The dogependent story
Hello lovely dog person!
Andy here, the founder of dogependent. Let me tell you a little (define little?) story...
I've spent many hours walking dogs (and collecting poop) at the ''Sloboda Zvierat'' (translated as Animal Freedom - www.slobodazvierat.sk) dog shelter in my country of origin, Slovakia. This was around my late teens/early twenties, before moving to London, UK and starting dogependent.
Having had the opportunity to see first-hand what kind of impact shelter doggies make on people - you know like when a pup moves just an inch, you need to tell all your friends and their friends - it was a no-brainer to find a way how to make their lives just a little bit more positive. (And make dog owners' & fans' smile along the way too, since happy hoomans equals loads of treats, right?)
So I got on my white horse... wait, scratch that.
So I turned on my laptop and started building the Instagram community, first just re-sharing pics, because... dogs are cute and make you happy, right? At this point, I had no idea where it's gonna go, but I kept pushing.
Few weeks in, while browsing the internets, I saw an ad for a company that puts your designs on merchandise.
At this stage, the universe probably went offline for a moment since it needed to send me all the available energy, for my brain to realise that...
I could start making dog art and put it on that merch, while donating all profits to the shelter where it all started!
Feeling like I've just won a gold medal at the olympics, I started building the website, choosing the right suppliers, products and secure payments methods. After few months, the web shop was ready. I've (with a shaky hand) announced the opening... and the rest is history (in the making).
At this point, you've trusted me with a drawing of your Rottie that crossed the rainbow bridge, Golden girl on a canvas as a birthday gift or allowed me to put your pups on dozens of decals... it's very hard to put into words how much I appreciate you inviting my art into your home, all in the name of greater good!
I raise my bowl to you because the dog community is just like no other - and it's an honor to be a part of it.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to have a friendly chat, you sure have dozens of stories and dog pics to share!
Founder | dogependent
I keep profits only from custom digital drawings.