She is an ex-pro cyclist who was when married to an ex-pro cyclist.
These days, Odessa Gunn of Santa Rosa is very best recognized for her perform 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.
Regardless of not obtaining the possibility to compete in cycling till her early 20s, she excelled at the sport, and raced professionally for a group named Timex prior to 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 element of the year in Girona, Spain, exactly where Gunn taught girls how to trap, spay and neuter stray cats. She’d been rescuing animals because her days in Cape Breton, exactly where her parents taught her “to be compassionate, to by no means turn a blind eye” to cruelty.
That compassion extends to crustaceans, as a group of her pals found about 2003, throughout their time in Spain. 1 evening, the couple met some pals at a restaurant for dinner.
But Gunn didn’t stick about lengthy sufficient to consume. Just after seeing some lobsters in what she recalls as a “filthy and disgusting tank,” she purchased all of them. Just after apologizing to her pals, she got back in her vehicle, drove to the coast and liberated the lobsters.
Gunn had truly forgotten that evening, she mentioned, till reminded of it by one more ex-pro cyclist, Floyd Landis, who was one particular of the individuals at the restaurant that evening. Her commitment to animals created a deep impression on him. And it was element of the explanation Landis asked Gunn two years ago to be one particular of his company partners.
Landis, who won the 2006 Tour de France but was stripped of the title for a good doping test, retired from cycling in 2010. Six years later, he founded Floyd’s of Leadville, whose premium CBD merchandise initially targeted athletes wanting to loosen up and recover.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound that comes from the cannabis plant. Readily available in gels, tinctures, creams and drinks, it is made use of 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 company thriving, Landis decided two years ago to begin a line of CBD for pets. He reached out to Gunn to gauge her interest. The outcome is a venture named Odessa’s Crucial Wellness, which provides CBD merchandise for pets.
“We’re about a year and a half old,” mentioned Gunn, whose merchandise are accessible at retail retailers across the nation, which includes 4 in Sonoma County. They can be located 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 lessen 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.”