Susie's Hope Dog Bed Project
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This project has shown us just how amazing the upholstery community is. The dog beds were donated to Susie’s Hope, a local rescue in High Point, North Carolina. Susie’s Hope is distributing the beds to local animals in need. How exciting that they get a cozy place to relax and lay their head!
The story of Susie’s Hope is truly touching. Founder, Donna Lawrence, turned a heartbreaking story into something incredible. In fact, Donna and Susie’s story is so moving that there is a movie about it!
Why was Susie’s Hope Founded?
Susie’s Hope was founded when Donna, survivor of a nearly fatal pitbull attack, adopted Susie, a pitbull mix puppy that was brutally attacked by a human. Together, they learned to forgive. As a result, Donna established Susie’s Law to protect all animals.
In 2009, an eight-week-old pit bull mix, Susie, was found in a park in Greensboro, NC. Susie was found fighting for her life after being attacked by her previous owner and left for dead. She suffered a broken jaw and severe burns covering 60% of her body. Susie was found 10 days later. After 2 months of intensive treatment, Susie made a tremendous recovery and was adopted by Donna Lawrence.
Donna has always had a heart for animals. Prior to meeting Susie, she witnessed her neighbor’s dog chained outside and neglected. When the owners left town, Donna provided the dog with food and water.
Ten months before Susie’s attack, Donna went to feed the dog as usual but was viciously attacked from behind. Donna suffered life-threatening injuries and nearly lost her leg. She struggled with nightmares, anxiety, and a fear of dogs. Then she met Susie.
Learning to Love and Forgive
As beautifully stated on susieshope.com, “Susie changed Donna’s life. Susie helped Donna to begin living her life once again. Their similar experiences allowed them to grow, together, from beyond being a victim to leading victorious lives. Donna forgave the dog for her wrongful attack; Susie forgave the human for hers. The unity has brought love and trust to their hearts, moved Donna to establish the Susie’s Hope nonprofit, has lent assistance in the passing of “Susie’s Law,” and Susie and Donna continue work to share their story (at schools, community outings, retirement homes, charity events, etc.) to teach others about what their experience has taught them”.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the following people for participating in this project:
- Kim Chagnon of Kim's Upholstery
- Genco Supplies
- Bernadette Miller of Fair Street Design
- Colleen Schultz of MJ Installations
- Donna Cash of Designs by Donna
- Elisabeth Decrescenzo of Nailed it Upholstery
- Gina Cira-Suska of The Splintered Seat
- Janice Lent of Sew Nice by Janet
- Julie Pinard-Wood of The Leading Edge Drapery
- Sandra Vansickle of Sew What's New
- Susan Sifakis of Suesewn
- Tracy Windley of Sew Elegant Fine Window Designs
- Carol Cormany of Cee Cee's Upholstery
- Teddi Hadden of Springwood Upholstery
- Christa Madison of Marsh Grass Threads LLC
- Rhonda Shanahan of The Whimsical Chair
- Sandy Scott of Sandy's Sew and Sew
- Susan Hartman of Susan Hartman Design
- Mary Pool of Poole's Upholstery
- Kim Barnett of Stitch Worthy Custom
- Joann Greco of J & J Custom Design LLC
- Karly Dickson of Karly's Kustom Upholstery
- Liz Hawkes of Windows by Liz
- Joan Bragoni of Feathered Nest Designs
- and last but not least, Kevin Kise of Kise Interiors.
This project couldn't have happened without your kindness and generosity!