Thank you all for everything. I got a call at 4 in the morning that my grandmother died in the early hours, peacefully and pain free. I know she is somewhere good and she would rather me be out doing something good than sitting in a corner crying. I know this because she told me that herself in no uncertain terms. This one’s for you, gram, even if you are a cat person.
There is one and only one real message I want everyone to understand from today:
You matter in this world.
You have a gift to give that will make the world a better place. If you ask me what that is, I’m going to turn into my grandmother and say “How the heck should I know? Sheesh!” But you have something to contribute. Everyone does.
I have heard from so many people this week who wrote me about some great idea or another but- there’s always the but- “it doesn’t seem like enough” and then manage to talk themselves out of doing it.
C’mon here, people. We all have lives. No one expects you to drop your life to go create a non-profit with a 4 million dollar operating budget or single handedly revolutionize shelter medicine. If you did manage to accomplish that this week, good god, I bow to you.
The rest of us are mere mortal beings, who are taking today to do one good thing and put that out there in the universe. We are going to fill the pet blogosphere with our stories and ideas and things we are doing and link to each other and be amazed at how much we are undervaluing our own contributions while being so impressed with what everyone else is doing.
So go ahead and tell me what you’re up to, big, small, anything. I will post all the links below throughout the day, and I encourage all you bloggers to do the same! (If you posted links on an earlier blog post, I’ll try to find them but feel free to post them again in the comments here!)
This One Wild Life sums up the challenge and shares some ways to participate.
George The Duck gives some ideas for anipals to help and discusses his work with the Anipal Times
Romeo the Cat tells us about Pilots and Paws, a great program that helps rescued pets travel to forever homes
Fetching Tags and Paco Collars have teamed up to start a program called “Stray Gold” that rescue organizations can join to get money back from purchases at these fabulous two e-tailerss.
My Life in Words shares ideas about how to donate and talks about Pets Without Parents.
Being The Change You Want To See LOTS of ideas here, if you are stumped! A summary from AboutVetMed’s resident veterinary expert.
Blogpaws Recap and a Challenge for YOU. Yes, you. A little background on this effort.
Doggie Stylish: I am being the change I want to see
Will My Dog Hate Me reminds everyone that even the broke and busy can do something. AND she donated her BlogPaws gift basket to a silent auction for rescue!
Marg’s Pets talks about Pets Without Parents and the importance of spay/neuter
Sebastian the Cat talks from a cat’s perspective on the importance of adoption and shares some slides of pets needing forever homes.
Dog Spelled Forward needs your vote to win an “Inspiring Rescue Stories” contest- if he wins the proceeds are going to Pets Without Parents!
K9Cuisine admits what many of you have felt: I want to do something but I have no idea what. And then he realizes: figuring it out is the whole point.
Covered in Cat Hair features several of the wonderful kitties from Pets Without Parents awaiting forever homes.
BlogPaws discusses Pet Peace of Mind- trying to win a $250K grant to help hospice patients take care of their pets. This one is obviously personal to me at the moment and voting is free. PLEASE take a minute to go and vote.
Champion of My Heart is working on an idea to help encourage positive training methods for pets
YourDailyCute is volunteering time in her local shelter based on donations today- the more we donate the more she volunteers! I love this idea! PLUS she has another list of participating blogs.
Doctors Foster Smith has a comment-a-thon on their blog- they are making donations based on you making comments! Go comment!!
The talented BZTAT is creating a special shirt in honor of Be the Change.
Biscuits by Lambchop is using their Facebook Fan page to get the word out about shelter pooches.
Dr. Di’s Vetblog encourages everyone to contribute and mentions some goings-on in her own neck of the woods, which I am thinking is Wisconsin? Somewhere very, very cold.
Petside talks about Be the Change and lists ways to participate over the blogosphere.
Of Cow’s Tails and Chew Toys is donating 25% of all proceeds from a toy in her Etsy shop for a local rescue
Calming Collars offers rescues a coupon code that gives them a discount and results in a matching donation.
The Girl Blogger talks about her experiences as a kitty foster mom
Beulah the Bulldog‘s mom is running a marathon with Team in Training to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma society (lymphoma research is a cause dear to me due to my experience with Emmett!)
Paws-and-Effect is raising funds for the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary
Daily Dog Scoop lends a paw with Surf Dog Ricochet to put an end to canine cancer
Fido and Wino lead off with a ROAR- Rescue Owners Are Rockin’! Join the club!
Animal Artist is donating artwork to benefit rescue
Surf Dog Ricochet is doing a virtual walk for the Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign