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My name is Michael Costello and I am President of iKennel, Inc. I specialize in
global marketing of pet supplies. I am not only an E-commerce retailer, I'm also
a wholesaler in the Western United States. We have a long history of family business
and supporting local economies since 1941. My customers quite often ask why I sell
pet supplies. My story is unlike most, but I would like to share it with you and
answer that question.
At the age of 3, I was diagnosed with severe asthma resulting from an extreme allergy to animal dander or old skin scales. My eyes would shut, I would itch everywhere, my nasal passages would block, and worst of all my lungs would nearly collapse. At first doctors could not explain why I was having these symptoms. After several months and many reactions, my parents came to the conclusion that I was suffering from any exposure to animals with fur or feathers. The allergy was so extreme I could not expose myself to any animals or I would end up in the hospital. I had to stay away from all such animals including dogs. It was a case that grew very difficult especially since I loved dogs. I could no longer go to Grandmaís, cousinsí, unclesí, or friendsí houses. It seemed as though everyone had a dog. There were only a handful of people in my life where I could actually go inside their homes because they had no dog.
When I reached the age of 21, I decided to pay for allergy shots even though my health insurance would not cover the cost. I was willing to do anything in order to have some exposure to dogs. After 3 years and hundreds of shots the immune therapy failed. What is supposed to work 95% of the time, where the subject needs little to no medication, I was the rare 5%. As a last attempt to get any sort of success, my doctor increased the dosage to the highest she has ever administered, to levels that were border line dangerous. In the end, the conclusion was the same as it always was, I could take several medications daily and be severely drugged or I could just do what I had done for 18 years prior, just stay completely away from any dog.
Now at the age of 38, nothing has changed. The allergy is still very severe. My condition is so sensitive that I can sense animal dander on peopleís clothes! Even though itís an obvious disability, my brother insists that I have an incredible ability. I am able to walk inside any personís home and tell them if they have pets and determine the size or quantity of their pet(s) in less than 5 minutes. It makes me feel horrible because people have always decided between their dog and me. If my family and friends wanted a relationship with me, they were forced to adopt out and not get another dog.
As horrible as this condition is, I am still able to have some exposure with all breeds of dogs, as long as I don't get too close. Sometimes as long as we are outside, I can pet a dog for about one minute without feeling any affects, as long as my hands are washed immediately after. I have come into contact with hundreds of dogs now and as insignificant as that seems, it means the world to me. I never underestimate the incredible bond between dogs and humans and how we are each others' best friend. Thus, education is our greatest tool and can not be underestimated.
Our main goal as a company is to cater to animal shelters and adoption rescues, by offering low prices and donations in hopes of additional rescues. This ensures our constant mission, ..."to fight for animal rights".