Celebrating the Life-Changing Work of Guide Dogs for the Blind #GuideDogMonth @NaturalBalance

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As regular readers probably know, Daisy is a brand ambassador for Natural Balance Pet Foods and they are a big sponsor of our blog. We’re super excited to partner with Natural Balance to help raise awareness and support during National Guide Dog Month.

Guide Dog Month was inspired by Natural Balance co-founder, Dick Van Patten, who was impressed by the intelligence and training of guide dogs. During a visit to a local guide dog school, he was blindfolded and experienced how guide dogs provide mobility and assistance to visually impaired and blind people. After learning about the costs, dedication and commitment to raise and train a guide dog, he was inspired to help raise awareness and support the cause.

I’ve known from early on that Daisy and I have a close bond, but we are truly inspired by the amazing bond between people who are blind and their guide dogs. In addition to providing enhanced mobility for their handlers, guide dogs can also be a social bridge, opening a world of possibilities for friendship and human connection.

Meet Michelle and Oscar. They are just one of the many human-canine teams with inspiring and life-changing stories!

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Born with glaucoma, Michelle spent a big part of her young life unable to navigate the world around her. Later, when Michelle became more mobile, it came with its fair share of bumps and bruises. Lacking depth perception, she lived in a constant state of discomfort and found it increasingly difficult to get around.

Around the same time that she started her undergraduate degree in psychology, Michelle made the split second decision to apply for Guide Dogs for the Blind program, and she has never looked back. From the get go, Michelle knew that the program had done a marvelous job in matching her with her beautiful golden guide dog Oscar—they immediately fell into step with each other, and within two months knew they had a lifelong partnership.

Even more surprising was the sheer number of people who approached Michelle on the first day of the new semester. The questions on everyone’s lips were: “Who is your furry friend?”, “Where can I get one?”, and of course “Can I pet him?” With this positive attention, the pair was able to walk with confidence everyday—whether it be on a small grocery shopping trip or a longer trip to visit Michelle’s sister in Los Angeles. Together, the two tackle intense psychology and jiu jitsu classes, but always leave room for playtime. Michelle and Oscar are primed to tackle deadlines and take the mental health field by storm.

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Natural Balance is partnering with Guide Dogs for the Blind to help support the work they do. Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind has empowered lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities. They’ve got the largest Guide Dog school in the country and are dedicated to providing high quality student training services with extensive follow-up support for graduates.

  • Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.
  • More than 14,000 teams have graduated since their founding.
  • Approximately 2,200 active guide dog teams are currently in the field.

YOU can help support the life-changing mission of Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2 easy steps:

  1. Help raise awareness by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest
  2. Donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind

Meet other amazing human-canine teams and read their stories at: http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/GuideDogs.

Rescue Pet Photo Contest + WIN $150,000 for Your Local Animal Shelter! #ASPCA150

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ASPCA 150

Hey everybody, join us to help celebrate 150 Days of Rescue as part of ASPCA’s 150th anniversary! With so much to celebrate, there are lots of ways for animal lovers to get involved, help support pet adoption and win some prizes for yourself and maybe even your favorite local animal shelter!

Here’s a quick rundown with links to the full scoop:

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Weekly Pet Photo Contest

Got a rescue pet? Visit the contest page here to upload your best photo of your rescued pet and describe your favorite thing about them. Over the course of 150 days, there will be one winner each week to win prizes from one of the following program partners: Animal Planet, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Vans.

ASPCA Pride Pack

Get a Free ASPCA Pride Pack + More

Raise $150 or more (by 12/31/16) in donations and get a FREE limited edition 150th Anniversary ASPCA Pride Pack! ride Pack includes an ASPCA bracelet, a limited edition ASPCA 150th Anniversary button and an ASPCA key chain… all packed in a great ASPCA zipper pouch!

The top 3 fundraisers will receive special prizes including an ASPCA duffel bag, blanket, plush toy, flashlight, mug, umbrella, and more! Create your own fundraising page HERE.

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$150,000 Grant for your Local Shelter

Animal lovers, visit ASPCA.org/150days and pledge at least 15 minutes of your time between now and September 7 to help animals in need. The goal is to reach a total of 150,000 actions for animals across the nation in just 150 days.

Ways to participate include volunteering at a local shelter, donating, fostering, adopting a shelter pet, spreading the word through social media and in person and more. Log your good deeds and you’ll be given the opportunity to nominate YOUR favorite animal shelter to receive a grant prize of $150,000!

For more info, check out this video featuring celebrity animal lovers including Martha Steward, Kesha, 50 Cent, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane, Julie Bowen, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and more!

ASPCA Holiday Honor Gift: The Last-Minute Gift That Gives Back

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If you’ve run out of time to finish shopping, we’ve got the perfect last-minute gift idea for you. It’s an ASPCA Holiday Honor Gift and it can be delivered instantly!

This holiday season, there is no better way to express your love for family, friends and their furry companions than with an ASPCA Holiday Honor Gift. Donating to the ASPCA can be a wonderful alternative to standard holiday gift giving.

With your holiday honorary donation, you can choose to have an e-card sent immediately after your donation is processed. Your gift is tax deductible and helps to support the important work the ASPCA does on behalf of animals in need. Go HERE to get started.

Support @ASPCA and Help Build the #GivingTower for #GivingTuesday

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Giving Tower ASPCA help animals in need

First came Black Friday, and then was Cyber Monday…and today is Giving Tuesday — a chance to give back to a cause you care about. We know that as pet lovers, you feel as strongly as we do about helping animals in need and this year ASPCA has teamed with Crowdrise, one of the largest fundraising platforms on the Internet, to celebrate Giving Tuesday.

When you make a donation HERE, you’ll be supporting the important work of the ASPCA AND help build the Crowdrise Giving Tower, a large virtual tower built by donation “bricks” from generous people like you. You’ll be able to see the impact your donation is making in real time!

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To support ASPCA on Giving Tuesday, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/aspca-tower/

To learn more about the Giving Tower Project, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/GivingTower

Celebrate Mom with a Gift to Our Planet + Free Wildlife eCards

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Donate to WWF for Mother's Day

Moms around the world take remarkable steps to protect, nurture and raise their young. Orangutan mothers stay with their young for six to seven years, teaching them where to find food and how to build a sleeping nest. A group of female African elephants will help a calf to its feet after birth and show the baby how to nurse.

Here are two easy ways to thank the mothers in your life while supporting wildlife conservation:

  1. Give a Mother’s Day Gift for Wildlife: Show Mom that you care! Make a donation of any amount to support World Wildlife Fund’s global conservation efforts, and send an e-card to Mom to announce your gift. She will love knowing that your donation helps protect species and wild places around the world.
  2. Send Free WWF Mother’s Day E-cards: Tell your mother, grandmother, sister, or friend that you care about her and nature by sending Mother’s Day e-cards. They are a fun and eco-friendly way to express your love and appreciation for all that she does! 

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