Friday, March 1, 2013

Bloggers Help Paws With a Cause blog hop

This is a blog hop dear to my heart! It benefits not only dogs, but people as well.

Lily, my Australian cattle dog/terrier, is a rescue dog - and such an amazing sweetheart. I was heartbroken after the sudden loss of Benji, our border collie/lab, and couldn't imagine another dog filling my heart the way he had. My niece emailed me photo after photo of puppies in rescue shelters who needed homes.  When I saw this pic of her, something clicked. I fell in love and wanted Lily. I emailed the shelter, and was turned down! I live in central Pennsylvania, a problem for Coming Home Rescue, which is in NJ. They are very protective of their pups, and like to do follow-ups. I pleaded and promised to send pictures to prove Lily was doing great. They relented, and we drove three hours to pick her up.

Once there, I understood why Lily's caregiver had grown so attached. Not only because Lily's so wonderful, but because Lily and her brother Sarge had been part of a litter infected with parvo, often fatal for dogs. This woman stayed with them night and day, nursing them back to health. She was in tears that day, and so was I.

Lily and Sarge were two of thousands of Australian cattle dogs abandoned in the South and brought North to find homes. Cattle dogs are herders, so we had to train Lily not to nip at us to "herd" us, lol. But she's such a pleasant dog, more than tolerant of the sometimes rough love my grandboys give her. It's hard to describe the connection I feel to her.

Isn't she beautiful? :) She healed my heart after the devastating, sudden loss of Benji. Making this video helped us celebrate the joy he brought in our lives.

So I'm more than happy to help raise money for Paws With a Cause, a wonderful organization that trains assistance dogs to help disabled people nationally. 
Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. 

PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.  PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.

Paws With A Cause

4646 South Division

Wayland, MI 49348

How to donate
2. Click on "Make a Donation"
3. Enter a amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate. 
4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make a anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.
5. Next it will ask you for your credit or debit card information.
6. Then it will ask for your email address to send you a receipt. This is so that you can submit it for tax purposes.
7. Ta Da! You're all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.
8. Please email Danielle at with the name you used to donate your money. For example the name I used to donate on behalf of was Romance Book Junkies. Do not send your name off your credit or debit card because I will not be able to see this. Along with the name you used please state how much you donated and if you live in the US or are International.
9. You're all done. Thank you for donating!

Warning: Do not try to email Danielle the name and donation amount of another person that is not yourself. If Danielle recieves more than one email with the same persons name and donation amount she will have to ask for your copy of the receipt from everibbon to verify that you are the correct winner. Thank you.

Main Giveaway

4 winners will be selected for the main giveaway! - 2 $65 gift certificates to any online book store - 2 huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for US residents only



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lily is a cutie!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

So adorable!!

Debby said...

Thanks so much for doing this. They really need our help

Maria Zannini said...

I thought I had posted my comment here but it didn't take. :(

Lily is lovely. I know what you mean about the 'click' when you meet that right dog. And you're right about it benefiting people too. Pets are the best stress relievers in the world.

I'm posting for Paws with a Cause too, but it's a guest post on Jackie Burris's blog.

How old is Lily?

laurie bittenbyparanormalromance said...

She is adorable. Thank you so much for helping with this cause.

Cate Masters said...

She is, Alex! And a sweetie.

Thanks Melissa!

I agree, Debby.

I've always thought of my dogs as special, Maria, but there's just something exceptional about Lily. She'll be four on July 11! Time's flown by.

Happy to do what I can, Laurie!