Boxer Love at Ontario ARC’s Pet Connections Program

For the regular visitors to my blog, you know that this tired gorgeous boxer is my main squeeze, my bud, my heart throb.  You’ll remember that his name is Albert, that his human guardian is my friend, Gail Furst.

Gail’s got a lot of professional initials that come after her last name that I won’t even begin to explain. Because I can’t.  But, I’ll list them for you here because they are a big part of why she became the program manager for Pet Connections, out at Ontario ARC.

Here you are:  Gail Furst,  CPDT  KA

As excited as I am about this program,  it’s in early stages of being rolled out and if you want the inside scoop about it, you really should talk to Gail.

However, I can talk about one of the tasks that Gail has started as an on-going activity of Pet Connections with the sincere hope that you will find it in your heart to contribute.

Yes, this is going to be “a pitch.”

No, I am not speaking on behalf of anyone at Pet Connections or at Ontario ARC.

I just know a good thing when I see it and want to share that with you.

All of that said, let’s dig in.

Take a very close look at that photo again and when you’re done oohing and ah-ing over Albert’s very cute face, focus on the dog bed that he’s lying on.  You’ll have to take my word for it – because I’ve seen it up close – that it is an amazing dog bed!

Can you guess what it’s made out of?

I didn’t think so. But, look again and see if you can figure it out.

Would you believe that it was made out of gently used, clean socks? I know. I was as surprised as you when I found out.

The sock -beds come in all different colors and sizes. If you’ve got an Albert-size dog, you can have an Albert-size sock – bed.

If you’ve got a very small dog, you can have a very small sock -bed.

So, all different sizes and a variety of colors. One round shape.

And, you can only get one of these sock -beds through the Pet Connections program.  They are all custom made by the wonderfully talented participants in this program.

But, there is one small challenge. They’re running out of socks. And that’s where you can help.  Instead of bundling up the socks you no longer wear into a box for Good Will, think about rounding up all of the “gently used, clean socks” that you and all of your family members have grown out of and donating them to Pet Connections.

As Gail said to me, “The wilder the sock pattern the better!”

I’ll try to make the next part as painless for you as possible. Especially if you’re one of my local followers.

I’ll be going out to see Gail on a regular basis as a volunteer for Pet Connections – mostly because I had so much fun out there last week.  If you want to start socking away your socks, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. We can email back-and-forth or you can catch up with me on Facebook so that we can work out the details.

If you’re one of my cyberspace followers, we should be able to work something out too. Find me on Facebook and we’ll put our heads together to figure out the best way for you to help.

All in all, it’s not a bad pitch. And, as dog beds go, I’ll bet that the Pet Connection sock-beds are one of the only true “green” dog beds available!  Maybe. I’ll have to check into that and let you know.

For my part, I’m going to “pitch” some of my local business friends, Denise and Laura at Be Inspired and Lori over at MB Booktique, and Jerry Elman at Schoen Place Auto.

Wonder if the guys at Wick-edly Scent might want to help me?

Just think of it: 4-5 strategically placed “sock drop-off” bins in and around Monroe and Ontario counties.  And, you get to shop at all of these great local stores!

I know. Another shameless pitch. But, after all, what are friends for if we can’t pitch for our friends?

A small disclaimer and housekeeping note: 1.  Neither my friend, Gail or anyone on the staff for Ontario ARC approached me about my “pitch.”  It was my own idea. Every last bit of it.

2. Although I don’t remember how much the dog sock-beds are selling for, I can tell you that all of the proceeds from their sales will go directly into funding Pet Connections.

I only wish that I could have made a larger pitch to you.  The one that has to do with solving world peace.  Maybe in my next blog post.

But, in the meantime, how sweet it is that we can help out a brand new program with a very creative product that will foster a lot of things like self-esteem and fun, in addition to making a lot of dogs very happy!  And for that, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]



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