Pet necklaces help Africa |

Pet necklaces help Africa

Edward StonerVail, CO Colorado
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyNancy Kosloff of Mountain Dog is selling Paws for Children dog charms at her store in Vail Village to support children in Africa.

VAIL – Even as the owner of a pet-supply store, Nancy Kosloff admitted it’s amazing how much money people spend on their dogs.”We look at animals as our children,” said Kosloff, owner of Mountain Dog in Vail. “There are not a lot of other places that do that.”Pet owners spent $36 billion per year in 2004, according to Paws for Children, a New Jersey company.Deborah Jack, co-founder of Paws for Children, also said she was struck by how much people dote on their animals. And that was a disturbing juxtaposition to the poverty, hunger and disease among children in Africa, she said.

“It was a startling realization that my cat had a better life than most of the children in Africa,” Jack said.So Jack will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from a special dog charm that the company is selling. Mountain Dog is selling the Paws for Children charm, a medallion with a picture of a paw and the African continent. It costs $12.Every day, HIV/AIDS kills 6,300 people in Africa, according to Paws for Children. One in three Africans don’t get enough food and live on less than $2 a day, the company said.The money for Africa goes to Plan USA, a nonprofit organization that helps children and families around the world.

Kosloff, who has been carrying the charms for several months, said she thinks the charms are a good idea.”It’s a good cause,” she said. “Hopefully it’ll catch on.”Mountain Dog, on Meadow Drive in Vail, also sells collars, leashes, biscuits, beds carriers, coats and sweaters.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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