We rescued Rocky in 2005 from a kill-shelter when he was about 6 years old. Sadly, in 2013, after battling bouts of seizures, which rendered him unable to move, we made the difficult choice to end his suffering. We took solace in knowing we salvaged 8 more years of an amazing dog’s life. But the truth is, Rocky saved our lives; we would never feel the same.
The photo of this blog is of me and our family’s current dog, Daisy. Daisy was a puppy-mill rescue; she was adopted by our extended family in May 2014 from the North Shore Animal League (NSAL) on Long Island (in New York). The NSAL is the largest no-kill shelter in the United States. Daisy was 6 weeks old when we adopted her, and deathly-ill with parvovirus. Parvo kills between 70-80% of puppies, and it has been mostly eliminated in the United States with vaccinations, but because Daisy was rescued from a puppy-mill, she wasn’t privy to any medical treatment prior to her arrival at NSAL. After only having her for two days, we noticed symptoms, brought her to our local vet who diagnosed her, and we rushed her back to the NSAL hospital. She spent days in the hospital, with multiple bone marrow transplants, attached to a respirator, but her white blood cells just wouldn’t reach the number necessary to fight the virus. Every single day, a veterinarian from NSAL would call and update us about her status. We finally received a call we wanted to hear – her numbers were going up. Little 3-pound Daisy was getting stronger every day. After three grueling weeks, our baby was ready to come home. When we saw the bill was $22,000, we almost keeled over. When the lead veterinarian came over to tell us that NSAL was footing the bill, we all started crying. Daisy is now a 55-pound, happy-go-lucky terrier mix, who loves nothing more than chasing butterflies at the park, or dashing through waves at the beach.
While watching Daisy play, or having her lick our faces clean, it’s hard to remember that she had a 20% chance of survival. It’s even harder to fathom that if my brother didn’t walk into the shelter on the day he did, Rocky would have never stepped foot in grass again.
But we make sure we do remember.
We make sure we think about every living creature on this Earth because it all has a purpose, especially animals, and we are particularly fond of dogs. This is why Candle Moments’ philosophy even embodies the moments with our pets, because we believe pets are part of the family. We believe in a world where animals live. Simple as that. They live. They are not here to be tested on or abused for their resources.
That’s why Candle Moments is firmly against any and all animal testing, and animal by-products. We use plant-derived materials in all of our products, and we are currently accredited by PETA as cruelty-free and vegan as part of their Beauty-Without-Bunnies campaign. We even refuse to use beeswax because of the cruelty bees face when being forced to consistently manufacture a resource they create to survive. We test our products, of course – we want you to have the absolute best and we want you to rest assured that we will only provide you with such – but do you know who our test subjects are? Us. Yes, us. (And some of our friends and family members who willingly participate.) We burn our own candles the same way we hand-craft each one. We use our lotion candles on our own skin before we market it.
After doing some research on how to become validated by PETA, I started researching other popular companies, using this link, and I was shocked to learn how many actually DO test on animals. Products that I had been using for years were using animals as test subjects. Needless to say, my husband and I have started switching our product usage. We don’t claim to be vegans, or vegetarians even, but we will spend the extra money to ensure our eggs are cage-free, and our meat and dairy are free-range. We have switched to soy and cashew milk, and while our entire transition takes time, it’s a cause we support wholeheartedly.
The one switch we didn’t need to make? Our products. They are, and always will be, free of animal cruelty.
After a great deal of research on charities, we decided to donate a portion of all proceeds to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). We feel this charity best embodies our vision that all life has incalculable value.