How about something cute to wrap up your Friday? Duffy, a Irish Terrier rescue dog has had many problems over the years with his health, including losing his eyesight after suffering from diabetes. But thanks to the folks at the Veterinary Referral Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Duffy had cataract surgery and is able to see clearly again. The video is when Duffy is reunited with his family, and the video is very touching! Enjoy the great video!
Tonight, I wanted to feature this great animated video! The Vimeo channel Parquerama Studios created Big Bang Dog. It’s a video featuring a dog going across several different scenes, with a bunch of colors in a wide variety! It’s basically one big colorful voyage, enjoy!
Admit it, Alton Brown has a very cute dog named Sparky! In this recipe video below, Alton Brown reveals why dogs are addicted to a cat’s litter box, and you get to see how Alton makes some Stinkin’ dog treats that are so good and smelly, Alton tries one himself! Don’t forget to watch the funny ending!
This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
This post is featuring a project from someone who contacted me online! Lisa and Michael Cohn are award-winning mom-son authors (Lisa, and Michael, age 5) inspired by kids globally. Why? They’ve given them ideas for and expressed lots of enthusiasm about their next kids’ dog book. What’s more, they’re big dog lovers, like they are. With $4,000, they’ll self-publish their next book, include in the acknowledgements the names of the kids across the globe who’ve given them ideas (via Skype). And they’ll ensure the kids’ classes get a copy of the book, when published. If there’s any money left over, they’ll use it to promote the book and ensure these kids’ ideas and love of dogs gain a broader audience.
They wrote their first book, “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence” to help them overcome the grief of losing their dog, Lucy, and to help teach kids about the magical connection between kids and dogs. It won a Mom’s Choice Silver Award and was named Finalist, 2013 USA Best Book Awards. In addition, they shared their story with the press. Michael, our co-author, was featured on the Today Show for his love of books and his role in writing their book. After their book was published, they began sharing their story with students globally via Skype in the classroom and teaching them how to self-publish a book. At the end of each class, they asked students for ideas for their next kids’ dog book.
Students and teachers tell them they love this part of their lesson, especially when Michael is present to brainstorm with the kids. They never expected the death of their dog to take them on such an adventure. They want to thank the kids who’ve given so much to them and give them a voice in their next book. As of April 25th, this project has raised around $2,459 of their $4,000 goal. This project only has 12 days left to raise the $4,000 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of $12, you will get “Bash and Lucy” Book Two shipped to you plus pdf of “Bash and Lucy” Book One. For a pledge of $20, either you or your child receives a one-on-one writing, publishing and brainstorming lesson with Lisa and Michael, award-winning authors! Plus you will be thanked in the book, along with others who have contributed ideas. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66808378/these-students-deserve-this-kids-dog-book
This week on Good News Fridays, let’s talk about two great chances to buy or watch something, and help animals in need!
The Shelter Pups
The Shelter Pups is an online store selling animal toys. The story begins with Theodora, who is an animal lover and began collecting stuffed dog toys. Theodora also likes to use her money to buy dog food for her local animal shelter. Many of her Saturday mornings are spent bringing the food to the shelter and visiting the shelter dogs. One particular Saturday Theodora said, “Think of all the dog food we could buy for the shelter if we made and sold toy dogs that looked more like real dogs!” The parents tried to explain things like “profit margins” and “overhead” to Theodora, but that only fueled her fire. To Theodora, profits meant only one thing: more dog food for real dogs.
The family began by making a few stuffed animals that looked more like the dogs they liked. They looked at overseas factories but did not like how the factories overseas are crowded and the workers work very long hours and make very little money. They also did not like the idea that the stuffed animals were made with lots of harsh, dangerous chemicals. So the stuffed animals made by The Shelter Pups are made in America, and with natural fiber known as wool. Today, Shelter Pups are made completely in America. Each precious pup is created by hand. Skilled American artists magically combine pure wool, fresh water, and natural olive oil soap to create each Shelter Pup. Each is one-of-a-kind and no two are ever alike. Absolutely no harsh chemicals or flame retardants are used because wool is a perfect, natural flame retardant.
Each purchase from The Shelter Pups helps out dogs in animal shelters as well. Some shelter dogs are a little bit rough around the edges. Maybe even oddballs. But they are all loyal, loving, and fun companions. They are committed to helping these dogs receive quality care while waiting for their “forever homes”. Each Shelter Pup sold comes with rescue points, and they are worth real money. They are not talking about a measly 1% of profits. Each Rescue Point is randomly assigned a value anywhere between $1 and $10 per Pup! That means you could donate over 25% of your purchase price to shelter dogs.
This is a great program, and anyone would enjoy getting a handmade toy and knowing they are helping animal shelters around the country! To learn more about The Shelter Pups and to purchase a toy, go to: http://www.shelterpups.com/
Charity Animal Television
How many of you like watching cute animal videos on YouTube, I do! Someone got the great idea of creating several great and cute animal videos and uploaded them to YouTube. Here is the great part, all of the ad revenue generated from the videos uploaded will go to an animal specific charity, welcome to Charity Animal Television!
Charity Animal Television is a YouTube channel where proceeds from ad revenue are donated to 501c3 non-profit organizations. Just by watching their videos, you are helping organizations do real world good. Their mission is to build a massive subscriber base dedicated to watching cute animals in order to help make the world a better place. So, don’t forget to subscribe to their channel and be a part of the movement! With enough people, they can start generating enough money to make a real difference.
100% of the net ad revenue generated from the video above will be donated to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, http://www.aspca.org). This channel has plans for more animal videos, they just want you to watch and share! If you want to learn more about this venture, go to: http://www.charityanimaltv.com/
Subscribe to the YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/CharityAnimalTV