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) dog shelter in my country of origin, Slovakia. This was around my late teens/early twenties, before moving out of the country and starting dogependent.
Having had the opportunity to see first-hand what kind of impact doggies make on people - you know like when puppy 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 dog owners' & fans' lives just a little bit more positive. And automatically dogs' too, as 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?
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 use my design skills and draw unique cartoons of people's dogs... and they could choose to either receive it in digital form, or on merch!
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 who crossed the rainbow bridge, Golden girl on a canvas as a birthday gift, a purple pillow with a 5lb dog just as a proof of love to someone & so so many more... and it's very hard to put into words how much I appreciate that!
I raise my bowl to you because the dog community is just like no other - and it's an honor 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 almost forgot, you should know that by submitting an order and thus becoming a part of the dogependent family, you are doing much more than just making a purchase - every month on 1st I donate portion of dogependent's profits to the above mentioned shelter. More money for poop bags, yay!