May 09, 2011 11:45 AM

While waiting for a flight out of Los Angeles on March 18, jewelry designer Nancy Anderson became fixated on news footage of two dogs who survived Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. One was injured and the other one, who was visibly shaking in fear, wouldn’t leave his injured pal’s side.

Anderson was happy to learn later that the dogs were taken to a local shelter and that the wounded pup recovered well – but Anderson, a dog-lover, couldn’t help but think of all the other stranded pets in need.

At her Sweet Bird jewelry studio, she did what she could to help. She designed a line of necklaces and dog collars emblazoned with a Japanese phrase that she learned from a friend, Okage Sama De, which means, “I am what I am because of you.”

The collars and pendants, which have captured the heart of animal advocate Roberta Flack, are cast in lead-free pewter and hang from a stainless steel chain. They are being sold for $35 each, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to the Nippon Japanese SPCA Fund.

It’s great way to help the countless animals displaced by the disaster in Japan. The pieces were created with those animals in mind, and also honor Anderson’s own golden retriever who recently passed away. “I am in large part who I am because of him,” Anderson writes on her website. “He was there for me every step of his life.”

Click here to see more of Anderson’s Companion Couture line.

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