Puppies and Ice Cream
There are days when I love my job more than others. Two Tuesdays ago was one of those days. My office brought in the Cleveland APL and Mason's Creamery for "Puppies and Ice Cream" in which we were able to enjoy a tasty sundae made from Mason's best flavors in exchange for donations to the APL. The APL volunteers brought in two adoptable dogs, Sissy Lee and Slinky, as well as a few kittens. I don't remember all of the cats' names, but I do remember an adorable little white one named Harold. I seriously love when animals have human names, by the way.
Our company as well as the team from the Holiday Inn (we share a building) raised $1,000 for the APL and brought more awareness to these loveable fur friends. Check out some of the pictures from the event below. Some were taken by me and a few others were taken by my co-worker Maggie (you can check out her stories at Twin Parenting). I'm not sure if these animals have been adopted, but regardless you can visit the APL's adoption pages to see all of the pets looking for good homes.
Note: the opinions of this post are my own and were not created on behalf of my employer.
Today is the deadline for submissions for the Cleveland APL's Pet Calendar Contest. The entry fee is $25 and all proceeds benefit the Cleveland APL. All animals will be featured in the calendar and 12 will be chosen as Pet of the Month. You can get all the details and submit your photo here. Good luck!
BISSELL Gives Back
One product I absolutely stand by and can't live without is my BISSELL Spotbot Pet. This thing has been a life saver when it comes to cleaning up Woody's messes, which tend to be more frequent in the winter due to lack of exercise and outdoor time. At the beginning of this month, I received an email from BISSELL said that all month they are doubling the amount they donate through their Foundation to help homeless pets. Below is a screenshot of the details:
So, if you're in the market for a new carpet cleaner specifically for cleaning up pet messes or just general pet clean-up products, shop through this link to find out more and make a difference. Or, if you aren't a fan of BISSELL products you can still support the foundation by making a donation.
*Note: All opinions on this product and this cause are my own and I was not asked to promote/endorse BISSELL in any way. I just really love my Spotbot :)
I just received word that the Cleveland Kennel is offering free adoptions (aka waiving the current $61 adoption fee) until June 7. This effort is in support of Ohio Animal Week, which celebrates animals and how they enrich our lives. Of course, if you can't adopt a new furry friend you can still donate to the kennel and help them with food and pet supplies.
A few weeks ago, a friend shared an article on Facebook from The Columbus Dispatch about Dave and Jill Cottone, a Dublin, OH, couple who created a small non-profit nearly three years ago to honor their dog's memory. The name of the organization is the Sedona Grace Foundation and the mission is to keep pets with their families and out of shelters by providing canine and feline care packages to owners who are struggling financially. Below is an excerpt from the Dispatch story:
Like many other people who lose pets, Dave and Jill Cottone thought their dog left them too soon.
I thought this was a lovely testament to the impact that our pets have on our lives and was a great example of two people who showed tremendous character in the wake of tragedy. It's also beautiful to see that Sedona's life will never be forgotten, and her memory is saving the lives of countless other animals, plus allowing the bond between pets and their owners to continue even on hard times.
To read the full article, click here. To donate to the Sedona Grace Foundation, visit sedonagracefoundation.com.
Nothing Like a Momma's Love
As some of you may know, I have a lot of dogs in my life besides Woody. These dogs belong to some of my dearest friends and are just as much a part of their families as Woody is to mine. So, I like to talk about them from time to time.
Meet Momma, an adult American Bulldog mix who has overcome a lot of adversity in her life. Momma is currently being fostered by my friend Halley, who, without question is probably the biggest animal lover I know. Halley was out in the Cleveland area one day when she found Momma and Molly, a puppy who is most likely one of Momma's, malnourished and alone.
Though she already had two dogs and two cats, Halley took Momma and Molly in and got them checked by the vet immediately. She worked quickly to get them healthy again, but Momma needed (and still needs) some extra attention. Momma was positive with heartworm and had five cancerous mast cell tumors. Last week, she underwent surgery to have all of her tumors removed, one of which required the removal of her left ear. She was also spayed during this procedure.
Momma is back home now, resting soundly and in good spirits despite all of her stitches and staples. This surgery would not have been possible without the help of Cleveland Underdog Rescue. The organization helped Halley raise $2,605 for Momma's surgery. Only $395 to go before it's paid in full!
I love Woody with all my heart, but, if you've been reading his stories, you can see how much of a nutcase he can be. Momma is the exact opposite. Momma is the best dog to debunk any myths about bull dogs' alleged ferocious nature. Momma is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. A few months ago, she literally just slept next to me for an hour while I was at Halley's as if she never wanted me to leave her side. As shown by her ability to live in a house with three goofy dogs and two cats, she is great with other animals and humans, even children.
If you would like to contribute to the rest of Momma's surgery fund or help her our in anyway possible, please share this post and visit http://www.clevelandunderdog.org/help-momma.
Her road to recovery has been tough and she still needs to gain a little weight, but she is a fighter. They say there is nothing like a momma's love, and in the case of this little lady, that saying couldn't be more true.
I'm just a twenty-something female raising the weirdest dog I've ever met.