Hi everyone! It’s Thursday! I need to write this because I’ve been swearing up and down that it’s Friday and not wine o’clock. Sadly, like most 2000s Lifetime movies, that only seems to happen on Fridays after 5. So, instead, Continue reading “#UltimateBlogChallenge Day 16: What They Didn’t Teach Me At Guide Dog School”
Well howdy! I’ve returned! I hope you enjoyed my slew of blog posts from last week! I decided to give everyone a break, considering how the world is a giant dumpster fire right now. Since California is on a shelter in place, I’ve been wracking my brains on how to stay motivated and not slip into my brain of anxiety. So, I decided to, (sort of), make it official!
A couple of weeks ago, I saw an ad sponsored by Facebook, (yay for social media marketing!), by a company that I had been watching for some time now, called the Buddy Bandana. I scrolled through their website, checking everything out and finding, to my joy, that they were a down-to-earth company. I love supporting causes that are worthy of being recognized, especially those that have such positive influences on the communities around them. This is why I support charities like Partners in Health and Save the Children. I openly advocate for the Project for Awesome every December, so when I found this great company, I couldn’t have been more excited.
Much to Dodson’s chagrin, I love seeing my pup in bandanas and things that give him a little style. If any of you see him, he does have a keychain attached to his harness with a letter ‘D’ on it, just for a little added bling. So when I came across the Buddy Bandana, it was kind of amazing to see how two things I enjoyed came together to form this awesome organization. If you want to know a little more about them, here’s their mission statement:
“The Buddy Bandana is born in Boston in 2019. Our mission is to spread awareness and raise money for rescue organizations across the country. Each year approximately 1.5 Million shelter animals are euthanized, (670,000 dogs). We pride ourselves on donating to no kill shelters to support and save animals in need. Every month we will feature a dog that your donations have helped save. This month we have partnered with Animal Hope & Wellness Organization. (
So yes, call me a bit obsessed in my excitement to support the spread of kindness during these particularly difficult times.
While on the subject of supporting awesome charities, Dodson’s birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks! I would love it if any of my readers donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind to celebrate with us! Dodson has been a huge positive change in my life, and I am grateful to them every day for my golden snagglefluff. GDB is a nonprofit organization that works solely from donations and is backed by a large volunteer base, so please do consider making a donation while they work to keep both pups and all staff safe, happy, and healthy during Covid-19. (Please note: GDB is not at all affiliated with The Buddy Bandana. Their only connection is my love for both organizations.)
Finally, I know I’m coming off as a walking, talking billboard, but I just want to remind everyone that kindness does NOT cost much. Everyone across the board is afraid, anxious, and feeling trapped by this sickness. You are most definitely not alone. Try to keep in mind that food is not going anywhere, groceries will still be open and food available. So, while you’re stockpiling for your families, remember to leave something behind for the elderly person, disabled individual, or immunocompromised soul out there who also needs these essentials to survive. We WILL get through this. Lend a hand, be kind, be there for your family and others suffering. Let your extroverts know you’re thinking of them during these times of social distancing, but also check in on your introverts and those who may be struggling with mental health illnesses. We’re all not happy, but we can create a strong community if we just remember to look for the good and be positive, instead of looking at all the bad. Support your charities that are working hard every day to make the world a better place, thank the healthcare workers in your lives who are vulnerable and exposed to the Covid-19 risks, be kind to your cashiers and baristas who are all having a tough go of things. Just, be, kind.
I love you guys. Please stay safe, reach out to me through my various social medias if you need an ear, donate to your small businesses, wash your hands, and follow CDC and WHO guidelines. Chin up, everyone. ?