Rocky and Cody – “The Boys”

October 27, 2012

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today. We recently lost one of the original members of our team, our family, and a huge part of our lives. We lost our sweet Cody, our 14-year-old Golden Retriever, to cancer. It took a while to actually write this down and to get used to the fact that Cody is no longer here with us. Cody loved his family. He was so sweet, caring, and full of life. He loved to go for walks, explore his backyard, and loved his sweet brother, Rocky.

We lost Cody’s brother, Rocky, another one of our sweet Goldens, almost 3 years ago. Rocky and Cody were inseparable. They were brothers, litter mates, and the best of friends. We called them “the boys” and they knew very well this was one of their many nicknames. Cody was also known as the, “Code-man,” and Rocky as, “Rocky-Doodle”.

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Rocky (left) and Cody (right)

We hope the two of them are running around together, eating lots of cookies, and watching over the rest of our clan. Rocky and Cody taught all of us how to smile through adversity, play and run like nobody is watching, and enjoy the compassion and love animals bring to a home everyday. We love you both and will miss you forever.

- Love, your “Sister” and “Triplet”, Jennifer and the rest of our family and team

“Just a Dog”

October 19, 2012

We came across this excerpt and loved it so we had to share! Very cute and very true!

“From time to time, people tell me, “Lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “That’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.”
Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog, but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,” and in those days of darkness,
the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend,”
“just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”
“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.
“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.
Because of “just a dog,” I will rise early, take long walks, and look longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog,” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog,”
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a human.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile…because they “just don’t understand.”" – Unknown

The 13 Project

October 2, 2012

The 13 Project - KISS MY MUTT

One of our favorite blogs, Pretty Fluffy, is currently running a wonderful initiative called The 13 Project and asked us to get involved. Serena, of Pretty Fluffy, is always thinking of great ways to help animals in need, and this is something we can all join in on. The project is simple. Make and act on a list of 13 acts of kindness towards animals in the remaining 13 weeks of 2012.

To join, all you need is a desire to make a difference. Whether you can open your home to a foster dog, adopt a homeless pet, or can offer a few hours of your weekend to help walk the dogs at your local shelter, you can make a difference in your community today. Why wait for the new year to create new goals? Start your own list today! And, please feel free to share!

 

Here are the present and future goals of the KISS MY MUTT® team and how we are getting involved:

1. Organize some of our friends together and attend a volunteer information session at a local dog rescue to see how we can all be more involved. Getting together with friends makes these activities fun and brings in additional help to the shelter.

2. Find a few hours of the weekend and bring our children to spend time with the homeless dogs at our local dog shelter.

3. Donate sample KISS MY MUTT® dog beds to our local dog shelter.

4. Donate sample KISS MY MUTT® dog collars and leashes to our local dog shelter.

5. Join community activities like the PuppyUp! Walk in November where 50% of proceeds are donated to the 2 Million Dogs Foundation and the other 50% of proceeds are donated to a local non-profit called C.A.R.E.4Paws.

6. Continue to foster our newest member to the KISS MY MUTT® team, Riley.

7. Educate friends and family considering a new pet for their home about adopting or fostering. We know from experience, it can be the best decision ever made! :)

8. Say ‘thank you’ to the amazing animal organizations in our area. Drop off goodies like cold waters, snacks, and a ‘Thank You’ card on Saturday morning before their big day of walking the pups, cleaning the kennels, and doing the laundry. They are truly heroes who deserve recognition for the care and compassion they give to these homeless animals.

9. Sign this petition to help save greyhounds from cruel export trade.

10. Gather any gently used towels and blankets from friends and neighbors to bring in to our local shelter.

11. Sign up for more animal advocacy events in 2013.

12. Give a rescue dog or cat a kiss today! <3

13. Share and promote The 13 Project through our blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

A big thank you to Pretty Fluffy for putting together The 13 Project. We hope this will inspire you too to help animals in need.