Our history

HELTON ... The DNA of our company ...

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Once upon a time ... A simple story ... A story that begins with a chance encounter as live or have lived millions of pet owners ...

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The one I am going to tell you was decisive in the creation of "Your furry friends" ...

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At a time when everything is going fast, or every second must be "optimized", or fiber and 5G are pouring out thousands of data in an incalculable fragment of time, it is so tiny, at a time when the world's financial centers whole created, much more rain and hurricanes than fine weather, by basing their economic models on the sole added value of the sacrosanct "profitability" to the detriment of so many things essential to the fullness of life, I I'm going to break the big hourglass of time to steal some of his precious sesame. Just a little break, out of time, to write these few lines to you to tell you the story of Helton!

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Some will find it "silly" as they say in Quebec where I lived for several years, others boring, but I am sure that some will understand the essence of what prompted me to give up everything in my life. life to create this company with a name that makes you smile, but that we do not forget ... "Your furry friends"

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It all starts with the chance of a classified ad posted on a well-known free ad site. We see a small dog sitting sheepishly in his large basket with this subtitle:

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"To be given against good care, a young 3-month-old Bernese Mountain dog causes a move to a town house without any garden."

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Good thing, I have a relatively large garden and I am looking for a companion for my bitch who is bored when I am not there. I work in the event industry. My job is to fill the eyes and heads of my guests with stars when organizing important parties for key accounts in Île de France… And I often come home at dawn.

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An appointment is therefore made in the north of France to spend the day with my dog ​​and her future new companion in order to check if the agreement is cordial ...

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When the door of this small provincial pavilion opens, I discovered for the first time the two black marbles taken aback by the gaze of Helton who, from the height of his 3 months, was gauging me with a slight squint ... (A bit like Daktari lion for those who would have known the series.) His basket was filled with countless toys of all kinds and 3 little girls never stopped styling, caressing, cuddling him… I quickly understood that he was the star of the house and was pampered with great care ...

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The presentation with my young bitch went well, we let them play in the garden for a good part of the afternoon, then came the moving moment of departure… Her gift basket was overflowing with all her toys. premium the recommendations of the little girls who showed me one by one that she was his favorite ball, his blanket with which he slept etc ... The whole family lined up on the sidewalk in a last farewell, the mother and the children who were crying ... And Helton in the back of the car who looked at them without realizing that he would never see them again ...

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Thus entered my life this magnificent little puppy with multiple jokes who gradually grew, grew bigger and became a huge big doggie who made all the people he met "crack".

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Helton has always lived free! Free as air, just a necklace with a medal engraved with our phone numbers in case he got lost, which never happened! We moved to the countryside far from all the madness of the modern world and benefited from a large field where he could frolic as much as he wanted with his companion… But he was never trained, nor chained or used to on the leash. A dog who could have performed at a karaoke if he had known how to sing the standard of the Queen:

"i want to break free"!

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Initially, I sent photos by email to the family who had entrusted it to me, then life made that the emails were spaced out ...

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Like every pet, Helton was in the eyes of others just one big dog among many, but in my eyes he was my most faithful companion. Each master who deeply loves his animal, whatever it is, finds something unique in it while the rest of the world sees it as a simple animal. It is the look that his master gives him that makes the animal unique and the look that this companion of fortune or misfortune sends him that makes this unwavering mutual attachment unique.

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For me, Helton was my dog! He was unique and I would have been able to give my life to try to save him if it had been necessary.

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He left at only 7 years of age a devastating cancer which took him away in only 3 months… We tried everything, but nothing worked…

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When he was lying on the veterinarian's table and, sitting in front of him, at his height, I stroked him for the very last time to accompany him until the fatal injection ... I plunged my gaze to end in his as if to reassure him ... And it was like the image of our first meeting ... Two black marbles with a slight squint that looked at me attentively without really understanding what was happening ... Except that there, the gleams of the two marbles were are extinct forever ...

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It is to perpetuate the memory of my most faithful companion that I decided to create a portrait in his effigy. Because in my eyes, he was my most precious friend, I wanted to pay tribute to him by making a painting that would remind me of his special sweet gaze.

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I wanted a work in his memory, a unique work like him ...

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From there, friends, neighbors, acquaintances were interested in my achievements and asked me for paintings bearing the likeness of their fellow travelers ...

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I have always been a real fan of drawings, painting, graphics ...

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The idea germinated, it was developed thanks to people who believed in me, who helped and guided me for this new professional turn.

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After 33 years of commercial experience, the chance of the calendar to decide that an unpredictable global pandemic would freeze and destroy the economy of the "events" sector in which I thought I would end my career ...

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That's why I wanted to tell you this simple story ... The story of:

Once upon a time, “Helton” was my most faithful friend who inspired me to create what has today become “Your furry friends”.

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As for the others who have neither the animal fiber, nor the poetic fiber, we leave you to the digital fiber. You can resume your life at 100 miles an hour, recover your blinders to better focus on living through interposed screens and miss the simple things. We prefer to live outside the hourglass of time that panics and savor the beauty of the world, live to the rhythm of the seasons and take the time to observe nature and our furry, feathered and scaled friends!

And it is to pay a unique visual tribute to these thousands of "Heltons" around the world who are all the result of a chance encounter, who all have their own stories, who are all by your side every day at to fix you with their benevolent glances, to bring you joy, good humor, comfort and quite simply love on a daily basis that the whole team of "Your furry friends" will put all its talent and inspiration to immortalize this sweet gaze whose fidelity is legendary, because an animal never betrays those who love it ...

Once upon a time, there were two sparkling beads of tenderness that deserved to be immortalized on a personalized painting!

Because this love is unique in a lifetime and deserves a memory worthy of its beauty and loyalty!

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Many artists, directors, composers around the world dedicate their works to someone who is no longer there and who has meant a lot to them.

On this day, I dedicate my company in homage to Helton who was dear to me and without whom, the great adventure of "Your furry animals", would never have existed.

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Thierry tavares

Founder of "Your furry animals"