About Fido Pro
Our mission is to provide high-quality protective and rescue gear for outdoorsy dog lovers to be safe on the trails with their canine best friends.
Created by a dog lover for dog lovers, the Airlift was designed only after our founder, Paul Hoskinson, and his dog, Remi, experienced their own traumatic, close call in the backcountry in Colorado.
We're dedicated to serving dog lovers with highly functional and easy-to-use products that are made in the USA by our small team.
We were miles from the trailhead when I looked down at my dog’s leg… the worst had happened.
Remi, my 65 lb. canine best friend, had a gash on her front leg and she was unable to walk...
She had accidentally been clipped by the edge of my ski while we were in the backcountry near Aspen.
I quickly whipped out my first aid kit and was able to stop the bleeding, but the big question now was…
HOW DO WE GET HER DOWN TO THE CAR SAFELY?
Fortunately, I had friends who divided up the gear I had in my daypack and we squeezed Remi into it.
She barely fit, and we made our way down.
We got Remi to the vet immediately and she made a full recovery.
But, I couldn’t help but ruminate on how the situation could’ve been worse…
What if Remi didn’t fit in the backpack? Or her injury was on a hind leg and I couldn't fit her in the backpack without injuring her further? What if I was alone and couldn’t carry her?
After doing some research, I discovered that all too often dog parents are forced to do the worst imaginable when their dog is unable to make it to the trailhead...
They have to leave the dog behind and go for help.
THAT’S WHY I CREATED THE AIRLIFT...
So that other dog owners wouldn't have to go through what I did (or worse!).
The Airlift is a lightweight packable harness to carry your dog to safety in an emergency situation.
There will never be a question on how I’ll rescue Remi if she’s ever injured or sick on a trail again…
And, now we’ve helped THOUSANDS of other dog parents have that same peace of mind.
Behind Our Name: Fido Pro
You've probably heard the dog name Fido, but did you know that Fido was a real dog that lived in a small Italian farming village?
This story, that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, is the inspiration behind our name.
FIDO PRO – Fido (latin for faithful) and Pro (short for 'protection')
Fido was an Italian street dog, whose relationship with a factory worker during WWII became a famous example of the undying devotion and love given by a dog to a human.
One day on his way home from his job at a factory, Fido’s soon to be companion and savior came across Fido laying in a ditch, badly injured. The man took Fido home and nursed him back to health.
Every day thereafter, Fido would walk his human to the bus station where he would watch him board the bus for work and every evening Fido would return to the bus station at the same time to await his human's return.
Sadly, one day, Fido's human companion did not get off the bus, as he had been killed earlier that day during a bombing raid on the factory where he worked.
For the fourteen years that followed and up until the time of his own death, Fido returned to the bus station every day at the same time to see if his beloved savior would get off the bus.
The villagers were so moved by the faithful and devoted Fido that the town awarded him a medal before his death and soon after they erected this statue in the town square as tribute.
Photo: Our founder, Paul Hoskinson, paying homage to his muse, Fido, at the statue in the small town in Tuscany, Italy.
The love and devotion provided to us by our dogs is what motivates and inspires us at Fido Pro.
We feel a deep responsibility to take every measure possible to look after our Fido, our FAITHFUL.