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he’s the official mascot of Paw Justice, the animal welfare organisation in New Zealand. Louis is a real French Bulldog who won the Paw Justice calendar competition for 2012.
For only $39.00 (plus postage), you can adopt your very own Louis. Simply order from the Paw Justice website.
When you buy Louis, $5 is donated to help the work of Paw Justice, which is fighting animal abuse in New Zealand through education and advocacy.
In February, I blogged about the wonderful website A Letter to My Dog, based in the United States. (here’s the hyperlink to that blog posting).
Did you know that New Zealand has its own A Letter to My Dog site? It started, just as the US site did, to support a book project. In this case, the book will raise funds for Paw Justice and is sponsored by bookseller Whitcoull’s. (The sponsors have now chosen their 30 stories for the book, but encourage owners to keep sharing their stories).
These sites are a wonderful read. They celebrate how people feel about their dogs and the bond they share. It’s something that all dog owners – past and present – understand.
Here are a few excerpts to heighten your interest:
Dear Sid, you little goofball.
I will never forget what happened at 3 am on that cold Sunday morning, me and Mike were walking home from town. It was still dark, suddenly out of nowhere (you) this black dog came running up to us with this biggest grin and most waggy of tails. At first I was a bit scared but then you started following us down the street. There were plenty of other people around that you could have followed, but you picked us. We took you to the pound but no one ever came for you, when the guys at the pound offered you to us, we just couldn’t say no.
It’s been three days since we said goodbye. I know you are in a happier place but I still miss you here with me. I think of you everyday. I imagine you everywhere I look. I imagine your happy face greeting me at the door when I get home. I hear you breathing peacefully asleep at the foot of my bed, but you’re not there. I think of you when I hear a dog bark or see people walking their dogs. And it makes me sad because I know I will never see you again, never play with you, play fetch with you, cuddle or kiss you.
Roy, you are such an awesome doggy. I found you on that “Trademe” site. You were bought here on trial for a day and within hours we knew we were right for each other. You have such an awesome trusting nature.You are the light of my life Roy.
The folks behind the Paw Justice campaign have come up with another creative way to help raise funds for education about animal abuse in New Zealand.
For $25.00, you can enter two photos of your dog in the Paw Justice 2012 calendar competition. If you want to enter more photos, you can pay an additional $5.00 for each additional group of two photos submitted.
The grand prize winner will see their pet:
- featured on the 2012 Paw Justice calendar
- immortalised in a pet portrait commissioned just for you
- replicated in a soft toy mascot for Paw Justice that will be sold in stores
All entrants will receive a copy of the Paw Justice 2012 calendar.
What are you waiting for? Just click on the Paw Justice logo above and it will take you directly to the photo competition page. Good luck!
For those of you in New Zealand, Paw Justice is an animal welfare organisation fighting for the rights of our pets. Their mission statement is:
“Listening and talking to pet owners about their problems and their pet’s concerns
And, until this day comes, Paw Justice will be seeking justice against those who hurt our animals.”
Paw Justice was successful in its attempt to gain signatures from around the country supporting tougher sentencing for offenders who abuse animals. They are now fundraising to continue the pressure on our society to treat animals properly. They operate a Facebook page and sell Paw Justice products on their website. You can also make a donation on their website.
Best of all, the folk at Paw Justice now have the Patch Up Your Pet campaign. For $10, you buy a Paw Justice tag for your pet. This has a unique identification code and you register your contact details against this number. If your pet is found with their Paw Justice tag, people can log onto the website to get your contact details and return your pet to you. When you register your pet against the number, you can also upload their photo to the Paw Justice website.
The idea is to grow the number of people supporting the movement and to keep pressure on to ensure animal abuse is stopped.
Daisy is now patched!
Show your support for Paw Justice by following this link:
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand