The At-Choo Story
Once up on a time (I like fairytales) . . . in northern California where the air smelled like tomatoes in the summer and monarch butterflies went from worms to magical pilots in the breeze, a little girl sprouted. Me. Elaine Seamans. Nature fascinated me and animals were little furry packages with beautiful and kind souls.
I dreamed of helping them.
I decided to use my creativity to do that. To help humans to understand how these wee professors of love and wisdom need to be valued, adored, cherished and hopefully spoiled was my goal. They should be respected as other humans are respected. But perhaps, even more. As they are smarter, more forgiving and have that unconditional love thing that few humans get to feel. It can make hearts grow and feel rich even though there might be few bucks in the bank.
Along came a special weenie dog, commonly thought of as a Dachshund. Quackers was my grandest of teachers, a Professor of Unconditional Love. When she became an angel, I poured my passion for her into At-Choo, hoping that others would also feel the same way about their own beloved pet. It's turns out they did.
She was my inspiration for volunteering at the Los Angeles county shelters to give comfort, love, unzipping coats of fear, promoting and finding safety for so many dogs (and sometimes cats, even a duck and a hen) who would otherwise be euthanized. “If we are only given a certain amount of time on this ball called, Earth, it makes sense to try to make it a difference, to try to help those who have no others to help them.” Kindness, compassion, humor and gentle ways are all a part of At-Choo and all have come from the animals. “We all have souls, we just come in different packages.”
More inspiration for the Therapy Dogs, magical fairy bottles, insane bubble wands, emotional and funny pup treasures continues to come through my sarcastic Dachshund, Quizzie who was found in the garbage when she was 5 weeks old, and Doodles, my goofy and hysterical Dachshund who was adopted from a Los Angeles Shelter after being found abandoned in a building. Of course, there are many more dogs who have impacted my life and my heart and therefore, At-Choo. Fred and Ollie-pie, to name just two out of a gazillion.
“There is no greater feeling than to save a life.” When you purchase a curiosity from At-Choo, you are supporting a dream of mine since a child;
The AT-CHOO FOUNDATION
We are devoted to finding medical help, safety and love on
a forever basis for shelter medical dogs.
We are a non profit 501(c)(3) supported by wonderful human's
donationswho believe and share our passion.
Love and Cuddles can change the world.
Many times at shelters, there are dogs who have conditions
that can’t be diagnosed or treated due or the lack of funds.
So while they wait to be rescued or adopted, they deal with
their pain in whatever way they can. Sometimes the condition
untreated continues to do damage to the dog. All of those
things lessen a dogs chance to be saved and more importantly,
is just simply, horrible for any pet to deal with. We want to
help change that.
After years of volunteering at Baldwin park shelter,
I (Elaine Seamans) have seen things that vets only read
about in school, but never experience in their practice.
Things that can break a soul, things that ‘civilians’
don’t want to hear about. And these things, these
illnesses, conditions and abuses need to be treated,
but due to the lack of funds the little Professors
of Love with furry bodies wait.
So, in honor of Penelope, a doxie who was diabetic and
losing her sight, of Snoopy, a beagle mix who was blind
in one eye, migraine pain in her other eye that had
glaucoma, of Missy, a plump Chihuahua mix who was blind
and on her way to being bald due to Cushings disease,
and all the many others to come, AT-CHOO FOUNDATION
has been created.