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The Pet Protector – So Scottsdale! Feature

Pets are important members of the family, and losing one can be tough, but a new nonprofit organization helps homeowners protect pets and small kids from accidents during home renovations. 

 Oakley’s Oath started with that scenario. The Kessler family was having their roof replaced. Julie said she let their two Shih Tzu’s out in the yard, Oakley and Spex to go to the bathroom. The roofing company had placed a plastic tarp over their pool. She figures the reflection caught Oakley’s eye and he walked over the tarp. Kessler jumped in to save him, but it was too late, she said. 

“That day I decided this can’t happen to another family,” she said. “My mission … I’m turning my pain into a purpose.”

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Oakley’s Oath watches over kids, pets in home renovations

Pets are important members of the family, and losing one can be tough, but a new nonprofit organization helps homeowners protect pets and small kids from accidents during home renovations. 

 Oakley’s Oath started with that scenario. The Kessler family was having their roof replaced. Julie said she let their two Shih Tzu’s out in the yard, Oakley and Spex to go to the bathroom. The roofing company had placed a plastic tarp over their pool. She figures the reflection caught Oakley’s eye and he walked over the tarp. Kessler jumped in to save him, but it was too late, she said. 

“That day I decided this can’t happen to another family,” she said. “My mission … I’m turning my pain into a purpose.”

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FEATURE FRIDAY: Julie Kessler on Turning Tragedy Into a Crusade to Save Pets’ Lives—And What You Need to Know

Julie Kessler is a mission—an important one.

A self-described “crazy dog mama,” the Arizona native and Scottsdale resident didn’t think much about having work done on the roof of her home. But for her beloved dog, Oakley, it had tragic consequences.

Today, Kessler is the founder of Oakley’s Oath.

We spoke with her about her experience and her new crusade for safety, her favorite places around Scottsdale, and one thing people would be surprised to know about her.