MY DOG FOO
My Dog Foo was inspired by my English Bulldog, Jake, known by many as Jakey Foo or just the Foo. We offer 100% ALL NATURAL, VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE skincare products for dogs. The idea behind this company actually began in late 2013, when Jake and I would take the journey of a lifetime together. Through this journey, I became educated on natural and holistic care. And with a ton of love and a strong desire to never give up, Jake fought to see another day and was able to go into remission. I would be remiss not to mention the loving and supportive friends who followed our journey together through social media. You see, Jake was a fighter. And he taught others to fight. He was a 72-pound, 4-legged boy who inspired people all over the world.
HOW IS THAT?
I had gotten involved in bulldog rescue a few years after I rescued Jake from an Amish puppy mill. There was just something about the breed that really connected with me. But it wasn’t until Winter 2011, when Jake was 8, that I became aware of a world of bulldog lovers like me through Facebook. And this was where Jake found his voice. Okay, I guess it is where I found my voice through Jake.
His antics were always making me laugh, and I quickly took to documenting and posting them online. His following grew. But his following really grew in October 2012 when Jake, who had been battling an undiagnosed condition for 6 months, almost died because of poor veterinary care.
You see, vets don’t know everything. And I’ve never been one to just listen to someone because they have a few extra initials after their name. For 6 months I had been to vet after vet, specialist after specialist, all of whom kept telling me he had a bacterial infection. But the condition never seemed to get better. Through determination and a penchant for research, I discovered what Jake had. And luckily found a wonderful team of doctors who finally listened to me and helped save his life.
His condition, an autoimmune disorder called Pemphigus Foliaceous, is so rare, it is more than likely that a vet will go their entire career and not see one case. Hence why none of his vets had been looking for it. So I documented his journey on Facebook, every step of the way, and hoped our experience would help others.
Throughout Jake’s journey with Pemphigus, his page always focused on the positive. On bad days, he told jokes. And what started as a desire to really raise awareness about Pemphigus became something much bigger.
I received tons of messages and cards in the mail letting me know that through Jake’s journey, others were inspired by his courage and strength. Jake, a typical bulldog, was stubborn. And it was this stubbornness that enabled him to fight back from the brink of death. It was a long road to get back to good health as his condition, from being horrible misdiagnosed for 6 months, had gone septic. But each day he grew stronger. And stronger.
His posts showcased a life of love and friendship. Something that some people will never experience. And it documented the amazing bond that he and I shared. I would have walked to the moon and back for Jake. Unconditional love will do that to a person.
WHAT I DID TO HELP HIM
I took to doing more research to find ways in which I could help reduce the amount of toxins being absorbed by his liver from the medications he needed to be on to suppress his immune system; his skin was just raw from the Pemphigus. I began using natural herbs and remedies to combat this and noticed that when his fur grew back, it was healthier and shinier than ever before. I never thought anything of it at the time; it was just something I did for him.
After 15 months of battling his condition, Jake and I said “so long for now,” and my heart shattered. He was 11.5 years old, on the older side for an English Bulldog, but he was my boy. And I wanted, like so many other animal parents, for him to live forever. The outpouring of love I received from his friends left me speechless. It was in those following days that I truly understood how much of an impact Jake had on so many people from all over the world. A community of dog lovers mourned.
OUT OF SORROW, A NEW ADVENTURE WOULD BEGIN
Wanting to continue Jake’s legacy and his commitment to raising awareness about the bulldog breed and his autoimmune condition, I knew that I needed to find a way to honor his life. One night, while sitting in the very rocking chair that I shared with Jake every night while he was sick and rocked him to sleep, I started thinking about how I was getting healthier and becoming a more active participant in my own life. I had given up sugar (mostly) and was making my own bath products, not wanting to put harsh chemicals on my skin any longer. And it took me back to the balms and healing salves that I made using all natural ingredients while Jake was sick. And I knew it was something I could share.
And just like that, with Jake looking on, My Dog Foo was born.
Our products, inspired by the Foo, are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free. You can feel good about choosing products for your beloved dog that are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates and other harsh chemicals when you buy My Dog Foo’s products.
Me & the Foo sharing a rare kiss. He was a stinker. And rarely gave them out. Unless a cookie was involved. Photo from 2011, prior to Jake getting sick.
Jake on his 9th birthday reading all his messages on Facebook from his friends.
Enjoying lunch with dear friends in his stroller, about 3 months after his battle with Pemphigus nearly took his life. Another kiss, but notice the cookie in my hand? Yup. That’s my boy.