Posts Tagged ‘4 Paws for Ability’

4 Paws for Ability

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

As of November 22, 2010, $4667.00 has been raised for Bradyn’s service dog from 4 Paws for Ability.  You all are so generous!!  Money will continue to be raised through the remainder of 2010.  The goal is to have thirteen thousand dollars raised for 4 Paws for Ability in Bradyn’s name.

Some of you have asked (and I wondered too) how does our financial support help a puppy who will be a service dog? I wrote to 4 Paws for Ability, and the executive director, Karen Shirk, immediately returned my e-mail with very detailed information and a big “THANK YOU” from 4 Paws for Ability for all of us for helping their group and supporting Bradyn.

Thank YOU Karen!

We think you and your group are wonderful!

Here is the breakdown of what goes into supporting the care of a service dog in training…

Professional Training – Each dog has at least 500 hours of training and socialization!

Veterinary care – I know, I know, it can be expensive!  But SO worth it!  (C’mon, say it!)

* Dog care * Dog supplies * Equipment * Training supplies * Treats * Toys * Operational expenses *

All of the other “miscellaneous” things our “everyday” pet dogs also need

If you would like to donate for Braydn, click HERE. That will take you to the first Blogathon post on Pawcurious where you can donate directly through “Chip In” (which works with PayPal) or directly to 4 Paws for Ability.

A Puppy for Bradyn ♥

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Blogathon 2010 this past weekend!  You are awesome!

Bradyn is a four-year-old boy with epilepsy.  His Mom, Elizabeth, is raising money for 4 Paws for Ability so Bradyn can have a service dog.  Donations for the training of Bradyn’s service dog are being accepted until the end of the year!  So if the day was as much a blur for you as it was for me, or if it went right by you entirely, take heart!  You have not missed a thing!

Dr. V at Pawcurious headed a huge fundraiser over this past weekend (Blogathon 2010) in which we all posted one blog an hour for twenty-four hours to raise money for Braydn’s puppy (half of us) as well as other awesome charities and causes (the other half!)

If you would like to donate for Braydn, click HERE. That will take you to the first Blogathon post on Pawcurious where you can donate directly through “Chip In” (which works with PayPal) or directly to 4 Paws for Ability.

After that, check out all of the great Blogathon posts from this past weekend.  Donating will take a second.  Reading through all the great material is gonna take you months!

(YAY!  I got the turtle painting painted and auctioned by BZTAT!)

THANK YOU!

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, here’s a quick, off the top of my head…

“Thanks for These Guys, God” List

my family

my friends

everyone I got to blog with this past weekend

everyone who participated and is still participating

and most of all…I am grateful for

the incredible overlap in my life of these categories of Awesomeness

Blogathon 2010 – So, What Should We Talk About? Service Dogs?

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Service and therapy animals are amazing!  Between all of us bloggers and all of you who are supporting us, I am sure we will talk about these great animals and the wide range of services they provide quite a bit in the next twenty-four hours!

The group through which Bradyn will receive his Service Dog, 4 Paws for Ability, has a great website and explains their many programs at length.  They have placed over five hundred dogs with people who needed them!  Click here for information about service dogs for young children with epilepsy.  How’s that for seeing a specific need and filling it?  YAY 4 Paws for Ability! Thank you for all you do to love kids!

Let me know what you would like to discuss during the Blogathon…service animals, pets, veterinary stuff, anything really.  Remember to let me know if you are making your donation in honor or memory of a special pet!

Consider this entire next day an open forum…I have NO appointments, NO other commitments, NO laundry…well, you know what I mean.  I am here at the computer ready to hang out with you and talk about ANYTHING.  Woo!  This is going to be fun!

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Let Blogathon 2010 Begin!

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Dr. V, who has one of my FAVORITE veterinary websites ever (Pawcurious, of course!), invited other bloggers to join her on her second annual Blogathon.  So several other highly-caffinated pet lovers and I will be blogging once an hour for the next twenty-four hours in order to raise money to train a service dog for Bradyn.  Read more about Bradyn on his Mom’s website here.You know how random I can be, so when I spin completely off topic in this next twenty-four hours, remember that the purpose of this Blogathon is to raise money to train a service dog for Bradyn!

Click here to donate!

So please donate, tell your friends, follow along and comment on all the participating blogs, write a guest post so we can go grab another coffee…whatever you would like to do to participate!

Here is a list of participating Blogathon blogs:

AboutVetMed

BZTAT

Fetching Tags

My Tail Hurts from Wagging So Much

Pawcurious

Riley and James

Two Little Cavaliers

VetLIVE

And pay attention to these participating Awesomes:

 

Adelaide

♥ Amanda Finch ♥

Biscuits by Lambchops

Pastor Scott Christiansen

♥ Russ Finch ♥

Speaking for Spot

Su Smith

Thank you to Omaha.net for spreading the word!

Music on Riley and James for the next twenty-four hours is provided by the awesome Omaha band, Adelaide.  All of the songs are from their YET-TO-BE-RELEASED album, Find Me Love.  When Adam Trabold and I were planning this he said, “You don’t need us to perform live do you?”  Ha!  Hey Adam!  Russ and I figured out how to get recordings to play on the site!  You are welcome! :)

Donations in Memory or Honor of Pets

 

 

If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a special pet, please tell me in the comment section of any of these posts or e-mail me at finch@rileyandjames.com.  Send me a paragraph or a page about your pet (It’s not like I will run out of paper!) and a picture of him or her.  When you do, I will feature them in a post within the next couple hours.

(Bradyn’s donation website is completely seperate from this one, so your memorial won’t be automatically linked to your donation and I will not have any way to know who donated what unless you tell me!  So please tell me if you have donated in honor or memory of a pet!)

Our Fuzzy Rat recently passed away.  She was an amazing little creature and best friend to Wuzzy Rat.  She made many friends at camps, schools, churches and daycares, and among all our friends and family, many of whom STOPPED saying “I’m just not a rat person.”  We love you Fuzzy Rat.  We miss you very much.  We have made a donation in honor of you…I think you would have liked that.

Please excuse the close up if you are not (yet) a rat person!  And to everyone else…Wasn’t she gorgeous??

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥