During my “day job” as a stylist, I hear a lot of stories from a lot of people. Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot about hardship and heartbreak and wanted to do something to change that. When I told the folks at Mezzanine Salon about my idea for The Pet Project, they were supportive. Really supportive. In fact, their enthusiasm was so contagious that clients started volunteering their time, giving me email addresses and asking me how they could help. Within a matter of weeks, the idea became so much bigger than myself that I couldn’t NOT do it. That is, in part, how this began.
Another great source of inspiration has, of course, been my own pets. Currently, I live with two dogs, Stella and Rosie. Before they came into my life, I had the privilege of sharing my home with two cats, Sophie and Maggie. My relationship with each of them has been unique, intimate and enriching. They are my best friends and have been just as fundamental to my well being and growth as any family.
Lastly, I don’t think I could have even thought of anything like this if it weren’t for my parents. From them, I learned that doing the right thing isn’t always the easiest way, but it’s the only way. They are always the first to give someone a hand and the last to ask for something in return. They are generous beyond all imagination. I hope to keep passing that on.