This Memorial Day weekend we like to take time to say THANK YOU to all those who serve. We are so grateful for our freedoms, and we never forget that they come at a cost. And of course, we give a high paw to all the animals who serve as well.
Take some time to learn about the War Dog Memorial, and read stories about heroic war dogs! There are some truly amazing stories.
This weekend I went to a blogging conference. As usual, it was filled with fun activities, one of which was a concert from Alex Boye. He is an amazing entertainer, engaging the audience the entire time, plus he is just plain talented! You might know him from his Let It Go cover that became a viral hit. I also love his cover of Royals:
So, what does this have to do with blogging? During the course of his concert he talked about how a blogger saved his life. He was struggling to make it as a musician, with a family to support, and then suddenly one of his videos hit it huge. Why? Because a blogger had shared it.
This reminded me so much of what we do as pet bloggers and microbloggers. Many of us share animals in need of homes on our sites, our Facebook pages and our Twitter. We run fund raising for causes that help rescue animals and donate part of our ad revenues to the animal causes we support.
Thousands of dollars have been raised by #NipClub and the original #PawPawty on Twitter. We give comfort to shelter pets through Santa Paws Drive. We could, and probably do, save lives with our efforts.
His message? Don’t give up. You never know the impact you might be having.
As one who has been feeling like my efforts don’t matter, as one who has really thought about throwing in the towel on the whole blog thing before, this message felt directed just at me. And for you too fellow animal lovers. Don’t give up, your voice makes a difference.
There’s really only one thing Grumpy Cat wants for her second birthday – to spread grumpiness! You can join the fun and host your own Grumpy Birthday party to celebrate the grumpiness. One lucky reader will win a party pack full of the following goodies:
• 5 Birthday Hats
• 4 Frowns on a Stick (for humans)
• 2 Frowns on a Stick (for cats)
• 1 Grumpy Cat Plush
• 1 Cat Collar and tag (for Grumpy Cat plush – or your cat!)
• 1 Grumpy Cat Birthday Poster
• 2 Bags of Friskies Party Mix featuring Grumpy Cat
On April 29th, in New York City Grumpy Cat is having a HUGE birthday bash. You too can join in the fun from wherever you might be.
Are you ready for a chance to win your own grumpy party pack? Use the form below, open to those in the USA only.
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Purina provided us with a party pack for our review and are providing the prize for this giveaway.
Studies show that as many as 48% of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations out of fear of what would happen if they left their pets behind, and more than 70% of pet owners who enter shelter report that the abuser has threatened, injured, or killed family pets . Among New York City’s 50 domestic violence shelters, URI is the only one that accommodates pets, filling a critical gap by addressing the unique challenges families with pets face.
Urban Resource Institute (URI) and Nestlé Purina PetCare (Purina) today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate New York City’s first-ever dog park in a domestic violence shelter, called the Purina Play Haven and Dog Park. The event marks the official expansion of URIPALS—People and Animals Living Safely—which launched in June 2013 as a pilot program to enable domestic violence survivors to enter shelter with their cats and other small animals. With the opening of the Purina Play Haven and Dog Park, URI will now be able to open its doors to families with dogs!
As part of its sponsorship of URIPALS, in October 2013 Purina also donated much-needed welcome kits tailored to cats —with food, toys, crates and other pet supplies—and educational materials designed to guide families entering URI’s largest domestic violence shelter in best practices for caring for their pets.
To learn more about URIPALS and for tips on keeping the entire family safe in domestic violence situations, please visit http://www.urinyc.org.