We are always on the lookout for unusual objects or art work for jewelry pendants or charms: carved gemstones & bone, ceramics, sculpture; cast silver, gold, pewter & glass; altered art & vintage discoveries. Some pendants we create ourselves. Some are made by other artisans. Some are vintage pieces. However, when we say "handmade" we mean it literally. Each of our jewelry pieces is unique, one of a kind and made by our own hands.
The same can be said for the majority of our dog lover gifts. Leash holders, elevated dog feeders, and Christmas sculpture ornaments which we hand craft.
We encourage you to read reviews of our work written by our customers. They prove our belief that dog lovers really are the best people.
Information and reviews may also be found here:
House Logic - America's Recycles Day
Crafts Selling Parties - Jewelry Business Success Story
Pawsitively Pets - Special Dog Mom Jewelry
Kolchak Puggle - Fetch Friday Sniffany Co Edition
Healing Rescue Dogs - Susan Kottwitz - Creating Dog Themed Jewelry for 22 Years
From the Dog's Paw - Christmas Gifts Festival For Love of a Dog
Cat Chat - Handmade Cat Jewelry
Dakota's Den - Thankful for For Love of a Dog
Heart Like a Dog - This 'n That
Doggies & Stuff - Holiday Gift Guide
Craftsyble Valentines Day Gift Guide 2013
My Dog Food City - For Love of a Dog Contributes to Celebrity Gift Bag for Rachael Ray
The Artisan Group - Rachael Ray Celebrity Gifting
The Artisan Group - Ryan Gosling Celebrity Gifting
Canine Collectables Courier - Do What You Love and I Love Dogs: Interview with Artist Sue Kottwitz
We believe in giving back. For Love of a Dog Jewelry & Gifts supports a number of worthy causes each year. You may view a list of recent donation recipients here.
We also offer an affiliate program so animal rescue and advocacy groups can raise funds with our jewelry. In addition we offer a Pet Events Calendar, as well as often blog about animal rescue, advocacy and events of interest to pet lovers on our Talking Dogs Blog. For information about how to request a donation for your group, please fetch the For Love of a Dog Donation Policy.
Sue Kottwitz was a mental health administrator until she became so fascinated with gemstones and natural healing that she quit her day job to create jewelry. Sue grew up in the suburbs of a major city, but now lives on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks.
What has remained constant in her life is her love for dogs She suspects her love for dog began in the womb and it is now reflected in her jewelry, as well as the faces of her canine companions,
Her jewelry business began in 1991 and creating dog lover jewelry was a natural evolution. Sue's jewelry has been sold to shops and private customers around the world, You can find Sue's jewelry at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry, World Peace Jewelry, and here at For Love of a Dog. We invite you to read For Love of a Dog customer comments and reviews.
"For Love of a Dog is the piece of my business nearest and dearest to my heart," Sue says. "My passion for animals, especially dogs, gives meaning to my life. I'm that crazy dog lady who carries bags of dog food in her pickup truck Just in case."
Sue's current dog pack includes: Jeffie, a Golden Retriever and Border Collie mix adopted from Dogwood Animal Shelter; Rudy, a yellow Labrador Retriever; and Lucy B, a rescued Golden Retriever and Lab mix who is now 13. Lucy, in addition to being Sue's shadow, is the dog who graces the For Love of a Dog logo.
Though she creates specific dog breed jewelry, Sue admits her favorite is the mutt - preferably a big one. Sue is also a blogger, producing the Talking Dogs blog. Her favorite features are Dog Song Saturday and her soapbox posts about puppy mills.
Sue and her husband, Gary, are hands-on types. They garden organically and have used draft horses and mules to work the farm. (In addition to the dogs, they have cats and horses.) They've also restored several historic homes and currently live in a house they built themselves.
They say to do what you love. "I am a dog person and proud of it!" Sue says, "I cannot imagine my life without dogs. It would be like living in black and white rather than technicolor." That passion and joy is reflected in her jewelry at For Love of a Dog.
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