Disabled with my dog-About us
I am a disabled businesswoman who has a 15-year-old puggle as her trusty sidekick (who she loves times a bajillion) and she is the reason I started Simple Pet Love on Instagram back in December of 2015.
When I started, I was not disabled but still healthy and feisty and I wanted to start a community to make a difference in people's lives and to make them smile and not dwell on all the things that can make adulting so very difficult but enjoy the pure and simple love of pets. I have heard some incredible stories over the last 6 years and am so very thankful for each one of the community members I have had a chance to get to know and we are so very thrilled when we have had a chance to make a difference in someone's life! We are also grateful that we have had the chance to raise money for important pet rescues and people with pets in need.
Now you are probably saying to yourself okay that’s great but what does this have to do with being disabled? I'm getting there lol... two and a half years ago my life changed dramatically, and I was hospitalized with three blood clots that were in my legs and had broken off into my lungs, ever since then I have had health problems that have changed my life immensely. My ability to be able to do certain everyday things and how I do them have changed as well, for instance, I now walk with a cane or a walker, and if I go any distance which means farther than the parking lot I need to be in a motorized scooter. I have extreme fatigue and chronic pain to the point I become ill and need to rest often which means I am no longer able to work which is how we get back to me being a disabled woman and small business owner. I wanted to keep doing what I do and making people smile but I needed to have some sort of income till (and after) disability pulls through which is why I and my trusty sidekick have opened shop! We think this is an amazing opportunity for us! It’s a chance to use my creativity and my business knowledge from my previous job to make handmade accessories for the dog mom or dad in all of us and make dog accessories for the home, the human, and the canine!
Phew! Now you know why sometimes we have been behind and needed to take breaks the last few years! If you truly know us though you will know that we truly love all of you and you know that we would do anything to make you happy! We hope you will give us a chance to continue to do that with our new brand “Celebrate Your Canine with Simple Pet Love”.
I now proudly OWN the word disabled just like the many amazing new friends I have made have taught me to do, and I hope also to change a stereotype that is way to 1980’s but one day at a time and I have animals to go pet!
Lisa and Juliette
Our very first post!!!