Serving as an Inspiration
It was the memory of Shelly's unconditional love that helped me work through some personal tragedies and abuse and encouraged me to own dogs again. In 2008, Shelly became the inspiration for the Vir-Chew-Ly Indestructible Leash made by MuttGear, LLC - "Keeping Dogs Safe, One Leash at a Time." Every leash I make is a tribute to Shelly, and the love, support, and friendship that dogs provide us every day.
Rediscovering a Love for Dogs
In 2003, nearly twenty years after Shelly's death, I decided to bring dogs back into my life. I brought home Jake, an Australian Shepherd. Jake's a chewer. Rawhide, shoes, towels - you name it and he will chew it. One of his favorite "chew toys" was leashes. Nylon or leather, he went through dozens of leashes in rapid succession. Despite his chewing, Jake brought me such joy and healing that I decided to get another Australian Shepherd, Judo.