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Good Dog News: Little hero helps homeless pets

Missouri – Sometimes big heroes come in little packages. Meet Connor – a little boy with a special birthday request.

While most kids are asking for action figures and remote controlled cars, this big-hearted little boy instead asked for food donations for homeless animals.

All donations received for Connor were taken to the Joplin Humane Society. The shelter was thrilled with the little boy’s big-hearted contribution.

Food is an ongoing need at the shelter and donations like Connor’s help to ease the facility’s burden.

The Joplin Humane Society recently shared a tidbit about the resources used at the shelter each and every day:

500 lbs pet food
200 lbs cat litter
wash 1,200 lbs laundry
spend $200 on vaccinations & medicine
spend $2,500 to operate the shelter

They say that change starts with the young. Connor is a shining example of a future animal lover. This sweet little guy must be learning something right at home.

Inspired by Connor’s generosity?  Think of a way that you can help your local shelter. Collect food or blankets. Organize a fund-raising drive. Hold a bake sale….there’s many ways to help if you get creative.  (check out our post 100 Ways to Help – free or low cost ways to help animal shelters in need for more ideas!)

Good job Connor!!

Please take a moment to share this sweet story with others. Maybe some will be inspired – maybe others will simply enjoy the respite from the sad news so often found in the world of dogs…..


Article by Penny Eims
Dog News Examiner

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Happy Sundog!

[CLOSED] “Puppy Love” Giveaway

Nothing says “LOVE” like a fuzzy little puppy, right? So in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’re having a “Puppy Love” Giveaway!



LuLu at 9 weeks old

How do I enter?

WE WANT TO SEE
YOUR PUPPIES!

To enter, all you have to do
is post your favorite puppy
picture of your pooch on
our facebook page!


Wally at 11 weeks old

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about our adopted furiends!
If you adopted your dog as an adult and don’t have any puppy pictures of them, feel free to post a picture of when they first joined your family.  Please add “Adopted at X years old” to your photo caption, so we know that your dog was adopted!  :)

Additional entries (optional):

Each additional entry is one time only.
Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

1.  Tweet “I just entered @luluandwally’s Puppy Love Giveaway!  http://www.lifewithlulu.com/?p=1594“, leave a comment with a link to your tweet.

2.  Share this post on your facebook by clicking here, leave a comment saying you shared.

3.  Join our site via Google Friend Connect, leave a comment saying you joined.

4.  Follow our blog via Networked blogs, leave a comment saying you follow.

5.  Blog about this giveaway, leave a comment with a link to the blog post so I can find it.


What can I win?
For you:

The book “You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness” by Julie Klam

The hilarious and heartfelt chronicle of a woman learning the secrets of love, health, and happiness from some very surprising teachers: her dogs.

For your pooch:

Hat Box Series Doggie Tricks & Treats: Games & Recipes for Your Four-Legged Friend

Includes: a 64 page book of Dog Tricks, 25 Biscuit Recipe Cards, 3 Biscuit Cutters (a bone, a hydrant and a heart)


(1) 10 oz. box of Blue Dog Bakery Peanut Butter Softies

Soft, chewy, all-natural dog biscuits flavored by real blackstrap molasses and peanut butter

On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, we will post ALL of the photos on our blog, along with the name of the winner!
The “fine print”:

Contest limited to US residents ages 18+ only.
The photos posted must be of YOUR puppy/puppies.
You can post as many photos as you want (we’d love to see ALL your puppy photos!), but all photos by the same person, or of the same puppy, will only count as ONE entry.
All photos must be posted by 11:59pm EST on February 12th.
The winner will be picked on February 13th using random.org and notified via facebook.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.

I am a dog, not a thing

I am a dog. I am a living, breathing animal. I feel pain, joy, love, fear and pleasure.

I am not a thing. If I am hit – I will bruise, I will bleed, I will break. I will feel pain. I am not a thing.

I am a dog. I enjoy playtime, walk time, but more than anything, I enjoy time with my pack – my family – my people. I want nothing more than to be by the side of my human. I want to sleep where you sleep and walk where you walk. I am a dog and I feel love…I crave companionship.

I enjoy the touch of a kind hand and the softness of a good bed. I want to be inside of the home with my family, not stuck on the end of a chain or alone in a kennel or fenced yard for hours on end. I was born to be a companion, not to live a life of solitude.

I get too cold and I get too hot. I experience hunger and thirst. I am a living creature, not a thing.

When you leave, I want to go with you. If I stay behind, I will eagerly await your return. I long for the sound of your voice. I will do most anything to please you. I live to be your treasured companion.

I am a dog. My actions are not dictated by money, greed, or hatred. I do not know prejudice. I live in the moment and am ruled by love and loyalty.

Do not mistake me for a mindless object. I can feel and I can think. I can experience more than physical pain, I can feel fear and joy. I can feel love and confusion. I have emotions. I understand perhaps more than you do. I am able to comprehend the words you speak to me, but you are not always able to understand me.

I am a dog. I am not able to care for myself without your help. If you choose to tie me up and refuse to feed me, I will starve. If you abandon me on a rural road, I will experience fear and loneliness. I will search for you and wonder why I have been left behind. I am not a piece of property to be dumped and forgotten.

If you choose to leave me at a shelter, I will be frightened and bewildered. I will watch for your return with every footfall that approaches my kennel run.

I am a dog – a living, breathing creature. If you choose to take me home, please provide me with the things that I need to keep me healthy and happy.

Provide me with good food, clean water, warm shelter and your love. Do not abandon me. Do not kick me. Do not dump me when your life gets too busy. Make a commitment to me for the entirety of my life, or do not take me home in the first place.

If you desert me, I do not have the means to care for myself. I am at the mercy of the kindness of people – if I fall into the wrong hands, my life will be ruined.

I will experience pain, fear and loneliness. If I wind up in an animal shelter, I have only my eyes to implore someone to save me, and my tail to show you that I am a friend. If that is not good enough, I will die.

I am a dog. I want to give and receive love. I want to live. I am not a thing. I am not a piece of property. Please do not discard me. Please treat me with kindness, love and respect. I promise to repay you with unconditional love for as long as I live.

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Editorial by Penny Eims

Continue reading on Examiner.com:

I am a dog, not a thing – National Dogs | Examiner.com

http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/i-am-a-dog-not-a-thing#ixzz1C3m2xPsC

 

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