She is an ex-pro cyclist who was after married to an ex-pro cyclist.
These days, Odessa Gunn of Santa Rosa is ideal identified for her operate rescuing and advocating for animals. With the wind-stoked Kincade fire spreading south on Oct. 27, Gunn was up at four:15 a.m., assisting evacuate 50-plus therapy animals from the Neglect Me Not Farm, just east of Sebastopol.
Gunn grew up on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, “a salty rock in the north Atlantic,” as she describes it, with a poster of cyclist Greg Lemond in her bedroom.
In spite of not acquiring the opportunity to compete in cycling till her early 20s, she excelled at the sport, and raced professionally for a group referred to as Timex ahead of retiring in 2000. In addition to supporting her then-husband, the bike racer Levi Leipheimer, she hurled her power into animal welfare.
The couple lived for component of the year in Girona, Spain, exactly where Gunn taught females how to trap, spay and neuter stray cats. She’d been rescuing animals considering the fact that her days in Cape Breton, exactly where her parents taught her “to be compassionate, to never ever turn a blind eye” to cruelty.
That compassion extends to crustaceans, as a group of her good friends found about 2003, throughout their time in Spain. One particular evening, the couple met some good friends at a restaurant for dinner.
But Gunn didn’t stick about lengthy adequate to consume. Soon after seeing some lobsters in what she recalls as a “filthy and disgusting tank,” she purchased all of them. Soon after apologizing to her good friends, she got back in her auto, drove to the coast and liberated the lobsters.
Gunn had essentially forgotten that evening, she mentioned, till reminded of it by an additional ex-pro cyclist, Floyd Landis, who was 1 of the individuals at the restaurant that evening. Her commitment to animals created a deep impression on him. And it was component of the explanation Landis asked Gunn two years ago to be 1 of his business enterprise partners.
Landis, who won the 2006 Tour de France but was stripped of the title for a optimistic doping test, retired from cycling in 2010. Six years later, he founded Floyd’s of Leadville, whose premium CBD items initially targeted athletes wanting to loosen up and recover.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound that comes from the cannabis plant. Accessible in gels, tinctures, creams and drinks, it is employed to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm — and is not to be confused with THC, the psychoactive portion of the plant.
His Leadville, Colorado- primarily based business enterprise thriving, Landis decided two years ago to get started a line of CBD for pets. He reached out to Gunn to gauge her interest. The outcome is a venture referred to as Odessa’s Necessary Well being, which delivers CBD items for pets.
“We’re about a year and a half old,” mentioned Gunn, whose items are out there at retail shops across the nation, such as 4 in Sonoma County. They can be identified on the internet at EssentialOdessa.com, and also on the Floyd’s of Leadville web-site.
“The only point I want to do with what ever time I have left on the planet,” mentioned Gunn, “is to lower suffering, particularly animal suffering.”
The serendipity of her venture with Landis, she mentioned, is that she can pursue that mission “and be capable to spend my bills.”