A dogease life LLC was created in March 2018 and is about providing insight to products and practices that help dogs adjust to different life changes and to travel. Creating a platform to share personal experiences is another way to show our commitment to empower people with tools, knowledge, and support to make living with senior or needy dogs simpler. We also intend to call out the lack of useful products available to consumers and drive the market to help us help our dogs. This way, we can all enjoy a dogease life: Life with dogs. Simplified.
Meet the Team
Takara (7 June 2003 – 19 July 2018)
Co-Founder & CSG [Company(on) Spirit Guide]
At eight weeks old, Takara picked Susan to be her best friend and caregiver for life by biting her ankle while the rest of the litter ran to the food bowl. Over the next 15 years, Takara would visit 14 countries, summit 11 of Colorado’s peaks over 14,000 ft, travel north of the Arctic Circle and south of the equator, swim in 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, stand at the southernmost tip of New Zealand, bounce back from two major knee surgeries at 6 years old, become a master slayer of sticks three times her size, stay staunchly loyal, and survive thunderstorms of any degree by hiding behind the toilet. Sadly, Susan made the heartbreaking decision to end Takara’s battle with arthritis, but Takara never gave up fighting. Takara is the inspiration for and foundation of a dogease life and continues to be a companion spirit guide from across the rainbow bridge.
Susan M Jojola
Behavior, cognition, and the nature vs nurture debate have always intrigued Susan. It wasn’t until later that she realized she’d much rather study animals than humans. Susan has a Bachelor degree in psychology, a Master’s in wildlife science, a PhD in ecology, and has been fortunate to research a variety of species in amazing places all over the world. Takara was Susan’s first dog as an adult. They rarely were separated and it was immediately clear that Takara was the perfect match for Susan’s lifestyle. Susan and Takara were their own adventure team for 15 years, which strengthened their connection and level of trust that carried into Takara’s sunset years. Some of Susan’s favorite experiences with Takara were trail runs, remote hikes, playing hide-and-seek, and “catch me if you can”. Another favorite was the life-long discovery of how Takara would communicate with Susan. Susan remains committed to Takara’s legacy and memory by finding ways to help others help their dogs.