Rescue Me

Rescue Me

by Susan Neuhalfen

Sometimes we have to go through a rough patch in life to find our purpose. That’s exactly what happened to Bartonville resident Lynette Cano. To be fair, though, Lynette always believed that helping animals was her purpose. However, her story led her in a direction that even she didn’t expect.

Lynette and her husband had adopted two German Shorthair Pointers named Sancho and Lola from Texas GSP Rescue. The dogs had been abused and seeing their struggles inspired Lynette to help other dogs. However, she was having struggles of her own.

After years of burning the candles at both ends with work and exercise, Lynette found herself sidelined. She was suffering from a debilitating joint and adrenal condition and unable to work for 4 years, having multiple procedures/surgeries on her knees, neck and wrists while in
leg braces.

What might have sent other people into a depression, set Lynette on a new course and a new mission. She began studying holistic nutrition and made an unnerving discovery.

“The more I learned what was toxic for my body, the more I found the same toxic ingredients were used in most dog treats and chews,” said Lynette. “These were treats sold by reputable companies.”

In 2015 Lynette started Sancho & Lola’s Closet, a boutique brand of pet treats specializing in natural, chemical free treats and chews for dogs, owned and operated in Lewisville. They offer single or limited ingredient dog chews that do not contain products such as GMO wheat & corn, soybean oil, thickeners like Carrageenan, synthetic preservatives like BHA and BHT, bone meal (MBM), artificial flavorings and colors, all known to contribute to inflammation or cancer
in dogs.

Lynette took an ecommerce course to sell on Amazon and started the business out of her condo in Castle Hills. After 3 months, her inventory had grown so much that her husband insisted she move into an office building they owned in Old Town Lewisville.

“I could bring Sancho and Lola, so I agreed,” laughed Lynette.

For the first year she worked alone and the second year they grew to include another employees. Now, less than three years later, they have five employees and the business shows no signs of slowing down, though they have had their share of setbacks.

“My Amazon account got hacked and it took forever to get it straightened out,” said Lynette. “When the Houston hurricane victims called for help, we had to donate product instead of cash, but everything worked out. We were just glad to help.”

Her “little business” was supposed to just be a side project that she worked a couple days a week, allowing her to contribute to local dog rescues that she was passionate about. To date they have donated over $18,000 in cash and product to rescues as well as dogs in crisis with no official rescue helping them.

Sancho & Lola’s closet is strictly an ecommerce business. Products may be purchased through Shopify store, Amazon and Chewy. They also have a website and Facebook page.

So what’s next for Sancho & Lola’s Closet?

“We are continuing to expand the product line. As of 2018, our portfolio has doubled in size,” said Lynette. “Meanwhile my team (CEOs Sancho and Lola) will keep up their strict testing standards.”

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