Father of Blanche an 8-year old mini Shih Tzu, Hernando Umana has been a Broadway performer in New York City for the last 5 years.
He first met Angela Ardolino as a 15-year-old performing at The Miami Children’s Theatre. Coming from a very low income family, he couldn’t afford the fees to be part of the production, but Angie never let a kid miss out on being in a show due to financial issues, so she made him a deal – if he helped paint sets, work in the costume shop or anything else needed for the production, he would be part of the show, 100% free. It was here where she taught him a very important lesson – you can do and have everything and anything you want if you work harder than everyone else. With her help, he went on to study in one of NYC’s best musical theatre programs, AMDA, where he graduated at the top of his class.
In a profession where anxiety is absolutely crippling, he wasn’t getting the kind of work he knew he should be getting. Thankfully, in one of his many visits to Angie in Lutz, she asked him if he’d ever tried CBD to help the anxiety. He tried it and has never turned back.
Four years later, he has opened two first national tours, been on Broadway, worked with Cyndi Lauper, Brendan Urie, Andrew Loyd Webber, and many others.
Once he had his feet planted in NYC he adopted a Shih Tzu named Blanche and they fell madly in love. They were very similar in one way – anxiety. After trying every remedy possible, he reached out to Angie for help. She happened to be entering the Medical Cannabis industry and working on a formulation to help dogs with anxiety, joint pain, inflammation, and cancer. He was, of course, incredibly interested, and went deep into research. Together they created CBD DOG HEALTH.
He can now go to work knowing she’s not scratching and crying at the door. Instead, she’s laying comfortably in her bed. CBD was life-changing for both of them. He could not be happier to be in business with something he loves so much that helps dogs like Blanche live a happy, stress-free life.