Posts Tagged ‘service dogs’

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. ♥

Blogathon 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

As you know, this is how I often process things… :|

Sometimes I even forget to tell Russ what I am mulling over.  So he was not hearing me in context, but neither was he surprised, when yesterday, after Pastor Scott’s sermon on giving, I turned to him and said, “Pastor Scott is right.  I should blog with Dr. V in November, shouldn’t I?”  It only took him three or four eye blinks to realize that several weeks’ worth of prelude to that conversation had all been in my head, before he said, “Yes, of course you should!”

On the way home from church he said, “Now what were you saying?  And what did I miss?”  So I backed up and started over, this time outloud…

Last year, before I had even heard of Dr. V, she was busy spending an entire day blogging hourly to raise money for her local SPCA.

In the time since, I have enjoyed hearing bits and pieces of that crazy blog-an-hour day.  ”Woo!”  I thought, “I remember when I was in junior high and could stay up all night!  No way I could do it now.”

Then I read that she was going to do it again!  ”How fun!  I will read her daytime posts and the rest of them when it is all said and done,” I thought.  Of course, a small squish of my brain was hoping it could talk me into doing the Blogathon too.  Dr. V did say she would like some company…When I got home yesterday, I hurried to the computer to tell Dr. V I would blog with her, before I could remind myself what a crazy idea it is and how great I don’t do with sleep deprivation.  Now that I am committed, I am so excited and I cannot wait!

Even better, it is for a GREAT cause.  All of the money raised will go towards training a service dog for Bradyn, a four-year-old with epilepsy.

Feel free to donate before November 13, and be sure to check in with Dr. V and BZTAT (and their partnering Paint-a-thon) on November 13.  You could even blog with us! Or, if you are sane, you could say…”Woo!  I remember when I was in junior high and could stay up all night!  No way I could do it now.  I will read their daytime posts and the rest of them when it is all said and done.”  Careful, though.  I have been talking with Pastor Scott and a small squish of your brain about Blogathon 2011.