In 2008 a three month old puppy was struck by a truck and left in the road to die. A good Samaritan picked her up and brought her to a nearby Veterinary Clinic. The owner was located and opted for euthanasia, which he was not willing to pay for. The clinic contacted a local rescue and asked if they could help. They said they would, and chose to save her life. Hearing about this little fighter through a fundraiser, my husband recognized that familiar look in my eyes, and I drove to get her. She had weeks to go with the process that we hoped would save most of her leg. She was a fighter in her hot pink cast, and it was love at first sight. We named her Zuri. Taking responsibility for an abused or injured animal is both fulfilling and tiring all in one. Trying to find this little puppy some comfort during this process was my mission. The weight and size of her casts made it impossible for her to get in and out of a regular bed, curl up in a bed, or support her little chin so that she could see what our other pups were doing while she came out of anesthesia or prepared to go back in. The clinic used rolled up towels to support her. It worked in the clinic, but there had to be a better way. Let’s fast forward to the creation of the Daily Dally Pet Pillow. The Dally gave Zuri support for her head and back, allowed her to place her casted leg over or under it, and use it like a body pillow supporting her tiny hips. Having no bottom allowed me to place it wherever Zuri wanted to rest; the back seat of the car on rides back and forth from the clinic, on my bed with me at night so I could keep an eye on her, and on the carpet when she wanted to be part of the action. No connected bottom also meant no crevice for dirt, dander, or dust to build up and contaminate her wounds. I also opted for practicality and made it machine washable and super durable. It worked! In fact it worked so well that my other pups and my cat started using it. They all got their own. In fact friends, relatives, and other rescue people started asking if they could have one. And so, my little idea started to take on a life of its’ own. I haven’t stopped rescuing, adding four more to the family since Zuri, and I haven’t stopped supporting as many rescues as I can with financial donations and Dallys. I realize I can’t save them all, but it is my dream to save as many as I possibly can with help from the proceeds of my little sole proprietorship business. One day, God willing I will open up my Senior Sanctuary and with my current six by my side to heal my heart; help as many pets as I can cross over the Rainbow Bridge with a full belly, in the comfort of a Dally, and knowing that in the end they were loved. This story does have a happy ending, Zuri retained all four legs and though missing some parts in one, she has learned to adapt, and runs freely with her sisters on 17 beautiful acres here atop Leesburg, Virginia.
The Daily Dally Pet Pillow is currently being offered to VIP Pets at: Landsdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, Virginia and The Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC