We are thankful for a successful raffle and nose work weekend! Mom is part of a nose work committee that puts on trials a couple times a year in our area. The big guy in the back was our certifying official from Texas, Jason. This past weekend the trial was at the Lakeville Ames Arena, an ice arena, but one of the rinks had the ice out so we could use it. The trial was super close to where we live which is nice, and we had a fun raffle!
Since I work with a lot of brands, Mom volunteered me to get some great raffle prizes. I reached out my paws to some of my favorite companies and got some pawsome prizes! I didn’t get a spot in the trial, only Bailie trialed on Sunday morning, so I took one last look at the goodies and sent them off with my mom to the trial!
We not only had prize baskets, we also had several gift certificates, and Earthrated was kind enough to supply us with a nice load of poop bags! Everyone knows poop happens and it needs to be picked up! I would like to offer some huge GBGV thanks to those who provided us with such great prizes! The prizes really make the raffle! We wanted to get lots of photos with the winners and all, but there was too much going on and it just didn’t work out.
- Merrick Pet Care provided a cute bone basket with some items and a year of dog food
- Chewy.com provided an assortment of toys and treats
- Jones Natural Chews provided two boxes of dog chews
- Paw5 sent us a Wooly – totally perfect for nose work dogs
- Chuck & Dons gave us a basket of toys and treats
- The K9 Nose offered two gift certificates
- SPDTC gave away four tuition discount vouchers
- Dog Day Getaway sent a gift certificate and some small trinkets
- Fancy Paws chipped in a gift card for dog grooming
- We had a gift certificate for an animal chiropractor
- Even the humans got something with human chiropractor gift certificates
At the end of the weekend we were able to raise $530 which we donated to Helping Paws. Helping Paws has let us use their facility a few times for nose work practice events. Helping Paws is a leading nonprofit organization that breeds, trains, and places assistance dogs with people who have physical disabilities and veterans with PTSD. Founded in 1988, they are accredited by Assistance Dogs International and meet the standards of the Charities Review Council. Helping Paws is located right here in the Twin Cities.
Helping Paws dogs are at work in the community and more are training to join them. What does this mean in daily lives? It means veterans who can sleep through the night or drive children to school with less distress. It means countless keys and phones retrieved, gloves removed, doors opened and lights turned on for those who cannot accomplish such tasks alone.
Helping Paws relies on financial support to place more dogs with people who need them. The costs of raising and training service dogs from puppyhood continue to rise. They estimate that costs for each dog exceed $30,000. Helping Paws is a nonprofit organization.
I spent the weekend home watching the cats. Madison went along on Saturday with Mom because it was too long of a day for her to be home in her crate. She spent the day in her crate in a closet at the rink – Mom did take her out several times for short walks. Sunday morning, Bailie had her Level 1 Container Element Trial. She wasn’t feeling 100% for some reason. Her searches were not her finest, but she did manage to squeak out her title! We’ll post more on that when we have the photos and videos.
Today we are joining Brian’s blog in the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Stop by some other blogs to find out what they are thankful for!