Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Fond Farewell

**NOTE** You may continue to donate to my blog-a-thon through early November if you wish! The blogging my be over but the donations don't have to be! :)

It is that time, my blog-a-thon has come to an end. Should I feel sad that it is over, or should I feel relieved that it is over and I can now sleep? A little bit of both perhaps, but ultimately I am beyond touched and happy over the fact that TOGETHER we have raised $545 for the animals of Best Friends Animal Society!

It has been a long time coming, when Lindsay first asked me if I wanted to do a blog-a-thon with her this year way back in June I was admittedly scared, I cannot remember the last time I stayed up this late! I am glad that I chose to do this with her, not only did we raise $545 together, but I did actually have some fun!

Thank you to Best Friends Animal Society for allowing me to raise money for the animals in your care. Your organization continues to inspire me every single day and the world is better place because you exist doing what you do. I would also like to thank all of my generous sponsors who thoughtfully donated their own items for my blog-a-thon raffle winners. Your kindness will never be forgotten, and hopefully we can work together again in the future!

The future, ah. I have already thought about whether or not I want to do blog-a-thon again, or, better yet, if I can do it again. I have some ideas swirling around in this head of mine, we will see what happens. All I can say right now is to stay tuned until Spring of 2013 and more will be revealed then, it will be big, though. :)

Thank you for reading, commenting, donating, and rooting for me (you all know who you are!) because I truly could NOT have done this without any of you. I appreciate you more than you know, and even more importantly, the animals of Best Friends Animal Society appreciate you, too. ♥

Final Giveaway!

I felt that it was more than appropriate that the last giveaway be the book Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Sanctuary by Samantha Glen. Not only is this book a fascinating and educational read, but it in a way wraps up this entire blog-a-thon! Stay tuned for one final blog post coming soon to conclude this blog-a-thon event for the animals of Best Friends Animal Society.


Tracy Jones!

Pup My Ride!

Pup My Ride began in Los Angeles in 2008 and ultimately it had a goal to transport dogs across the nation to other partnering shelters in an effort to bring dogs to other cities that were in high demand, yet in excess here in Los Angeles.

The transports have different dogs on each "Ride," sometimes they could all be dogs that are being transported due to shelter over crowding, and, sadly enough, sometimes they are dogs that have been saved from pet shops and may be ill or have a little something "different" about them that might make them harder to adopt (which they always get adopted in the long run!).

To date, the Pup My Ride program averages 6,000 driven each month and 120,000 miles since its inception in 2008. All of these miles that have been driven have saved 6.589 dogs from a certain death. Now THAT is coming together to create a world of no more homeless pets! Way to go, Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles!

Stay tuned, my second to last post is coming up and it will feature the very last giveaway!

Hendrick Boards

Remember yesterday morning when I said that I felt it will be important to discuss animal matters from everywhere and with any organization, not just Best Friends Animal Society? Here is that additional blog post!

Hendrick Boards is an eco-friendly skate and apparel shop that is run by triplet brothers here in southern California. Not only are the clothes they make and the boards they design themselves amazing, but a portion of EACH sale is donated directly to a local animal shelter or rescue! How awesome are these guys?!

The idea behind Hendrick Boards comes from a rescue dog named William. When founder and CEO David Hendrickson was volunteering at a shelter one day, William came in with a couple brothers and sisters and immediately he knew that William was in for a long haul health-wise. Having been poisoned before birth, William's brothers and sisters were not as lucky as he was, but David knew William was special and he adopted him then and there. While skateboarding together one day, he came up with the idea to combine his love for skateboarding and animals and formed Hendrick Boards. As the saying goes, the rest is history.

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder and CEO of Hendrick Boards, David Hendrickson, and he is one of the sweetest and most down-to-earth people you will ever meet. As a fellow animal lover, we instantly connected and I know I definitely made a partner-in-crime with him when it comes to all matters that are animal related!

Hendrick Boards is a company that stands behind what they say, they walk the walk, talk the talk. Truly putting what they say into action, these guys are the real deal when it comes to animal rescue and that is why they are some of my biggest inspirations. I have always wanted to work for Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles, but now I am adding on to my "allotted dream space" and putting Hendrick Boards on that list as well. To work for either organization would be more than a dream come true, it would be an honor.

Be sure to check out their website HERE!

You should also check out David's OTHER non-profit (this guy just doesn't sleep), A Loving Goodbye. You won't be sorry you did.

Neighborhood Pit Bull Day

Neighborhood Pit Bull Day is put on by Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles (and other cities across the nation) to help the residents of low income areas attain the services they need for his or her dog, specifically pit bull type dogs.

The politics behind pit bulls is not something I will go into during my blog-a-thon, but in order to understand why Neighborhood Pit Bull Day was established, one must understand that pit bull type dogs are frequently allowed into the wrong hands and there are people out there who do not train/care for/socialize them properly. Part of this kind of relationship with said pit bull type dogs is the belief that if they are bred, they will have the most masculine dogs, and other such beliefs. In an effort to not only end this kind of mentality and behavior, this event hopes to end the pet overpopulation problem as well, as a significant number of dogs that end up in shelters are pit bull type dogs.

Through further education with willing individuals, pit bull type dogs can hopefully no longer be seen as "scary" or "killers," but for the gentle and sweet souls that they really are. Some of the kindest dogs I have ever spent time with are pit bull type dogs, so I can say this with much authority! :)

Neighborhood Pit Bull Day not only offers free spay/neuter services but microchipping, toys, food, treats, and other educational resources and guidelines that pit bull type dog guardians may need. It is definitely a one-stop-shop for all things "Pibble" and the event is quite popular!


At this point in the evening, er, morning? My husband has gone off to bed but that didn't happen before I had to consult with him whether or not it was him who shut the hallway door or if it was a ghost. He swore up and down that it was not him, so I like to believe that I have a ghost friend with me as I come around the bend of this blog-a-thon as my husband sleeps soundly with Fiona. (P.S. A really good way to stay awake for a bit of time and waste some time as well is to give yourself a complete pedicure and manicure, just sayin').

With freshly painted toes I present this blog post as a giveaway one! I decided well before blog-a-thon began that I would donate a prize of my own as a thank you to whoever won it for donating, the prize this time being a $20 gift card!


Jennifer Belleville!

Guest Blogger #2


My name is Furrgus, and my mommy is the one in charge of this whole operation here! She asked me to write a blog post for her because I was her very first rescue pet and I think that makes me special.

Mommy rescued me in 2001 and when I saw her I ran to the front of the cage and she stuck her finger in it and pet my head. I liked it a lot. I knew she was the mommy for me!

On behalf of cats everywhere (and maybe dogs, too, but I don't know any dogs...I hear they are okay creatures as long as they are not chasing me...) I want to thank you for donating to my mommy's blog-a-thon which helps saves my kin!

What's that, mommy? Oh, she told me to tell everyone to stay tuned because there is something called a "giveaway" coming up next? I don't know what that means, but if it involves cat treats you are lucky!