Meet Erin Kowalski

Erin’s passion is helping animals. Over the past 5 years she has been a foster parent to over 60 puppies, founded the Lucida Puppy FundBe Fido’s Friend, and AURA Natural Pet. Erin became a certified canine massage therapist, donating free sessions to adoptable animals and 100% of the net profits of her products are donated to rescues. She continues to educate herself in alternative modalities, is a Reiki Master, and has vast knowledge of canine nutrition, health and puppy care. Most recently Erin has been studying small animal acupressure and aromatherapy. It is Erin’s goal to help as many dogs possible optimize their quality of life.


Q+A


What inspires you?  

The rescue animals I encounter every day inspire me among other things to forgive often, love unconditionally, and to be happy no matter the circumstance. I strive to achieve that daily and it is the reason I love what I do. Bialy, my most recent foster dog (that my husband and I ultimately adopted) has been a huge inspiration to me in that regard. She went through an inconceivable amount of physical and emotional turmoil before she even reached 8 weeks of age and although she struggled at times, her determination and go-getter attitude never ceased. She’s a reminder to me everyday that it is possible to be good and think positively despite the circumstance. 


What scares you? 

I have an extremely irrational fear of clowns, spiral staircases and stairs without vertical panels. One of the scariest things I have done was climb the stairs to The Campanile in Florence…luckily there wasn’t a clown chasing me.


What’s a little known fact about yourself? 

My identical twin sister and I have an identical chip in the same tooth, however we both acquired them at different times in our life: me on a Pepsi bottle when I was 7 years old and her from a glass shower door about a year later.


What is your favorite song? 

The one song that I will always dance to and sing along with no matter where I am is “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest. I associate it with being fun and carefree because there was a Hanes Her Way commercial featuring that song and every time I hear it I just want to strip down into my underwear and jump on a gigantic trampoline. 


What expression or saying do you love? 

“You are Beautiful.” Thank you, Matthew Hoffman for hooking me to this too often unspoken, but extremely powerful phrase. I don’t believe people are told enough that they are beautiful and I love that YAB stickers are a constant reminder that three small words can make a huge impact. It’s allowed me to be more cognizant of how I express myself to friends, family and strangers and driven me to be more open and vocal about how I feel about their beautiful contributions.


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