BlogPaws: Be the Change
BlogPaws organizers and participants, as a whole, have declared this Be the Change blog post day. It’s an exciting venture not just for today but going forward, where we ask as a pet blogging community just what each of us can do to improve the lives of our animal friends. I have a BIG idea brewing and will need your help in the coming weeks/months, but let’s focus on today.
Be the Change
I did not attend the Saturday session entitled Be the Change, but all of us got to hear and see a bit of the inspiration during the closing ceremony.
Lynn Haigh (famous for @frugaldougal and the Twitter PawPawty), Dr V from PawCurious (famous for eating pet food to raise money for charity), and Dorian Wagner from YourDailyCute (famous for bringing dog and cat porn into daily life) teamed up under moderator Jane Harrell from Petfinder to inspire others into action on behalf of the pets around the world who need our help.
This video, which pretty much made everyone cry, says it all:
** Sorry I don’t know how to scale back the video screen size.
Supporting Animal Rescues & Shelters
BlogPaws selected Pets Without Parents to receive donations collected from this Be the Change blogger extravaganza today. I grabbed the code for this donation widget from Eric at Dog Spelled Forward. If you would like to take part, you can insert the widget on your blog post or into your sidebar today too.
Dog Food Action Day
My own efforts to use my blogs to Be the Change began Wednesday over on my Dog Food Dish blog, where I proclaimed Dog Food Action Day and encouraged people to donate pet food to local community action centers or food banks. Shelters and rescues can use donations year-round, but what about the pets within families that are struggling financially?
We’ve learned all too well recently that pet food CANNOT be purchased using food stamps, so if you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to donate pet food to a food bank (now and maybe monthly), if you can. I say that because a bag of dog food lasts us a month (with 2 dogs).
Rox’s Big Be the Change Idea
My idea is still in its formative stage, but essentially I want to come up with a campaign (local, widespread, or national) to get people to give up/trade in/swap their harsh training tools — like choke chains, pinch collars, and shock collars — for better options. Raising money for shelters or rescues in the process would be great too.
Maybe we raise money and buy the collars to give away
Maybe we get a company to donate them
Maybe we partner with local humane societies
I’m not sure yet. Like I said, it’s only a kernel of an idea, but what impact could we have on the lives of individual dogs, if we got their families to give up harsh (and I would argue ineffective) training tools?
Dr. V joked this week about “hare-brained schemes,” and … indeed … this feels like that (especially, I’m sure, to longtime readers who know what the last 9 months have been like around here), but what the heck. You never know what you can accomplish until you try.
Remember when we set out to get Poga adopted? That worked!
I’m betting this can too.
The idea came to me in a flash during the closing ceremonies of the BlogPaws event, so that must mean something … right? (Though, it could be a hallucination from the lack of sleep.)
We’re assembling like-minded dog bloggers, dog trainers, and dog handlers into a coalition to brainstorm the best format for this program and to help with all the crazy details likely to come from it.
Join us, won’t you?
P.S. I learned just yesterday that @frugaldougal is quite sick. Please keep the whole family in your hearts. (The post is from February, I guess.)