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Giving back, paying forward

Most small businesses like mine are approached on a regular basis to donate to fundraisers for animal welfare groups and charities. Sometimes, we have relationships with these groups and other times, they’ve never done business with us and we have to ascertain whether it is within our marketing budget to donate something and also whether that group shares our values.

There are many ways besides fundraisers that businesses can give back to their community.

In my business, I offer a loyalty card. After every five sessions of massage and physical therapy, the owner earns a free bag of our dog treats. Owners have the option, however, to donate the cost of their bag to a registered animal charity of their choice, although most leave the choice up to me. I rotate the donations.

Over the years, the business has given to:

Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue

Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust

Greyhounds as Pets

Pet Refuge

….to name a few.

Last week, I also offered to give massage to Liam, the assistance dog to young Sam Ward. Sam’s story appeared in the local paper because the little boy is in the final stages of aggressive Duchenne muscular dystrophy and his family are raising funds so they can fulfill his bucket list. Rather than giving back, I consider this my time to pay it forward, thanking those who have supported the business so I can give my time to others in need.

If you would like to donate to help Sam complete his bucket list, you can donate via Givealittle.

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Misplaced priorities (why does Giving Tuesday come last)?

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving Day was always the start of the holiday season.  In fact, Santa Claus would enter Macy’s Department Store at the end of the Thanksgiving Day parade to officially open Christmas shopping season.

The retail industry has changed a lot since then.

The 2019 holiday shopping season has officially begun with reports of traffic around every shopping mall in the area – shoppers taking advantage of Black Friday sales.  And it wasn’t just on Friday, of course.  These retail sales last the entire weekend through Monday.

Then someone came up with the idea of Small Business Saturday, contrived to help small business make some sales while customers may still have some money left to spend.

Then Cyber Monday.  Another date created by retailers to encourage people to shop online.

And at the end of the line – Giving Tuesday – a day designed to be the international day of charitable giving.  Animal shelters and re-homing agencies always need your donations and hopefully, you will have some left over.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday banner from the Michigan Humane Society

It seems to me that the priorities are backwards.  I’d rather see the Friday after Thanksgiving be the day of giving.  Give thanks and then give to others who are more in need…

(All of this focus on buying stuff does my head in)

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Loose Leashes – the photography of Ron Schmidt

As my readers know, I don’t make product endorsements very often.  But, I had to share the great dog photography of Ron Schmidt with my readers.

I discovered Ron’s work last year when I purchased a calendar, Dogma – A Dog’s Guide to Life.  I loved the combination of dog photos and dog-inspired proverbs.  I have purchased another Dogma calendar for this year!

Ron trained in photography and worked with fashion and celebrity photographers for years before branching out into commercial photography on his own in 1999.  A holiday card developed for friends and relatives that featured the family dog carrying a Christmas tree quickly morphed into a career in dog photography.  Ron and his wife launched Loose Leashes in 2005 and they donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of prints to animal welfare causes (another reason to like them!)

I won’t break any of Ron’s copyright by attempting to copy his photography on this blog – but check out Loose Leashes today!

Learn dog trivia and feed homeless dogs at the same time

Freekibble.com is another site that uses the internet to help dogs.

Every visitor to the site is asked to answer a Bow Wow trivia question and, as part of that process, you donate 10 pieces of kibble to homeless dogs.   The food is provided by principal sponsor Halo dog food.

The site will tell you whether or not you have answered the question correctly and you can also check on the statistics about the previous day’s answers.  Over 6.5 million meals have been provided to homeless cats and dogs through the Freekibble programme and the count is rising!

You can also request to receive a daily email reminder to ensure that you click on the site every day.

Click to give – and it’s free!

One of the greatest things about the internet is the ways it can be used to support charitable organisations, including those involved in animal welfare.

I like the Click to Give website.  Advertisers support the site with proceeds of ‘clicks’ going directly to the nominated charity.  This site supports the ASPCA for animals in need (and 5 other non-animal charitable organisations).

There is a simple registration process to become a user of the site and you are allowed to click only once each day.  You can keep a tally of your reward points and collect these to earn reward gifts or donate points back to the charities for more support.  For example, 400 points can be redeemed to vaccinate a homeless dog or cat.

You can also sign up to get a daily email reminder to ensure you click every day.

I hope you will sign up for the site by following this link: