickup lunch. He opens the passenger side door, secures the dogs in the vehicle, walks around, gets in and off they go.
This morning his keys were accidentally locked in the car.
He checked the driver's door. Locked. He tried to break the window with a chair. Not happening. He called Pop-A-Lock who gave him a 20 minute time estimate. His "kids" didn't have 20 minutes. A call to 911 also estimated a timeline that wasn't going to work. By the time he got to our front door they had been trapped in the car for 10 minutes.
It didn't take much longer for us to break the window with a hammer and rescue the dogs who were in obvious distress. He quickly got them into the house and hydrated. While they recovered in the house, I grabbed plastic and tape to cover the window in advance of the storm that was soon to arrive. This task gave me some time for reflection.
This week I had the opportunity to remember that accidents can happen quickly and the routine can turn tragic. It also reminded me how precious the lives of our 4-Legged children are how every day I learn more about being a good dog Mom.
It took my own cancer and losing my dog to cancer for me to realize that I was doing things that were shortening the lives of my dogs. While it is far easier to see the immediate impact of our actions when a dog is accidentally locked in a hot car, the long term impact of over-vaccinations, year around flea and tick medications, and yes - dog grooming products that use synthetic ingredients, equally threaten the lives of those most precious to us.
I am grateful to all of our customers - for your trust and support of our mission - to change the pet grooming industry one healthy bath at a time. Now, go give your dog a squeeze. I know I will!
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