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.
If you wander around Cleveland enough or attend any of the city's many summer markets and/or festivals, you may remember coming across one of these:
Yes, that is a bicycle covered in plants and surrounded by flowers. It's part of the Bikes, Bees and Butterflies project, a public art/urban sustainability project that encourages biking and the creation of green spaces filled with plants that support insect pollinators. I first learned of these at the Gordon Square Arts Festival, and it wasn't long after that this one appeared in my neighborhood.
I'm truly loving the creativity and passion shown in Cleveland's public art scene, especially when it promotes more than just a catchy structure. And, I am slightly (no, horribly) terrified of bees after being stung in the air when I was 10, but I know that they serve a true purpose and love seeing people taking charge to provide them an outlet where they can thrive doing what nature intended.
To learn more about the project, visit them on Facebook.
P.S. Because this is a dog blog, I want to try to get Woody in each of my walking observations photos. As you can see though, this is not always going to work.
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 :)
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.
I'm just a twenty-something female raising the weirdest dog I've ever met.