Caniche (po͞od′l). A breed of dog developed in Europe to retrieve game from the water, having a thick curly coat that is often clipped, and classified by size into standard, miniature, and toy varieties.
Caniche & Co was inspired by a passion for helping worthy charitable causes, raising awareness about our impact on the planet, and of course our beloved dogs Rosie and Jax for whom the venture is named.
All of our sustainable dog collars and leads are made from donated leather belts. Belts are sourced from charitable opportunity shops such as the Salvos Stores, Savers (supporting Diabetes Australia), Vinnies, Save the Children and St Augustines, helping to support local communities and families in need.
Creator Gemma Garrity has fond childhood memories of countless hours spent in her grandmother's sewing room and library. Precious time spent learning craft, reading ancient history and pouring over travel documents and photos. This is where her appreciation of traditional artisanal crafts was born.
Gemma's love of history and craft, coupled with her background in equestrian and intimate knowledge of leather saddlery, this has enabled her to create a product that will not only look beautiful, but will also stand the test of time.
Leather is such a wonderful natural material that has been used for thousands of years for survival and then craft, but it would be against our better judgment to purchase large runs of new hides in this day and age of wastage. And so by thrifting quality secondhand belts and using offcuts, we are reducing our impact and hopefully in the process, raising awareness for the fantastic seconds market that can be of benefit to all.
A portion of Caniche & Co sales will be donated to some fantastic animal shelters who do incredible work right here in Victoria, and 'Prince Fluffy Karem', a heartbreakingly amazing organisation in Egypt that cares for injured and neglected pyramid horses.