I Pledge to Be the Change for Pets

27 09 2010

In the last couple of weeks there has been much discussion and many a recap of BlogPaws West, held September 9-11 in Denver, CO.  Unfortunately Hamlet and I did not attend, a real bummer since the conference was held right in our own backyard.  I was volunteering that weekend for a run/walk to benefit Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and helping my friend get everything organized, as she is the event coordinator for the Denver affiliate.  I didn’t blog about it since it wasn’t dog related but my friend Amanda did a nice overview of our weekend here.

I tried to follow the BlogPaws action via Twitter and learned a bunch of great tips and and found a few new awesome dog bloggers to follow.  But the thing that stuck with me the most is to Be the Change for Pets.  I have blogged about Be the Change before but I’ve decided it’s time to get my hindquarters in gear and take some action to help animals in need.

I’m trying to come up with some pawesome ideas about how I can raise money, spread the word about animal adoption, and be a general do-gooder for our favorite four-legged friends.  Since so many pet bloggers have come up with such creative and fun ideas to truly and positively change pets’ lives for the better, I feel the need to follow suit and so something equally as cool.

Last week I was bopping around on Twitter and learned about an extremely unfortunate incident that resulted in a rescue dog being shot and killed by a police officer at a Washington D.C. street festival on Sunday, September 12th.  The dog was a Pit Bull / Shar Pei mix named Parrot and he was being fostered through Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, based out of Washington D.C.  You can read the full story here from i Love Dogs.

Hearing of Parrot’s tragedy got me thinking about what I could do to honor such a sweet dog who had such an unfortunate and untimely end to his life.  I immediately thought of Be the Change for Pets.  I may not yet have my super cool and über-creative way of helping pets but in the meantime I can do something.  I can make a promise to Parrot, to every other rescue dog, and to every pet in general.

1. I promise not to judge a dog (or cat) by the name of his breed but by the content of his character.

2. I will promote rescue dogs and rescue organizations and the many benefits of adopting pets.

3. I will protect animals in general and do my best for those in need.

4. I will be the change.

Promise, promote, protect, be the change: if you’re a regular reader of Green Eggs and Hamlet, I’m sure you’re not surprised at these four points.  The unwritten rule is number five, I love Boston Terriers and all dogs animals.  So while you might not be surprised, I feel good about having these four points written down to remind myself of how I can make a difference in this world.  Don’t worry, I’ll keep working on my super cool and über-creative method of helping pets and you’ll be the first to hear about it when my plan is ready.

Are you excited to Be the Change for Pets?  What do you do to help animals in need?  Got any ideas for me to raise money and spread awareness for pets in need?  Jot them down in the comments; Hamlet and I are eager to hear ’em!


Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week

25 09 2010

I’m a last-minute arrival to the party but still want to help spread the word for Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week (September 19-25), the latest challenge for Be the Change for Pets.  The good news is that you can adopt a “less adoptable” pet any old time; you don’t need this week to get you into gear.  The goal, according to BlogPaws, is to “help homeless pets who often get overlooked.”  I prefer to think of it as Dr. V does from Pawcurious – Adopt a Seriously Adoptable Pet Week.  After all, just because a pet is older, doesn’t get along with other pets, or has a medical condition doesn’t mean it isn’t a great pet.  It’s simply harder for shelters and rescues to find home for these types of gals and guys so that’s why Be the Change for Pets is getting the word out about them.

Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week

a.k.a. Adopt a Seriously Adoptable Pet Week

First I want to tell you about a great Boston Terrier I found on Petfinder named Cindy Lane.  At nine years old she’s a senior gal but what she lacks in youth she makes up for with her golden personality.  She was surrendered by her owner when the husband went into a nursing home and the wife could no longer take care of Cindy Lane on her own.  Cindy Lane is being taken care of at Pets Miracle Network in Wright, Kansas and has been there since August 24, 2009, that’s 366 days as of today.  Spring this girl from the shelter!  She is litter box trained and good with other dogs until they come close to her crate.  Give her a nice comfortable home to live out the rest of her days.  Read more about Cindy Lane on her Petfinder listing.

Cindy Lane Less Adoptable Pet

Cindy Lane with a spring in her step.

This next pet is from my favorite local animal shelter (right here in Denver, CO), MaxFund Animal Adoption Center.  This sweetie pie is a Beagle named Scoobie.  He was found wandering and no one came to claim him so the folks at MaxFund are taking care of him until he finds his forever folks.  Why is dear Scoobie less adoptable?  Because he’s an adult, estimated at 8-10 years old and has an adrenal gland disorder called Cushings Syndrome that requires daily medication.  Don’t worry, Cushings Syndrome is not life threatening so Scoobie will be A-ok as long as he gets his medicine.  Scoobie’s an easygoing pooch who likes to nap in the shade and get love from his people.  Adopt this local legend and make him the happiest dog in Denver!  Read more about him on his Petfinder listing.

Scoobie Less Adoptable Pet

Scoobie with a smile for miles.

Finally, we’ll wrap up this love fest with a few reasons why “less adoptable” pets are so great, courtesy of Petfinder.

  • Older pets are mellower – you don’t have to worry about your lamp getting knocked over!
  • Physically challenged pets are often unaffected by their handicap – but you still look like a hero!
  • With “bad reputation” breeds, you get the chance to prove people wrong with your great dog!
  • Dark-furred pets make it easy to accessorize – black goes with everything!
  • Pets with behavioral issues allow you to form a tight bond as you overcome obstacles together!
  • Big dogs are easier to find when it’s time to go to the vet!

Good luck and happy pet hunting.  If you adopt a less adoptable pet (or any old pet at all), send Hamlet and me an email and we’ll be sure to post your story right here on GE&H!