Cynthia Pulsifer has had the privilege of knowing some incredible dogs in her lifetime.
She may have rescued them from less-than-ideal situations, but she's convinced they were the ones that saved her.
The Levack resident said she feels compelled to give back to the dogs she has known and loved, as well as their canine counterparts.
A few short months ago, Pulsifer became the proud owner of a sewing machine, which she has been busily learning to use to make custom collars and leashes for four-legged critters everywhere.
“I just wanted to give back,” Pulsifer said while her latest rescue Dewdrop cuddled up next to her.
Each collar and leash she makes is done with the utmost precision and care. Pulsifer has researched sewing techniques and is careful to ensure every stitch is safe and secure so owners don't have to worry about their beloved pets breaking free from their harnesses.
“If my dog isn't going to wear it, your dog isn't going to wear it,” she said.
Already Pulsifer has made quite a few collars and leashes, using fun prints and flashy colours. In order to keep making more, she is on the lookout for supplies.
Items like belts, backpacks and purses often have clips, clasps and webbing that is extremely useful for the do-it-yourself crafter. She is also in the market for cotton fabric to help her design flashy pieces.
The reason Pulsifer is looking for hardware is to meet her 1,000 collar quota — a goal she set for herself to help animals in need. She wants to donate at least 1,000 collars to shelters and animal rescue facilities, in memory and honour of the dog's that have touched her heart.
Anyone interested in donating used goods is welcome to drop them off at the Levack Mini Mart, Sudbury Credit Union in Levack and Cobi's Convenience in Onaping.
For more information about her crafts and creations, phone 705-966-5466 between 1 and 9 p.m. Visit www.ladybughugs.ca for more about her products or to purchase them.
Posted by Arron Pickard